Gloriously Glazed

Over the last two months I have become recently obsessed with Glazed, a new gourmet doughnut shop on Upper King Street. It took me a while to make it to Glazed the first time seeing as how they were selling out of doughnuts every day by lunch. So finally one morning when we had friends in town we decided to make Glazed our breakfast stop, and oh was it heaven. Right next door to Macintosh on Upper King Street lies their store front. It is sleek and simple with doughnuts on display right as you walk in the door. They use all fresh ingredients and with a daily-changing menu they mix it up with flavors like Orange Pistachio, Maple Bacon, and PB& J. So far out of all the flavors I have tried my favorite is the traditional Glazed, it literally melts in your mouth. Fluffy and moist it’s everything you hope for in a perfect doughnut. Add a cold glass of milk on a bench in Marion Square and you have the start to a perfect day.

Pictured above: Top Left: Glazed, Top Right: Cinnamon Sugar Twist, Bottom: Maple Bacon

Cheers to the New Year

My family has had many reasons to cheers this New Year: moving, new job opportunities, and celebrating our first wedding anniversary. I hope that many of you have had lots of reasons to cheers this year as well. I am sure some of you sipped some bubbly while announcing your new engagement! So in honor of those special moments I have shared some of my favorite signature cocktails for you to cheers with on your big day!

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French Quarter Cocktail:

Ingredients

1/4 cup spiced light rum
1/4 cup dark rum
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
Splash of grenadine
4 maraschino cherries, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker and four tall glasses with ice. Pour the rums and the orange and pineapple juices into shaker; add the grenadine. Shake well. Pour through a fine sieve into each glass. Garnish each cocktail with a maraschino cherry.

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Punchy Cocktail:

Ingredients

1 cup guava juice
1 cup passion fruit juice
1 cup lychee juice
1/2 cup packed basil leaves, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed key lime (or regular lime) juice
1/2 cup tangerine juice
Lime slices, for garnish

Mix guava, passion fruit, and lychee juices (we like Ceres brand) in a large pitcher. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of the fruit-juice mixture with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, and strain, discarding basil.
Pour infused juice back into pitcher, and stir in lime and tangerine juices. (Optional: Add 1 cup rum.) Ladle over ice and garnish with basil and lime.

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Watermelon Bloody Mary’s (even the kids can enjoy this one!):

Ingredients

12 cups watermelon chunks (from one 4-pound watermelon, rind removed), plus pieces, for serving
1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
Ice, for serving
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
13 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds, ground with a mortar and pestle, or celery salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 to 1 1/4 cups vodka
Celery stalks, for serving

Working in batches, puree watermelon (with seeds) and sugar in blender. Strain into a bowl through a fine sieve, pressing with a rubber spatula; discard solids. (You will have 5 1/2 cups juice.)
For children’s drinks: Divide 2 1/2 cups juice among 4 ice-filled glasses.

For adults’ drinks: Stir remaining 3 cups watermelon juice with tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and celery seeds in a bowl set in a larger bowl of ice. Season with pepper. Stir in vodka and divide among 4 ice-filled glasses.

Garnish adult drinks with a piece of watermelon and a celery stalk.

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And last but not least a good ole Southern favorite with a twist….Spearmint Juleps:

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups bourbon, preferably Maker’s Mark
1 cup packed fresh spearmint, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
2 to 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
Ice cubes, for serving

Combine bourbon and mint in a large pitcher, cover, and refrigerate 12 hours or up to 1 day. Strain, discarding mint. Add sugar, stirring to dissolve. Divide julep mixture among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

Photos and Recipes: Martha Stewart

Favorite Friday: Accent on Wine

It amazing how much culture and food can be found in and around Charleston. I have lived in Summerville for the last 2.5 years and we still find new and exciting things to do! Last night we ventured out for Summerville’s Third Thursday. Much like Second Sunday on King, downtown Summerville shuts down to cars and all the shops bring their goods for sale on the street, and people out and about everywhere. It was a perfect Fall evening! We ate dinner at Alessandra’s Italian Eatery which was amazing and a hidden gem in Summerville. After our amazing tiramisu, we strolled down to Accent on Wine, our favorite wine bar in the Tri-County area. We walked in and quickly realized we’d have to keep an eye out for a seat as the place was packed! Everyone sipping on delicious wines, sampling cheeses, and laughter throughout the restaurant created the perfect evening. We sat at the bar and the owner, Stephane, guided me through the red wines until finally he chose a magnificent Chilean Carménère. They hold your ticket with these fun, toy animals so you never have to leave your card behind for a tab. The atmosphere is magical. It takes me back to Europe and reminds me of all the things I love about living in a cultural city. They also complement their fabulous selection of wines with a divine selection of meats and cheeses. During our first adventure there we ordered “The Whole Shebang” as it is called on the menu. You pick three cheeses and three meats that are accompanied with apples, nuts, figs, and crackers. I adore prosciutto and a smooth, flavorful cheese when sipping on wine and oh this place has it all! So if you haven’t yet popped in to visit the team at Accent on Wine I think you should. You won’t be disappointed.

Our tab keeper – isn’t he cute!

“The Whole Shebang” – Now that’s a cheese plate! Prosciutto , Genoa salami, smoked salmon, manchego, red dragon, and one more cheese I absolutely cannot think of the name!

Favorite Friday: Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

My mom and dad got me a Crock Pot cookbook for Christmas last year and since being married I have begun to try a lot of those recipes on our lazy weekends. Since Fall is the perfect season for soups I tried my hand at the roasted tomato and basil soup recipe. It was so amazing that it is my favorite thing this Friday!! We have had it in my house twice in the last month and I’m making it again this weekend! It’s very easy and delicious. It is a heavier soup with robust flavor. Grilled cheese sandwiches make the perfect sidekick! Being that it is made in the Crock Pot it can be a perfect addition to a family gathering or holiday party! Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cans (28 oz size) peeled, whole tomatoes, drained and liquid reserved
2 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 can (5 ounce size) evaporated milk
1/4 cup fresh shredded basil
salt and pepper, to taste

 

PREPARATION:

Preheat your oven @ 450F. Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with a non stick cooking spray.

Arrange tomatoes on foil in a single layer. Sprinkle with brown sugar and top with onions. Bake for 30 minutes or until tomatoes look dry and light brown. Let them cool a bit; finely chop them.

Place tomato mixture, 3 cups liquid from tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, and all spice into Crock pot. Mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.

Then add evaporated milk and basil, salt and pepper. Cover and cook again for 30 minutes or until hot.

From: Crock Pot Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes Cookbook

Cupcake Corer

As we all know I’m obsessed with all things cupcake, so when I saw a Cupcake Corer from Cuispro on Hostess with the Mostess blog I knew I had to have it!!! This kitchen gadget, which we also know I’m obsessed with kitchen toys, makes cupcake possibilities endless!! Especially for those of us who are not pastry chefs like my second cousin! This is definitely going on my Christmas list!

DIY: All About Fall

So I am all about Fall right now! S’mores, hot dog roasting, pumpkin carving, soups, fire pits, apple cider, baking, you name it and I love it! When I saw this adorable recipe/DIY I squealed with delight! The Hostess with the Mostess has got it going on for Fall!! Click here for the full instructions and I’ll be sure to share more of my upcoming Fall adventures.

Melanie & Jeff

Melanie and Jeff are two very, dear friends so when the idea of their wedding being in Charleston was tossed around one night at dinner I immediately volunteered to help! Melanie is a chef and Jeff is a foodie so extraordinary cuisine was their top priority. There’s no place better to host a wedding with impeccable food than Peninsula Grill. After months of planing with Melanie the guests arrived to an intimate courtyard ceremony just off of Market Street. The Planter’s Inn veranda provided the perfect “Charleston” backdrop for photos. Cocktails were filled with lamb lollipops, decadent cheeses and champagne. As the guests moved into the Garden Room the stunning and legendary coconut wedding cake took center stage. The dinner encompassed all the love and laughter a fabulous meal should hold. It was a special memory for us all! I am grateful to have been a part of it. Congratulations Melanie and Jeff!

All photos by Kerri Crutchfield Photography

Reception Venue: Peninsula Grill | Photographer: Kerri Crutchfield Photography | Florals: Sara York Grimshaw Designs | Wedding Cake: Peninsula Grill | Rentals and Tenting: Snyder Event Rentals | Calligrapher: Andrea Brown |

European Honeymoon Adventure Part 3: Pisa & Florence

Pisa & Florence should be on everyone’s list of places to visit when in Italy. They are picturesque Tuscan towns. I could spend many summers in Tuscany, strolling through Florence, eating at all the restaurants, and taking in some of the best views of Italy. Of course while visiting Pisa we went to Miracle Square and climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I am scared of heights but it was well worth it! Stunning views of the lush, Tuscan countryside made me never want to leave. It’s truly not a scary climb and it’s a breathtaking moment being at the top so even if you’re afraid of heights, do it! I promise you won’t be sorry! We ate lunch at a restaurant right in the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The Basilica of Santa Croce (the church of the Holy Cross) is beautiful. It completes this perfect Italian square lined with shops, restaurants and apartments. After lunch we went to the Piazza della Signoria. A copy of Michelangelo’s David is there in front of the town hall. After seeing all the beautiful sculpture’s in the square we decided to do a bit of shopping on our own. The guide recommended this tiny store off of the Piazza Santa Croce called Italian Loves. The two gentlemen there guided us through Tuscan wines, olive oils and pesto as we gathered up gifts for our family. This shop should be on your “must-see” list in Florence. They have all the Tuscan wines, local olive oils, vinegar, and pesto’s that you could dream of! We have decided on our next Mediterranean cruise we shall be partaking in the Tuscany cooking class excursion to truly taste Tuscany! I cannot wait!!

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Enough to Make Your Mouth Water

As you can tell I love food…so it’s no surprise that desserts would appear on the blog. In events clients are always looking for a new and fresh approach. They want their event to be unique to their guests and to “wow” them. Whether it’s for a birthday party, wedding or corporate function everyone is always searching for those details that will make their event unforgettable. Desserts are not so boring anymore. Weddings are not just about fabulous wedding cakes and smores are not just for camp fires. I’ve done some digging and found some new twist on some of our classic desserts to “wow” your guests. Don’t drool too much!

Popsicles:

As you can tell popsicles are being reinvented all over America lately. The Sweetest Occasion has some of the “sweetest” ideas for any occasion.

From: Bakers Royale

S’mores:

A classic favorite for those fall/winter events where a fire pit might be involved. Desserts for Breakfast gives this timeless treat a whole new twist by transforming it into cake form! Oh boy how I wouldn’t share a cakelette for anything.

From: Desserts for Breakfast

Macaroons:

Recently, Charleston has had its own Macaroon Boutique open up on John Street.The best macaroon’s I’ve ever had. They are delectable, little bits of sweetness. Perfect for a lighter dessert with big flavor. Light and yummy in chocolate, raspberry, hazelnut and pistachio flavors. Oh so delicious!

From: The Cinderella Project