Believe it or not, this past month marked my first slow cooker experience. I'm so acclimated to "throwing together" the ingredients in my kitchen for Chopped TV-style method of making dinner. This beautiful, bright and rich recipe, in contrast, exemplified ease -- plus, it's the perfect entrance to fall.
I especially love when a particular season or state of mind is told through salad topping choices. A salad's dependence on produce is primary, and the colors of fall produce are particularly wonderful on a salad like this one! An almost-shaved apple, fresh figs and chewy yet decadent pistachios stud the layers of this salad. Tossed in a simple vinaigrette, the rustic textures of autumn take center stage.
If you've never had smashed potatoes, you'll quickly see what you've been missing! A crisp exterior with an interior that melts in your mouth, this recipe adds irresistible flavors of garlic and parmesan. Plus, the presentation is gorgeous (and the red potato matches the Supper Club spread quite nicely!).
When it comes to choosing one dish or one drink choice at a restaurant, I struggle to make the right choice. I always opt for group gatherings and shared plates to allow myself to taste and try a variety rather than confine myself to one flavor profile or texture. You can therefore imagine why I become giddy when seeing a beer flight option on tap room menus!
The beauty of this salad is in the contrast of its textures: hearty chick peas, earthy barley, smooth zucchini, crumbly feta. It's a union of so many vivid garden-inspired colors and flavors, folded into the lightest yet most luxurious lemon vinaigrette.
I first arrived at Wilson Café in late May, when Alex offered to meet me from his Jonesboro office for a late Saturday lunch. We were instantly enamored by the elevated small-town style behind the Southern fixins' and staff hospitality, as well as the immaculate interiors of the year-old restaurant.
My husband Alex usually comes home with a pair of dirty boots and, on special occasion, a bottle of my favorite rosé or flowers; but this Monday, he surprisingly lugged in a bag of fresh okra and just-ripe heirloom tomatoes from a long-time customer. I seized the opportunity to reimagine my fillet of grouper that I had anticipated baking for dinner that evening.
Especially during summertime, when outdoor distractions and activities present themselves at a rapid pace, and the longer hours of sunshine leave us lost in a summer daze, I find it's the simplest dishes that are often the best. Hence, my summer sheet pan nachos require minimal prep, only one pan, and an instant sense of informal community.
In line with our peach and lime color palette for the summer Supper Club, this shrimp and fava dish is healthy and hearty. Find favas at your farmers market or nearest Whole Foods - they're darling and add color and a layer of richness to any salad or side. Grilled shrimp add some meat to the menu, though you can keep this dish vegetarian and utilize grilled asparagus or artichoke hearts instead.
Though September marks a time of transition, it truly catches the best of both worlds -- the end of summer, when everyone can take a breath (and not sweat upon walking outside!), and the beginning of fall, when leaves change and harvests begin.
When I think of autumn harvest, my mind immediately invokes memories of apple tree groves along the Mississippi freeway route to my childhood summer camp. Growing up, we'd attend a family camp weekend in late fall that'd bring back camper families back "home" while showcasing the grounds to potential new camper families. The drive back to camp would instill a sense of nostalgia and eagerness for the arrival of a new perspective of my summer home.
Ready to tailgate? My healthy takes on football fare were experimented with the fabulous ladies of Bluff City Lights earlier this month, and thankfully the team of Collins, Mary, Alex and Megan absolutely approved! Scroll for recipes and entertaining tips for your future fall gathering.
My lime DIY place card sets the tone for this summer's Supper Club -- It's summery and refreshing, provides a pop of color for each person's place, and immediately invokes a sense of interactive fun for your guests.
Our March #caramelizedwedding weekend unofficially kicked off with a dinner and s'mores scene at Loflin Yard for Thursday night out-of-towner arrivals; but it wasn't until I slipped on my Red Valentino vintage dress and cowboy boots Friday morning that the emotions and reality set in.
My new parents hosted the most incredible opener to our wedding weekend! We couldn't be more grateful for the final product, with details made possible by so many Memphis vendors and creatives. Scroll and see a glimpse of an emotionally-charging celebration (if only we could re-capture the wedding toasts!).
Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine (particularly Cantonese but also other varieties) prepared as small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Thus, with bite sized presentations, a dim sum display must be approachable to your guests.
The beauty of a dim sum/appetizer gathering is the freedom from a seat! And since a sit down set-up is not required for this affair, substitute traditional place cards with chopsticks tags. You’ll avoid confusion and create an instant sense of “place” for your party-goers.