Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hot Baked Bread in the Comfort of your Home

Bloggers like to follow blogs. And sometimes another blog gets it so right that you use have to re-blog. Well, here I am again, posting a post on an awesome, amazing, and easy homemade bread recipe! Trust me ya'll, it's worth every last bite...


Take the same, simple recipe for pizza dough.

Form a ball, then lightly tuck under the sides. Use flour sparingly to prevent sticking.

Knife the top in your favorite decoration - slits and tic-tac-toe seem to be most commonly popular.

Preheat the oven to 475.

Cook for 30 minutes.

Beautiful!!! And delicious...




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Winter Pizza


The January 2018 edition of Southern Living Magazine had a great recipe for a winter pizza. It's a sausage and kale pesto pizza - simple, flavorful, and foolproof. And aside from the perfect ingredients, it is cooked in a cast-iron skillet, providing for the perfect wintry deep dish, crispy crust.

Ingredients:
Pizza Dough (at room temperature)
8 oz. Italian sausage, casings removed
4 Tbsp. EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup chopped kale leaves
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 garlic cloves
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

2. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat, until browned. While cooking, break the sausage into small bite-sized pieces. Add the onions and sauté until tender and slightly browned. Remove from heat.

3. Make the kale pesto - in a food processor, combine the kale, basil, 2 Tbsp. of EVOO, garlic cloves, and Parmesan. Process until mostly smooth, or the desired consistency.

4. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp. of EVOO and swirl to coat the pan. 

5. Stretch the dough and carefully place into the hot skillet, pressing on the bottom and sides. Cook over medium to high heat for about 2-3 minutes, until the dough wants to start to bubble.

6. Quickly spread the kale pesto evenly over the bottom of the crust. Top with mozzarella, sausage, and onions. Sprinkle the crushed red pepper over the toppings. Lastly, brush the edges of the crust with the remaining 1 Tbsp. of EVOO. 

7. Place the pizza in the oven until cooked (cheese melted, crust browned), about 12 - 15 minutes.



Friday, December 15, 2017

Gifts for All at Mark & Graham

For Him:






For Her:


For the Little One:


For the Furry Friend:


For the Home:



* All images courtesy of Mark and Graham *

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

My Sister's Sugar Cookies

It's the most wonderful time of the year. With family and friends and food galore, and of course, cookies!

Here's another family favorite:

My Sister's Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extra
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

Mix together the first four ingredients and beat until smooth. Combine remaining three ingredients and slowly add to the mixture.

Refrigerate dough for 3 to 12 hours (it is easier to work with the dough once its chilled).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes.

Bake for 5-7 minutes. Allow cookies to cool.

Frosting
3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
5 tablespoons of butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
Milk (just enough to make a creamy frosting)

Mix together the above ingredients and spread onto of cookies. Add food coloring or sprinkles as desired.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

The London Arcades

Not to be confused with the other version of arcades, where kiddos drop coins in a machine to play their favorite games, the London Arcades are much more sophisticated. At the London Arcades, there is shop after shop after shop.


London is filled with these "arcades" throughout the city. Each entrance is adorned with beautiful architecture. And the arcades are even more decorated come the Christmas season.


Visit London. Visit the Arcades.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Harrod's in London

Harrod’s is an upscale department store in the Royal Borough of Kensington, London. First founded in 1824 by Henry Harrod at the age of 25, the business started as a curtains and linens type store. Later, Henry explored the grocery wholesale business with an expressed interest in different teas. The next generation to acquire the store, Charles Harrod, dabbled into the market of perfumes, stationery, and fresh produce. Despite a fire early on in the business, the store continued to grow and thrive, generation after generation.



And here's a bit of trivia... Harrod’s was the first store to debut the “moving staircase” in England, more commonly known today as the escalator. Today, there are many, many moving staircases in the more than one million square feet the store occupies with over 300 different departments. Sadly, they no longer offer the brandy at the top of the staircase, as they did when it first rolled out in order to ease customers' tensions from this futuristic feature. Plus, I’m sure it didn’t hurt to help push sales. Maybe they should bring back that concept?

When in London, Harrod’s department store is a must see. Around Christmas time, it is famous for its lavish decorations and crowded halls during the boxing day sales. Also, there is an extremely impressive food court, one of the more high end food courts with decadent savory dishes, if you can get your hands on something amongst the crowd.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Fall Mimosa

For a fun twist on a classic, try making your mimosa with apple cider! It's the perfect cocktail for the Fall season and Thanksgiving holiday

Cheers!


Recipe:

Fill a glass 3/4 full with Prosecco.

Add a splash of apple cider.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oktoberfest in Helen, GA

Nestled amidst the mountains just north of Atlanta is the German-inspired town of Helen, GA. A perfect place to celebrate Oktoberfest!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bucatini alla Carbonara

Last night we cooked another wonderful cover of the Williams Sonoma magazine, and it was delicious! Simple and easy. A quick fix to a long day!



Here's the recipe from the website:

Ingredients:
  • 6 thick-cut bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz./60 g) plus 2 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 12 oz. (375 g) bucatini *
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

*If you can't find bucatini, regular spaghetti works just as well.

Directions:

Heat a fry pan over medium-high heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring often, until crisp, about 6 minutes total. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a large bowl. Remove the pan from the heat and add the garlic to the bacon grease in the pan. Let the garlic soften in the residual heat, about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the garlic to the bowl with the bacon.

Beat the eggs in a small bowl and stir in the 1/2 cup Parmesan. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the bucatini and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) of the pasta cooking water. Add the pasta to the bowl with the bacon and immediately stir in the egg mixture. Add the reserved pasta water and stir to combine. Stir in the 2 Tbs. Parmesan and the parsley. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. Serves 4.



Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Varsity


Formerly known as The Yellow Jacket, a take on the mascot of nearby Georgia Tech, The Varsity continues its legacy as an Atlanta institution from 1928 to current day.


If you order a Hot Dog, it comes with chili, no questions asked. A plain hot dog is just naked. And when they ask you if you want to walk a dog, they aren't offering for you to get in the kitchen and help, or volunteering you for actual dog walking services, it's just a way of asking if you want your order to go.

Their burgers on the other hand come plain and simple, unless you want to add chili of course. Or if you want, you can order your steak "glorified" with mayo, lettuce, and tomato. 

Between their homemade pies and shakes made to order, including the famous FO (Frosted Orange) shake, there's enough to satisfy any flavor of appetite.

And being as how it is located right next to the Coca-Cola hall of fame, rumor has it that The Varsity is also known for having the most annual retail sales of the popular drink than anywhere else in the world.


Tips to Know before you Go:
- Go at off peak hours, they aren't kidding when they say they welcome buses and tours.
- Check out the lingo they have posted on the website because they do actually use it!!!
- Also give some thought to your order because when you're up, you're up!