Food

4 Holiday Cookie Recipes I Want to Try

I have plans to spend one afternoon this holiday break making a few of these delicious looking cookies.  I browsed through a ridiculous amount of Pinterest recipes before landing on these four- so my expectations are high. The last couple months I have been going back to recipes I am familiar with- so hopefully experimenting with some new cookie recipes is the mix up I need to get out of my kitchen comfort zone. 4 Holiday Cookie Recipes I Want to Try | www.vanillaandvelvet.com

Herb Butter Cubes- Preserving Herbs

I love my herbs, but I hate how they flourish in the summer and barely produce, if they stay alive, in the winter.  My trick for keeping summer herbs throughout the winter is freezing the herbs with butter/oil in an ice cube tray.  Freezing the herbs in butter reduces some of the browning and freezer burn that herbs can get if…

Baked Potato Wedges

I love french fries.  I can't help that their salty goodness and crispy perfection comforts my soul!! I do try to steer clear of the frozen fries and my beloved McDonalds fries so to kick the cravings I often turn to these delicious baked potato wedges.  I always have potatoes at the house and they are extremely easy to make…

Sweet Apple Bread

Apple picking season is here!  We have not gone apple picking yet, but we did stop by Jaemor farms on the drive home from Gatlinburg last weekend to pick up fresh apples and stock up on some canned goodies.  With a large bag of apples in the fridge all week I wanted to try out a new apple recipe-  Sweet…

Shitake Pho Soup with Ginger Garlic Pork

Fall is here and so is the season for soup.  This is my first fall in the south and Atlanta's weather has been perfect-- 0pen windows all week long perfect! So I'm not snuggling up in blankets by a cozy fire eating soup quite yet, but I figured pho was a fantastic transitional season soup.  What is pho (Fuh)?  Pho…

Fresh Watermelon & Basil Gin Cocktail

It's never too late in the summer for a fun Summer cocktail.  Especially when you are living in Atlanta and summer doesn't  actually end for a couple more months.  I always found cocktails to be intimidating, but if you stick to the ratios and use fresh ingredients it's hard to go wrong. With half a watermelon in the fridge that…

Fresh Fig and Almond Breakfast Cake

Lazy Sunday mornings and breakfast cake go together ohh so nicely. I found fresh figs at Whole Foods the other day and couldn't resist buying them.  Confession: I had never tried a fresh fig! I eat dried figs all the time in oatmeal and granola, but never fresh ones.  The fruit was sweet with a touch of tang, I'd say…

When in Georgia- Peach Cobbler

Summer and peaches are one in the same in Georgia so I had to squeeze in at least one peach related dessert before my first Georgia summer comes to an end.   What is Best part about cobbler?  It is one of those desserts that feels guilt free because the amount of sugar and butter is less than your average dessert.…