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

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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.

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

King of Pops

I recently planned the Charleston Bridal Association August Vendor Networking Party that was held at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Pleasant, where I presently work my day job. We had some of Charleston’s best vendors come out and show their stuff. During all the mingling and networking I began to notice a delightful surprise….popsicles in your cocktails…”poptails”. The King of Pops collaborated with Ice Box Bar Service and turned their specialty Blueberry Vodka Mint Lemonade into a popsicle “popped” right into your drink! It was perfect! Who doesn’t love a delightful, all natural popsicle? Perfect for weddings, adult birthday parties, or an end of the summer bash! With his creative flavors possibilities are endless for adults and kids! So needless to say they were a hit! If you haven’t yet, you need to check out the King of Pops. He has various carts throughout the Tri-County area making your favorite afternoon sweet treat easily accessible. Oh and don’t feel guilty for indulging, all the pops are all natural and available in a variety of unique flavors. The Chocolate and Sea Salt flavor recently topped the Charleston City Paper’s 101 Things to Savor, Slurp, and Suck Down in Chuck Town. It’s a “must try” from what I hear. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook to see when the King of Pops will be appearing on a corner near you!

From: Design Sponge Photos by: Jesse Chamberlin at Our Labor of Love

Favorite Friday: It’s that time of year again…

This “Favorite Friday” I decided to focus on one of my favorite Charleston events of the year…Restaurant Week. Twice a year, restaurants all over the tri-county area create fantastic menus at fixed prices for everyone to enjoy! This year Restaurant Week is set for September 7th-18th, 2011. If I haven’t mentioned before one of my favorite things about Charleston is the plethora of marvelous restaurants. Restaurant week allows anyone to enjoy the best of Charleston without spending all of your savings. During the this years first Restaurant Week in January we dined at Husk Restaurant, which recently got voted America’s Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit Magazine. The shrimp and grits there are the best I’ve ever had in my life. A definite “must” if you visit the area. We also dined at Halls Chophouse. It ranks in the top 3 of my all time favorite places to eat. You will never be disappointed. This year once we return from our honeymoon we decided to try Carolina’s. We have heard nothing but good things and expect no less. Check out the website and make your reservations soon…there’s nothing better than a divine meal in Charleston.

Skinny Taste

On my recent endeavor to lose weight and shape up I have discovered Skinny Taste. Gina is the recipe developer and photographer of this website she developed. She, like all of us, was trying to make the delicious food we love without all the processed ingredients and fat. She has everything from queso to cocktails. She also uses weight watcher points system for those using that method as well. Along with the recipe she also posts pictures of th process of making each dish, which is really helpful incase there is a new cooking technique involved that you’ve never tried. We made her Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets and Baked Zucchini Sticks last night for supper. They were delicious and really simple!! I loved the breading and the crunchiness. Her blog is officially in my RSS Feed. Check it out and start eating your way to a better, healthier you.

From: Skinny Taste

From: Skinny Taste