Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Two Chocolate Pie Recipes from The Help ~ Minny's & Demetrie's

Here are two very different recipes for Chocolate Pie inspired by the book/movie, The Help.
Rich, velvety-chocolate and totally delicious!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Lightened Feather-Light Buttermilk Biscuits

The forth time was the charm.
I made these biscuits four times (five, if you count the time during our cooking class) to get to the recipe and the technique I felt comfortable with.
You see, I am a northern girl that wasn't raised making biscuits.  I am also a cook that much prefers less rather than more messiness when following a recipe such as this one.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

path of life

photo taken at Princeton University Gardens

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Butternut Squash Soup

 The warm hues of autumn are echoed in this golden-orange bowl of butternut squash soup.
Thick, with a mild, slightly sweet taste, this winter squash is low-calorie and a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese, folate, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B1 (thiamin), copper, tryptophan, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). It is also a source of iron and beta carotene. (source)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Anniversaries

John and I celebrated out 39th wedding anniversary and my cousin, Karen and her husband John will be celebrating their 33rd anniversary early November.
So, we decided to spend a day together.
We picked Atlantic City because John and I haven't been there since we were children.
 And, guess what we did when we first arrived...
we attended a cooking class at Viking Cooking School, located in Harrah's, making southern specialties from the movie "The Help".
We had a blast making Southern Fried Chicken, Mac n' Cheese, Slow-Cooked Southern Greens and Feather-Light Biscuits.  We sipped on Arnold Palmer's, nibbled Deviled Eggs, and chatted with other class attendees before we began cooking.
We started with the collard green because they take the longest to cook.
The guys took their job seriously!
We almost let the liquid simmer dry but thanks to our cousin, John, we caught them just in time!
 Chef Elaine explained how to make a rue for the cheese sauce that was stirred into the macaroni for the Baked Mac n' Cheese.
 Karen and I did our share cooking as well as took lots of pics!
Next it was on to another southern staple.
Adding seasoning as John cuts in the shortening for Feather-Light Biscuits
 
Counting each turn of the spatula as not to over-mix!
 No photos of the messy job of coating pieces of chicken that had been marinating in buttermilk.
An eye on the clock for perfect timing to insure perfectly cooked, juicy chicken.
 No one was getting the tongs from this guy :)
Just look at that face! 
 Karen and John made the day extra special!  Love spending time with them!
It was a three hour class ~  we cooked for two hours and spent the last hour dining on the delicious meal we had just created.
Waiting for everyone to fill their plates.  Such a great group and great instructor.
For dessert, we were served a slice of Minny's Chocolate Pie (without a surprise, "secret ingredient", of course)

I plan to make the recipes again at home and will share them in a post.

~*~
Yes, it has been 39 years since John and I were married and we vowed to love one another forever. Isn't it just amazing that you can love someone with everything in you and find you love them even more year after year. We have much to be thankful for!
oh, let's go dancing in the minefields
and sailing in the storms
oh, this is harder than we dreamed
but I believe that's what the promise is for

Dancing in the Mindfields ~ take a listen

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