Blackberry Gin Punch

Blackberry Gin Punch

 

By now, y’all know that I have a slight addiction to anything blackberry, having posted Berry Cool Ice Cream during our 4th of July roundup, Baked Blackberry Brie for a quick party treat, and then the most famous post on the blog to date– Blackberry Bourbon Cupcakes.

 

Muddling some fresh basil, blackberries and of course, gin, with a bit of lemonade will give you the most refreshing summertime libation that you’ve ever had. Add a bit of cherry juice, sugar. There you have it. A Southern FATTY exclusive– Blackberry Gin Punch.

 

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Pesto Three Ways

Pesto Three Ways

 

One of the most simple, delicious sauces is a classic pesto. Traditionally, pesto genovese, which is named after it’s originating home in Genoa, Italy, is a simple sauce made from nuts, cheese, garlic, basil, olive oil and salt. While pine nuts are usually the culprit of choice, many other nuts can be used to give a different flavor profile to this Italian staple.

 

In this post, I will show you how we transform the traditional pesto into three different options, each with their very own independent flavor but same simple technique or preparation.

Pesto Three Ways: Cashew, Pistachio and Almond.

 

 

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5 Minute Flour Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas

 

There isn’t much that is better than taco night at home…. unless you also make your own tortillas! I discovered how ridiculously easy these are to make when I had a midnight taco craving and lacked the get-up-and-go to make a TB run (and that means a lot… I do love a cheesy gordita crunch!).

 

Success! Pull out the ol’ cast iron skillet again, because these homemade tortillas will have you eating tacos every night.

 

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4th of Wine Sangria

4th of Wine Sangria

 

It wouldn’t be a 4th of July cookout without a fresh fruit sangria! A simple, slightly sweet drink (…or pitcher) is the perfect way to cool off when you are outside celebrating with friends and family. For this recipe, we will turn a classic, crispy white wine into a refreshing white wine fruit sangria.

 

 

[Check out the rest of our 4th of July cookout series posts!]

 

 

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Berry Cool Ice Cream

Berry Cool Ice Cream

 

Everyone loves a good science demo, right? A good explosion, crazy bubbles flying out of tubes, weird and creepy dissections. I may be a bit biased when it comes to the whole science being fun thing, but I can promise you that this will be the best tasting experiment you’ll ever ace!

 

I’m going to show you how to make the creamiest, most delicious homemade ice cream. The key is in how quickly you freeze it. None of this hours and hours of freezing or spinning in a rock salt ice cream maker business. This recipe will go from cream to (the best!) ice cream in a matter of seconds.

 

 [July 4th BBQ series on Southern FATTY! Check back all week for more.]

 

 

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Little Smokies Sliders

Lil' Smokies Sliders

 

Nothing says Independence Day celebration like a good ol’ BBQ. Sparklers, drinks, food, good friends. With that said, nothing says BBQ with friends in the South more than Lit’l Smokies®. These tiny dogs are a match made in fireworks heaven when simmered in BBQ sauce. For the start to our 4th hurrah, we toss some BBQ-glazed smokies onto a cozy, crispy bacon bed and cover it all with melted cheese and crisp, homemade coleslaw. Perfect on-the-go handheld homemade slider buns bring everything together.

 

[Keep visiting throughout this week for our complete July 4th party mix of recipes!]

 

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Toasted Coconut Carrot Cake

Toasted Coconut Carrot Cake

 

Everyone likes carrot cake. Everyone. If you met someone that says they don’t, well, they haven’t had it or aren’t really your friend. With that said, I hate to admit that I had never attempted to make one myself. I know… the shame!

 

I’ve always loved the bit of sweetness in the frosting balanced perfectly with the carrot and spices. Although, to me, it creates a very autumnal experience, there are some mornings when you wake up just wanting to have that exact taste right in front of you. Preferably covered in frosting. Everything is better covered in frosting.

 

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Garlic Sautéed Skillet Zucchini

Garlic Sautéed Zucchini

 

SO… I realize I’ve been on a major sugar kick recently. I’ve had a few people ask me…”Do you post regular food on your blog, too?”. I’ll do my best to ignore that fact that sugar and butter are as naturally enjoyable as can be, and give it a go. You can cook healthy food and it taste juuuust great, after all.

 

With farmer’s market season in full-swing here in Nashville, I found myself [yet again] with a ridiculous amount of zucchini. This recipe isn’t anything mind-boggling, but is certainly simple and delicious. Garlic sautéed skillet zucchini is great choice when you have to rush and need a good side dish for dinner.

 

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Strawberry Cinnamon Chip Scones

Strawberry Cinnamon Chip Scones

 

If there is a single most amazing perfect breakfast treat, it’s a scone. Not too sweet, not too boring. It’s just right. You can put just about anything in a scone and it will be delicious. After picking some local strawberries recently, I decided to toss them into some dough and make what would become one of the best grab-and-go treats in my kitchen, Strawberry Cinnamon Chip Scones!

 

Picking Strawberries

 

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