Food_TV_Snark LJ community with unvarnished opinions about food celebrities
J and J Say Two 11-year-olds visit and review Memphis' top restaurants
Ken's Food Find This blog is devoted to highlighting restaurants of the Memphis, Tennessee area.
Memphis Foodie Your tool for delicious, local cuisine right in the heart of Memphis, TN.
Mother Daughter Eat Well An exploration of real foods and the wholesome ways two women find them, prepare them and enjoy them.
Princess Aioli Mix 1/3 Italian-American princess, 1/3 Southern belle, and 1/3 Miami gringa. Result is one self-indulgent foodie who’s trying to figure out how to use her law degree to become the next big food writer.
Sad Lonely Crafter Inside the life of a housewife. A lover of knitting, crafts and all things Gamecocks
The Chubby Vegetarian A great source of anecdotes and recipes from one of Memphis' most famous vegetarians
I had a completely different post scheduled for today, but then I realized that on this day, in 2008, Tiffany Tastes was born.
I can't believe my little blog is five years old. When I created Tiffany Tastes, I assumed that nobody would look at it but my mother. The fact that people are actually reading it (and on a regular basis) still amazes me.
So thank you - thank you for the comments, likes, shares, favorites, retweets, reblogs, +1s and repins. Thanks for seeing me out and saying "hello," adding me to your RSS feed and not pointing out my grammatical errors (but I really do try to fix them as soon as I see them) Most of all, thank you for allowing me to write about a subject that I love and keeping me from feeling like I'm talking to myself. I still have so many great edible adventures to share with you; I hope you enjoy the journey.
I wanted something different for breakfast one morning, and I decided to do a hash with some onions, potatoes, and ham. I topped it with a fried egg and grated a little Bonnie Blue Farms goat's milk gruyere on top.
Local ingredient count: 2 Yukon gold potatoes Gruyere cheese (bought on a previous farmers market excursion)
This might be the dish I'm the most excited about. I took my pork tenderloin, marinated it in a little soy, ginger and garlic. I roasted it, and served it with brown rice noodles and sauteed baby bok choy
Local Ingredient Count: 2
Pork Tenderloin Baby Bok Choy
For my final market meal, I went really simple. I took the last of my chicken and made quesadillas, roasted some asparagus and sauteed the corn in a little butter.
Local Ingredient Count: 3
Corn on the Cob
I feel like this experiment was an unqualified success. In fact, I'm going to try and do this once a month while the market is open. Not only does it test my ability to think on my feet, but I'm doing something good for the environment and my community.
I feel like this experiment has been really educational for me, not just as a grocery shopper, but also as a cook in the kitchen. I've really enjoyed the challenge of creating dishes just utilizing the fresh products that were available at the farmers markets.
A snack/breakfast I've really enjoyed this week has been the Bluff City Coffee Ezekiel-style bread topped with a little softened butter and a drizzle of honey.
Local Ingredient Count: 2 Ezekiel Bread Honey (purchased on a previous market trip)
I love pasta salads for lunch. They keep for a while, are delicious hot or cold, and allow me to throw in all kinds of delicious veggies.
Local Ingredient Count: 3 Cherry Tomatoes Zucchini Yellow Squash
My first main meal of the week was Westwind Farms chicken thighs with roasted Yukon gold potatoes and Brussels sprouts. I enjoy this meal because I can put everything in the oven (albeit with slightly different timing) and when it's done, I have a delicious entree' that is full of flavor without me having to babysit pots and pans on the stove. (Forgive the plastic plate, but it's my husbands week to do the dishes, and I was trying to make less work for him.)
I have an obsession with cookbooks. I am always looking for new ideas to keep things fresh and fun in the kitchen. I got the Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook for my birthday, and I've been making my way throught it. While it's true that a good portion of the book preaches about the evils of the meat industry, and some of those points were definitely valid. The part that really struck me was the being more vigilant about eating local. Not just restaurants; I really try hard to patronize local restaurants as much as possible. This particular cookbook stresses the importance of shopping from local farmers as well.
Every Sunday, I pore through my cookbooks to make my plan on what to cook for lunch/dinner for the week. I make my shopping list, go to my local supermarket (Kroger for us) and that's that. This week, I wanted to try something different. I went to the Memphis Farmers Market and the Agricenter Farmers Market armed with some cash but no plan. I went to the different booths, grabbed stuff that looked good and decided that I'd figure it out when I got home.
The first thing I thought was, "what am I going to do with all this?" But, after I surveyed my wares ( red and Yukon gold potatoes, Ezekiel bread, chicken, pork tenderloin, plums, corn, asparagus, zucchini, squash, baby bok choy, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes and Brussels sprouts), I started coming up with a plan. As far as what meals I come up with, I'll keep you posted.
What better way to celebrate National Burger Month than by creating your dream burger? Now through May 31, you can "design the next Huey's burger" for a chance to have your burger featured on the Huey's menu and a $50 Huey's gift card.
Just a couple of rules:
All burgers must use the Huey's 5 1/3 ounce patty, seasoned with Huey's seasoning blend.
Burgers must use one of Huey's current bread selections - sesame seed bun, wheat bun, sourdough bun, Kaiser roll, wheat berry bread, wheat toast, Texas toast, hoagie roll, marble ry or croissant
Entries must include French's mustard or Cattleman's BBQ sauce
Make sure to include specific measurements, cooking instructions and layering techniques.
So what are you waiting for? Get your burger on, and be creative. Send you entry to Shannon Little at slittle(at)hueys(dot)cc by May 31.
Just in case you haven't heard (Although, if you're friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, I'm sure you've heard) Memphis has been nominated for Southern Living's Tastiest Town. Now, I'll be the first to say that I believe that I'd put the cuisine in Memphis up against that of any other "foodie" city, including New Orleans or Charleston (both of which are nominated this year.)
So, if you love me, or if you've ever loved me, then please vote for Memphis. You can vote once a day per email address.
Also, the MCVB will be hosting a voting party on February 6 at Sweet Grass Next Door from 5-7 p.m. Join us for drink specials, door prizes and complimentary snacks.
I was asked to participate in something really cool, my very first podcast! Seth of Mystery Meet contacted me to be a part of the Find Dining Podcast, a show where foodbloggers in different cities talk about their favorite restaurants and events in their town. I was so happy to spotlight Memphis, and one of the most delicious restaurants in town, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.
So a couple of nights ago, the famous (or infamous) author and chef, Anthony Bourdain, brought his Guts and Glorytour to the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. I sprung for a couple of tickets, and Tom and I spent a couple of hours being entertained by Mr. Bourdain on a lovely Friday evening.
(As you can tell by the distance from our seats to the stage, I didn't didn't pop for very good seats. Actually, I used a Groupon, so it's about as close to "nosebleed" as you can get in a venue the size of The Orpheum. That being said, the most important thing was to be able to hear, and we could just fine.)
As someone who has read two of Bourdain's books (The infinitely popular Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw, which is the better of the two by a country mile.) as well as listened to two podcasts that featured him as a guest, I was really interested to see how much new material he brought to the stage.
Of course there was the predictable snipes at specific Food Network hosts, as well as some props to those he actually likes. I found the most entertaining part of his act to be the stories from the set of his award-winning travel show, No Reservations.
I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet, but I would like to leave you with two of my favorite quotes from the evening.
"Do olives even grow in a freakin' garden?" *
"We're not alcoholics, we're mother freakin' professionals." *
* denotes expletives have been removed
One surprising fact: He's never eaten Memphis BBQ before (but promised to do so for his upcoming show on CNN)
All in all, it was more than worth the $30/ticket that I paid through Groupon (standard prices were $45-$55/ticket with a limited number of $150 VIP tickets, which included a pre-show reception with Anthony Bourdain).
So I know you were probably looking for my final post about my culinary adventures in New Orleans, but I wanted to take a minute to let you know about some upcoming culinary events that you should definitely put on your calendar.
Every year the Ronald McDonald House hosts the annual Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival, but this year, they're doing things a little differently. 2012 marks the first ever Homemade Ice Cream Contest. So if you've got a special family recipe, or you know the secret to amazing ice cream, then grab a team, pony up the $75.00 entry fee and bring your best stuff. Or, just attend the event and support a great cause.
The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for the families of children undergoing cancer treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Best Memphis Burger Fest supporting Mid-South Spay and Neuter Minglewood Hall (1555 Madision Avenue, Memphis) Sunday, September 30, 2012 - 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free General Admission (Donations to Mid-South Spay and Neuter are highly encouraged)
The brainchild of Best Memphis Burger blogger, Seth Agranov, this celebration of burgers and beer will finally crown a Memphis burger champion. Teams can compete in one or more of the following categories: Best Memphis Burger, Best Veggie Burger, Best "Anything But" Burger and Best Extreme Burger. Teams will be giving out samples of their burgers, and there will be additional food and beverages for sale. There will also be live music and plenty of pets available for adoption.
Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services is a non-profit clinic that offers affordable spay and neuter surgeries to pet owners of Memphis as well as to those in the tri-state area.
Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind taste extravaganza? At the Memphis Signature Chefs Auction, 20 of the Mid-South's finest chefs will offer tasting portions of some of their signature dishes as well as exciting culinary packages for the live and silent auctions. There will also be spa packages, getaways, hotel stays and many other exiting items up for bid.
The March of Dimes help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.
Wow, it's been a while, but I'm finally catching up, and I've got some great stuff to share with you. My husband, Tom, and I decided to go to New Orleans for our vacation this year. As you may know, New Orleans is a great town for eating! I'm going to break our trip up into a few multi-part posts (If I did a full post on every place we went, I'd be writing about our trip to New Orleans until this time next year.) I'll probably do the same for my recent work trip to Dallas as well. Let me know if you like the format.
Where to Stay - Maison Perrier
For our excursion to the Big Easy, we stayed at the Maison Perrier. If you're looking for a bed and breakfast that's not in the French Quarter (but only 5-6 minute drive or short street car ride), I'd highly recommend this one. Maison Perrier is a lovely, two-building facility in the heart of the Garden District. It was quiet and plenty of street parking (and one of the few hotels in New Orleans that doesn't charge for parking).
They take good care of you here. Homemade breakfasts every morning. There are platters of cake and brownies set out in the evening. There is a wine and cheese mixer on Friday and Saturday evenings, but the coolest thing was the honor bar.
(Look! Abita on tap!)
This was a series of refrigerators filled with soft drinks, wine and beer. Soft drinks were $1, beer $2, and wine $3. Whatever patrons take from the refrigerators, they just sign off on a pre-printed list and settle up upon their departure.
One quick caveat, I would avoid the Desiree room. It is right off the kitchen and can get a little noisy quite early as the chef begins preparations for the day and travelers start coming down for breakfast.
What to Do - New Orleans Tours
When looking for entertainment, I booked through Viator. It really was a one-stop shopping as far as fun tours and things to do. We chose 3 of the options, and I don't think any of them disappointed.
(Mansion in the Garden District)
We started off with a tour of the Garden District. I really enjoyed this one because we got to walk around and really absorb the feel of this expansive neighborhood. We saw plenty of beautiful mansions, the Lafayette Cemetary and we even learned a few things (Do you know where the phrase "dead ringer" originated?)
(Cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking)
We also really enjoyed a great cooking class/demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. This was a really fun, high energy cooking class where we learned a great deal about the history of New Orleans and its food. (Do you know the difference between Cajun and Creole?) Our class was early afternoon, so they started us off with coffee and biscuits and molasses (Ya'll know the way to my heart is with a soft, fluffy, biscuit) Then we watched as our teacher prepared authentic jambalaya, gumbo, bread pudding and prailines. When all the hard work was done, we got to sample hearty portions of all of the dishes (and some ice cold Abita). We also received a recipe book with all of the days recipes and a discount to the gift shop.
(Absinthe at a pirate bar)
The tour that I would most recommend would be the French Quarter cocktail walking tour. I really enjoyed this one because we got to go to four different bars and have four signature cocktails (Note: They do give you one drink at the start of the tour, but you have to pay for any additional drinks after that). We got to try absinthe, a sazerac, a bayou bash and a garden district. Each was interesting in not only the taste but also the history behind it. I have to admit that my favorite was the bayou bash from the Court of Two Sisters. It was really refreshing on such a hot day.