With Valentine’s Day being one of the most popular dining days of the year, I’ve short-listed a few cozy, most romantic restaurants to celebrate this special date. Indulgent menus, tasteful wines and scrumptious desserts will satisfy your romance criteria and the taste buds of your loved one. Escape the big city and enjoy the drive but end the day with a delightful meal at one of these charming restaurants. You will support local businesses and cherish these memories for years to come. Reservations are highly encouraged, if not required.
You are not into football but you feel somewhat excited about the Super Bowl – you have the commercials, the snacks, and the halftime show. Cooking is an important part of a successful Super Bowl party but also is drinking. The pantry is stocked up with cans of the golden wheat juice and yet, you don’t like beer – you want the real stuff. 30 minutes into the game and you’re already bored to tears. You ask yourself – “How will I survive this torture?” Fear not, football hater, I got your back.
‘Tis the season for sweet treats and great cooking. Preferably, great quick cooking. You will only need 10 minutes of your time to prepare delicious Portuguese milk tarts. Perfect for your Christmas or New Year’s party, these tarts are served at room temperature and can be left out all day. Top them off with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar and indulge yourself with these sweet and soft tarts. Happy Holidays!!
When Thomas, and his wife, Josephine, first visited Traphill, N.C., a rural community located in northeastern Wilkes County, the landscape reminded Josephine of the French countryside, where she grew up. They decided to relocate from Charlotte to this lush valley, where they purchased 50 acres to pursue the dream of starting a vineyard.
It is only acceptable to eat pumpkin-related foods during the Fall. I’ve been making this dessert for years and it’s always a success. Easy to make and utterly delicious, the Pumpkin Crunch will please your crowds’ taste buds. You can prepare and refrigerate the wet ingredients the day prior but I strongly suggest to bake this dessert in the same day you are serving it. Remember to let it cool down for 3-4 hours before serving it to your guests. The top layer has a delicious crunch and the bottom will have a sweet pie consistency. All together is a party in your mouth. Oh and while you bake it, your whole house will smell amazing!
It is a great time to start sharing some of my favorite recipes since this is the start of the baking season. I personally like simple but delicious recipes and one of my most-liked casseroles is the Sweet Potato-Pecan. This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving gatherings and it’s a Southern staple, mainly in North Carolina.
While white potatoes are lower in fat and sugar, sweet potatoes have fewer carbs and calories. Also while sweet potatoes contain more vitamin A and vitamin C, white potatoes contain more protein and fiber. There is no clear winner in this battle and just everything else, the secret is to eat your potatoes in moderation.
Halloween is here and you anticipate having everlasting piles of candy in your kitchen, in your living room, in your bedroom, and everywhere else. You eat candy for 3 or 4 days but the piles are still there, everywhere! After Halloween season, the amount of candy can get a little out of hand but I have a few suggestions to get your blood glucose levels back to normal (or not?). Start by donating some of you candy to our troops by visiting https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy or https://soldiersangels.org/Donate-Halloween-Candy!.html to find out how to give away your candy. You can also pay a visit to local nursing homes and homeless shelters to make your donations. If you decide to keep some candy for yourself, take 15 minutes out of your time to prepare these easy and fun recipes.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are the crown jewels of Western North Carolina. Here stands one of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes of North America. In the Fall, the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of the most remarkable sites in the world as the leaves change colors to shades of gold, orange, and red. The foliage peak season is here and this year, I’ve decided to explore some of these stunning mountain views.
I don’t own a wine cellar in my house, I buy wine from bad years, and I’m far from knowing everything about a good vintage of Burgundy. I enjoy going to wine tastings and if I find something I like, I buy it, no matter the brand or what the price tag says. Cheap wines are often frowned upon by wine snobs but I’ll say “If it tastes good, gimme gimme.”
After revealing the victor of their new flavor contest in August (Crunchy Mint FTW), M&M’s has announced a new addition to their ever-growing lineup, and fans of Nutella will be thrilled. Hazelnut Spread M&M’s—which don’t hit store shelves until April 2019, sorry—are filled with a creamy, nutty filling and coated in milk chocolate and the classic candy coating. And […]