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Skillet Tarheel Pie

tarheel pie 2 This weekend we headed north to celebrate my dear friend Charlotte’s upcoming wedding. Charlotte, lover of many foods other than wings but especially wings, was treated to a special food centric shower. Guests were encouraged to bring the couple a gift for the kitchen, and to fill it first with food for the party (actually perhaps the most genius trick for hosting a wedding shower ever). Gifting food is one of my favorite things to do, and this was a perfect way to honor Charlotte and share food with family and friends.

tar heel pie 4 My one rule for weddings is that I always gift cast iron. I’m a completely dedicated cast iron user, yes, but I also appreciate what it symbolizes. I have cast iron passed down to me by my grandmother. My dad has his grandmother’s cast iron cauldron, a family heirloom that I would one day love to inherit. Cast iron is the wedding gift that will last as long as your marriage, as long as your grand children’s marriage, if you treat it well. Treat it as carefully as you treat your relationship with your spouse. Just don’t light your spouse on fire.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset In the skillet I made Charlotte one of my favorite pies, the Tar Heel Pie. The Tar Heel Pie is essentially a chocolate chess pie with pecans, and it’s so easy to make you won’t actually believe it. To sweeten the deal I topped it with pecans, brown sugar, and a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset While we were in DC we also got the opportunity to explore a bit, visiting friends and taking a few short trips out into the city. I’ll be back in two weeks for the bachelorette party of my lovely friend Rachael, and I’m looking forward to seeing the city in full bloom. That and spending some quality time with my two best gals, 1-95 and Audible.

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Skillet Tar Heel Pie

1 cup chocolate chips
1 stick melted butter
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
Pie dough (halve this recipe here)
1/4 cup pecans
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup chocolate
1 tbsp melted butter

Pour hot butter over chocolate chips and stir until fully incorporated.  Whisk together remaining ingredients and add to chocolate. Pour into pie shell. Top with pecans and brown sugar. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes.

Mix together melted butter and chocolate to melt. Drizzle around edges of the pie, or evenly across. Let cool and serve.

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Lovely Internet 3.7.14

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1. This is crazy! I couldn’t believe how quickly my brain adapted.

2. How to boil an egg.

3. A touching tribute to a man who has deeply impacted so many lives (including mine).

4. I started Bullet Journaling and so far I love it.

5. 17 Things You Learn From Growing Up in the South

6. This farmhouse makes me want to rethink our whole five year plan.

7. I might need this for the summer.

8. That’s a good point.

9. Nominations are open for the 2014 Saveur Food Blog Awards.

10. This made me feel better about the fact that I never do chatarunga pushups.

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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Coffee, Banana, & Chocolate Smoothie

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I’ve been subsisting mostly on smoothies lately, particularly this smoothie. Frozen bananas, almond milk, coffee ice cubes, and a tablespoon of hot chocolate mix. The perfect midday pick me up. Filling enough to count as an afternoon snack (thanks, bananas!), sweet enough to feel like a treat, and with the added bonus of a jolt of caffeine.

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On afternoons when I’m especially dragging I’ll swap half of the almond milk out for half a cup of coffee (or a shot of espresso), which brings this to an entirely new level. Like my preschool students whose parents were saavy enough to convince them that smoothies were ice cream, this feels like I’m treating myself to something truly decadent, but mostly it’s just bananas. The best kind of decadence.

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6 coffee ice cubes
3 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp hot chocolate mix

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately, chilled. Alternatively, spoon this into a dish and refreeze for a smooth banana ice cream treat.

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