Dining Outside the Home: Goo Goo Shop in Nashville, Tennessee! Wander into the SoBro area just off Broadway’s bar scene to tickle your tastebuds with clusters of buttery caramel, creamy marshmallow, roasted peanuts, and decadent chocolate. But don’t stop there. This is home of the famous candy nougat for over a hundred years. Start with the classic then mix it up with southern pecans or gooey peanut butter. The dessert bar offers thick milkshakes, retro candies, moist cakes, chocolatey sundaes, and much more. Nibble away. True love never tasted so good.
Festive Foods! Good times naturally accompany good food. Every family has its favorites. Some indulge in time-worn traditions while others enjoy modern classics. As you embrace the holidays with companionship, nostalgia, food, or festivities, celebrate the spirit of the season. In the next few weeks, join me as I share favorite foods as well as healthy options. Bring it home for the holidays with Festive Foods! Follow me on Instagram @gail_dorna or check in with me on Twitter @Snapshotsincursive.
Dining Outside the Home: Baked by Melissa in Manhattan, New York City, New York! When it’s late at night and your sweet tooth just won’t give up, the answer is bite-sized cupcakes. Oh, yeah. This Manhattan bakery came recommended to us by an energetic waiter in a local pub as well as the helpful valet around the corner who pointed us in the right direction. Think about it. Mini cupcakes, the size of a quarter, with at least 18 distinct flavors like Red Velvet, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Chip Pancake, and Caramel Cone. At less than 50 calories each, it’s practically heaven-sent. The average customer eats 4-5 cupcakes at one time. Nice. Needless to say, we walked away with a gift box holding the coveted creations. OMG! YUM!
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Something to Savor: Lovely Lace Cookies! For the keen observer, you may notice this is the same recipe I used for Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough*. There is a simple explanation. For those who are unable eat an entire batch of raw cookie dough, there is an alternative. Simply split the portion and bake a batch of Lovely Lace Cookies. But be forewarned. Once you drizzle them with chocolate, you may eat them faster than ever. I did. No shame!
LOVELY LACE COOKIES
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons light cream
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Syrup for drizzling
Preheat oven to 375°. In a food processor, combine butter and brown sugar. Cream together. Add vanilla extract and sea salt. Pulse to blend. Gradually add flour. Dough will be slightly crumbly. Add light cream. Pulse to mix well. By hand gentle fold in semi-sweet mini chocolate chips. Drop by level teaspoons onto nonstick baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, 6-8 minutes. Watch carefully. Do not burn. Cool on baking sheet until firm, about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Drizzle with chocolate syrup before serving.
*Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough can be referenced under Letter E at https://snapshotsincursive.com/2017/03/23
Before I begin, let me clarify…I did not make a meal of cupcakes. I’m not saying I couldn’t have, I’m saying I showed tremendous restraint! After all, I could easily fulfill the four major food groups in one sitting:Vegetable = Carrot Cupcakes
Fruit = Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
Dairy = Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
Protein = Maple Bacon Cupcakes
The dining area is as quaint and appealing as the cupcakes themselves. Overall, it’s a taste of paradise one bite at a time.
Pastry Chef and Owner, Judy, says it quite well:
“The way I see it… Cupcakes are a form of art, a magnificent masterpiece, on an edible canvas and you can never have too many hanging around.”