Foody Friday: Episode 4

This Valentine’s Day blew me away. After a long day at work, I came home to find my boyfriend cooking us dinner with a glass of wine already poured for me. I was in total shock. We had nothing planned so I was expecting much let alone this.

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He made us steak, stuffed shells with homemade marinara sauce, and bread. So good! And he also made chocolate chip cookies, which he put on top of vanilla ice-cream.

Boys, take notes. This is how women want, no…..NEED to be treated. After working all day he knew this was the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, at home just the two of us. It was perfect.

Not to mention, he got my the most thoughtful gift. He got me the traditional Russell Stover’s box of chocolates and 4 (yes, four!) bags of La Colombe coffee.

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La Colombe’s owner, Todd Carmichael, has his own TV show on the Travel Channel where he goes all over the world to buy coffee direct from farmers. My boyfriend knew how intrigue I was with this show and got my caffeine needs stocked for a while.

This Valentine’s Day was one for the books. I could not have imagined a better way to spend Valentine’s Day. It’s not about the stuffed animals or flowers, it is an opportunity to show your significant other how much you care for them. I hope you all had just as blessed a day as I did. Now the goal is to keep each other feeling just as loved and appreciated every other day of the year.

I love you all. Happy Valentine’s Day….everyday:)

Foodie Friday: Episode 3

So as most of you know, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get back into shape. I have been eating more salads and less chocolate. And for those of you who personally know me, should understand that this is a big deal.

So in order to reward myself for this accomplish, my sister and I went to Tupelo Honey Cafe this past Sunday. I got the best brunch item in the place to go along with my warm brewed coffee.

Chicken and Biscuits.

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Fried chicken breast laid on top of a bed of homemade biscuits and gravy. Enough said. It was so good! If you are looking for a great brunch to indulge in some delicious food, Tupelo Honey is the place to go. Don’t just take my word for it, try it out yourself!

Foodie Friday: Episode 2

I love Pinterest; however, I rarely ever use what I pin onto one of my boards. I decided to change that. The end of the semester is definitely a hectic one for college students.That is why for my 5 year anniversary last night, I chose to make a relaxing dinner instead of going out. I went onto my trusty “Foodie” Pinterest board and found a recipe to use.

I chose an “Easy Garlic Chicken” pin and clicked through into the website. Here are the ingredients and Directions I found for the recipe on Food.com.

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
additional herbs and spices, as desired

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
  2. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Add additional herbs and spices as desired.
  4. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes, or until juices run clear. Cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of your chicken.

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I took the chicken out of the oven and it looked exactly like the pictures! And that never happens for me ever!

I paired the chicken with macaroni and cheese and Pillsbury Flakey Biscuits (A.K.A Comfort food) What more could you want during a time of high stress?

I can not wait for the next time, I can utilize my “Foodie” Pinterest board.

I can only hope it turns out as good as this one did!

Stay tuned

Foodie Friday: Episode 1

I am passionate about food. I am a total foodie at heart. I may not be the biggest fan of cooking at home, but I love love love going to new restaurants! Now don’t get me wrong I can cook, I just enjoy eating different, fabulous foods that I could only dream of making.

For my birthday this year I was introduced to a secret Knoxville treasure, The Grill at Highlands Row. It may not be a secret by any means, but in the four and a half years I have been at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I have never heard of it.

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We had no wait and the staff was fabulous. We got our bottle of 7 Deadly Zins within minutes of sitting down. Our food came out quickly and was AMAZING! My boyfriend got the shrimp and grits, while I had the steak and potatoes. I really wish I had a picture of our food, it was plated beautifully. We barely talked throughout dinner, but when we did it was about how good our food was. (haha)

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I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice dinner in a relaxing atmosphere. And when you go, don’t forget to invite me. Also, get the flour-less chocolate tort (we were so full we didn’t order it), but it was definitely the only regret of our night.