Archive for December, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Happy holidays to you all! Hope everyone has a peaceful and warm holiday.

Swine and Dine Video!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

2011 BaconFest in Knoxville, Tennessee – Swine and Dine Event from Enjoy Knoxville on Vimeo.

Check out this awesome video from Swine and Dine! Thanks Brent for sending over. It made me long for that amazing wine and pork!

Strange, but Delicious

Monday, December 5th, 2011

On Friday I made this very weird sounding, but SUPER easy and really tasty dip/spread. From it’s name, Chunky Cheese Pate, to the ingredients, it is a strange one, but it got eaten right up and was super tasty. It took all of ten minutes to make, which is great for the busy holiday season if you have to bring a little something for a potluck or holiday party. The original recipe from Gourmet, is linked above; below is my adapted version.

8 oz Neufchatel, softened
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
4 teaspoons Snap liqueur
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 8-ounce jar mango chutney

Beat first 5 ingredients together. Pat out into a 1/2-inch thick round on a pretty plate. Chill. Pour entire jar of chutney over cheese mixture. Serve with saltine crackers.

Brasserie de l’ile Saint Louis

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

This is my favorite place in Paris. It’s not fancy, there aren’t very many items on the menu, and it’s in a pretty touristy area. The thing I like about Paris though, is that I’m a total tourist. I can’t speak the language, I barely know my way around, just being there feels like an adventure so I don’t feel the need to seek out super hole in the wall places. I’ve had many meals here. With my family, by myself and now with Mr. Mockingbird. The waiters never seem to change nor does the menu. The food is Alsatian, which is the perfect combination of French and German,. One of my favorite things is that my dinner (above) looks just like the image on the poster (below). The fries here are spectacular, I’m pretty sure the French have a different kind of potato than we do. Mr. Mockingbird got Steak Tartare which was great and rich and seemed like a pound of meat!