Just under two weeks ago, my long-time beau and I were married. Yes, yes – we made it legal on the North Carolina coast at Ft. Fisher Beach. We were both elated, anxious, overwhelmed, and filled with joy. It was a beautiful day.
And like any beautiful day, this day had beautiful food. It was the edibles that I most wanted to share with you.
Our cake was simple in its decor with coloring that complimented my dress. It was exactly as I wanted – simple and refined. Ruffles of icing roses with beach blue accents. Inside, however, it was a chocolate smorgusboard! Our cake was created by One Belle Bakery, a phenomenal Wilmington-area bakery with a plethora of offerings that brought a sweet accent to our day. Our wedding cake was one of the bakery’s signature choices: “Lord Have Mercy.” The cake is comprised of chocolate-chocolate chip cake with layers of chocolate fudge.
The cake was so rich and decadent and, combined with our butterfly-filled bellies, we were scarcely able to take more than two or three bites. Combined with the rich icing, this was the epitome of what chocolate cake is meant to be – rich, dense, and supremely flavorful.Read More »
Nothing beats fresh baked quick breads with ingredients right from the garden – or, in this case, your neighbor’s garden.
When I was writing about our garden this year, one element of the process that I emphasized was how much more enjoyable gardening was when you had people around you to share with. The giving and receiving of fresh produce added a communal aspect to our gardening. In years past, before we planted a garden of our own, we happily accepted fruits and vegetables from our neighbors. But this year, we had our own garden bounty to share and be proud of.
So, when one of our neighbors shared some of their bright carrots, I had to give back. Even after including the carrots in stir fry and salads, we had some left over. And I went straight to work baking three mini loaves of carrot walnut bread, both for us to munch on and to share with our generous neighbors.Read More »
While many are already counting down the days until sweaters and pumpkins, we all know that summer is still with us, and she isn’t letting go just yet. Temperatures are still quite high, and it’s not time to trade in cool desserts for warm apple pie. No, folks, not just yet.
By now, you may have heard of Atlantic Beach Pie.
When I first encountered the recipe for Atlantic Beach Pie, I had an immediate thought: “This is so similar to the first pie I ever made!” In terms of the filling ingredients, the similarities are strong. With one single difference: The filling in my pie doesn’t require baking. It also doesn’t require a source for good lemon or lime juice. It incorporates a more semi-homemade approach.Read More »