Soul Fish Cafe

You guys. I have to talk about this restaurant. It’s been on my list of places to go since I moved to Memphis, but I just never got around to it. There are a few different locations, but I went to the one in Midtown. It’s this rather small, simple restaurant on Cooper, and it has some fantastic southern food. It’s not terribly expensive either. Entrees hover around the $10 mark.

I’ve started this thing that whenever I go to a new local restaurant, I try to get something that screams “MEMPHIS!” So tonight I tried the Memphis Poboy. Pork, bacon, cole slaw, and BBQ sauce. Definitely Memphis and incredibly delicious. I’ve never been a huge BBQ fanatic, but I’m trying to acclimate to my surroundings. I’ve also become mildly obsessed with fried okra, so when I saw that as a side option, I couldn’t resist.

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The crawfish Poboy also looked fantastic. I only ate a little bit of the crawfish, so I can’t give my own opinion of the whole thing. But it disappeared fast enough to be pretty tasty. I also took home some of the caramel pecan pie…but I kind of obliterated it before taking a picture. My sweet tooth gets the better of me sometimes.

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I’m super excited about finding another restaurant that I really enjoy. I’m such a food addict, and it’s nice to have options.

-L

 

 

Avocado “Cream” Sauce

I am a lazy cook. I have neither the time (a huge lie) or the patience to spend time in the kitchen. An overripe avocado and a variety of pins -plus my new mini chopper/food processor inspired this creamy avocado sauce.

I eyeball everything so I can tell you the ingredients but not so much the amounts.

I used: 1 way ripe avocado, garlic, salt, olive oil…and that’s it.

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Swirl it in the food processor.

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Add it to cooked pasta.

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I added Parmesan cheese, the best tomatoes and viola!

~S

P.S. Avocado doesn’t keep well so don’t attempt to reheat if you make it and have leftovers. I kept out some of the sauce and left the avocado pit in the container and it worked fairly well but it still wasn’t as good as the day prior. And not as green.

Brunching It Up

My gorgeous cousin came to Memphis today to visit me. We haven’t seen each other in a very long time, so it was definitely nice to be able to catch up for a bit. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t want to cooperate. It’s rainy, and Memphis likes to flood when it’s just misting outside. Anyway, we went to The Majestic Grille for brunch. I hadn’t been there before, but I’ve been told it’s the best brunch around. Of course I completely forgot to take pictures of the food, but I’ll still talk about it. We seemed to go at a good time. It was a little after eleven, and we had no problem getting seated. It did start to get pretty busy by the time we left a little after noon.

We sat upstairs. This restaurant is pretty fancy, with some some musicians playing live music and movies playing on the projector. Breakfast food is my absolute favorite, so of course I had to order brunch. Biscuits came out first, which were pretty average for biscuits. I ordered the breakfast sandwich, which turned out to be some huge monstrosity with two fried eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese on a sweet roll. The sandwich came with a side of breakfast potatoes. Both were a little on the greasy side for my liking. I tend to like less heavy things in the morning/early afternoon. However, they were both really good. I got full about halfway through my sandwich. I’d definitely go back, especially since they have $4 mimosas and bloody Marys during brunch.

Frank Grisanti’s

My parents came this weekend and took me out to an awesome dinner at Frank Grisanti’s, which if you live in Memphis it’s outside the 240 loop and Poplar. It’s Italian and delicious. The restaurant was dim -yay mood lighting so I apologize for the picture quality.

First up: Bacon wrapped chicken livers. If you like chicken livers you’d love these. I’m not a fan but my Dad ate 5!

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My entree: Lobster Ravioli -it was divine. I’m dreaming about it already.

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My Mom couldn’t decide and got the sampler : Beef Manicotti, Veal Piccata, and Elfo Special. I didn’t try any but    they looked amazing

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My Dad had the Pollo Florentine. He really enjoyed it as well.

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Dessert! Apple Ravioli with Cinnamon Gelato.  I’m dreaming about eating this one again too.

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Overall, Frank Gristanti’s was awesome. If you’re looking for a place for a nice dinner or date I’d definitely recommend.

~S

Not Your Average Brownie

I made the mistake of trying this recipe a year ago with two of my friends, and now it’s a frequent request. Be warned, these are super rich. You’ll want a glass of milk handy. Start out with a layer of cookie dough. Add in a layer of Oreo cookies. Top it off with brownie batter. You can make it more or less homemade, but I stick with Betty Crocker mixes for my sanity’s sake. These are aptly labeled “slutty brownies,” and if you haven’t tried them yet, you really should.

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You may have to play with the oven time. I did about 35 minutes at 350 using an 8 x 8 pan, but times will probably vary due to your cookie and brownie recipes. And mine were probably a little undercooked, but I prefer soft and gooey to crunchy.

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They’re not the prettiest brownies in the world. But dang, they taste good.

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-L

 

Cookie Walk!

Each year my hometown, Princeton, KY, hosts a cookie walk benefiting our Free Clinic.  Various churches other organizations set up tables filled with donated cookies. Members of the community enter the event with a box (or ten) and plastic gloves to choose as many cookies as they can stand. They are sold for $5 a pound, which is all donated.

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The place was crawling with people when my father and I arrived. He made his rounds visiting with volunteers (he volunteers pharmacy services for the clinic) and I went crazy over the cookies. Here are a few we chose. I forgot to photograph the rest because I was too busy eating them!

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It’s a great event for a wonderful cause. Does your hometown do any special events around the holidays?

~S

Cafe Eclectic

I’m a little late in the game on this one since we’ve been to this coffee shop at least half a dozen times. It’s one of the few places to eat that’s directly on Mud Island, so it gets the vote for convenience every time. As much as I love this adorable local place, I have an internal struggle over the prices. Somehow I overcame this personal conflict and paid a whopping $17 for lunch after my second final. While the food was delicious, it definitely wasn’t worth the $17. Granted, I upgraded my meal and added a shot of espresso to my coffee, so the exorbitance was expected.

The barista was very good at her job. As in, she talked me into buying way too much with her perky, helpful demeanor. I ended up with the chicken pot pie and a side of broccoli cheddar soup. Honestly, the soup was my favorite part of this entire meal. Perfect consistency, deliciously cheesy. The pot pie was also really good. The crust was nice and flakey, and the inside was full of delicious veggies.

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Of course, I also got talked into a pumpkin chai latte, with an extra shot of espresso. Because hey, it was finals week, and I wasn’t really functioning. Might as well start shaking from caffeine overdose before the anxiety and frayed nerves got to me. This drink was recommended to me by two different people, too, so apparently it has a fanbase. It was really good, but I couldn’t finish it. Their mugs seem really big for some reason.

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And I have to show Shelley’s lunch because it looked so pretty! I can’t vouch for the taste of the salad, but that macaroni was pretty good. Super fancy.

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Overall, I like Cafe Eclectic. It’s got some good food options in addition to its stellar, beautiful coffee creations. However, it’s definitely a splurge type of coffee shop. If you’re going to eat a meal there, be prepared to spend more than $5, or split with a friend.

-L

Friendsgiving

I really like food. If you haven’t figured that out yet, you haven’t paid attention to my blog topic of choice. Over the weekend, we had a small-ish group of friends get together and bring some of their favorite dishes for a “Friendsgiving” dinner. I’m not that great of a cook, so my contribution was limited to deviled eggs and mashed potatoes. It’s interesting to see the different types of food that people have as their standard Thanksgiving feast. My family doesn’t stray from tradition much. We have a turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, sweet potato casserole…and probably some other things I don’t remember because I’m too picky to eat everything. Anyway, it was fun to get some of the speech and audiology people together, since we don’t usually mingle all that much.

Enjoy looking at this fantastic food. Pretty sure my stomach is growling as I write this post.

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-L

Easy Taquitos

I love taquitos. They are easy (to get out of the freezer), crunchy, and delicious. I decided I wanted to try my hand at making my own. After lots of internet browsing, I made up my own recipe that’s relatively safe so I can add toppings to shape the overall flavor.

My recipe:

*Lots of chicken. I used an entire bag of Grilled and Ready because it’s what I had on hand. I also cut it into smaller bites, but that’s just my preference.

*Cream cheese, room temperature

*A cup (or so) of shredded cheddar cheese

*Tortillas -I used the baby ones

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2. Microwave 2-4 tortillas at a time to help them roll. Fill them with the desired amount and roll and tightly as possible.

3. Place on a baking sheet covered with wax paper. Spray tops with oil and a little salt.

4. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  IMG_2064

5. Eat! I’m planning to enjoy mine with salsa and avocado. Tomorrow I’m thinking with black beans. Oh the possibilities.

~S

Pumpkin Seeds Take 3

This year is my third attempt at making pumpkin seeds. Finally -Success! I lowered my temperature to 275 degrees, roasted them for 10 minutes, and miraculously they didn’t burn.

I used 1 tablespoon per cup of seeds, which I think was a little too much, or maybe I should’ve roasted them for a longer amount of time?

1. Mix up your concoction. I made 5 different batches:

-cinnamon and sugar

-salt

-garlic powder and salt

-paprika and salt

-pesto with a little Parmesan cheese, weird I know, but I LOVE my pesto!

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2. Spread on a baking sheet. Roast for 5 mins. Stir and roast for 5-6 more minutes. Easy!

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I held a little taste test with  my friends and cinnamon sugar, salt and garlic were the hits!

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