Thursday, August 27, 2015

Around the Web


Ready for fall...tv shows. Not the season. Just the shows.


Ruh roh. Instagram made an update some folks won't like - via Brit & Co.

The ultimate list of squad goals - via Huffington Post

Need to get more storage on your iPhone? Use these tips - via CNET

The hilarious Tumblr of a therapist intern - via The Imperfect Therapist

This writer refuses to make her work her life - via Refinery29

How folks drink coffee all around the world, so cool - via Huffington Post

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cookie S'mores Sandwiches


For someone who doesn't care a great deal for marshmallows, they've definitely been all around me lately. What can I say, the people love it so I'll jump on the bandwagon too. Anyway, you're probably tired of me constantly talking about Salem Baking Company's cookies, right? Have you listened to me and actually gone out and purchased some yet? Hopefully you have and now you understand why I love them so much. So light, so airy but super-flavorful all at the same time. I've said over and over again that the spicy ginger ones are my favorite but I think they have some stiff competition; the Meyer lemon ones are pretty tasty too.

OK back to the s'mores. I got the idea to make sort of a deconstructed version of s'mores using Salem Baking cookies. if you've been following my little blog for a while, you know that I'm not always the best at documenting my 'on the fly' food ideas. Yes, sometimes, I do take the time out and do recipe testing and I document every little step of what I'm doing. However, in this particular instance, I sort of did it. But honestly, you do not have to be any sort of fancy baker to make this; you can't mess this up...at all. I promise.



You need:

1/2 cup marshmallows, melted
chocolate bars, melted (like Ghirardelli or Hershey - I think I used 2)
Moravian ginger spice Salem Baking cookies

Melt the marshmallows using a double boiler. Eventually the marshmallows will melt into an ooey gooey puddle of goodness.

Melt the chocolate. You can do this one of two ways: melt it in a microwave (quick and easy) or also using a double boiler. The choice is yours.


Now that everything is melted and ready to go, it's time to put it all together.

Add a dollop of marshmallow to one side of a cookie; drizzle chocolate on top then top with another cookie.

There you have it folks, an easy s'mores sandwich. You can make different variations of this if you want...if you're into peanut butter or Nutella, I'm pretty sure either one would work pretty well.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bourbon Peach Pie


Every now and then, you meet a really nice person who you just click with. It doesn't always happen but when it does, it's nice. It's even better when that person is a pastry chef. Because...pastries. Anyway, last week I got a chance to hang and bake a pie with my friend, Charity Everett of Revel Pasty Company. When I say "bake a pie", I mean, Charity baked, I drank whiskey and John took photos. I did chop the sage (there's sage in the pie crust!!) and attempted to roll out the dough. I feel like, as a 'food blogger' and someone who loves to cook, I really didn't show Charity my kitchen skillz. Oh well.

I met Charity sometime last year and since our first introduction, she's built an awesome (delicious) pastry company and has made quite a name for herself around these parts; it's pretty cool. She's going to be teaching a pie class for The Chattery next month and if you're in the Chattanooga area, you're going to want to take this class. The pie we made was influenced by a dessert that Charity made at the Scenic City Supper Club last month - so good. Charity was nice enough to share her recipe with me for bourbon peach pie and it's so delicious. Also, I'd like to publicly say thank you to my oh so sweet husband for tagging along and being my photographer intern; he's so good to me.

Before we start, pour yourself a cocktail...we did.



Here we go:

Sage Pie Crust

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped
6 oz butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
ice water

Stir together the flour and salt. Scatter butter over the top of the flour mixture.

Rub the butter into the flour by rubbing it between your thumb and your first two fingers - making a flake of butter.


Once the butter is flaked and combined into the flour mixture, it should appear a little yellow. Then add the sage.


Slowly add ice water; stirring with your hands until it comes together in a shaggy moist dough.


Gather the dough together and divide it in half. Flatten each half into a disc.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.


Bourbon Peach Filling

6 cups sliced peaches
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tbsp bourbon

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir gently to combine.


To assemble you'll need

1 egg, well beaten (plus a tablespoon or two of water; this is an egg wash)
1 tbsp coarse sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Grab one half of the dough disc and on a well-floured surface, roll it into a circle; roughly 12 inches in diameter and 1/8th of an inch thick.

Press the dough into the bottom of a 9-inch pie pan and allow excess dough to hang over the edges of the pan. Pour in the peach filling.


Repeat the rolling process with the remaining dough disc, cut into 1/2 inch strips and place in a lattice pattern on top of the pie filling; some of the dough will hang off the pie pan. Fold the excess dough under, sealing the lattice top to the bottom then crimp the edges.


Brush the top of the pie with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar evenly over the crust.

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.

As hard as this will be, allow the pie to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.  So good!

Is your mouth watering yet? Be sure to follow Charity and her baking adventures on Instagram and like her on Facebook!

For tickets and more information about her seasonal pie making class, visit The Chattery.


Monday, August 24, 2015

The Weekend


This may very well be the most uneventful weekend I've had in quite some time. Or maybe it's just uneventful in photos? Whatever the case, not much went on this weekend. The above photo is an awesome birthday gift from my friend who obviously knows me too well. Are they not the cutest towels ever? I think receiving these towels were probably one of the most exciting things that happened to me over the weekend. John and I went on a boat ride with his parents in celebration of his father's high school class. The boat ride didn't leave until 11pm. So even though John and I were the youngest folks there, we were so tired. Luckily the weather was nice and we survived.




Naturally, I can't go a weekend without tacos. This was our 'pre-boat ride meal'. There was a little cleaning that happened over the weekend and some talks of Christmas traveling - no final details on that yet. Hopefully we'll be jetsetting somewhere; I'm in desperate need of another vacation. Hope you had a great weekend!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Around the Web


Thinking of a master plan...again. Actually, always.


Horrible mother-in-law stories. I don't have this problem - via Huffington Post

Wondering what it feels like to be left at the alter? - via Refinery29

Natural remedies for headaches - yes - via Hello Natural

Copyright vs. trademark - via Carte Blanche Wellness

Are you addicted to Chipotle? Am I? - via PopSugar Food

Google maps update will help us at night now - via Brit & Co.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

French Onion Grilled Cheese


Last month, I mentioned my immediate love for the cookbook, Easy Gourmet. Its just perfect. It really is a book of easy gourmet foods. I love grilled cheese sandwiches, I mean, who doesn't like warm and crunchy bread with melted cheese? So good. Grilled cheese sandwiches aren't what they used to be; they're pretty grown up and way more sophisticated than they were back in the day.

Have you ever caramelized onions? They're so good but will take lots of patience. The smell and the flavor though, makes it all worth it but patience is key, my friend. If you're super-hungry and in need of food immediately, this may not be the right meal for you since you'll have to dedicate at least 45 minutes to get the onions just where they're supposed to be. At any rate, I made this recipe exactly how the recipe suggests, I made one really small addition, which I'll point out in the recipe.



What you'll need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
salt - added ingredient
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

Add oil and onions to a small saucepan. Stir to coat and cook slowly over medium-low heat, until the onions are caramelized - roughly 45-50 minutes. Be sure to stir often. I added a pinch of salt to the onions - not completely necessary.

Butter bread on one side and place the bread (buttered side down) on a cutting board, add the cheese then add the onions. Season with pepper and top the sandwich with another slice of bread. Make sure the buttered side is facing up.

Place the sandwich in a skillet and grill until golden brown.

Yum, yum and yum. Serve with your favorite chips or soup!


Monday, August 17, 2015

The Birthday Weekend + Giveaway Winner


This weekend was the most perfect weekend ever! I had so much fun and I'm so excited to usher in a new year. Luckily, I had a long weekend, which means it was chock-full of crazy shenanigans, laughs and lots of bubbly. John and I had people over on Friday night (the actual) birthday for champagne and dessert and it was amazing! Also, we'll never run out of champagne again but I'm definitely not complaining.

So anyway, let's get the fun stuff out of the way: the giveaway winner.

 
Congrats Shawna - you'll be getting an email from me later today! Huge thank you to everyone for entering!

Now on to other stuff...

birthday lunch






The party: I tried to have treats and bubbly all around the house. There was candy (and treat bags for folks to take home), brown butter rice krispie treats, snickerdoodle cupcakes, Salem Baking cookies (my favorite), and s'mores dip. There are tons of ways and variations of the s'mores dip, it's crazy easy and the perfect party dish!

We had two drink stations: one for DIY mimosas and classic champagne cocktails and the other for a honey badger cocktail, which I don't have a photo of. So. Much. Fun. The party then continued to our favorite little bar, The Bitter Alibi.




birthday lunch #2 with the in-laws



BRUNCH!


Words can't even describe how perfect this weekend was. We also celebrated another friend's birthday Saturday evening so this weekend was full of fun, celebratory activities. Sunday, John and I headed to brunch and then to the movies to see Straight Outta Compton. Great movie - go see it!

Thank you to all of my friends and my super-cute husband for making this birthday extra special...'til next year!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Golden Milk Cake with Chocolate Ganache


We've come to the end of my birthday week but today is the best day of them all for two reasons: it's Friday AND it's my actual birthday! Hooray!

I had to end the week with cake, right? Cake is the epitome of birthdays and I'm excited to share this cake recipe with you. It's perfect as a birthday cake or as a 'just because' cake. The cake was inspired by Cake Over Steak and it is now easily a favorite of mine. The best part was slathering it with chocolate ganache and eating it with a small heaping of fresh strawberries. Oh my goodness, happy birthday to all!

Golden Milk Cake
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 stick of butter
1 cup whole milk

Chocolate Ganache
8oz milk chocolate, chopped (or you can use chocolate chips if that's all you have on hand)
1 cup heavy cream
pinch of salt
4 tbsp. butter, cut into pieces (should be room temperature)


Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees // flour your cake pan (in the original recipe, a bundt pan was used but I used two, round cake pans)

Combine flour and baking soda in a mixing bowl.

Beat the eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla in another large bowl. If you have a stand mixer or a handheld mixer, use that. It'll speed up the process.

Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and combine gently with a spoon. Be careful not to overmix.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter then add the milk. Bring to a boil // slowly pour the milk into the cake batter while lightly mixing.

Pour the batter into your cake pans. If making a two-layer cake, bake for 25-30 minutes. If using a bundt pan, bake for 50 minutes or so. You can always use the toothpick test to see if your cake is done.

Allow cake to cool before icing it. This cake is also pretty tasty without any icing or ganache.


To make the ganache:

Place chocolate in a mixing bowl // bring the cream and salt to a simmer.

Pour the cream over the chocolate and let it sit for about 10 minutes // whisk gently until it's all combined and smooth.

Allow the ganache to chill for 30-45 minutes. After it has chilled, beat in the butter and mix until it's light and fluffy. Taste a spoonful of it if you want, I did.

When ready, go ahead and ice your cake. I iced or cake the "naked" way. Just the middle and the top of the cake and that was just enough for us.



If this cake is any indication of what this weekend will bring, I'm pretty sure I'll have a perfect birthday. Don't forget to enter the giveaway; it's happening until Sunday!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Birthday Giveaway - Contest Closed


It can't be a real birthday celebration without gifts, right? Not gifts for me but a gift for you!

I love getting organized and planning things and I can't do either without a decent planner. But not just any planner, one from ban.do. Have you ever purchased items from them? They're such a cool store. I bought this (in gold) a while ago and it never gets old - I love it! Anyway, back to the giveaway.

Every girl who wants to get some *pretty* organization in their lives needs a ban.do agenda and lucky for you, I'm giving one away! About the planner. It's a 17 month agenda filled with lots of room to write notes and to keep track of your meetings. It's also filled with fun messages to keep you motivated during those really busy times and there are stickers. I know, who really needs stickers but these are awesome and can jazz up those times when you have a boring dentist appointment or staff meeting written down.


This agenda also highlights all of those very important holidays like National Donut Day and Best Friends Day; don't worry, it highlights all the "real" holidays too. It's pretty awesome.

To enter:
Using the Rafflecopter widget below, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite/most memorable birthday gift and you'll be entered! Be sure to enter (log-in) your email address; winner will be contacted via email.


The fine print: Giveaway ends Sunday, August 16th at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Residents of the US only. Prizes will not be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Champagne & Dessert Party Inspiration


So, I'm having some folks over this weekend for a low-key gathering of friends. The occasion: birthday party. The theme: champagne & dessert; I'm so excited! I love parties, as you probably already know but I'm really looking forward to a chill birthday with some of our close friends. Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild. Not sure what the rest of the weekend will comprise of but I'm excited.

Last year's birthday was ahhhmazing; I had a beautiful birthday dinner with friends and the most exciting thing that happened was John and I got engaged! I can't believe that a year later we've already been married for 5 months! Anyway, this is just a tiny peak into my inspiration for my little fiesta this weekend.

Champagne sangria

Snickerdoodle cupcakes

White balloons, gold string

Champagne with swizzle sticks

Gold pine cones

Rose jell-o


Be sure to visit the blog tomorrow...there's an awesome GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Classic Champagne Cocktail


If you haven't figured it out already, it's my birthday week! I'm celebrating all month (duh) but especially this week. What says celebration more than champagne? I can't really think of anything else...well, besides fireworks and confetti but whatever.

Since this week is all about champagne and fun times, I figured I'd show you how to make a classic champagne cocktail. It's ridiculously easy; we should be drinking these all of the time because of how simple and refreshing it is. And let's be honest, drinking champagne just makes all of us feel really fun and fancy.

All you'll need for this classic champers cocktail is:

champagne
sugar cubes
angostura bitters
lemon twist

If you follow me on Snapchat (username: eatdrinkfrolic), you saw last week I showed you how to make one of these. And by the way, because it's [almost] my birthday, go follow me on Snapchat.



Anyway, drop a sugar cube in a champagne flute and soak the sugar cube with bitters; you'll see it change colors.



Top with champagne and add a lemon twist. It's that simple.



Now sit back, relax and enjoy this crazy easy and refreshing champagne cocktail.


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