Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip for the Win

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip makes a sweet snack for enjoying with pretzels, vanilla wafers, fresh strawberries and ginger snaps.

Twas the day after the Super Bowl and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even an Atlanta Falcons fan. Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Dip for the Win”

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A French Dessert, Georgia Style

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Georgia Peach & Wild Blueberry Galette with Orange Mint

Perhaps one of the best things about summertime is biting into a sweet, ripe Georgia peach and hearing the sound of the peel break apart, while the juice runs down your chin. Continue reading “A French Dessert, Georgia Style”

Champagne Cupcakes: A Labor of Love

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Champagne Cupcakes with Raspberry and Orange Buttercream Frosting is a “sweet” way to say “Be My Valentine.”

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and with Valentine’s Day just a few days away, it’s time to get cookin’! All jokes aside, I don’t think there’s a better way to show you care than by cooking or baking for someone you love. I’ve got a special recipe to share today, and it’s exciting for two reasons: 1) It’s seriously Some Kinda Good (you get to bake with champagne!), and 2) It’s developed by a really inspirational person I had the privilege of meeting and competing with on ABC’s The TasteContinue reading “Champagne Cupcakes: A Labor of Love”

Foolproof Apple Crisp for the Love of Fall

imageThere are 14-layer cakes, lattice pies, meringues and souffles. Then, there’s Apple Crisp. Labor intensive, complicated desserts have their time and place, but a dessert that’s good enough for a weeknight is good enough for me. No other delicacy screams fall and comforts the home and heart like it. What’s more, the dish is easily adaptable for large or small crowds. Dinner for two? Serve it in ramekins. Family coming for Thanksgiving? It’s time to dust off that trusty ol’ casserole dish. With its warm nutmeg and cinnamon spices, served alongside a scoop or two of cold vanilla ice cream, it’s the fall season in a nutshell (or in this case, a bowl).

wpid-IMG_20131009_210507.jpgAfter a dinner of chili, Apple Crisp hit the spot. The crunch of the granola and earthiness of the pecans, with the tart and sweet combination of apples is foolproof flavor. My home smelled just like the mountains, and made me wish I was sipping coffee in a rocking chair somewhere up in Tennessee, admiring the changing leaves.

My recipe serves 4-6. Enjoy!

Filling:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Red Delicious apple, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Teaspoons each of cinnamon and nutmeg or more to taste
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup of granola
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice (This keeps the apples from turning brown).

Topping:

  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • A good handful of chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup cold butter

Directions:

Peel and slice apples. Place in a medium bowl and add the remaining filling ingredients. Set aside. In another small bowl, stir together flour, sugar and chopped pecans. Cut in cold butter with a fork or you can blend the ingredients quickly with your hands. Pour filling into a 1 1/2 quart or 8 x 8 casserole dish and top off with the brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle with granola. Bake in 375 degree oven for 35 – 40 minutes. Let cool slightly. Serve with ice cream and coffee, preferably on the porch.

Don’t forget to eat the leftovers for breakfast the next day!

Celebrate Summer with Local Blackberry-Georgia Peach Crumble

wpid-0622142020b.jpgSummertime may be my absolute favorite time to visit the farmers’ market and fruit may be my absolute favorite thing to purchase. On Saturday morning, I scored a large package of plump blackberries and the season’s first Georgia peaches. You can imagine my excitement when I came across a delicious recipe for Peach-Berry Crumble in the latest edition of Southern Living. Sunday afternoon just got better.

Fruit from the fields of Screven County.
Fruit from the fields of Screven County.

I paid $5 for this huge container of blackberries. You can’t beat that! Well worth the money, especially knowing I’m supporting the local farming community. Thanks Ricardo from Poor Robin’s Produce! The peaches came from my friends at Jacob’s Produce. I snuck a few pieces while slicing them for the crumble. Irresistible, juicy and sweet.

Blackberry-Peach Crumble
Blackberry-Peach Crumble

Crumbles make the perfect summer dessert. Simple to throw together, they’re special enough for entertaining yet quick enough for a post-dinner weeknight treat.

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I substituted 1/2 cup of uncooked regular oats with Honey Bunches of Oats with Vanilla. It’s what I had on hand and it got the job done! Assembling this dessert is so much fun because it’s rustic and hands-on. Butter makes everything better.

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The end result is a crunchy, buttery topping filled with warm, sweet fruit. Serve with cold vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with fresh mint. Savor summertime!


 

wpid-0622142020b.jpgHere’s a quick glance at the recipe. Thanks Southern Living for the inspiration!

Peach-Berry Crumble
Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh peach slices (about 3 medium)
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup uncooked regular oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Place first 2 ingredients in an 11- x 7-inch (or 2-qt.) baking dish. Stir together egg, egg yolk, and next 4 ingredients with a fork until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit; drizzle melted butter over topping. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until light brown and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes; serve warm with ice cream.

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White Chocolate Almond Bark for Your Special Valentine

wpid-20131217_222814.jpgTake a trip to Wal-Mart during Valentine’s week and you’ll see them everywhere…those guys with good intentions carrying around fluffy teddy bears and mass-produced, heart-shaped boxes of less than desirable chocolates. I just want to walk up to each of them and say, “No.” There’s simply nothing romantic about getting the same thing every other girl on the block is getting, and whoever said it’s the thought that counts, lied. A better idea, is my two-ingredient white chocolate almond peppermint bark that requires no cooking at all. If you’ve got a microwave and a sheet pan, you can do this. It’s festive, flavorful and definitely takes the romance to the next level. wpid-20131217_205828.jpgChop up some good quality white chocolate bark. You can kind find it on the baking aisle of most grocery stores.

Place the chocolate in a microwavable bowl and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring after each one. Once melted, spread the chocolate evenly in a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  wpid-20131217_204945.jpgMeanwhile, bust up some peppermints with a hammer or a rolling-pin. Whatever you have around the house will work. This is great for stress relief too. Not a peppermint fan? Use chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit. You could even use heart-shaped sprinkles. However, the red and white in this candy works really well with the February 14 holiday and gives the chocolate a nice minty flavor (Kissy. Kissy. Wink, Wink.). wpid-20131217_205736.jpgOnce the candy is crushed… wpid-20131217_211253.jpgSprinkle liberally over the chocolate. Gently press the peppermints into the chocolate with your palms. That’s it. Let it set at room temperature for at least one hour. wpid-20131217_222819.jpgRemove the parchment paper onto a cutting board and give the chocolate block a rough chop. You don’t want all the pieces to be even, that’s what gives it a homemade look. wpid-20131217_223555.jpgPlace several pieces of the bark in a pretty package and tie with red and white ribbon. You’re all done! Now that’s a unique, homemade gift that you can be proud of, and is sure to make your sweetheart swoon. Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a quick glance at what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • One package of peppermints
  • Good white chocolate almond bark

Equipment

  • Microwave
  • Glass bowl
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Sheet pan
  • Knife
  • Parchment paper

What’s your take on the retail boxes of chocolate? Love them or hate them?

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Watch My Video Segment on The Dr. Oz Show MONDAY!

Grilled_Peaches2014 is off to a great start! Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show this Monday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. on WSAV-3 Savannah to watch my video segment during Dr. Oz’s Healthy Recipe Challenge. I was asked to submit a healthy recipe to represent my home state, featuring Georgia peaches. Three finalists were chosen to appear on the show to have Dr. Oz taste their dessert. Though I wasn’t chosen as one of the top three finalists, the video I submitted will appear in a segment! Be sure to check your local listings for the time the program airs in your area.

Basket_PeachesI submitted my Grilled Georgia Peaches with Toasted Granola and Honey. If you’ve never tasted grilled peaches, start living. Something about grilling fruit makes it that much more desirable, and Georgia peaches really shine in this lightened up dessert. While we all know there’s no real substitute for one of Georgia’s best Southern recipes–good ol’ peach cobbler, this dish satisfies your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. The great thing is, when fresh peaches aren’t in season, you can substitute frozen ones. The peaches may also be grilled outside or on an indoor grill pan. Not an ice cream fan? Forgo it and serve it with fresh, sweetened whipped cream instead.

Here’s what you’ll need:

IMG952129Grilled Georgia Peaches with Toasted Granola and Local Honey
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Georgia Peaches, peeled and cut in half, or 1 bag of frozen, sliced peaches
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of granola, toasted
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of local B&G Tupelo Honey
  • Low-fat Vanilla Yogurt or Fat Free Ice Cream
  • Butter or Light Non-Stick Cooking Spray


Directions

To grill a fresh peach, slice it right down the middle, remove the pit, brush the halves with melted butter and season with kosher salt. Allow the peach to grill skin side up for about 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, toast granola in a saucepan over medium heat, about five minutes, stirring slightly, until golden brown and fragrant. Place 1-2 scoops of cold ice cream in a bowl. Top with grilled peaches. Sprinkle with granola and drizzle with honey.

Once the program airs, the episode will be available online here. Also, be sure to check back on Some Kinda Good for what you won’t see on the show…my blooper reel!! Thanks for watching, y’all.

P.S.  A few other bloggers from around the U.S. will also be featured on The Dr. Oz Show. Check out the recipes they offered up to show state pride!

New to Some Kinda Good? Welcome!
I’m a Georgia food writer and Statesboro-based TV personality. A Season 2 Contestant on ABC’s “The Taste,” I’m honored to make my second national TV debut on The Dr. Oz Show. Some Kinda Good is a Southern, coastal food blog highlighting East coast restaurant reviews and Lowcountry-inspired recipes. I hope you’ll stick around, and follow me on Twitter at @SKGFoodBlog or find me on Facebook. If you want, learn more about me, and thanks for visiting!

Blackberry Cobbler and No Vanilla Ice Cream? What a Tragedy!!

“Blackberries cook up to such a beautiful and dramatic deep black-purple, you could serve this at a fancy dinner party or enjoy it on a picnic blanket.” -Paula Deen, Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible

I hadn’t been in my new home 48-hours when I decided to break the kitchen in and cook up a blackberry cobbler from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible, one of my favorite Christmas gifts. Though mixing bowls, pots and spoons were still boxed up, I knew a little digging would be worthwhile for this southern classic—and believe you me, it was.

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Start by bringing  a cup of sugar and four cups of blackberries to a boil. I used frozen blackberries because they’re cheaper and I had them on hand. I just love blackberries.

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Once the oven was pre-heated, I melted one stick of butter in my new casserole dish (thanks mama!).

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After combining the dry ingredients, whisk your milk in slowly to prevent clumping.

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Next, pour the mixture into the melted butter, but don’t stir.

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I love to see the sugar and blackberries come together. You could pour this combination right over the top of ice cream as is, or blend it up with some ice cream and milk and have you a blackberry shake.

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Then, spoon your blackberries into the dish evenly throughout. This part is fun.

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Don’t forget your sauce. Drizzle it down over the blackberries. Once it cooks up, you’ll see it swirled all through the cobbler.

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Beautiful! The cobbler is ready when it’s lightly browned and firm to the touch.

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Never have I wanted a scoop of cold, vanilla ice cream so badly…what a tragedy that there was none in the house.