All posts filed under: Appetizers

Jalapeno & Cheddar Cornbread

When I think of cornbread, I can vividly see the image of worn hands draped in cornmeal dust, kissed by sticky bits of egg and butter. I smell the thickness of buttermilk’s tang waft beneath my nostrils. There’s natural sunlight piercing through the grease stained windows where laundry drapes from the twine in the distance. There was a little shed out back that was attached to a chicken coop where my sister and I once collected eggs from the rustic piles of hay, leaves and cotton, that were sewn into works of art where the eggs lay.  It almost seems like a lost cause to bake something attached to so many warm thoughts. My grandmother never made jalapeno cheddar cornbread. It’s a treat that I’ve developed a fondness for over time. The hint of spicy warmth on that sweet corn backdrop and the kiss of that nutty cheese to bring it all together is something enchanting if you let it be. When I reminisce with friends about simple southern staples like cornbread as pertaining to …

Pumpkin Cranberry & Apple Biscuits

The introduction to fall has been an interesting one. I mean typically, I don’t even pay attention to the change of the seasons until I become annoyed by the reaction of my allergies to the first pollen breeze, chill of wind upon my face or warmth of sun upon my car seats. All of these things an indication that the season has changed and we are walking into a new cycle of life. One where our blankets fall from the attics and our heaters blow the dusts of summers neglect away.  I have to admit there is a soft spot in my heart for the fall. I adore the quilt of colors brought to us by the leaves aging. The rustling and crunch of your feet in the grass conjuring yesteryear’s thoughts of s’mores and diving into mountains of raked leaves. I was sitting in the waiting room while my wife was in surgery when I thought of these biscuits. Her parents and I fretting on the inside but doing our best not to let it …

Summer lamentations & Tomato Jalapeno Jam

I’m not sure where the time has gone but it left with no note on the night stand or a tepid wave. The summer time is officially gone and some of us never gave it the chance to leave with our pumpkin cookies, souffles and cakes. Even I was guilty of whipping up a batch of pumpkin, apple and cranberry biscuits for a food blogger gathering.I can’t help but to pause and think of all the fresh bounty that I never even tapped into. I think the wife and I will try tackling the company of a CSA box now and again. It would definitely assist in the rounding out of our diet which is simple in the least. At the end of the summer there’s always one last bunch of something that you come across and tell yourself you need. And thanks to the extended warmth this year we were blessed with more tomatoes than we knew what to do with at our fingertips. I had a bag of tomatoes sitting on the dryer …

Alain Ducasse’s Gougères

     First things first! Who doesn’t love cheese? and if you’re allergic to dairy, moment of silence, because these things are fluffy little balls of heaven. They’re easy to make and the best part is you can make them ahead of time and they hold over well at room temperature. Not to mention, you. can. freeze them. Yaaay! you can make them in bulk and when that unexpected guest comes over who raves about how good you cook. You can pull them out of the freezer and throw them in the oven. Instant entertaining snack with the accompaniment of some butter cubes, pepper jelly or even preserves. You’re Welcome!      I was looking for a quick snack to prepare one day for family meal, as mentioned here, and came across these gougeres from the man himself, Alain Ducasse. The world renown French Chef with the esteemed Benoit Restaurant in New York and Le Ralaiz in Paris. There are a few changes I made which didn’t affect the outcome in the least bit. I …

Fried Green Tomatoes with Summer Salad

If  you are not a lover of fried green tomaters! Well, I hope this easy recipe will convert you to the other vine. Fried Tomatoes were a staple in our home growing up. Whether it be an appetizer, side item or entrée complimented with seasonal veggies or mac & cheese. I am no stranger to the crispy circles of heaven. I remember the first few times I had them in ‘The Real World’, thinking to myself . “What is this balsamic reduction? Why tomato salsa on top of FGT’s? Tasso Gravy!, What the hell? But now that my palette has matured beyond that of a 3-year old. I love those extras. They enhance the flavor and make them even more irresistible. Preparing for this recipe only required a skip over to the 12 South Farmers Market and the Nashville Farmers Market. It’s a great opportunity to meet the people behind the food. Thanks to Hoot & Holler for the herbs and Delvin Farms for the green onions. By no means do you have to make the voyage, but it …