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Grits Bowl

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This past Sunday, on our way out of Durham, we stopped in to Watt’s Grocery for brunch with my friend Julia. I’d not been to Watt’s (cue long list of amazing Durham restaurants we can start trying now that we’re back in NC) but my Mom had given us some of their coffee for Christmas and it was delicious, so I felt confident about the decision. Good coffee is a staple of any brunch. Followed closely by good bloody marys and good breakfast meat.

grits bowl 5 Dan ordered their breakfast tacos and Julia and I each ordered the grits bowl. Basic premise- bowl of grits and a list of toppings to choose from. I ended up with salsa, cheese, avocado, sausage, and a fried egg. It was delicious. The frothy cheesy grits and all the toppings came together into a filling brunch that left nothing to be desired. I just kept thinking this would be great for a dinner party.

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My favorite kind of dinner party to throw is a make-your-own style party. Whether it’s personal pizzas, grilled cheese, or tacos this easy method of throwing together a base and then providing a ton of toppings makes for a fun AND simple party. And grits bowls definitely fit the mold.

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Last night (and again today for breakfast) Dan and I tried it for ourselves. I made a big pot of spicy cheese grits and then put out salsa (fresh from the market), chicken sausage, cheese, avocado, and fried eggs. Perfection. Grits are an awesome base but for some reason I always think of them as a dish- shrimp and grits, chicken and grits, grits squares, what have you. This got me thinking about all the possibilities for all the things you could put on top of grits- black beans, corn, barbeque, roasted sweet potatoes, anything! I see this becoming a regular dinner option as well as a party in the new kitchen. Once we make friends in Wilmington, of course.

grits bowl 3 Cheese Grits

3 parts milk

1 parts grits

1 parts cheddar cheese

Juice of 1 lemon


Red pepper flakes

White pepper

Heat milk. Stir in grits and spices, slowly. When the grits have thickened add in cheese and lemon juice. Continue to stir until they’ve reached your desired thickness.

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a year in review, 2012

2012 was, certainly, a doozy.

personally, we’ve:

– moved 408 miles south

– celebrated our third wedding anniversary

– changed states, homes, jobs

– watched my sister, lauren, get engaged LIVE on google hangout

– brought the sweetest most wonderful pup into our lives

– seen a second annual pie festival become wildly successful

– run, run, run

– painted a number of rooms

– spoken at my grandmother’s alma mater

– stuck our toes in the pacific ocean

– learned to love tofu and quinoa (okay, maybe that’s just me)

– created a space on the internet for thoughts about things other than southern cooking

– given a pie to one of my online heroes

this here blog has: 

– seen it’s 4th year

– survived a rocky 6 months of transition

– increased in size and scope

-rehabbed our first piece of cast iron

– experimented wildly in the field of “boozy pies”

– continued our education about how to best handle crabs

– continued to chug away, week in and week out

As always, thank you for visiting, your support, your interest, and your sweet words. Here’s to 2013!

2012 in review from elena rosemond-hoerr on Vimeo.


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Best of 2012

2012 was an awesome year for us, personally and here on B&S. Here are some of our favorite posts:

cast iron pt1 Best Series

Cast Iron Chronicles


olive pimento cheese 3 Best Appetizer

Green Olive Pimento Cheese


baltimore bomb 4 Best Sourced Recipe

The Baltimore Bomb

icb pie 11

Best Pie

Irish Car Bomb Pie


fried chicken eggs benedict 3 Most Outrageous Recipe

Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict

quinoa cakes 1

Most Often Consumed by Us

Chickpea & Quinoa Cakes

honeysuckle butter 5

Most Fun to Make

Honeysuckle Butter

jones falls jammer Best Cocktail

Jones Falls Jammer


chocolate strawberry

Most Inspirational Pie

Chocolate Strawberry Pie for The Bloggess

bloody mary 8


Best Use of Pickled Okra

Bloody Mary


tomato shrimp & grits 2 Best Grits

Roasted Tomato Shrimp & Grits


crab steaming 1 Tribute to the Chesapeake

Steamed Crabs


hummingbird cake 3 Most Emotionally Charged Dessert

Hummingbird Cake


pork and cranberries 1 First Recipe in the New House

Slow Roasted Pork & Cranberries


Thanks again for following along, coming here, reading our recipes. We look forward to 2013!


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