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Lovely Internet 12.13.13

12.13.13

1. A part of the country that is completely foreign to me.

2. Fruitcake for a good cause.

3. These potatoes look divine.

4.  An interesting look at why looking the part makes us feel better when we exercise.

5. I love to run with Kaylee but she’s a total spaz. Maybe this would help?

6. I want this. I so, so, so want this. Or this.

7. This will come in handy this Christmas.

8. A powerful look at double standards.

9. The Bitter Southerner shirt.

10. I was lucky enough to receive a Batch Nashville and I have to say, it was a fantastic little surprise waiting on my doorstep.

The Colombo Marsala recipe competition is going on through Sunday, so please go vote! My Fig & Sausage Biscuits could take us to Italy with your help. We’ve held a solid lead for the past few days and I’d love to keep it up. I have to say, working this hard to get out the vote is exhausting. I have a whole new level of respect for people that run for public office!

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Satsuma Cobbler

satsuma cobbler 1

 

Generally speaking, Dan and I are beer and wine people. We know very little about what makes a good wine, we know a fair amount about good beer, and (most importantly) we drink what we like. With the exception of the year that Dan was really into Scotch, it’s not often that you’ll see our bar stocked with more than South American whites, spicy Malbecs, and craft beer.

 

satsuma cobbler 4

 

One of my favorite activities on Avery Island was our mixology workshop with Kirk Espinotal. Kirk demonstrated three different fun and delicious recipes, including a type of mixed drink that was completely new to me- the cobbler. A cobbler (the cocktail variety) is a liqueur that is shaken with fresh fruit and ice. Simple and delicious. The cobbler we tried at the Marsh House was Chartreuse, citrus, jalapeños, and Tabasco’s jalapeño pepper sauce. It was fantastic, something I’ve been dreaming about since we left the island.

 

satsuma cobbler 3

 

When we started planning our annual holiday party I knew that I wanted to try to recreate Kirk’s masterpiece. I couldn’t find yellow Chartreuse in Wilmington so I decided to combine lime, fresh satsuma, and St Germain, which is an elderflower liqueur. The finished drink was lovely- fresh and fruity with touches of citrus and elderflower. The benefit of the cobbler is that it’s not too heavy or too boozy, making it a good option for brunch or holiday parties where you want to celebrate without getting too crazy. We’ll be absolutely reprising this during the holidays. It may even be the new Christmas Morning Special.

 

satsuma cobbler 2

 

Satsuma Cobbler

makes 2

 

6 jiggers of St Germain or elderflower liqueur

Satsuma or clementine, peeled and sectioned

Lime, sliced

Champagne or prosecco (optional)

Ice

 

Combine liqueur, fruit, and ice in a mixer. Mix vigorously for 30-45 seconds. Strain and split between two glasses with additional lime and satsuma. For a lighter option top each glass with a jigger of champagne.

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Lovely Internet 12.6.13

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1. I always say that well maintained cast iron can last you a lifetime, but this new line of cookware is so beautiful and well crafted your family will be fighting over it for generations.

2. This is so cool! I wonder if Dan can make me one with all the powertools he got for Christmas.

3. I’ve been thinking about updating my wreath, and I like the look of this one.

4. Do you love eggnog? I’m of two minds about it, but it might be better homemade. This method seems promising.

5. I’ve been thinking of making marshmallows to bring with us for Christmas, and these look amazing. Bonkers amazing.

6. As it was happening I thought the whole Elan vs Diane saga was a little absurd, crude, and far fetched; this article sums up why we should have reacted differently.

7. I think I need this dress for New Years. And then I need plans for New Years.

8. These are fantastic.

9. My brothers always give us a big batch of kimchi around the holidays, so it’s about time to start stockpiling ways to enjoy it.

10. How amazing does this hot chocolate look?

The Colombo Marsala recipe competition is still raging, so please go vote! My Fig & Sausage Biscuits could take us to Italy with your help, AND you get the chance to win $50 each day that you vote!

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitterinstagrampinterest or facebook. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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