Friday Favorites

TGIF!  It’s been quite the busy week but busy typically means that the week flies by so I’m not complaining.  Big Guy has been in California all week so I am more than excited to see him later tonight.  Unfortunately my timing of my barre training meant we’ve spent about 3 hours together in the past 11 days.  Obviously Saturday is all about us hanging out and catching up on lost time.  Oh, and cooking delicious food.  But tonight is GNO (girls night out) and I’m excited to head to Art in Bloom at the NC Art Museum as well as dinner at a restaurant that’s been on my list of places to eat for several months.  I’ve been told I’m watching the Masters on Sunday…we’ll see about that.

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a great weekend.  Here are my favorites (almost all food!) from the week:

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Favorite Old School:  Meatloaf Sliders with Bacon, Pepper Jack and Frizzled Onions.  My brain has been fixated on meatloaf the past few weeks and this is the perfect mix of “old school” meatloaf in a “new school” way.

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Favorite Loaf:  Blueberry Lemon and Muffin Bread.  I am totally baking a batch of this bread.  And it’s totally happening today.

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Favorite “Don’t Throw it Away”:  Pickle-Brined Baked Chicken Tenders.  We’re obsessed with pickles.  As in, there are probably no less than 5 jars of pickles in the fridge.  And now I don’t have to throw away the juice.

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Favorite Over-the-Top:  Bourbon & Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle. Holy moly.  I want to face plant into this cake.

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Favorite Platter of Food:  Chicken Shawarma Fries with Mediterranean Salsa and Garlic Sauce. So maybe you could convince me to watch the Masters on Sunday if this was sitting in front of me.

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Favorite From Scratch:  Creamy Sweet Pea Pesto Agnolotti.  This pasta dish screams “SPRING” and I adore the envelope shape of these little bites of pasta.

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Favorite “To Do” List:  Kitchen Spring Cleaning.  While my kitchen looks spic and span, I need to carve out a few hours next week to clean in places no one every looks – like the cabinets and the fridge.  And don’t even get me started on how bad my oven needs to be cleaned.

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Favorite Southern:  The Masters Egg Salad. The two most popular sandwiches at the Masters are pimiento cheese sandwich and the egg salad sandwich.  Both are served on white bread and both are $1.50.

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Favorite Twist:  Grilled Avocado-Barbecue Chicken Naan Pizza.  Instead of your typically pizza dough, why not make a pizza on naan bread.  But I think we’ll have to take it to the next level and try to make homemade naan bread.

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Favorite Weekend:  Triple Citrus Gin Spritzer.  Light, bright and refreshing.  My perfect cocktail.

Cheers!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday and first day of April!  I have quite the busy weekend ahead.  Last night I drove to Greensboro for a quick “pit stop” (aka – dinner with one of my favorites) and I’m currently on my way to Charlotte for the weekend.  Unfortunately I won’t be spending much time with my family but it’s for a good reason – I’m in Charlotte for a 3-day, 16-hour Core Barre training.  I’m anxious and nervous but mostly excited.  Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a dinner or two with my family and perhaps even breakfast on Saturday with my Mimi.  This is one of the few weekends that’s less play and more work but I’m hoping to learn a ton and really hoping I pass the exam.  So…I’m off to the barre.

Here are my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Egg On Top:  Burrata Breakfast Pizza.  Oh man.  Cheesy, melty deliciousness.

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Favorite Reminder:  So true.

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Favorite Refreshing:  Cashew and Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  The perfect Tuesday night dinner.

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Favorite Crave:  Spring Cheese Board.  Candied Meyer Lemons!!!  Pickled Green Onions!!!!

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Favorite Fascinating:  Palms Springs house untouched since 1969 hits the market.  I’m obsessed with the pool and back yard and I love the vibrant green throughout the house.

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Favorite From Scratch:  Roasted Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese and Herbs.  Absolutely gorgeous.  We’re planning a pasta night in the near future and this is definitely a contender.

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Favorite Light and Airy:  Lemon Poppyseed Macaroons.  The flavors in this little sweet treat makes me want to run to kitchen and bake.

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Favorite Want: A Look Inside the Homes of the City’s Coolest Collectors.  I am lusting over this eating area.  Especially the flamingo print.  I die.

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Favorite Unexpected:  Savory Cheesecake with Roasted Vegetables.  This makes me so excited for the garden to be flourishing.  How amazing would this be for an “appy” hour al fresco?

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Favorite Night Cap:  Coconut Milk White Russian.  The perfect end to a perfect date night at home.

Cheers!

 

 

 

Friday Favorites

My favorite part about this Friday is that this weekend means being reunited with some of the loves of my life!  So I’m more than eager to get this show on the road (though I do hope you’ll take a few moments to slow down and think about what Easter really means).  Here are my favorites from the week!

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Favorite Wake Up:  Brown Sugar Pecan Sticky Buns.  These remind me of the pinwheels we used to always eat at the beach the morning after we arrived.  My grandpa would leave them for us after turning on the air or the heat.

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Favorite Hilarious yet Terrifying:  Travel Expectations vs. Reality. Wow.  Just wow.

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Favorite Remix:  Shrimp and Cauliflower Grits with Hot Sauce Butter.  I love shrimp and grits and this is a fun way to change up the usual.

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Favorite Weeknight:  Korean Beef Rice Bowls.  We love rice bowls in this house.  This will be on the dinner menu very soon.

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Favorite Sweet Treat:  Banana Cream Tart with an Oatmeal Cookie Crust.  This dessert has my Momma written ALL over it.

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Favorite Science Experiment:  10 Foods that Regrow with Water.  I just wonder if I have the patience for this.

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Favorite Flavors:  Clam, Garlic, and Bacon Flatbread.   This would be quite lovely al fresco with a bottle of wine to share.  Just sayin’.

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Favorite Want:  Eating in the Middle:  A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook.   The author is a blogger that I started following years ago.  And her recipes are always fantastic.

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Favorite Bite:  Shrimp Cocktail with Basil Dipping Sauce.   This makes me so excited for my herb garden.  And white wine.

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Favorite Sip:  Grapefruit Daiquiris.  Warm weather = rum cocktails.

 

Cheers!!!!

 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I apologize for my lack in posting yesterday – just not a whole lot to report.  In an effort to celebrate St. Patty’s Day, I wore green, ate a green salad for lunch, and drank La Croix out of a green can.  Obviously it’s a very important holiday to me. < insert sarcasm here >

But something I’m never sarcastic about:  my love for the weekend.  This weekend is crammed full of being social.  We have a wine dinner tonight and another dinner out tomorrow night with friends.  And on Sunday, my only real plan is to hang out with Big Guy, make pizza and watch ALL the shows that have gone unwatched on the DVR (Nashville, Criminal Minds, Law and Order:SVU, The People vs. OJ).  Sunday is going to be a big day.

Let’s get this weekend started!  But first, my favorites:

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Favorite “Appy” Hour:  Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps.   A perfect Friday night would include these homemade crackers, cheese and wine.  Big Guy would be an added bonus.

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Favorite Date Night:  Homemade Orecchiette with Yellow Tomatoes and Bocconcini.  Big Guy, let’s get our next date night in on the calendar.

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Favorite Scoop:  Thai Peanut Hummus. I am dying to make these dip.  And I will find an excuse to make it very soon..

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Favorite Fashion:  Abella Top.  In fact, I’m so obsessed with the off-the-shoulder trend that this shirt has been ordered.  Crossing my fingers it fits!

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Favorite Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner:  Avo Toast, Elevated.   Avo + Chimichurri + Chives + a Poached Egg.  Yes.  Just yes.

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Favorite Salad:  Raw Spiralized Beet and Mandarins Salad with Mint. I just can’t stop thinking about beets.  And I really need to use my spiralizer more.  Plus, it’s just a gorgeous plate of food.

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Favorite Crave:  Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Pizza.  Fried brussels sprout leaves?  Done.

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Favorite Cast-Iron Dinner:  Honey Dijon Skillet Chicken.  Lusty Monk mustard is begging to be used in this chicken dinner.  Speaking of which, I think it’s time I restock that mustard.

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Favorite Copycat:  Homemade Thin Mint Cookies.  One of the most perfect cookies on the face of the earth.  Especially when eaten straight from the freezer.

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Favorite Cocktail:  Meyer Lemon Collins.   I see a batch of these happening one Saturday very, very soon.

Cheers!

 

Friday Favorites

Good morning, friends!  It’s 8am and I feel like I’ve already put in a full day:  workout (check), coffee (check); grocery shopping (check); and a little work (check but more to come).  And I think that my busy Friday morning is just a start to a busy, busy weekend.  We have some fun yet random plans with friends tonight followed by lots of things around the house tomorrow and then I have more plans with girlfriends on Sunday.  Oh, and in the midst of all that, my sister and her family are headed this way.  Whew.  I’m exhausted.  But it’s all going to be SO much fun.  So let’s kick this weekend off with my favorites from the week:

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Favorite Wake Up:  Oatmeal Latte.   Whipped oats plus espresso sounds like the perfect “buzzed” breakfast.

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Favorite Spin: Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Chicken Caesar Salad.  Big Guy is obsessed with Caesar salad.  I love this remix on this favorite.

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Favorite Room:  Light and Bright. How airy and wonderful is this room?  I can just imagine myself waking up and sipping coffee in this room.  Preferably in a beach house.

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Favorite Baked:  Rosemary Pecan Blondies.  Rosemary is about the only thing that survived the winter in my herb garden.  Even more reason to want to bake these blondies.

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Favorite Read:  Mother’s Reckoning:  Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.    I’ve always been intrigued by memoirs and other non-fiction books.  I remember being obsessed with the JonBenét Ramsey story in the late ’90s.  The above book is written by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters.  I am fascinated.

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Favorite Throwback:  Gigantic Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  I remember coming home from school when I was younger and eating cereal as a snack.  While we usually had Honey Bunches of Oats (still a family favorite) or Life in stock, we sometimes would get lucky and find a box of of the sugary-sweet stuff.  Like Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  This twist on French toast would make for the most epic and nostalgic brunch ever.

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Favorite Netflix and Chill:  Michael Pollan’s Cooked.   Okay, can someone seriously teach Big Guy and I how to access and then watch Netflix?!?!  And I’m serious.

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Favorite Spring:  Carrot Cake Thumbprint Cookies.   All the flavor of one of our favorite cakes in cookie form.

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Favorite Warm Weather:  Strawberry Bottomed Pineapple Margaritas.  All this weather has me craving mojitos and margaritas.  And as soon as strawberries are in season, this is happening.  Guacamole not optional.

Cheers!

Paloma with Salty Habanero Sugar {thirsty thursday}

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So let’s have a cocktail.  But not just any cocktail.  I deem this the best paloma I’ve ever had.

Yes, yes I do.

The difference between a paloma and a margarita is the lack of Grand Marnier in a paloma.  Which is probably why I’m voting paloma > margarita.

The key to the best paloma ever is a.) fresh grapefruit juice and b.) grapefruit-lime syrup.  Oh, and a side of the best guacamole ever doesn’t hurt either.

I mixed some of the habanero sugar we brought back from a spice shop in Asheville with a little salt for my glass rim.  But you can totally follow Jessica’s lead with the salty chili sugar and it will be equally delicious.

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These are dangerous.  AKA – you can’t taste the tequila.

 

 

 

Clementine French 75

Bright and sunny.

Two words that describe not only the GORGEOUS weather we’re having right now (it’s a tease…I have a bad feeling) but also describe this twist on a classic.

I had my first French 75 probably about two years ago and it was love at first sight.  It’s by far my favorite bubbles cocktail and I couldn’t resist trying clementines instead of lemons.

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To make one cocktail, place 1 ounce simple syrup (equal amount sugar and water), 1/2 ounce Hendrick’s gin and 1 ounce clementine juice with ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake, shake, shake. Pour into a champagne flute or white wine glass and top with bubbles!

I used 1/2 an ounce of gin versus 1 ounce because it can sneak up on you!  Not that I know from experience.

Happy March (which means Spring is juuuust around the corner)!