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Italian cream cake

Hey, Robert - as a long time southern cook, I can tell you that Italian Cream Cake and Coconut Cream Cake are not the same thing. The recipe on the shredded coconut package was for Coconut Cream Cake, or just Coconut Cake. Italian Cream Cake (who knows where the name came from!) has coconut and pecans in the cake batter, with a cream cheese frosting. Coconut Cake is a light white layer cake with (usually) a whipped cream or white frosting with coconut either mixed in the frosting or pressed on the sides.

Dec 09, 2013
sarahNC in General Topics

Great Chinese in Charlotte or Asheville?

Is there any such thing as a great Chinese restaurant anywhere near Charlotte or Asheville? We've been looking a while, but honestly, PF Changs is the best we can find - almost every place seems to be one of those horrible all-you-can eat buffets. A friend from Charlotte told us recently that the Shun Lee Palace was great, but reviews on Yelp seem to indicate that it was sold in 2011 and is no longer good. We live in Morganton, and are willing to drive!

Oct 02, 2012
sarahNC in Southeast

ISO - Good Eats! Wilmington and surrounding area

South Beach Grille is a great choice for lunch - never had a bad meal there.

Jun 26, 2012
sarahNC in Southeast

Grits, Gravy??

As a North Carolina native, I have to say that the only gravy that should come anywhere near grits is red-eyed gravy! Surely he wouldn't put sausage gravy, or any kind of white gravy, on grits?? Gravy belongs on biscuits and mashed potatoes! lol That said, I've had many kinds of "sauces" on grits - one of my favorites being fried green tomatoes with a kind of rémoulade .... nom nom nom.

Mar 14, 2012
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Enhance My Jambalaya

Your only "heat" is tabasco sauce. I know that Paul Prudhomme's recipes all usually call for cayenne, black and white peppers and tabasco - all have a different kind of heat - so maybe you could add/sub some different kinds of hot. I second other comments about using different fat - how about bacon or fatback? and also second the suggestion to brown your tomato paste before using. Last suggestion would be to put your herbs and peppers in with the veggies as they soften.

Dec 02, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Fess Up, Fabulous Home Cooks. What have you ruined lately?

I also use this recipe as my go to choice - in fact, I don't even bother with the thermometer. I've made it so many times that I do it almost by feel, but about 4 minutes, 30 seconds from a full rolling boil in my "fudge pot" (4 quart calphalon), it's exactly right!

Aug 31, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Any new restaurants in Myrtle Beach?

We go to MB often, but haven't been this year since January. Does anyone know if any good new restaurants have opened?

Aug 23, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

Myrtle Beach Best BBQ

Absolutely agree with Prossers - I'd go so far as to say that that's the ONLY BBQ in MB.

Aug 23, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

Diet Soda + Cake Mix = How does this Work??

Diet root beer + chocolate cake = Yum!!
I think the confusion here about points has to do with size of servings. I made this in a 9x13 pan, and cut into 24 servings (6x4), to get 1 point each.

Aug 19, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Need a dill pickle recipe for short runs (1-3 quarts at a time)

I've always made dill pickles using Mrs. Wages dill pickle seasoning packets. (I know, but my family really likes the way they taste!) Our cucumbers this year are coming in really slowly, and I need a recipe that I can make a quart or two at a time. Does anyone have one to share?

Jul 06, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Hickory, North Carolina Food Joints Worth Visiting

This DaVinci's location closed. I LOVE the one in Hickory, but for some reason this second location never came close. Darn.

Jun 28, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

Hickory, North Carolina Food Joints Worth Visiting

Had lunch at the Frankies in Granite Falls last week - VERY good. I'm with you, catu85 - SO glad to have an option besides chains! And I'll second, third, whatever for DaVinci's. Their garlic knots - oohhhhh my!

Jun 28, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

Any rec's for decent food in Hot Springs and Black Mountain NC

Red Rocker Inn in Black Mountain I hear is very good - haven't been, though. Reservations required, I think.

Jun 28, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Oh yes! I forgot about that ... may need to hit up Shatley Springs this weekend.

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Shatley Springs Restaurant
407 Shatley Springs Rd, Crumpler, NC 28617

Jun 28, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Amen to all of the above!

Jun 28, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

darlin', you're talking about chicken & dumplins! At least, your number 1 sounds exactly what my husbands Aunt Judy calls chicken & dumplins. She brings it to every family gathering, and never takes home leftovers ...

Jun 11, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

OH! I forgot Moravian Sugar Cake. Holy cow. Parker's cornsticks are good too.

Jun 09, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

I live in Morganton - Eseeola is definitely not here, darn it! about an hour away.

Jun 08, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Come to think of it, the easiest way to do this might be just to find yourself a medium sized country church and show up on Homecoming Sunday! :)

Jun 08, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

50 things to eat in NC

Lived in NC all my 51 years! Some of these are probably not just North Carolinian but generally Southern, and I know I'll miss some things, but here's a start:
Cherry Lemon Sundrop
Grilled pimento cheese sandwich
Livermush cut thin and fried crispy
Chicken pie by a true Southern Baptist dinner-on-the-grounds artist
Tomato sandwich on Sunbeam bread with Duke's mayo
Country ham and red eye gravy
Homemade biscuits with sausage gravy
Calabash shrimp
'naner puddin'
fresh coconut cake
pecan pie
strawberry rhubarb pie
peach cobbler
fried cube steak & gravy on mashed potatoes
fried apples
... I'll keep thinking.

Jun 08, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast

Beans (kidney, black, pinto, etc.) - keeping them interesting

Add corn to your black bean salad recipe, and you have my favorite. I like lime juice and chopped tomato in it, also. Cilantro too.

Jun 07, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

In dire need of help making YELLOW SQUASH palatable

Cut to 1" dice, sautee with halved cherry tomatos in olive oil, s & p, add fresh basil ribbons at the end. Yum! It's the only way I can eat it (HATE mushy squash), but my whole family loves it this way, kids included.

Jun 07, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

How did I screw up this cake?

How did you measure your flour? scoop with a measuring cup or spoon into the cup and level off with a knife? I think the European way of measuring flour by weight would solve a lot of baking problems! I'd also echo the question about the age of your baking powder. It doesn't sound like you over-beat. Are you going to try again?

Jun 07, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Big party, Everyone brings a big salad or any type - what would you bring?

Don't know if you're feeding meat eaters or not, but I often do a Mediterranean type chicken salad – it varies depending on what I have on hand, but always includes poached chicken, olives, capers, and grape tomatoes and other vegetables, dressed with olive oil, salt and pepper. I think the original idea came from a Sarah Leah Chase cookbook (can't remember which one).

May 14, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family - Part 2

When I was growing up we made wonderful potato candy with my grandmother (her family was from Switzerland). I swear, all we did was pour powdered sugar on peeled potatoes, then add color and flavorings and shape into flattened ovals. I can't remember if the potato was raw (I think so) or cooked first (maybe), but it was as if the potato was just melted by the sugar. It turned out like a creamy mint patty. Has anyone else ever heard of a candy like this?

May 14, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? part II [old]

Have you tried Ghirardelli's triple chocolate cookie recipe? Ohhh myyyyy.

May 13, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? part II [old]

Paula Deen has recipe for a two layer pineapple upside down cake - you make two cakes the regular way, stack and ice with cream cheese icing. Talk about sugar over load! But for a special occasion, it's great. My father-in-law says it's the best cake he's ever had.

May 13, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

What are you baking these days? part II [old]

Nathan's Lemon Cake from Cooking Light - scrumptious! Just sweet enough, and really lemony.

May 13, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Your tried and true Cook's illustrated Best recipes.

Wonder if that's the same as the Shrimp Scampi for a Crowd from the magazine? This is a long time favorite - had it last Friday night! We have a big family (usually 6-7 around the table), and this recipe means we can all eat when it's hot.
Other big favorites (all from magazines but available on line):
Smoky Scalloped Potatoes (with two cups smoked gouda - amazing)
Fried Rice
Creamy Ravioli Bake

May 13, 2010
sarahNC in Home Cooking

Myrtle Beach update help needed! May visit looming....Name your 5 favorite places!

I have to agree with LaLa and Anna - great lists, both of them. And you are correct - MurrelI's Inlet has many great places to choose from. We particularly love Capt. Dave's Dockside and Lee's. Lee's was one of the first restaurants in the area - and I believe is still run by the same family 60 or so years later. You HAVE to try their fried onion rings, and I love their Manhattan style clam chowder.
Bad news about the Chinese, though - we've been to MB once or twice a year for over 30 years, and have never found even halfway decent Chinese. The best there now is P.F. Chang's; other than that, you'll mostly find "chinese" buffet's. Maybe someone who lives close knows more? I'd surely love to find a great place!

Apr 19, 2010
sarahNC in Southeast