Sweet Treats: the chocolate chip edition

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Sweets, sweets and more sweets. I live for them. One of my favorite treats are chocolate chip cookies; homemade of corse. I even plan to make some and send them to loved ones this Christmas. My gift to you?… the recipe to the best cookies you’ll ever have. Thank me later. 

Ingredients: 

1  1/2 all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
1  1/2 stick butter (softened)
1 egg
1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pack chocolate chips (semi Sweet)
 
Instructions: 
Pre-heat oven to 375
Add flour and baking soda in a small bowl; stir. 
In a separate, large mixing bowl, add butter, brown sugar, egg(s), and vanilla extract (stir until smooth)
 
Mix and stir in your flour/baking soda mix little by little until everything is combined. 
 
Add chocolate chips (and pecans of you like)
 
Place dollops of dough on a un-greased cookie sheet (a few inches apart)
 
Bake, cool, repeat. 
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Oodles of Noodles

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Well the weather outside is frightful, or at least pretty cold. One my favorite ways warm up (besides wine) is making a nice hot plate of pasta. Seafood pasta in particular. Below is an easy seafood pasta recipe that allows you substitute or add whatever veggies or seafood is too your liking. Enjoy mate!

Ingredients:

1 quart if heavy whipping cream

Small container of grated parmesan cheese

Pasta noodles (fettichini, bowtie, whatever tickles your fancy)

Pepper/salt

Kale (or broccoli)

Your choice of seafood

 

Instructions:

Sautee or bake seafood of your choice

Boil pasta

Heat up heavy whipping cream and stir in cheese, salt, pepper, until the sauce is to you’re liking.

Add kale
Combine ingredients and enjoy!

Uno…dos…Trios

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We all know the deal when you move somewhere new and want to grab a bite. You go online, check out the restaurants in the area, and check the reviews (and pictures if they’re available.) That’s exactly what I did for a restaurant named Trios. However, the review failed to mention that is was attached to a Shell gas station. It was the oddest thing, yet had very little to do with swanky interior decor or the food; as it was amazing. I ordered a shrimp poboy; phenomenal. And if you’re a french fry queen (or king) like myself, you’d enjoy the steak fries. 
 
Now…this is just the first visit. 
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The second time was brunch. I ordered the shrimp and grits and a pancake. Amazing. Accompanied my meal with bottomless mimosas and finished with bread pudding. Lesson of the day? Don’t judge a book by its cover. It may be safe to say Trios is one of the best kept (and hidden) secrets in Monroe. 
 
Wanna take a gander at their menu? Click here

More wine please

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Wine. Where do I begin? Of my favorite ways to decompress after work is by having a glass of wine (especially while watching Scandal.) Luckily, Northeast Louisiana has a treasure, known as Landry Vineyards. Surprising right?
I visited the winery just to do a wine tasting and ended up taking a tour. Although it was very hot, the scenery was a breath of fresh air. And the wine? Amazing. As a sweet lover I instantly gravitated to the Blanc DuBois, which incorporates just the right amount of fruity flavor (but not as sweet as a moscato.) And if you like a sweet red, the Blackberry Merlot is the best in my book.
In addition to fabulous wine, you can also purchase fresh jam, which goes perfect on toast or biscuits. And if you’re like me and live in Monroe and don’t want to cross the bridge for your weekly wine fix, Brookshires has an assortment of flavors to choose from on the go.
Cheers!

Chili Willy

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When comes to fall, I instantly think of scarves, boots, pumpkin spiced everything and the official start of chili season. I love making chili because it allows my to get creative and add different things each time;  even the type of cheese I top it with.
 
 
Here’s a look at what I used in my most recent batch.
 
 
Ingredients:
Ground turkey
Black beans
Chili beans
One can of tomato sauce
Onions
Kale
Ground Cummin
Chilli Power
Lawry’s Seasoning
 
 
Season ground turkey with lawry’s and fry in skillet until brown.
 
 
Add ground turkey to large pot with beans, chopped onions, chopped kale, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 3 teaspoons of chili powder, tomato sauce and water (as needed)
 
 
Cook at a medium heat and stir every 3-5 minutes for about 25 minutes.
 
 
Add crackers, cheese or whatever you fancy.
 
 
Curl up on the couch and enjoy!

Mug Bug Vittles

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Hold on to your taste buds, crawfish season is right around the corner. Which means I can get back to spending my weekends at one of the best mudbug eateries- Coney Island. (and no, not the one you’re thinking of.) From the laid back vibe given from the picnic tables, to the amazing service, and heavenly seasoned crawfish, it makes for the perfect weekend meal. Not to mention the live music.
Now have to admitt, the crawfish is all I’ve ever eaten there, but trust me when I say it’s all you’ll need to keep going back.