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Lovely Internet 1.24.14

1.24.14

1. This sweet post, by my lovely friend Amber, made my heart warm.

2. Raise your hand if Cool Runnings was your favorite childhood movie? Amen. This is for you, then.

3. The 50 Best Southern Foods

4. The perfect cup of coffee at home.

5. The Fancy Toast Trend (and the person behind it).

6. I am a sucker for a good list. Damn you, Buzzfeed, for drawing me in with your inane lists. This is how they get you.

7. Michael Pollen on nutrition. The message is amazing (worth it).

8. I broke my cold beverage travel cup last month and I’m seriously considering just ordered this to replace it.

9. The Salt.

10. Duck confit without the fat (in honor of all the duck fat I rendered this week).

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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Country Ham, Grits, and Eggs with Red Eye Gravy

country ham 3 Sometimes, after a long night of celebrating your husband’s birthday, you need a breakfast that is more than a breakfast. A breakfast that is comforting, delicious, and yeah, a little greasy. A little salt and meat and coffee that goes a long way.

country ham 2 We had an incredible group of friends with us last weekend, and it was my great pleasure to feed them. I love feeding people, it’s one of my personality traits that comes from all sides of my family- the desire to nurture and nourish, the love of hosting, the inherent food pushing. We cooked and ate so much that it was a whirlwind, but this may have been the meal I loved cooking the most. Some of my closest friends from across my 27 years of life, all sitting in my kitchen drinking coffee and laughing and enjoying each other as I stirred the grits, fried the eggs, browned the meat, whisked the gravy. It was a perfect morning, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world (even with the hangover).

country ham Red eye gravy is a simple combinations of drippings, usually from country ham that’s been fried in a skillet, and black coffee. The combination (plus a bit of butter), creates a thin gravy that adds depth and richness to the grits, eggs, ham, and everything else it touches. It’s unlike anything else on the breakfast menu.

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Country Ham, Grits, and Eggs with Red Eye Gravy

serves 8

16 slices of country ham

8 eggs

2 cups dried yellow corn grits

6 cups of water

2 cups heavy cream

1/2 stick butter

1 cup black coffee

Salt and pepper

In a large pot, heat salted water to a boil. Stir in grits and cream, and reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer, stirring frequently, until thick.

Melt a pat of butter in a large skillet. Fry the ham for 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place in a warm oven to keep temperature. As you’re frying your ham, heat another pat of butter in a second skillet. Fry eggs over easy or to preferred yolk runniness, also placing in a warm oven to keep. Add more butter to the pan as necessary to keep the eggs from sticking.

When your ham is cooked melt remaining butter in pan and stir in coffee. Whisk thoroughly, incorporating any drippings from the ham into the gravy. Plate each dish with grits, two slices of ham, and an egg. Drizzle gravy over everything and serve hot.

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Lovely Internet 1.17.14

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1. A lovely story from some of my favorite voices in Southern food.

2. Pizzelles make me think of Christmas. In the best possible way.

3. What is your favorite family recipe?

4. Would you?

5. A brilliant take on eating meat in a humane fashion.

6.  I’ve been loving this blog for all my running related needs.

7. Down the road I would very much like to run an ultra marathon (more than 26.2 miles in a race). This article was an interesting perspective on the sport.

8. These nontraditional engagement portraits are solid gold.

9. An interesting way to support an awesome artist.

10. Dan’s birthday gift.

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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