Happy World Nutella Day! This recipe requiring only two ingredients is a terrific way to celebrate, even if you’re only just finding out about the, umm, holiday now. Simply heat up some milk, stir in Nutella and sip away at the easiest hot chocolate you’ve ever made that didn’t come out of a packet. For added indulgence, melt in up to a tablespoon of chocolate chips or chopped up dark chocolate, and top with marshmallows. A great nightcap that the whole family can enjoy!
Oh, Texas. I’m so sorry I didn’t buy into your bean- and tomato-free chili game sooner. You know what you’re doing, and it’s just the thing we could use to take the edge off a blustery evening. I guess that’s to be expected when five types of peppers are involved, but please don’t let that number scare away any spice-averse folks — the heat level is easily customizable.
This Yankee-turned-Deep-South resident doesn’t need any convincing to eat grits in any form — classic cheese, light-and-crispy waffles, salumi-stuffed arancini? I’m there. But shrimp, well, that’s another story. That is, until I met this version of shrimp and grits inspired by a friend’s visit to The Lady and Sons. Swimming in a creamy pool of highly-seasoned sauce studded with a generous amount of spicy, smokey tasso ham, all served over intensely cheesy grits, it’s nothing short of indulgent. Be prepared to fall in love at first bite.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need a bit of an extra nudge to eat more veggies. Roasting them to coax out their natural sweetness is defnitely my usual approach, but you can’t beat it when they masquerade as something even more luscious. A tall order? Sure. But boy does this winter squash carbonara ever achieve it… and well.
This past fall, I had an awesome opportunity to travel a bit around the midwest for a long weekend to visit friends. My first stop took me to Peoria, Illinois, where I was introduced to a cozy coffee shop downtown, Thrity-Thirty Coffee. There, I sampled several of their offerings, but I was particularly taken by their Miel Latte. Made with local honey, freshly ground cinnamon, espresso and milk, it reminded me a bit of the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks… Only less-sweet, fresher-tasting and — as you can probably imagine — far too easy to drink one after another.
I knew I wanted to reproduce this delicious brew at home, but going out to get a few shots of espresso didn’t really make sense. And buying an espresso machine? Yeahhhh, not an option. But the perfect solution presented itself in the form of a Vietnamese coffee maker. With its seven dollar price tag and ability to produce a strong, well-balanced cup in minutes I was sold.