Quick & Easy Classic Coleslaw

Quick & Easy Coleslaw.  So much better than the store bought version!Coleslaw is one of those dishes that took me a while to appreciate.  I never really enjoyed it when I was younger.  There I said it.  I grew up in the South, and I didn’t like coleslaw.  I never touched it at picnics.  I’d ask to substitute it when it came as part of a meal.  But then, as I grew older, the strangest thing happened…my taste buds began to change.  (Imagine that!)Continue Reading »

Salted Caramel Frosting + Cookbook Giveaway

Salted Caramel Frosting #Frostings #CourtneyWhitmoreI am so proud of my little sis!  Courtney Whitmore’s (of Pizzazzerie fame) 3rd (yes, 3rd) cookbook just got released, and it looks amazing!  Frostings is the ultimate collection of frostings, ganaches, and glazes.  If it’s used on a cake, then Courtney covers it in this book.  In addition to including 40 recipes, Frostings also includes several tips and tricks to help create the perfect topping for your cake.  With flavors like Salted Caramel, Chai Vanilla Bean, and Champagne Buttercream, I think my baking agenda is set for many weeks to come!  Like me, Courtney is also a dog-lover, and she includes a Pupcake Frosting recipe in her book.  My pups’ birthdays are coming up, and I can’t wait to make these pupcakes for them!  Just to give you a little taste (no pun intended) of Frostings, I am excited to share this Salted Caramel Frosting recipe with you today.

Must own! #Frostings #CourtneyWhitmoreI know, I know…of course David is going to endorse his little sister’s new book. But check out what some industry professionals have said about Frostings:

“Courtney’s inventive combination of cake, frosting, and a few yummy odds and ends is the most fresh and accessible take on the subject I’ve seen in a while.” -duff goldman, chef/owner, charm city cakes

“Frostings has a permanent slot on my kitchen bookshelf.” -joy the baker

“Courtney’s latest book is full of fabulous ideas for frostings and sweet treats!” -tori spelling

Great Gift Idea! #Frostings #CourtneyWhitmore

Salted Caramel Frosting

Yield: 4.5 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for tasting
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • Salted Caramel Drizzle (optional garnish)
  • Sea Salt (optional garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter completely.
  2. Add brown sugar and cream. Stir until brown sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add in salt and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Allow to cool and come to room temperature.
  4. Place butter mixture in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
  5. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.
  6. Add additional salt to taste.
  7. Add additional powdered sugar to thicken frosting or heavy cream to loosen frosting. (as desired)
  8. Garnish with Salted Caramel Drizzle and/or Sea Salt (optional).

Notes

Recipe reprinted courtesy of Courtney Whitmore from her new book "Frostings"

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Frostings is a great resource for anyone who loves to bake, and it also makes a great gift, too.  So grab a copy on Amazon today, or enter to win a free copy below!  (You could also go for the trifecta and pick up Courtney’s books on Push-up Pops and Candy Making for Kids.)  Oh, and a shout-out to Kyle Dreier for his amazing photography!

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Kitchen Redesign Ideas

New Kitchen Inspiration #DeltaFaucetInspired


No, this is not my kitchen.  I just wish it was!  I love how neat and organized this one is…not to mention open and spacious.  I’ve been thinking a lot over the last month of ways that I would love to redesign my kitchen.  As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  (No surprise there, right?)  As part of my redesign, Delta Faucet is sending me a Delta Touch20 Faucet…the kind that you can turn on just by touching it.  As you can imagine, I’m super excited about getting that project started!  I don’t know about you, but whenever I make any kind of dough, I always end up with way more on my clothes than I should.  (No clue how that happens!)  Needless to say, the touch-activated faucet will be a welcome addition to my kitchen!

Delta Touch20 Faucet #DeltaFaucetInspiredWhile a new faucet is one of the easiest ways to update a kitchen, I have also been thinking about other new ideas.  Near the top of my list is a kitchen island with electricity.  I have a large worktable in the center of my kitchen now, but it doesn’t have electricity.  Since the worktable is where I spend the majority of my time, it’s a real pain to have to squeeze into a side counter whenever I need to use my blender or mixer.

When my wife and I moved into our current house about 2 years ago, we chose to replace most of the big kitchen appliances at that time.  I guess I should say that we didn’t really choose to replace them…we were kinda forced to.  The first time I opened the oven, the door literally fell off.  Then the microwave suddenly stopped working.  And the dishwasher was entirely rusted out on the inside.  I know this sounds like a joke…but it’s not.  I had flashbacks to the movie “Money Pit” thanks to our less-than-ideal kitchen appliances!  But fast forward a couple of years and everything has been great.  Except for the ice maker in the freezer has never worked, but it’s hard to justify replacing the entire refrigerator/freezer just for the ice maker.  Remember that new kitchen island from above?  Yeah, I think an under-counter ice maker might make an appearance as part of that project!

 

After using Delta Faucet’s style and personality quizzes to get some initial ideas for my kitchen redesign, I decided to hit the web (mostly Pinterest) to get some more ideas.  I created a new mood board to help me remember some of the ideas, and I have included that board above. Some of the more unique ideas include a vertical herb garden, awesome new corner shelf, and some fun ways to use chalkboard paint.  Instead of making all of these changes at once, I will likely do my kitchen redesign in stages.  And, of course, the very first change will be the new Delta Touch20 Faucet!  Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the final post in this series where I will share before and after pictures of the new faucet.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Delta via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.

Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie

Garden Fresh Tomato PieMy garden has been working overtime during the past couple of weeks.  I have more zucchini, tomatoes, beans, and peas than I know what to do with!  Ok, that’s a lie.  I’ve really been enjoying whipping up some new tasty dishes with all of the fresh veggies.  Earlier this week, I picked a ton of ripe tomatoes…and so off I went to figure out what to make.  Homemade tomato sauce is always an option, but I actually like using canned San Marzano tomatoes, so I nixed that idea.  Bruschetta is another great option for fresh tomatoes, so lunches for the past several days have been simple: Italian bread and fresh tomatoes drizzled with good olive oil.  But I still had more tomatoes…so that’s where this delicious Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie comes in!  After all, how can you go wrong with a dish that includes fresh tomatoes, basil, cheese, and bacon??

Garden Fresh Tomato PieYou could certainly use a store-bought pie shell for this recipe, but homemade pie dough is not nearly as hard as it sounds!  (Check out this Bourbon Sour Cherry Pie post as it includes some notes on making your own pie dough.  Just remember: that recipe makes a top and bottom crusted pie, and you only need a bottom for this Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie.  Just cut the pie dough ingredients in half and you’ll be good to go.  Or make a full batch of dough and freeze half of it for later…it freezes great!)  I also chose to bake my pie in a tart-shaped pan, but you could easily use a pie pan if you prefer.

Garden Fresh Tomato PieI absolutely love Italian food, so it’s not surprising that this Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie contains several of the key ingredients common to Italian cuisine, namely tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese.  So if your garden is overflowing with deliciousness (or if tomatoes are on sale at your local market), then get in the kitchen and whip up a pie…a tomato pie!

Garden-Fresh Tomato Pie

Ingredients

  • Pie dough (either homemade or store-bought)
  • 4-5 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 6 large basil leaves, torn into small pieces
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Roll pie dough into pie or tart pan. Remove any excess dough.
  2. Layer the sliced tomatoes around the bottom of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle diced onion and crumbed bacon on top of the tomatoes.
  4. Sprinkle basil, salt, and pepper evenly across top.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise and cheeses. Stir until well combined.
  6. Spread the mayonnaise-cheese mixture evenly across the top of the pie.
  7. Bake at 400F degrees for 35 minutes, or until top of pie turns a deep gold color.
  8. Let pie rest before slicing. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Notes

I used turkey bacon and light mayonnaise to reduce the calories, and the pie still tasted great!

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