Cafe Monte in Charlotte

Café Monte My girlfriend and I decided to give this place a try because we found a Living Social deal that was too good to pass up.  So glad we did!  The interior is fun yet elegant.  When we were there, they had live music playing in a corner and a pastry case on the … Continue reading

Linguine With Mushrooms and Garlic Cream Sauce

Pasta, mushrooms and cream.  Really, that’s all I need to write, right? Linguine With Mushrooms and Garlic Cream Sauce INGREDIENTS Parmesan, for sprinkling fresh parsley, chopped 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes 4 ounces linguine salt 1/2 cup whipping cream fresh ground pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled 3 medium garlic cloves, minced … Continue reading

Coney Island Burgers–Copycat

Ask and ye shall receive!  This fun project started with a Facebook posts to my friends back in Crestview, Florida.  I begged them to give me some ideas about what might be in the sauce from those irresistible burgers we love from our hometown dive:  Coney Island!  The replies were varied and numerous, so I … Continue reading

Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte

My husband and I visited the Midwood Smokehouse today and we were so so so happy.  So happy.  This is huge.  Because I’m not crazy about barbecue.  I was trying to be nice when I agreed to go.  But lord-have-mercy…it was good. Inside is pretty hip.  Lots of metal pig memorabilia, waitresses wearing “Bacon” socks … Continue reading

Cool Treats for Summer

I am so punished behind how hot it is outside.  We have been having temps in the high 80’s lately and it’s just a little too much for this former Florida girl to handle.  I choose to cool off with some refreshing treats, of course. I whipped up a batch of Cherry Limeade I found … Continue reading

The Back Porch in Destin, FL

The Back Porch has been become somewhat of an icon for most people visiting the beach.  Each night throngs of people stroll up from the beach to get a picture in the oversized beach chair and let their children play on the sand while they wait for a table.  And it won’t take long, not … Continue reading

Buttermilk: Ways to use up your quart

Are you like me and eagerly buy the ingredients for a recipe and soon have a fridge full of jars and jugs that have been opened once?  Drives me crazy!  Buttermilk is one of those things.  As a southern girl, I should be able to rattle off a dozen different ways to use up a … Continue reading