Lately I have been snacking on pretzels dipped in Nutella. Sweet and salty. A dangerous combination. One afternoon while scraping the bottle of the Nutella jar with the very last pretzel (don't you dare judge me), I had a thought ... a brilliant thought. Why not make Nutella brownies with a pretzel crust? I didn't know just how brilliant this idea was until I made them. And ate them. All.
Next Saturday is The Peach Truck's (a local Nashville favorite) last shipment of peaches. All summer we have enjoyed fresh gorgeous peaches from The Peach Truck's stands all around town. Now as school starts back, saying goodbye to the peaches is just another reminder that summer is quickly coming to a close.
Life can't be ALL green smoothies and turkey buyers. Sometime (just sometimes) you have to throw caution to the wind and give in to those evil voices. Bacon Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions? Hello, lover.
Does anyone remember the restaurant Radius 10 that used to be on McGavock Street in Nashville? It closed in 2008 but I still think about their fish tacos. Really. They were so good and I have never had fish tacos quite as good as theirs ... until now!
My Ultimate (Skinny) Margarita has long been my go-to summer cocktail. It's light and fresh and I haven't met anyone that doesn't like it. This Pomegranate Mint Spiked Lemonade just may rival it. It's my new summer favorite and will be THE cocktail on all my backyard barbecue menus this summer.
What's not to like about S'Mores? Chocolate and warm marshmallow smushed between two graham crackers, usually eaten around a bonfire with good friends. "How do you like your marshmallow?" is the question that always ensues. "Lightly toasted? Charred? On fire?"
I get asked all the time how I come up with new recipes. What's my inspiration? It may sound strange but I am really inspired by the items that are about to go bad in my pantry. I can't stand to waste food so if something is on it's last days, I'll figure out a recipe to use it.
Summer's freshest lemons and blueberries make for fabulously delicious homemade muffins. Just out of the oven, these puppies are the perfect breakfast treat.
Lunch is always a difficult meal for me to get inspired about. Midday, I want something light yet filling, fresh and satisfying that will last me through the afternoon. Salads are always a good go-to lunch option but most are uninteresting and ultimately unhealthy, which completely defeats the purpose of eating a salad in the first place. This salad is not one of those—it is flavorful, healthy and a lunch you'll be excited to dive into!
This year when YOUR Williamson magazine asked me to design an Easter table for their April issue I was thrilled because I adore Easter! I totally have my grandmother to blame ... it's her favorite too. Growing up, I remember Easter Egg hunts in her Williamsburg boxwood garden, beautiful Easter dresses (one year I even wore a matching hat), family photos and lunch after church around her long dinning room table.
Last weekend we got to take a little "stay-cation" down to Leiper's Fork and enjoyed the cutest inn ever—Storybook Cottage. Perfectly named, this tiny cottage tucked in the woods of the rolling hills of Williamson County is more like Goldilocks' hide-away than a vacation rental. We went for one night and invited my parents up for dinner ... more about that later. First, a tour.
All my time lately is spent making and photographing pies. I'm on number 33 out of 100 for a cookbook I'm shooting but I am still out and about making things happen! Here are some of my favorite things this week:
Here's what I'm crazy about this week!