This cookbook was compiled by a New Orleans newspaper, as it became a post-Katrina swapping place for old recipes that were lost in the storm. With 250 authentic recipes including their background stories, this cookbook contains the very best of New Orleans cuisine. Seems like a great cookbook choice for this month, especially with Mardi Gras next week.
I decided to divide up the bananas foster ice cream into six individual mini pies. They were really easy to make: just scoop the ice cream into the pie crusts, freeze, and right before serving you whip up the bananas foster. My parents had never actually had bananas foster before and they really enjoyed their pies. Just make sure to serve immediately as that hot bananas foster starts melting the ice cream!
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The other day while walking around Knoxville, a cute black tuxedo kitten came running up to me and showed no fear as I bent over to scoop him up. My first thought of course was “I want to take you home!” but this cat was so friendly I just knew he had to have an owner, despite the lack of a collar and the apparent conjunctivitis (poor little guy). So I resisted the urge to steal him and set him down. However, he had other plans as he continued to follow me around for the remainder of the walk and even parked outside my friends door for awhile. If I were still in Memphis I would’ve known exactly where to take him (The House of Mews non-kill shelter and adoption agency) but alas I am now on the other side of the state. I have started researching for similar organizations in this area in case he shows up at my friends door again.
Not going to lie, I hope he shows up again. I still have regrets about not keeping the last friendly-possibly-homeless-kitten that tried to force it’s way into my life (oh, Fenna). But I digress…
One of the things I did not put into storage when I left Memphis and moved in with my parents was my ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchenaid (thankfully they own a standmixer so I didn’t have to lug here that as well). My parents always have ice cream on hand but when their stock ran low I made sure to let them know to not buy any – I was making it homemade!
I let them have a say in the flavor choices and ended up deciding on this toasted almond ice cream made with honey and swirled with a fudge sauce. The honey flavor was very subtle while the toasted almonds were the stars. I used some leftover fudge sauce as topping but actually preferred it without the extra chocolate on top. As many of you already know, I’m a minimalist most of the time when it comes to chocolate. But however chocolate-y you like it there’s no denying this ice cream.
One year ago: Garlic Lover’s Pizza
This month I had the pleasure of browsing through the recipes by the very person who gave us The Secret Recipe Club – April of Angels Homestead! Some recipes of hers that I enjoyed included a festive Shamrock Pizza for St. Patrick’s Day, Creamy Salsa Verde, and even a recipe for 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes using just banana and egg whites. She also just celebrated her 4th blogiversary last week, so head on over and check out her blog (there’s even a giveaway).
I chose to make her recipe for smoked sausage with bell peppers and onion. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and couldn’t be easier, making it a perfect weeknight meal. Caramelize the peppers and onion, then add the sausage until heated through. There is no need for a sauce and just some garlic for seasoning. The sweet bell peppers, onion and smoked sausage bring plenty of flavor and moisture all on their own.
Two years ago: Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mozzarella and Pesto
All of this (f)unemployment gives me plenty of time to not only apply for jobs, workout, and cook, but also to keep track of food holidays. Priorities, right? Today happens to be National Banana Bread Day so for Single Serving Sunday I made a mini loaf of banana bread. One small banana is all you need and it is first caramelized before being mashed and mixed into the batter along with some chopped walnuts. The richer flavors of this mini loaf produced by the caramelization may have you wishing for a full-sized one.
When I first started this food blogging thing, I submitted several pictures to websites like Tastespotting and Foodgawker only to be consistently rejected. Honestly I cannot blame them as my pictures during those times weren’t that wonderful (as many food bloggers can relate to with their first photos). Now that I have a nice camera and a little more experience, I decided it was time to try them out again. And guess what? I got my first submissions onto both sites yesterday! The Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies made it onto both Foodgawker and Tastespotting, and the Cookie Dough Oreo Cake made it onto Tastespotting. Of course several others were rejected but that seems to be pretty typical and I still have plenty of learning to do when it comes to food photography.
Most of the time when my pictures don’t come out perfectly it is because I am in a hurry or don’t have the best lighting. It is especially difficult when you have hungry eaters anxiously waiting to eat the item you are photographing. Take these spaghetti squash lasagna boats for example: the lighting was not ideal but three other people were ready to dig in. I love cooking for more than just myself, but always feel bad making people wait until the photoshoot is done. It is a tricky thing to balance! Lighting aside, these lasagna boats were a delicious, low carb alternative to traditional lasagna with a fun presentation.
One year ago: Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two years ago: Gluten-Free Bananas Foster Muffins
Remember the peanut butter Greek yogurt fruit dip? Well I made another dip for the fruit-dipping-lovers out there! The reason why I bring up the peanut butter one is because I made both of these dips at the same time as evident by the same fruit skewers in the background. I actually made these dips months ago when my cousin Alex got married. Which happened in early fall. Makes you wonder why I waited so long to post them. I could make up all kinds of excuses but in reality I just totally forgot about them. The pictures were on an old memory card and I was distracted by my fancy new camera with it’s brand new memory card. Thankfully old pictures don’t get stale or moldy…
…dang, I really know how to make you crave this dip.
One year ago: Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Parfaits
If I could eat avocados in every meal of the day, I’d be one happy camper. Which means I was super excited to have a double dose in just one meal with this salad – fresh sliced avocado in a salad topped with avocado dressing. The dressing is definitely the star of this dish, but along for the ride is some oven-fried chicken which has taco seasoning mixed into the breadcrumb coating. Crunchy, creamy, fresh and zesty. What more could you want?
Have you heard this nonsense that TN may no longer observe daylight savings time? It has been proposed that after the clocks advance this spring, to never change them again in the state of Tennessee. At first I heard that the entire state was going to be in Eastern time which made absolutely zero sense since most of the state resides in Central time – thankfully that was wrong information. But either way I don’t like the idea. TN borders so many states that it undoubtedly would cause problems for cities (such as Memphis) on the edges. However I would be okay with a nation-wide end to daylight savings. No more winters with 4:30 pm sunsets? Sounds fantastic to me.
This quiche was actually made the morning after all that snow hit east TN. I figured it was a good opportunity to make my parents breakfast and actually beat my dad to the punch because he had the same idea, but I woke up earlier. I decided to let him cook breakfast on Valentine’s Day instead.
Two years ago: Crispy Parmesan Green Beans