Vanilla Bourbon Sipper

Vanilla Bourbon Sipper

 

Cherry here, cherry there, cherries errrrrywhere! Tis’ the season here in Tennessee. Every single market around town is packed full of rosy, bold, bubbly picks that are just screaming to be transformed into something delicious. I can’t walk by a table without grabbing a bunch. It’s almost like they are just whispering my name like some sort of enchanted Disney bluebird would.

 

Naturally, the first thing we have to do with these is cover them in some booze and have a nice cheers to summer. For that, this Vanilla Bourbon Sipper does quite the job. Good ol’ Southern bourbon, rich Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract, a splash of sweetened vermouth, and a plump dark cherry dunked in a glorious simple syrup.

 

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Bruleed Banana Daiquiri

Brûléed Banana Daiquiri

 

I scream. You scream. We all scream for… daiquiris! Pretty sure that’s how it goes. Frozen bananas at amusement parks, smoothies to get your sunny day started, banana bread to use up those not so pretty picks. This fruit screams summer to me, so why not turn it into a nice frozen draaaaank?!

 

Moving in the direction of the frozen park bananas that I grew up having at parks, we’re torching some honey and dark rum on top of this sundae to turn things up a bit. —  Brûléed Banana Daiquiris for the win.

 

 

 

 

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Tequila Lime Watermelon Sorbet

Tequila Lime Watermelon Sorbet

 

Summer is for swimming, parks, attempting to garden, exploring. Oh. And tequila. It’s for tequila.

 

I’m using a sweet and tart (not to be confused with Sweet Tarts… but don’t steal that idea from me!) tequila lime spiked simple syrup to bring new life into one of the summer’s most famous fruits– Tequila Lime Watermelon Sorbet. We don’t even have to fool around with an ice cream maker. Because, as a great philosopher once said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

 

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Peach Purple Basil Hand Pies

Purple Basil Peach Hand Pies

 

It’s no secret that you aren’t really a Southern boy unless you were raised on peaches and pecan (pies). This is the time of year that everyone starts getting super antsy about. When are the peaches going to be ready?! I don’t see any market stands yet! *panics*

 

Fret no more, my sweet Southerners (at heart, even). It’s time. To break in the peak, I present to you– Peach Purple Basil Hand Pies.

 

Purple Basil Peach Hand Pies

 

 

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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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