{ Coffee, Banana, & Chocolate Smoothie }

March 2, 2014
sunshinesmoothie 1 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. sunshinesmoothie 3 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. sunshinesmoothie 2Coffee, Banana, Chocolate Smoothie 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.

{ Lovely Internet 2.28.14 }

February 28, 2014
Processed with VSCOcam with 4 preset 1. The Many Doughnuts of Mardi Gras. 2. Yoga is even better for us than we thought. 3. 8 books to preorder. 4. Seems like there might be hope for my relationship with escarole. 5. This can't be healthy. 6. The best relationship advice, from someone who has seen it all. 7. The Politics of Representation 8. Favorite cocktails on Food52 (including our Satusma Cobbler, something I love eternally). Also, more party drinks. 9. Well, it's donuts for me then. 10. A woman's tribute to her mother-in-law, her husband, and her family food heritage. 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.

{ Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake }

February 24, 2014
Pound Cake 1 Last week, to much fanfare (in our living room), The American Cookbook was released! All day Monday I got texts and emails as people got their preordered books in the mail, and it feels overwhelmingly amazing to know that something I worked so hard to create is out there in kitchens around the world. It's thrilling and humbling and terrifying, all at once. Naturally, we celebrated by having some friends over for burritos. pound cake 4 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Over the next few months I plan on sharing recipes from the book, and I'm excited to kick it off today with a classic (and a favorite)- pound cake. Each year on my birthday my grandma, Bobbie, would make me three things- pound cake for breakfast, pimento cheese that I didn't have to share, and a mountain pie. Of all the cakes, pound cake is the best (though it's still not better than pie, guys). This recipe makes a tart, moist, and delicious cake. Pound Cake 2 Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake The American Cookbook by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr and Caroline Bretherton 1 cup butter, softened, plus extra for greasing 2 cups sugar 6 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups flour 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 cup sour cream for the glaze: 1 tbsp whole milk Juice of 1 lemon 1 cup powdered sugar Preheat the oven to 350F. Beat the butter in a large bowl and gradually add in sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between each addition. Add in vanilla extract. Sift together flour and baking soda into a bowl. Add to the egg mixture, one third at a time, alternating with sour cream. Spoon batter into a greased 10" bundt pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown and firm. Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a plate. Whisk together milk, lemon juice, and sugar. Slowly pour the glaze evenly over the cake. Serve warm.