Feb 13, 17
It’s the month of all things pink, red and everything heart shaped. You know the holiday. They’ve had the shelves stocked with chocolates and goofy little stuffed animals since Christmas Eve reminding us it’s coming. I’ve never been a jewelry and flowers girl but food, yes I’m all in. Especially when it’s carbs or dessert. Pretty pink dainty French cookies, most definitely fall into the yes category for me. Better known as macarons. It’s a sweet meringue-based confection made using: egg whites, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, almond flour, and food coloring. They’re delicious and you can fill them with whatever your heart desires.
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BBQ Cola Pork Chops.
I am from the South and yes I’m Southern as grits. We’ll put bbq sauce on all the things. I’m not even kidding. I even like to dip my fries in bbq sauce. Pretty sure I was spoon fed bbq sauce as a baby, but that’s neither here nor there. Don’t blame my Mom, I probably grabbed the spoon and did it myself. Now you know my love affair with sauce runs deep. I like mine sweet, tangy and with a kick. Spice is nice. Sometimes though spicy just doesn’t agree with me. Does that stop me from eating it? Nope, not a chance. I don’t let a little heartburn scare me off. I just keep the PEPCID COMPLETE® handy. I take the directed amount and it’s taken care of quickly and let’s me keep on keeping on.
Spaghetti with Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce.
Sometimes the simplest of recipes are the best ones. While fresh tomatoes are amazing and I’m very much looking forward to summer so I can have them (hello it’s ridiculously cold out. I’m currently hunkered down in my house for snowpocalypse 2017 and probably will be for the next few days), they’re obviously not available right now. No worries though, this recipe calls for whole peeled canned tomatoes so it’s all good.
Chicken and Dumplings with Mushrooms.
I’ve traveled the world. I’ve lived abroad, I’m even bi-lingual, but I will forever be a Southern girl. Proudly born and bred in the South. I like to tell people I’m Southern as grits. Or in this case, Southern as chicken n dumplins. It’s one of my most favorite meals my Mom used to make me. It was a take all day kind of meal. She would start by roasting the chicken then making Homemade Chicken Stock. Followed by rolling out her own dumplings. Definitely a dish made with love. I’m devastated I never wrote down the exact recipe. I know the ingredients, because I helped, but not the amounts. I’ll forever regret that. I’ve tried to replicate it and this one is as close to hers as I could possibly get, with a twist because I’m me and I can’t help myself.
Happy Christmas Eve. I hope you’re all set with your preparations (I JUST finished, I know, thank goodness I’m good under pressure. I prefer that to procrastinator.) and are settling in to enjoy time with your family and friends. To celebrate finishing wrapping that final gift, I’ve made a pitcher of festive Christmas Sangria that’s sitting in the fridge, letting flavors mix and mingle a wee smidge until it it’s completely chilled. Then we’ll be pouring up glasses and getting our Merry on. Sangria is a great wine based punch if you will. It’s served all year long just with different fruits and wines. For this seasonal version I used leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving. Yes, they keep in the fridge that long. Along with apples, rosemary and cinnamon. All things that I had on had.
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