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Nashville BBQ

I love Slick Pig too! Went to school in the Boro so I ate there many times through school. So good. Jim n Nicks is always a good option too. We were just going for more local. I do enjoy their cheesy buiscuits. So good!

May 27, 2014
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Nashville BBQ

That's what I was thinking. It may not be liquid smoke, but it had a distinct chemical taste to me. Wasn't what i like, but others may. :)

May 26, 2014
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

I'm jealous too! So very good. Love, love, love peaches!

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

Don't you just love summer and what comes off the grill?!

What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

:) This is one thing that brings me back to the summer's of being in college. No recipe, there are different methods that you can google. We just cut the top off, scoop/slice the water melon, pour in drink of choice and let soak. Can use vodka, rum ect.

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking
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Places to Eat in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Area of Tennessee

My family ALWAYS ate breakfast there. I loved that breakfast drink they had.

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

At the end of my rope -- please help

I have become the same way. I'm not as adventurous as most of you on here though. When I was first starting I would really stick to the recipe the first time, make my notes then adjust each time after. Now I have learned my personal prefs and the tastes we like and can taste an adjust from there. That also taught me how to read a recipe and see if I think it would work.

Midtown Dining

Yes, City House and Husk in Nashville are places that we like. I know Stonehurst Place has a wonderful breakfast from past experience, so that will be covered.

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Atlanta

Midtown Dining

Great, thanks! I will try and report back. Don't want to spend 50 bucks a head because add in some drinks...and well your there. Thanks for your advice. Looking forward to it.

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Atlanta

Hope this isn't requested to death, but need some ideas for BBQ side dishes for memorial day

I have been wanting to try this!

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Hope this isn't requested to death, but need some ideas for BBQ side dishes for memorial day

I wanted to mention this but I feel like I always do! I made it again last weekend for a graduation party and there wasn't a bit left. I dice everything smaller to make more of a dip, and serve with tortilla chips. I happened to have some extra fresh grilled corn that I added to the last batch I made.

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Hope this isn't requested to death, but need some ideas for BBQ side dishes for memorial day

I love Asian slaw!

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Hope this isn't requested to death, but need some ideas for BBQ side dishes for memorial day

I'm with you on this. Right now I just want my old favorite summer dishes. Bring on the potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, pasta salads and grilled corn on the cob!

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Hope this isn't requested to death, but need some ideas for BBQ side dishes for memorial day

Great idea! +1 on tomato pie. I forgot about that one. I will make closer to tomato season!

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

give me your top 3 make ahead meals

+1 on the salad thing.

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #301 - The Memorial Day Edition! [through May 27, 2014]

Totally unhealthy but we are grilling all weekend. Pool day today with smoked ribs, corn on the cob, slaw and fries today. Watermelon soaked in vodka. Sunday-canoe trip and once home, grilled chicken quarters and jalapeno cheese grits, homemade mac and cheese and whatever anyone wants to contribute. Monday it is supposed to rain, but if not it is a patio at the local Mexican restaurant with a pitcher of margaritas. Love summer and and holidays that go with it!

Midtown Dining

Thanks! I am checking it out now! The Red Pepper Taqueria looks great!

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Atlanta

Midtown Dining

Good questions.
-Coming from Nashville, TN
-We will have a car, will probably take a cab for dinner if it's any farther than walking distance.
-No dietary restrictions. Usually "American" food. We aren't into much ethnic food unless a great patio is involved (Mexican) or sushi.
-No real budget. It's just a weekend so pretty much anything is good although if it's more that about 50 a plate then we may not be excited about it unless it's really good. Nothing with a stuffy atmosphere.
-We are all in our mid 20's
-Love a patio.
*Will be doing a braves game on that Friday*

May 24, 2014
hheath9h in Atlanta

At the end of my rope -- please help

I am more critical than my husband ever will be as he is not a picky eater and would be happy eating Hamburger Helper. To be honest I had to learn on that type of food though. Simple things can be hard when you don't even know how to make pasta. I received a cookbook when I went to college that was a 4 ingredient or less book that I would make things out of. Some were good, some were bad. My roommates in college would have Casserole Night, most things were made of canned items. When I got married most things were semi homemade with jarred pasta sauce and packaged mashed potatoes. I scoured the internet for recipes and if I was looking up a particular one I would look at dozens of the same one and learn the TECHNIQUE behind it. Over time, I slowly learned how to cook. I still make plenty of mistakes and there are nights when it's a fail, but each one is a learning experience and I make notes. If a recipe is a success I immediately write it down with the specific technique that I followed, what to look for ect. I also follow recipes for the first time to a T, then make notes. Now I know what flavors go together and what I can substitute. Ina Garten taught me a lot, but her style of cooking and flavors are what I like. I definitely can't cook like most of those on here, but most of what I make now is successful (to my husband and I ) and homemade. I also recommend Cooks Illustrated, because they explain what to look for, and at what point to do things. The cookbooks are great, don't do their website. I still pull out my recipes each time that remind me of the technique I used. I'm with others, I may read Julia's recipes, and have now completed a few successfully, she is not for a beginner in my books. Also if your husband is like mine, he gets hungry often, and would probably hunt down those cured meats even if he had eaten 2 servings of dinner. :) Also, if he's the excellent cook with a great palate, cooking together may be a great way to learn and learn his tastes! I would immediately write down the technique and process after so that you can reference it later.

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

At the end of my rope -- please help

This is so true! If I make a recipe I enjoy now, I immediately write it down, with my own technique instructions included and notes and put it in my "official recipe box." Recipes I want to try go in another binder. This is something that has helped me the most in my learning to cook.

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking
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SXM in August

Heading to Sint Maarten/ Saint Martin in August for 10 days. Went 2 years ago. Anything we HAVE to try or any update? Any of the boat tours that have excellent food?

Midtown Dining

Staying at Stonehurst Place if that gives any relation to the area.

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Atlanta

Midtown Dining

Going to Atlanta in about a month. Staying in Midtown with 3 couples for a weekend. We haven't been to Atlanta in several years and when we have been we always stayed in Buckhead. Any particular restaurants we should do dinner at? Preferably in the same area.

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Atlanta

Nashville BBQ

My husband turned 30 and I have been meaning to post for a while. I planned a Whiskey and Smokes tasting themed dinner for his birthday in which everyone brought a bottle of different whiskey and I provided cigars and BBQ. In preparation we went to the some of the " top" BBQ restaurants in Nashville and did a taste off. Each time we bot chose an entree with 2 sides and shared to compare notes. We at least got the pulled pork and mac and cheese each time. Our lineup included Peg Leg Porker, Slow and Low, Judges, Edley's, Jacks, Martin's and Center Point in Hendersonville. As the party we were throwing was downtown, pickup location was a factor. Judges was my least favorite and actually was pretty bad. I'm not sure if it was that it is "Texas BBQ" or just the overwhelming taste of chemical liquid smoke flavor (not sure if that is actually what it was) but I could not even finish my meal and that NEVER happens. Jacks to me is just a tourist trap. Peg Leg Porker won the match, with very good meat. They threw in an extra pound of BBQ for us when we picked it up. I ended up making the sides, because to be honest none of the restaurants made perfect sides and for the money we would rather have more meat. I made homemade stove-top mac and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw and jalapeno cheese cornbread. This was such a success and we probably had 35 people show up. Needless to say there was a lot of whiskey! Does anyone else have a favorite Nashville BBQ?

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

Looking for butchers & seafood markets in Nashville

I really love the Publix on Charlotte and West End/ White Bridge. The workers there really know their stuff! We also regularly shop at Porter Road Butcher on Charlotte. I think they are a little high priced for their meat though.... my husband just spent a little over 100 for an 8 and change lb pork belly to make bacon. So while I do wish we had more butchers, fish mongers, cheese shops ect... I really don't like the prices. I do enjoy supporting our local shops though. Publix will also break packages . We just purchased a rib roast and had it cut into 2" thick rib-eyes at publix, got the ribs on the side and we got so much more meat than if we would have bought the already packaged rib-eyes.

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Kentucky & Tennessee

What is Beef Shoulder Tenderloin?

Correct, mock tender is completely different. I just bought my second package of these cut into medallions. This time seared and cooked in the skillet. They were juicy and very very tender. Cooked medium rare.
http://www.starnewsonline.com/article...

https://www.certifiedangusbeef.com/cu...

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in General Topics

Camping Meals/Recipes?

Love this idea of putting the ice in bags and such. Our coolers keep everything cold pretty well but I don't like that melty ice all over everything!

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

Camping Meals/Recipes?

Hahaa! Like I said pretty much the only thing I bring is a 12" cast iron skillet and do all the prepping at home. We don't even bring a camp stove. It may not seem like camping to some, but for me planning and preparing the food is part of the excitement. For us, camping is just about R & R, hopefully with some water nearby and a mason jar of something good! Life doesn't get much better than that! We are going canoeing this weekend down the Harpeth in TN and I'm trying to plan our picnic lunch. Puffin3, do you ever camp in TN and cleobeach, that boozy cheese is so yummy! I think you could even leave out the booze and just have the melty cheese!

May 23, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking

What is Beef Shoulder Tenderloin?

I just purchased a package of these this weekend. One of those look at these, let's see what these are like moments. Just kosher salt and pepper and garlic powder and a few other basics, skewered and threw on the grill. I came here to figure out what they actually were. They were so good. Tender, juicy, medium rare bites of goodness! These are different from the Mock tender steaks. Those are not tender! Our publix has different cuts of meat you don't see everywhere and you never know when they will have them again. This was a great find.

May 19, 2014
hheath9h in General Topics

Your Favorite Carrot Recipe

Pretty basic for me. Love roasted carrots- olive oil, kosher salt and pepper, herbs. Ginger glazed carrots- I could eat these like candy. I have used several recipes for these my favorite being the Silver Palate and the recipe in the Nashville Junior League cookbook.

May 19, 2014
hheath9h in Home Cooking