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And Onward to Vimeo

I had an interesting conversation the other night with my aunt, a marketing specialist, about the Power of Youtube.  Last year I set up a Youtube channel for b&s, complete with an inaugural video of me peeling & cleaning fresh shrimp.  And the quality sucked, I don’t think anybody looked at it, and I never did anything with Youtube again.  Clearly, I failed at the whole video angle.

Today I made a slideshow of our year in photos, something nostalgic to send to our family.  At first I tried to upload it to flickr because we love flickr, but it was too big.  So then I turned to Vimeo, a video sharing site that my father has been preaching about for a while.  Right off the bat I think that Vimeo is cleaner looking and feeling than Youtube, a little more professional, if you will.  I was so inspired by the end result that I moved the shrimp video and resolved that in 2010 there will be more instructional videos, just not on Youtube.

And here’s our year in photos.  Happy end of 2009, everybody!  I hope that it’s been a good one for you!


2009 from elena rosemond-hoerr on Vimeo.

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Best of 2009

2009 was a big year for me, and an even bigger year for Biscuits and Such.  I got married, I started a small business, I won $500, I became a twitter aficionado.  b&s had its 100th recipe, hit its 1 year mark, and has had a steady increase in visitors, praise, and pie love.  All around, I’d call 2009 a success.  I thought I’d get a little nostalgic on you today and share some of my favorite things from this past year, something to remind me of where I’ve set the bar for 2010.

Best Savory Dish of 2009:


Fried Chicken Bites

Best Use of Bacon in 2009:


Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Best Sandwich of 2009:


Dan’s Fire In Your Hole Chicken Sandwich

Most Searched For Recipe of 2009:


Smoked Kingfish Dip

2009’s Recipe Contest Winning Cake:


Coca-Cola Cake

Best Cocktail of 2009:


Tarheel Margarita

Biggest Kitchen Accomplishment of 2009:



Most Un-Southern Recipe of 2009:


Chicken Spezzatini

Most Southern Recipe of 2009:


Bourbon White Peach Pie

Best Pie of 2009:


Caramel Apple Pie

Most Professionally Exciting Post of 2009:

Julia Child’s P.S. Biscuits

Most Personally Exciting Post of 2009:

Grape Salsa (the wedding post)

Most Creative Dessert of 2009:


Caramel Fried Green Tomatoes

Best Seafood in 2009:


Shrimp & Grits

Best Photo from 2009:


Blueberry Soup

And finally…

Biggest Kitchen Blunder of 2009:


Roasted Mango & Habanero Turkey, cooked upside down.

Thanks for coming and reading and sending  your love.  Have a happy New Years and I look forward to spending 2010 with you!

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Almond Pear Crostada

I was going to write a post about how this Christmas was the first I’d ever spent away from both of my parents, and how while I had a great time with my new family I was still sad about not being with my siblings, my aunts and uncles, my cousins.  How at this time of year it’s not the presents that matter so much as the tradition, the comfort, the stability of being with people that you know love you even when you’re caught eating cookies in your bed watching bad tv.  In fact, more often than not, they’ll join you.

But I’m sitting here with my husband, belly full of potatoes au gratin and steak, watching him kill zombies (mutants?) on the playstation, and I feel really grateful.  Even though part of me is in Durham with my parents, or in Ewing with my grandparents and extended family, the rest of me was here today, enjoying an amazing Christmas with family that has come to mean so much to me.

I know this is incredibly sappy, but it’s Christmas and if you ever read my father’s blog you’d know that I come by sappy naturally.  It’s just that Christmas brings out the sentimental side of people, helps you to overlook some of the bad.  Like right now I’m able to block out the drive home in the fog and freezing rain and just remember watching my father in law play princesses with his granddaughter, using a very menacing voice to play the part of Maleficent.  Or the speakerphone call I got from my family where I couldn’t really tell who was talking or what they were saying, just the general sentiment that they loved me.

So… Merry Christmas, internet.  I hope that on this day, whatever it means to you, that you’re happy and with family.  This is the time of year to bite your tongue when your grandfather says something insensitive or when your sister eats the last oreo ball.  This is the time of year to appreciate the little time we have with our family.  Even if all you can do is call your mom and tell her about the best pork shoulder you ever ate.

Almond Pear Crostada

2 bosc pears

3/4 cup slivered almonds

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp flour

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp almond extract

1 egg

1 pie crust (recipe here or here)

Heat your oven to 350.  Spread almonds out on a baking sheet and toast for 3 minutes.  Set aside.

Roll out your pie dough.  Spread almonds evenly over the center, leaving a 1 1/2 inch border on all sides.

Slice your pears and toss in flour, sugar, extract, and nutmeg.  Layer in a circular pattern, stem facing towards the center.  Fold the dough up over to form the crostada shape.  Brush exposed dough with egg.

Bake for 40 minutes.


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