Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Midweek Eats: Cupcakes!


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Red Velvet with Cream Cheese icing
Pumpkin Spice with Pumpkin Cream Cheese icing
Sweet Potato ‘Pie’ with Graham Cracker  crust Buttercream
Candy Cane with Peppermint Buttercream
Eggnog with Rum spiked Buttercream
Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Buttercream
Chocolate Pistachio with Chocolate Ganache
Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Cream
Sugar cookie with Vanilla Buttercream
Salted Caramel with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday! This time of year calls for some hearty soups and stews, that being said, head over the Makes me wanna holler for Monday's with Michelle where I have posted my delicious to die for gumbo recipe.

Friday, December 9, 2011

What's for dinner: Christmas Cookie time!

Since I was a little girl, my family and I have made Christmas cookies every single year. Even the years that my Oma says she's not making any, a batch or 2 appears anyways. We usually start the season off with Oma's butterplätzen (My Grandma's butter cookies) and you'll usually find some zimtsterne (German cinnamon stars) and of course vanillekipferln.

 Butterplätzen photo from (

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Midweek Eats: An afternoon with Food & Wine

This past weekend I had the honor of being invited to a really awesome food event hosted by Food & Wine and Buick.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday foodie friends!

Head over to Makes me wanna Holler for this weeks installment of "Monday's with Michelle" for a dinner favorite. Wednesday we've got the details of a awesome food event that we went to this weekend hosted by Food & Wine and Buick, so make sure you check it out. Have a fantastic Monday!

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Friday, December 2, 2011

What’s for dinner: TGIF

Happy Friday folks!!

I have a super busy weekend, so I am keeping it short and sweet today. I had so much fun watching that Julia Cild video on Wednesday, I can’t resist posting another one. This woman is my favorite person! She is so hilarious! I love how she screws things up and just keeps moving along like it’s not a big deal. I wanna be just like her when I grow up!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Midweek eats: Apple Desserts with Julia Child

You all know that Julia Child is one of my absolute favorites! I couldn't resist posting this video of her making Tarte Tatin... fancy french apple pie. Maybe something to try for the holidays! Enjoy!

See you back here on Friday for "What's for dinner"!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday!!

The Monday after a holiday seems to suck even more than a regular Monday, doesn't it? Well, when you have a moment in your busy day, head over to Makes me wanna Holler to check out my, Monday's with Michelle's Thanksgiving Recovery post  ... who doesn't want a few mintues to space out and escape from work??

We'll see you back here on Wednesday for, "Midweek Eats"! Don't work too hard :-)

Friday, November 25, 2011

What's for dinner: Turkey Day Food Coma!

How was your Thanksgiving?? Mine was fantastic. We went from just a simple holiday meal for myself and my better half to dinner for FIVE! No worries though, I always make more than I need so there was plenty to go around. Plus my dear gay husband and his friends brought over some delish Thanksgiving goodies as well.

Here's what we had:
(From the top left: Cranberry sauce, Brown sugar Ham, Green bean casserole,
Gravy, Turkey, Cranberry Sage Stuffing, Cornbread, and my world famous Macaroni and Cheese.)
And I thought we wouldn't have enough food!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Midweek eats: Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Bath

Good morning fellow foodies!!

I hope your turkeys are enjoying their 'brining baths'! I know mine is! Since I am only cooking for 3 people, I decided to go with a breast (bone in) and a few wings. Nonetheless, it still needs brining. Here's what I put in my turkey's brine bath:

Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Bath

1½ cartons of Chicken stock
enough water to cover the turkey (a little less than a gallon)
½ cup of sea salt
½ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of black peppercorns
4 garlic cloves
handful of thyme
handful of sage
handful of parsley stems
a few handfuls of ice

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Funday: Holiday Cupcakes!

Greeting Foodies!

Don't forget, you have by the end of the day tomorrow to get your cupcake orders in so that you can have them by Thanksgiving day. Orders are coming in fast, so don't miss your chance to wow your Turkey Day guests with one of our yummy seasonal flavors. Orders can be placed here, or you can shoot us an email at Here are the available flavors:

Red Velvet with Cream Cheese icing
Pumpkin Spice with Pumpkin Cream Cheese 
Sweet Potato ‘Pie’ with Graham Crackercrust Buttercream

CandyCanewith Peppermint Buttercream

Eggnog with Rum spiked Buttercream

Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate Pistachio with Chocolate Ganache

Hot Chocolatewith Marshmallow Cream

Sugar cookie with Vanilla Buttercream

Salted Caramel with Salted Caramel Buttercream

Friday, November 18, 2011

What's for dinner: Eating Season!

TGIF!! So sorry I missed you guys on Wednesday.... I've got a top secret project (food related of course!)going on and it completely consumed the last few days.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week already?? Geez, time really flies! I like to call the holiday season the "Eating Season"... because, well, that's what it is. The whole season is built around delicious eats. Last Monday I posted lots of yummy thanksgiving recipes on Monday's with Michelle and I will continue with some more seasonal dishes this coming Monday.

In the meantime... check out these delish "Eating Season" dishes....

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Funday: Sweet Citrus Holiday Cupcake lineup!

Happy Monday fellow foodies!

Without out further ado... I would like to introduce.... "Sweet Citrus"...the sweet side of "Citrus Catering and Events".  Our cupcakes have been such a hit, we have decided to share them with the world!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better way to start out than with our holiday arsenal; 10 delicious cupcake flavors that scream.... YUMMY HOLIDAY TREATS! They are perfect for holiday parties, gatherings and potlucks... of course you can always order a dozen for yourself and have them for dinner, I promise I won't tell!

Check out the flyer below and send me your orders via email as soon as possible. (The online ordering option will be up shortly.)

Are you ready for the holiday "eating" season??

Friday, November 11, 2011

What's for Dinner: A Veteran's favorite meal

Happy Veteran's Day!

I want to start today’s post by saying thank you to all the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. One Vet in particular, my Dad. For those of you that don’t know I’m an Army Brat… my Father served for 20 years. In honor of him and all the other Vet’s out there I wanted to post the recipe for his favorite meal. Just one problem… what is his favorite meal??? My Dad is one of those Dad’s that LOVES everything. Then again when you have spent years eating MRE’s and Chow hall food, you appreciate the good stuff. Anyhow, after talking to him, he said if he had to choose one meal it would be Spaghetti.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Midweek Eats: "Eating Season" in on the way!

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some yummy holiday dishes, desserts and insider tips to get you ready for the 'eating' season, also known as the hoilday season. In the meantime, check out these FREE classes from Williams-Sonoma to get you started. Did I mention these classes are FREE??

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday!

Over the last few month my better half and I have been trying to eat healthier and cleaner, which tends to mean more home cooked meals. This also means that we have gotten creative when it comes to cravings. The most recent "have to have meal" was pasta... good old fashion spaghetti specifically. I can't remember the last time I've had pasta... because let's be honest, pasta is not looked highly upon by my trainer. Any who... since we had to have it... I figured out a way to make it in a way that not only we can have, but that is also scrumptious.

Here is what I came up with...

Friday, November 4, 2011

What's for Dinner??

Hello fellow foodies!

It seems like Fall has finally arrived to our beloved city. While the North East is being pummeled by the first snow storms of the season we are freezing in our perfectly sunny skies and 60 degree weather. Go figure! What can I say; you get spoiled by the heat! Nevertheless, the fall season is all about delicious hearty soups, stews and other comfort foods. So, what better way to kick off the 'cold' than with one of my favorite soups, Julia Child's Leek and Potato soup.

(Photo from Food Network)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Midweek eats: Pumpkin time!

Welcome to Midweek eats! Those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter have already heard about my delicious pumpkin cupcakes...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

What's for dinner: East Atlanta Village farmer's Market

Sorry I missed you guys yesterday! But don't fear... your what's for dinner post is here! :-)

Most of you are familiar with the East Atlanta Village Farmer's Market that goes on Thursday evenings over on Flat Shoals... well I finally made it out to explore the local goodies, I even got a pretty delicious dinner out of my finds. Check it out....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Midweek Eats: Healthier Arroz con Pollo??

Welcome to Midweek Eats!

Remember the "What's for Dinner" post I did a couple weeks back on my arroz con pollo dinner plans? Well, I did make it  that weekend as promised, and today I want to finally share the details.

As I have mentioned many times before, I never follow a recipe verbatim and with my recent weight loss efforts I decided that I would change this recipe a little bit to make it as figure friendly as possible. In order to do that, I decided to use brown rice instead of white rice. Keep in mind this changes the dish quite a bit because the texture of brown rice is different than white rice, but that doesn't mean that it can't be just a flavorful.

The recipe is listed below, but before you get to that here is a step by step via some photo's I took during the process, check it out...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Funday: Taste of Atlanta in photos...

Happy Monday!  You know what Monday means... "Monday's with Michelle" over at Make me wanna Holler. Make sure you go check it out as soon as you're done here. Remember those yummy banana muffin photos that I posted on Facebook last week?? Well, the recipe is posted there for you to enjoy.

As you all know, the Taste of Atlanta was this past weekend. There was tons of yummy food and a crowd out of this world. Check out the photos below! What was your favorite taste??

Friday, October 21, 2011

What's for dinner: Don't eat me!

Yesterday while roaming around the Dekalb farmer's market, I came upon one of my favorite area's in the whole place... the fish market. Sure it's smelly and cold, but there is so much to choose from and the prices are generally pretty good. Anyhow, I looked up and saw the big sign hanging on the lobster tank... "Live Maine Lobster $9.99/lb". I turned to my better half, and I said. I wanna do it. I want to finally cook a live lobster. Truth be told, I have never cooked a live lobster. Ever. Tails, absolutely. But a living, crawling lobster. No. Until last night.

Don't eat me...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Midweek Eats: Foodie fun!

Good afternoon fellow foodies!

This weekend marks the10th anniversary of a huge foodie event, the Taste of Atlanta.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday!

No "Monday's with Michelle" today, we'll have something posted over on Makes me wanna Holler later this week, I'll be sure to keep you posted.

In the meantime, I have some fun pictures to share from the The Candler Park Fall Festival. All the usual suspects were out as far as the beloved Food Trucks and all the staples for local festivals... including my favorite... the gyro guy!

Check it out....

Friday, October 14, 2011

What's for Dinner?


Since the theme of my Friday posts are "What's for dinner"... I figured I would share just that. Tonight's dinner plan is one of my childhood favs, Puerto Rican Arroz con Pollo (chicken with rice).
photo from Food Network

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Midweek eats: Spice up your life!

Happy Hump day! I trust you all are enjoying this gray, gloomy Wednesday in Atlanta.

To brighten your day a little, I want to share some secret staples that I keep on my spice rack.

(photo by By GavinBell)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday folks!

Hopefully you all have made it over to Makes me wanna Holler for "Monday's with Michelle"... we've got some good stuff over there! Check it out!

We'll see you back here on Wednesday for, "Midweek Eats".

Friday, October 7, 2011

What's for Dinner: HD1 First Taste...

Happy Friday! I have some exciting stuff for you today... I finally made it over to Richard Blais's new restaurant... HD1.

Clad in workout gear my good friend and I marched our way down the freedom park trail and eventually landed in the Poncey-Highlands right in front of the fancy 'Haute' dog joint.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Midweek Eats: Korean barbecue

Good afternoon good people! I hope you are all enjoying the week so far.

So, last Friday a good friend and I ventured out to Buford Highway to experience a little international treat... Hae Woon Dae   for some Korean barbecue.

Believe it or not, this was my first true Korean barbecue experience (the beef bulgogi appetizer at Aja doesn't count).

First let me start by saying you don't go here for the ambiance. Dated decor and Asian boy bands singing their latest pop song on the big screen hanging over the bar isn't quite what I expected, but the food more than makes up for it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a yumtastic weekend. I definitely did! I had Koren barbecue on Friday and yummy housewarming potluck eats yesterday! I'll be sharing my Koren barbecue experiance with you guys on Wednesday, but in the meantime, head over to Make me wanna Holler for this weeks installment of "Monday's with Michelle".

You all have a wonderful and yummy Monday and I will see you back here on Wednesday for "Midweek Eats"!

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Friday, September 30, 2011

What's for dinner: Weekend eats...

Happy Friday... we made it to the weekend! I missed you all on Wednesday.... so sorry for missing "Midweek Eats"... I owe you something yummy to make up for my absence.

Anywho...check out all the fun foodie events going on this weekend...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday funday!

Happy Monday!

I apologize for slacking lately, moving has been a pain in the butt! This isn't a home improvement blog, but GEEZ, did I under estimate how much work we had to do to get our new home together! Between working, putting up blinds, adding shelving to our closet, unpacking and cleaning I haven't had much to give to my blog lately. However, things are slowly but surely coming back to normal, and I'm super, super excited because I finally have a gas stove again! Hallelujah!

Anywho,  make sure you head over to Makes me wanna holler for "Monday's with Michelle".

Also, a little tid bit of fun food news.... Richard Blais, Top Chef super star and owner of FLIP Burger Boutique has opened another trendy spot, HD1...  a gourmet hot dog joint. It just opened last week in the highlands, so I will be making my way over soon to check it out. Let me know how it is if you already been.

Hope you all have a yummy week! See you back here on Wednesday for "Midweek Eats".

Friday, September 23, 2011

What's for dinner???

I'm soooo sorry for missing you all today. It has been been bonkers! What's for dinner? Well, vodka and popcorn was for dinner, but who is really counting, right?

I'm a horrible blogger. So sorry, love you all a million billion. See you soon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Midweek Eats: Yummiest Spinach Dip of all time

Happy Hump day!

As promised, I have something super yummy for you all today. I dug into my arsenal of very, very delicious and very, very popular recipes and what I decided to share with you guys is…

(drum roll please)

My famous Spinach dip!

My loved ones and friends will tell you how yummy (and addictive) this dip is…. it is cheesy and creamy and prefect, especially with the crunchy crostini that I serve with it. It’s easy to make and it is a huge crowd pleaser, so give it a try and let me know what you think!

Here is the recipe…

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Funday!

Surprise, surprise... it's Monday again and you know what that means, Monday's with Michelle... head over to Makes me wanna Holler asap and check out today's post.

Stop back by on Wednesday for "Midweek eats"... I got something yummy for you!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

What's for dinner: All the things I can't eat...

erIt's Friday and the weekend is finally here! Yaaaayyy!!! Today, I wanted to goof off a little so here is my daydreams in pictures....

All the things I want, but can't eat (damn you Kenya Crooks!)...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Midweek Eats!

Hello readers! I hope that you all have been having a wonderful and yummy week so far.

I have had one very crazy week already and it is only Wednesday! So, unfortunately I am going to have to keep it short and sweet today.

I wish I had lots of photos of all the yummy and healthy food that I have been eating, but truth be told… it’s hasn’t been much of either. Mostly Panaera for dinner…. Chicken noodle soup and Greek salad or Smoothie King smoothies. Which both are pretty good when you’re hungry, but not nearly as great as some of the yumminess I cooked up last week. Buuuuuttt, this is what happens when you are moving and in between houses.

That being said, I hope to be back to cooking and restaurant hoping next week. In the meantime… here is a little re-play from one of my “Monday’s with Michelle” posts, just in case you didn’t get a chance to read it on E. Payne’s Blog Makes me wanna Holler.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday good people!

It's Monday, so you know what that means, "Monday's with Michelle" is up over at Make me wanna Holler. It's a recipe you've all seen before, but go check it out again for a little refresher.

Friday, September 9, 2011

What's for Dinner: Late night drunk food

A few weeks ago, after leaving the neighborhood watering hole, a little tipsy I might add, I decided to try out one of the newer additions to the late night drunk food scene... Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Midweek Eats…

Happy hump day! Today, I want to go back a couple of weeks to play catch-up; I realized that I never shared my German Bierfest adventure with you all.

The 8th annual German Bierfest was hosted by German American Chamber of Commerce at Woodruff Park. They had an extensive list of German Beers and few tasty snacks from Der Biergarten, Ormsby’s and Petite Auberge Restaurant.

Below is my recap in pictures, enjoy!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Labor Day to you all! I hope you are enjoying all kinds of yumtastic eats today!

We are back in full effect, thanks for your patience. We have so many things to talk about, so let's get started.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Midweek Eats??

Hello all... I wish that I had some delicious things to share today, but unfortunately my house was broken into yesterday evening and my laptop, amongst other important items were stolen.

That being said, I will be out of commission for a few days. I'm hoping to be back by Monday, for 'Monday Funday', so please come back and visit us then.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Chef Michelle
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday good people! Hope you all had a fantastically yummy weekend!

Monday is back yet again, so you know what that means... make your way over too E.Payne's blog makes me wanna holler for "Monday's with Michelle". This week, we are on part 2 of How to be the Host(ess) with the Most(est) go check it out for some great recipes!

Friday, August 26, 2011

What’s for dinner: Basil-y goodness

This week a friend and I made it over to the West Midtown area to try out Westside Pie (and to use their free wifi). It’s located in the retail space directly below the apartments of Apex West midtown. This pizza joint has only been open for a few months and is owned by the duo that runs Slice downtown.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Midweek Eats: Win a Chef for a week!

Those of you that have visited our About  page know that  we work with Kenya Crooks the Weight Loss Expert  from time to time. Well, next week is your lucky week.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Funday!

Monday has reared its ugly fabulous head yet again and with it, it brings, “Monday’s with Michelle”... So make your way over to our favorite Blogger Dad’s blog Makes me wanna holler and check it out. This week football snacks are on the menu, don’t miss it!

See you back here on Wednesday for,  “Midweek Eats”. Enjoy your Monday!

Friday, August 19, 2011

What’s for Dinner?? Baked Tilapia and Asparagus…

Happy Friday good people!

I thought I would share another quick meal with you . I got home at about 930pm the other night and was starving, as usual. After a quick scan of the fridge, freezer and pantry, I decided on Tilapia and Asparagus. I had planned on using the Tilapia to make fish tacos, but was in no mood to chop, dice and search the refrigerator for all the components I wanted on my tacos.... so, quick and easy baked Tilapia won.

Baked Tilapia with Asparagus

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Midweek eats: Scoutmob and Seafood

Ahh Scoutmob, the very cool local deal wizard that allows us to eat out continuously and not feel too bad about spending too much money. I don’t know about you all, but one of the first things I do in the morning is search my blackberry for the Scoutmob email to see who’s gonna give me 50% off this week.

Coast Seafood and Raw Bar was the latest winner.

(Photo from Scoutmob)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Funday!

Happy Monday!

Check me out today on E.Payne’s blog Makes me wanna holler for "Monday's with Michelle". Today, I've got 10 chicken recipe's to help out with the 'chicken blues'. Let us know what you think!

Friday, August 12, 2011

What’s for Dinner?? Grindhouse Killer Burgers

I finally made my way over to Grindhouse to experience their Killer burgers. I’ve driven past their Piedmont location on numerous occasions, especially since it’s across the street from Fat Matt’s (one of my big time favs). 

Burger time!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Midweek eats: Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Happy Hump day my lovelies!

Today, I have for you a spin on a classic; Chicken Wings. They are usually fried and covered in some type of finger licking sauce (which I love by the way), but in an effort to be a tad more health conscious I have taken to baking them.

Baking Crispy Wings

It’s a pretty simple recipe; you really just need a good spice mix and some time. Here is the recipe…

Monday, August 8, 2011

Monday Funday!!

Happy Monday Folks!  Hope you all had a wonderfully delicious weekend!
Great news… check me out today on E.Payne’s blog Makes me wanna holler for ‘Monday’s with Michelle’.

Friday, August 5, 2011

What’s for dinner?? Street Meat...

We finally made it to Food Truck Wednesday in the Highlands and got to try some infamous ‘Street Meat’. I have to say I really enjoyed the whole scene. People out in the sun roaming from truck to truck, finding empty spots on the concrete to sit and chat while they ate. It really was a lot of fun.

All the usual suspects were out and we got the chance to dabble around with, Yumbii, Slider UJust Loaf'N Po'Boys and Honeysuckle Gelato.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Midweek Eats…Barbecue!

I’d love to say that my first meal back eating solid food after being sick(other than lime flavored popsicles) was a delish gourmet home cooked meal, but it wasn’t. I was craving barbecue, so I ventured to Fat Matt's Rib Shack…. let the gluttony commence.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday funday!

The weekend is gone yet again, but don’t fear…. Monday Funday is here and there are lots of fun things to look forward to all week!

Friday, July 29, 2011

What’s for dinner: cough drops, soup and popsicles

For those of you that follow me on twitter you know that I have been sick all week long and it has sucked. Majorly. My week has consisted of couch laying, sleeping, red box movie watching, whining, fever sweating, Olympic cough drop eating and extreme nose blowing.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Midweek eats: Cooking for the in-laws…

There is always some kind of initiation process when entering someone’s family through marriage. For my future in-laws, part of this obstacle is how well one can execute a home cooked meal.  (insert side-eye I completed the said challenge by attempting to woo them with my famous mixed green salad with homemade salad dressing and a simple Spinach Tagliatelle pasta with Shrimp and tomatoes in a white wine butter sauce. Sounds good, right?
Hot in the Pan... Tagliatelle with Shrimp and Tomatoes in a White Wine Butter Sauce.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Funday: An Atlanta Favorite

After 7 years of living in Atlanta, I finally made it over to Busy Bee’s Cafe. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it, it’s the popular hole in the wall place in the West End near the AUC that pumps out tons of Southern favorites.

Friday, July 22, 2011

What’s for dinner?? Guest Post: All Dressed Up In Love: Tuxedo Strawberries

Remember those very cute, very delicious tuxedo strawberry men that I ate for dinner here? Well the very creative gentleman that created them has graced us with our very first guest post and the how-to on these cute little treats. Enjoy!

Hello all, my name is Níco. I love cooking and food preparation just because it allows you to literally fill people with the love you put into the food you offer them – and this recipe offers a unique opportunity to not only cook love into your food, but to even dress your food up with love. Although it takes a little extra time, this recipe (or preparation, to be more precise) is as fun as it is rewarding. It will make the love you feel for the special person (or people) you are preparing it for both palpable and well presented… after all – who doesn’t love a nice tuxedo?


  • 1 package of fresh strawberries, washed and dried completely (stem on)
  • 1/2 lbs (depending on your taste) of each: white and dark chocolate bits, squares, or kisses (80% cacao for dark is best)
  •  Wax Paper
  • Ziploc Sandwich Bags
  • Microwave
After having washed and most importantly, DRIED the strawberries, place the white and dark chocolate in a 2 large bowls (separate, of course). Then place the wax paper on a cool counter top surface or on a cookie sheet. Next warm the white chocolate for about 30 seconds at a time in the microwave, stirring very well between warming intervals… Remember – this is a labor of love… white chocolate is very temperamental, but if you take your time with it and warm it slowly then it will be smooth and beautiful… if not it can burn, and believe me you’ll know if it does! Once it is smooth simply take each strawberry gently by the stem and slowly dip it into the white chocolate, but leave a touch of strawberry showing for presentation, placing each one on the wax paper to cool.

Step 1: Strawberries in white chocolate shirts
Once you have given each strawberry its shirt, the next step is to give them their coat. Warm the dark chocolate in the same way as the white, however this chocolate is not nearly as formidable an obstacle as the white. Do remember, however, to save some for the next step. Now you simply dip each berry in the same way, but this time creating a V shape showing a significant portion of white on the front of the berry and covering the back with dark chocolate.

Step 2: Dark Chocolate Jacket
Finally, we must give our men their studs and bow ties – this is done by warming some of the dark chocolate in a Ziploc bag at 10-15 second intervals and gently massage it in between. Be sure not to press to hard or it will get everywhere! Then cut a very small part of a corner off and use it to dot on the studs and draw an X above them, closing the ends to make bow ties!

Step 3: Chocolate studs and bow ties
 The only thing left to do then is present them well for your loved ones. This small act is sure to make a big impression and is a unique way of showing how you feel. After all, it really is a special occasion if even your food got dressed up for it, isn’t it?
Strawberry men in Chocolate Tuxedos!
I hope you all enjoy and can share this with all of your loved ones.

Níco Rico from Atlanta

Find a printable recipe here.

I hope you all enjoyed our first Guest Post! We will see you back here on Monday for "Monday Funday". Have a yummy weekend!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Midweek eats: Girls night!!

I recently made dinner for my 'girls' night with my favorite gay, 'Gi-Gi'. After a quick trip to Kroger to pick up fruit tarts for dessert, we made our way back to my house to get cooking... and drinking. :-)

We started with a simple mixed green salad and a homemade vinaigrette. 


Girls night salad...mixed greens, yellow tomatoes,  red onions and cucumbers.
To follow, we had a delicious, perfectly seared fillet with asparagus and parsley potatoes. I planned to make a red wine reduction to go with, but got a little too tipsy (thanks to my empty stomach) and I didn't even think about it until we were half way through the meal. Don't worry, It was deliciously perfect exactly the way it was.

Girls night dinner... Asparagus, Fillet, and Parsley Potatoes
You should try changing up your girls night or 'bromance' dinners and cook at home. You save money, you can drink more (lots more if you are the hostess!), you can laugh, scream and giggle without disturbing the table next to you and for you healthy eaters out there, you can control what goes into your food. Give it a try and email me what you made!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your hump day! I will see you back here on Friday for "What's for dinner?"

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Funday! The Gelato edition…

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAAAMM!
Cheesy, I know, but I couldn’t resist! :-)
As I mentioned in a previous post, Monday Funday is a real thing in my house, and the latest, Monday Funday thing has been to go to Paolo's Gelato Italiano in the Virginia Highlands and indulge in some amazing ice cream.
If you haven’t been yet, you must get there asap. It reminds me of the Italian ice shops from my home town in Germany. I mean they even have spaghetti ice cream for God’s sake! (Military kids und alle meine Deutsche stand up if you remember ‘spaghetti ice')
Paolo’s has been around since 1999, serving up over 62 fresh homemade flavors that change weekly (check out the list here). The even have a “Gelato Alert”; it’s a subscription to receive an email on the flavors that they are concocting for the week.
Yummy Ice Cream line up for the day at Paolo's

They have just about any flavor you can think of... Flower flavors like, Orange Blossom and Rose; Vegetable flavors like Avocado and Basil; and of course all the traditional cream and fruit based flavors like Chocolate, Banana and Strawberry (and many, many more). My absolute favorite thus far is their Pistachio ice cream. It is like heaven in your mouth. I’m not a huge fan of regular ol’ store bought pistachio, but this ice cream; you have to taste it to believe it.   
All mine! Yummy Pistachio!

So get to Paolo’s Gelato ASAP and find your favorite flavor!

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I hope you all have a wonderful week! I’ll see you back here on Wednesday for “Midweek Eats”.

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