Archive for March, 2010


Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Tis the season, the fruit is going to start coming in season, white wine time is upon us. This drink looks amazing for sitting in the backyard, soaking up the sun and the flavors. Via Gourmet.

Pedro Ligero’s White Sangria Azulete

2/3 cup fresh lime juice
2/3 cup Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
2/3 cup vodka
3 cups dry white wine
7/8 cup chilled bitter lemon soda
7/8 cup fresh orange juice
7/8 cup chilled ginger ale or club soda
thin slices of lemon or orange, halved, for garnish

In a large pitcher stir together the lime juice, the Pimm’s, the vodka, the wine, the bitter lemon, the orange juice, and the ginger ale, add the lemon slices and 2 cups ice cubes, and stir the sangría. Makes about 6 cups.

I would totally throw in some local strawberries once they’re ready. Mmmm, can’t wait to try this.

Big Ears

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Anyone who ever complains about Knoxville being boring or not enough happening is insane and also wasn’t downtown this weekend. From Big Ears, to Dogwood sculptures going up along Gay Street, to KnoEars, to a Red Bull chariot race on Market Square, to an Ampient extravaganza at Java, it was HOPPING. So much fun, so many cool people out, and to boot the tulip trees were in bloom. Good job Knoxville.

Spring? Soon?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Recipes that you don’t eat

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I’m a sucker for home remedies. I generally loose interest in a purchased product after about 3 uses…So making my own is a better investment! The other day I found these recipes on Design Sponge. Click for the full post. There are lots more recipes.

A Well Oiled Machine
The Goods:
-2-3 Tbsp. sweet almond, jojoba, apricot, sesame or other carrier oil
-5 drops bergamot essential oil
-5 drops geranium essential oil

The Deal:
-Begin running a hot bath.
-Pour your carrier oil of choice into one of your cupped palms.
-Drop the essential oils into the carrier oil.
-Place your hand, with the oil into it, underneath the running faucet, allowing the warm water to carry it into the tub basin.
-De-robe, step ever so gingerly into the tub, and feel your cortisol levels fall.
*Any oily substance used in a tub makes said bathtub very, very slippery. Use extreme caution when entering and exiting. If you’re too blissed-out to wipe it clean right away, tell the other members of your household to mind the tub’s slippery state and write yourself a reminder note or leave out a reminder prompt, like a towel hanging over the tub’s ledge, to clean it later.

K Vintner

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Last year I was lucky enough to be invited last minute out to Blackberry Farm for one of their amazing food and wine events. The vintner was Charles Smith of K Vintners. We are able to purchase quite a few of his wines here in Knoxville both at Downtown Wine and Spirits and Harvest Towne Wine and Spirits. However I was at a wine store in northern California last September and found a bottle of K’s 2006 Royal Bones Syrah. It’s the fanciest bottle of wine I ever purchased and agreed early one to drink it with my friend Steve. We never quite got around to it but then were headed to some meetings in middle Tennessee. There is nothing wrong with these meetings but they are a bit long and can be tiring. It seemed like the perfect time to drink this. In true fashion, we ended up drinking what I dare say was the best wine I’ve ever had, in the parking lot of the Ambassador Motel out of plastic cups. It was a lovely moment. One I’m pretty sure K Vintners would much appreciate.


Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Lovely and Epic Oysters

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Saturday was our second annual oyster brunch here at the house. So far we’ve done it on a bit of a whim each time and lucked out both times. This year the day was absolutely perfect, full sun, warm, lovely friends and great food. My friend Jen was going to go by pants. She left around 4 and napped till for the evening. Nicki was going to stay an hour, she left 8 hours later. You get the idea.

Shucking away at those oysters

I was excited for lots of reasons one of which, it finally got me in the kitchen. Not only that but my friends Matt and Ted Lee’s latest book arrived earlier in the week so I was able to try  some of their recipes. They are wonderful writers and their recipes always, always work. I highly recommend both of their books. I cooked from Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor.

Radish Butter

Radish Butter

The Radish Butter was great, but the best was the Cheese Relish, which of course I did not photograph. It’s like a fancy, spicy version of pimento cheese. However here’s the recipe which is in Simple Fresh Southern by Matt Lee and Ted Lee.

10 oz Swiss cheese finely grated, about 3 1/2 cups
One 12 oz jar banana peppers, hot if available, drained and minced
3 tablespoons of sour cream
1/4 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp of dried red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp of kosher salt
2 tablespoons of fresh chives
2 tablespoons of drained capers soaked in fresh water for 1 minute and then drained again

With a spatula, combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly blended. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

There were also hushpuppies which I accidentally made with all purpose flower because I’m a moron, but they still tasted okay because anything fried is delicious.

Fried bread. Fresh oysters.

Now if that lovely weather would just come back…