This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend...and for me, that means 4 day weekend!! Wooo hooo, it is much needed that is for sure. My brother is on his way into town and we have lots of fun things planned. One thing I did not really want to be doing while he was here was baking, so I needed to get that out of the way tonight before his arrival. We are heading to a very close friends BBQ/Pool party on Sunday and what better treat to bring but fresh made cookies!
I always make regular chocolate chip cookies and don't get me wrong, they are one of my favs, but this time I wanted to try something new. While searching through some of my favorite recipe sites I came across these chocolaty chocolate chip cookies and lucky for me I had everything in my pantry to make them! Of course I had to try one, and I must say they are quite delish. They are super chocolaty, but I ended up adding some white chocolate chips as well. Check out the recipe and pics below and I hope you enjoy-
In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Participating Krispy Kreme stores are giving away a free doughnut of any flavor to customers on National Doughnut Day, June 3rd, 2011. Use the store locator to find the Krispy Kreme location closest to you. You might want to give them a call to confirm that they are participating. Enjoy!
While in my fridge this morning, I realized I had way more blueberries than I could handle and did not want them to go to waste, so I got online to search for something scrumptious to make and boy did I find it! This recipe is courtesy Abbey Cat Chat of and liberally adapted from Cooking Light. I had to try a piece immediately-- if you like cake and blueberries, this is a real treat. I have actually already cut up the whole thing in pieces to give to friends and family or else I would eat the whole cake!
Oh and the only thing I added to the recipe was slivered almonds on top for a nice crunch! See the pics below and if you try it out, enjoy-
This past week was my friend Kate's birthday! Once a month myself, Kate and other co-worker Xuan head to a sushi buffet to catch up and stuff our faces! Being that this was a pretty big b-day for Kate! The big 3-0, we had to do something a little extra special! So she came over early yesterday morning to help me make her cupcakes...I had yet to make Chocolate Frosting and it is one of her fav's so the timing was perfect. I found the recipe on http://www.pioneerwoman.com/ I did add in a little cream cheese as well and they were quite tasty! We brought them to the restaurant and they put them on a plate with a huge piece of fried ice cream in the middle- oink oink! See the pics and recipe below. Enjoy-
Saturday, May 21st, 2011, celebrate Pizza Peel & Tap’s third anniversary all day. From 3pm to 6pm, NoDa Brewery, North Carolina Brewery of the Year, will provide free beer from 3pm-6pm
Also, throughout the day, enjoy:
• Bounce house
• Live music
• All-day beer specials
• Giant Jenga
• Big Boss Brewing Company hosted coaster-tossing contest from 7pm-9pm with winner advancing to the Pan American Coaster Tossing Championships June 18 in Raleigh, NC and receiving a gas card and hotel stay for the championships. Tosses will be judged on accuracy and distance.
4422 Colwick Road (Cotswold area)
Sunday night we had a family dinner and tons of left over Peach BBQ chicken! Since every Monday I go to my Aunts for yoga I told her we should make something with the leftover chicken. I had to share and so wish I had my camera last night as it was so good....and super simple to make. So if you are looking for an idea here it is!
Chop up leftover BBQ chicken, saute onions until caramelized, add in the chicken until warm....in a separate pan, heat up a tortilla, add in some cheese until melted and then the onion and chicken mixture-- and tada, a BBQ Chicken Quesadilla with caramelized onions and Cheddar cheese!! My aunt actually put her mixture in a bowl and added in avocado and it was really good as well. Hope you enjoy-
I read this article over the weekend in the Charlotte Observer and for all you foodies out there in Charlotte, looks like something worth checking out for sure!
Food truckin' on a roll
Thursday's Chow Down Uptown Food Truck Rally hits the parking lot. Get wings, fish tacos, cupcakes and more.
So, between the political and the popular, is it finally time to discuss some food-truck fare?
No, we haven't got them popping up everywhere, but we've reached enough critical mass that this Thursday, you can check some out at the Chow Down Uptown Food Truck Rally. Operators of at least eight trucks have committed to sell food at the event.
The rally will be 5-9 p.m. in the Seventh Street parking lot, across from Seventh Street Station at 260 E. Seventh St.
Lynn Henderson, Charlotte Center City Partners director of programs and event operations, says her group started pondering "the whole food truck culture" several months ago.
Alert readers will recall food-truck advocates presenting a petition to Charlotte City Council recently with the catchy slogan "Carne Asada Is Not a Crime." That reflected the difficulty taco trucks, also called loncheras, have had with an ordinance the council tightened in 2008, citing complaints.
It restricted mobile food vendors from being closer than 400 feet to residences and each other, from staying in one spot more than 90 days and from selling later than 9 p.m. Truck supporters hope the council will do what it recently did with music complaints - namely, decide to deal with problems individually rather than through ordinances.
Trucks are hardly new elsewhere, of course. There's actually a Mobile Cuisine magazine and a multitude of apps that pinpoint trucks for diners by aggregating Twitter feeds and even GPS technology. (None that I've seen geared for Charlotte, though.)
With some trucks able to collaborate with private property owners uptown, the idea of a rally seemed promising. "In a very low-key manner, we put the word out," says Henderson. "It's grown and grown, totally by social media."
If the rally is a success, gatherings could continue - ideally, says Henderson, run by the truck owners themselves, who would decide how often to gather. Some would probably anchor the events, with other trucks rotating in and out. Several were interested in the May 19 event but had conflicts, so she expects the list to grow.
The eight confirmed (with their Twitter handles, through which they often tell followers where they are and what they're serving that day): Holy Matrimony World Famous Wings & Pizza (@WingzzaTruck on Twitter): Just what you'd think. Roaming Fork (@RoamingForkNC): Eclectic offerings, from fried deviled eggs to blackened fish tacos. Roots Farm Food (@RootsFarmFood): Another eclectic one, from housemade tagliatelli pasta with asparagus to lamb sliders to grilled cheese. Napolitano's Market (@NapolitanosMkt): A big red truck with Italian sandwiches and more. Southern Cake Queen (@southerncake): Gourmet cupcakes in a noticeably pink vehicle. Jim's South Philly Steaks (@JimsSteakTruck): Philly cheese steaks, naturally. Sticks and Cones (@SticksandCones): A classic ice cream truck. Outdoor Feasts: Applewood-smoked pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, ribs, boudin balls ("souped-up hush puppies"), plus fruit pops made with local fruit and cream.
Note: These aren't all uptown-centric; some are more often in other locales.
I recently checked out two trucks I hadn't been to:
The new Roaming Fork was set up in a lot off Camden Road in South End, and I got a cheerful greeting (Requirement No. 1 of a truck). Blackened fish tacos sounded unmissable, and how could anyone not try "fried deviled eggs"? A paper cone of three deviled egg halves, crusty with breading, proved a mite rubbery for my taste, but the tacos? Nice. Two flour tortillas encasing tender, lightly blackened moist white fish with well-roasted corn salsa and a drizzle of cilantro sauce. Plenty for $6. Roots is often at the Atherton Market, and on a Saturday morning was offering duck confit tamales with a guajillo mole and fried egg on top, along with veggie omelets and sausage and egg burritos. The tamale was exceptional: beautifully moist, and perfectly set off by the lush mole, spiked with scallions. At $6, this was small, but so rich that it was filling.
Bring on the rally.
All Arts Market: Thursday, May 19th, 6-10pm; Friday, May 20th, 6-10pm, Neighborhood Theatre
A variety of original artwork including paintings, prints,
photography, sculpture, jewelry, leather-work, stationery, and more will be featured during the two-day gala. Gallery Crawl: Friday, May 20, 6-9:30pm Pimp My Rack: Friday, May 20th, 5-10pm
A public art exhibition that will feature six local artists painting bike racks live, as part of the new NoDA custom-designed and -built bike racks, made possible with funds from the Neighborhood Energy Challenge Grant. Stop by for a free beer from event sponsor New Belgium Brewery while you watch artists in action. Register to win a custom-designed New Belgium Brewery bicycle, and vote on your favorite bike rack. FemmeFest: Saturday, May 21, 6pm-1am
Neighborhood Theatre and The Evening Muse
At only $15 to get you in to see all the performances, the festival is a bargain. Scheduled performers include Grammy-nominated Jennifer Knapp, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Reeve Coobs, Donna Duncan, Natalie Royal, Mieka Pauley, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, HuDost, Karla Davis, Rebecca Pronsky, Shana Blake, Charlotte Parrott.
Friday night I went to a BBQ with some friends and boy did we have a killer dinner! Pork tenderloin, ribs, potatoes and spinach salad with a killer fresh garlic dressing. I don't have the recipes yet, but had to share the pic! Delish!
Saw this today and thought of all my little momma's:) This is courtsey of Charlotteonthecheap.com GREAT SITE if you have never been!
Free: All About Baby 5/22/11
New parents and parents-to-be, All About Baby is just for you. Sunday, May 22nd, from 2pm to 5pm, at Hampton Inn & Suites South Park, 6700 Phillips Place, it features food, freebies, giveaways, shopping, and information prenatal, postnatal, and baby needs. Vendors will be on hand to show you their products.
First 50 new parents (6 months or less) to RSVP get a free Baby Booty Bag full of samples and coupons, but you’re welcome to attend without RSVPing. Register by calling 704-544-3226 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This past Thursday two of my fav work buddies and I went to Nolen Kitchen in Charlotte over off Selwyn. For those who have never been, it is really good! They have a great outdoor patio but it fills up pretty early and on Tuesdays it is 1/2 apps til 6ish and 1/2 bottles of wine all night, so needless to say, that is typically the night I like to go there-- love a good bargain! ;)
Anyway, this time we went to catch up with each other and come to find out, the next day was Stacee's birthday!!!! Wooo Hooo, Happy Birthday girl! We had a great night and of course I now had an excuse to make something yummy! I did not have a lot of time beforehand so I did use the Betty Crocker Red Velvet cake mix (which by the way is super delish) but I had to make my own cream cheese frosting. I got the recipe for that off Foodnetwork.com It is so easy to make. Check out the tray below. The others pics were a little too big to post, but overall good night, good friends, really good dessert;) -Enjoy
This past Friday I had made a plan to go and visit my good friend Chelle to see her new little one Isabella! I of course thought all week about what I could make and of course taste on my visit with her as well;) I ended up deciding to make a quiche, salad and cookies, yum de lum!. After searching around on my favorite site http://www.foodgawker.com/ I found the quiche that looked delish and can you believe somewhat healthy. Most recipes for quiche call for several eggs and lots of heavy cream..but not this one! Thanks to the blog Lemon Drop, I found a fabulous recipe! I did change a few things though. One, I did do this in a premade pie crust so I could leave the leftovers with Chelle and her family, two, I added in tomatoes, goat cheese, rosemary and just topped with Swiss. It turned out super yummy, so yummy Chelle and I ate almost the whole quiche!
Now there was no way I could come without dessert, so as I was looking through some old recipes and trying to find these chocolate chip cookies, that although take hours to make, were so worth it, I ended up finding a recipe from Cooking Light! I again made a few changes by taking out the peanut and adding in white chocolate chips. They were super tasty and even better knowing they were not bad for us!
So overall it was a fantastic night with great food, great company and the cutest little girl ever:)
If you try any of the recipes, hope you enjoy and let me know what ya think-
River Jam is back at the U.S. Whitewater Center every Thursday evening, 7pm to 10pm, from May through September. Listening to the bands is free; there’s just a $5 charge for parking. 2011 Band Schedule
05/05/11 Lefty Williams Band
05/12/11 Southern Fried Music Association
05/19/11 Big Daddy Love
05/26/11 Leadville Social Club
05/29/11 Memorial Day Celebration featuring: Trampled by Turtles, The Apache Relay, American Aquarium
06/02/11 The Victor James Band
06/16/11 Mike Strauss Band
06/23/11 Thompson Brothers Band
06/30/11 Alan Barrington
07/07/11 Exit 54
07/21/11 Matt MacKelcan Band
07/28/11 Lindy Dobbins and the Red Velvet Manx
08/11/11 Town Mountain
08/18/11 Overmountain Men
08/25/11 Wild Rumpus
09/01/11 Chasing Edison
09/08/11 Lefty Williams Band
09/15/11 Jeff Luckadoo
09/22/11 Soul Watt
09/29/11 Green Vegas
This past Friday I had one of my dear friends and co-workers over for dinner. She is very picky as she is on a diet and unfortunately is sticking too it, so carbs were pretty much out, but I think that was a good thing as I did have to make a dessert that was certainly not low fat!!!!
To start off I made a yummy caprese salad with prosciutto. Simple easy and lot of flavor! See below.
Now for dessert I found a recipe off of Foodgawker.com, one of my all time favorite sites! I had some super ripe bananas and was tired of making just a plain old banana bread and I was also dying to use my grandma's bundt pan that was recently sent to me. So this is highly adapted from the "Completely Delicious" blog. I did not use any orange and I also made it in the bundt pan. It turned out fantastic, the struesel topping was heaven! So thanks Completely Delicious!!!! So here are some pics! I hope you enjoy!
Whiskey Warehouse has been in Charlotte at least a year now I think. It is a great little place in the Plaza Midwood area of town and I have actually been several times. It has a great menu, but I always have gotten the same thing, the fried green tomato pimento cheese sandwich with sweet potato fries...DELISH! But about a week ago, I went back again in hopes that the rooftop terrace had opened, it has not yet, but looks like it is gonna be super nice! But needless to say we got a table outside and were ready to stuff our faces! I decided this was the time to try something new and I am so glad I did cause what I got was insanley delish and it might be my new fav dish! Check it out below!!! And if you have not been there yet, or not tried the fish sandwich, you gotta check it out!!