Hot Chicken Waffle Sliders

Hot Chicken Waffle Sliders

 

Nashville. Nashvegas. Music City. Hot Chicken Heaven.  Nashville is one of the best cuisine spots in the nation. Along with the city’s great innovative fusion cuisine, this ditty dreamer’s Mecca is home to some insanely good classic Southern soul food.

 

A unique twist on a southern staple, Nashville hot chicken has become the official food of the city. My homemade take on the blazing bite– Hot Chicken Waffle Sliders.

 

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Babka Twist Doughnuts

Babka Twist Doughnuts

 

We’re going to have a bit of a come-to-Jesus moment here right now. Baking can be one of the most frustrating hobbies to take up. There will be times when everything works out beautifully, the results look flawless, those danishes taste just like you walked them out of a bakery with your wooden shoes clanking a little Disney song along the way.

 

And then… there are going to be tons of times when that homemade candy looks like something the dog left behind for you. Y’all know what I’m talking about. With a handful of flour and frustration, I usually just dump out whatever I screwed up and start over once the steam all escapes from my head. I’m here to tell you all something that you probably already know, but sometimes forget– you can use that wonky dough for something delicious. I give to you evidence exhibit A–

 

Babka Cinnamon Sugar Twist Doughnuts.

 

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Blackberry Jammin’ Gin Cocktail + GIVEAWAY

Summer is certainly in full swing here in Nashville. Blazing hot, bipolar weather that provides the perfect opportunity to have a drink. Beautiful out? Have a drink. Almost snowing the next day? Cozy up with a drink.

 

Blackberry Jammin Lemon Balm Cocktail

 

Lemon essence, fresh herb, mint back notes. I’m not describing wine here, but instead my new favorite garden green. Lemon balm. This stuff tastes like everything Southern to me. Almost like sweet tea on a branch. Seems only right to christen summer with a cocktail.

 

Blackberry Jammin’ Gin Lemon Balm Cocktail — Gin, gin, gin sweetened with some Nashville fuel itself. The one and only world-famous Loveless Cafe fruit jam. A bit of the minty fresh lemon balm, and you’ve got yourself a drink so good that the rainy summer days won’t even matter anymore.

 

Oh… and we are giving away a huge Loveless Cafe gift pack so you can have a little bit of Nashville right there in your own house. — Keep reading to enter!

 

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Peaches & Cream Sweet Babka

Peaches and Cream Sweet Babka Bread

 

I feel like I should start this with some sort of Seinfeld reference or something… Alas, I don’t know any. So, alternatively, I’ll just start by saying–

 

Don’t kvetsh! This nosh is sure to impress even the most dedicated baleboste in the kitchen. (I hope I did all of that right….)

 

Sweetened, yeast-risen bread with ribbons of fresh, local peaches and thickened cream. — Peaches & Cream Sweet Babka Bread

 

Peaches and Cream Sweet Babka Bread

 

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Strawberry BOURBON Lemonade

Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

 

As you all know– bourbon is to Southerners, as coffee is to everyone else. People drink this stuff like it’s ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day. With that said, why not just combined the two to make things a bit easier? Done.

 

Homemade, Fresh Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade — (I promise it will make the yard work easier.)

 

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Berry Crumble Bars

Homemade Berry Bars with Streusel Topping

Homemade Berry Bars with Streusel Topping

 

Diets are totally overrated, y’all. It’s summer. Time for me to get that bikini body back, ya know? Well…. about that. I’m a strong believer that balance is what makes success. Have some spinach (on a pizza). Whole grain brown rice (fried, obv). Steamed broccoli… covered in cheese sauce. See– balanced.

 

During my balancing act, a bake-off competition was announced at my work with the required ‘secret’ ingredient of…. [À LA CUISINE!] — Berries.

 

Berry Crumble Bars were the result.

 

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Sweet Potato Crusted Mini Quiche

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Baked Sweet Potato Fry Crusted Mini Quiche

 

It may completely shock some of you that I get lazy at times… I know. It’s hard to image that someone that named their blog something with the word ‘fatty’ in it would ever do such a thing. The benefit of this is that sometimes you end up figuring out some really, really tasty tricks as a result.

 

Sweet Potato Crusted Mini Quiche was the delicious result of my laziness this past weekend. A bag of my favorite frozen fries, some fresh fillings, and the absolute shortest bit of attention possible is all that was needed to create these masterpieces.

 

 

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Cajun Fried Okra

Cajun Fried Okra

Fresh Okra

Cajun Okra = Perfect Side!

 

Okra, okra, okra, okraaaaa! I think if I were to go to prison for some food crime (like hating rhubarb, probably), fried okra would be part of my last meal. Growing up, I preferred this stuff over McD’s fries any day. Turns out, nothing has really changed with regard to that.

 

Since we are all adults here, I decided to twist things up a bit with some added kick–

Cajun Fried Okra it is.

 

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Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread

Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread

 

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll know how insanely obsessed with the classic favorite Everything Bagel [ahhhhh *angels sing*] that I currently am. Something about that garlic, onion, poppy, sesame, salt blend that just hits the spot.

 

I decided to bump things up a bit and see what else would taste amazing with this magical blend on top–  Everything Bagel Focaccia Bread was the result. And it. was. perfect.

 

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