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Weekend Foodie Warriors- Take 48!

Hello hello, again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you had a great sunny weekend! For this edition of Foodie Adventures, we threw a surprise 30th anniversary dinner, spent Sunday morning in downtown Greenville, SC, and made eggplant shrimp pasta with mom!


Weekend Foodie Warriors – Take 46!

Hello hello, again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend! For this edition of Foodie Adventures, check out our eats from our Saturday festivities, Making South Carolina’s famous “Bird Dogs”, and adventures in making homemade ice cream!

4th of July Festivities

Greenville, SC

We spent a very quiet 4th of July with Jamie’s family, compared to my family’s festivities of the past, with the entire extended family all in one place. Only a few were there on Saturday, as we were all trying to be very good about social distancing.

Jamie’s brother broke out the smoker again for these awesome 14-hour smoked BBQ’ed Boston butts, complete with grilled sausages and a ton of sides from the rest of the family that visited. Broccoli salad, potato salad, quick-pickled cucumbers, and coleslaw were some of the ones pictured below.

We also were tasked with making dessert, and if you saw our Instagram on Saturday, you got to check out this “Recipe Refresh” early! If you missed out, no worries, we’re going to break it down for you.

Our amazing Lucious Lemon Cake recipe got an upgrade with the cupcake sizes, same great filling, and an amazing lemon-raspberry glaze, topped with blueberries and luster dust ✨ (to make them a little more festive looking)! We call these our Red, White, and Blue cupcakes! My friends that we went to visit later on that evening cleaned us out of the second dozen we made, they were a smash hit with the raspberry frosting! 🧁

Making South Carolina’s “Bird Dogs”

Greenville, SC

Inspired by: Mac Smith’s Country Store and Grill

One of the first places that Jamie’s family took me to was this tiny little hole-in-the-wall restaurant they loved called Mac Smith’s (their link is above, go check them out!).

This restaurant, which originally started out as a gas station, turned into a butcher shop and country store, and eventually turned into the little restaurant known and loved by locals today. They’ve been in business for 75 years, and their signature country sausage is made from a 50-year-old family recipe, which can be bought and shipped to breakfast tables across the country!

Besides their sausages, what they’re really know for are their “Bird dogs”. This is one of those hyper-local regional favorites, to the point that if you tried to ask Google what it is, you’d find more pictures of German Shorthaired Pointers or ab exercises before you’d find out anything about this chicken-y delight.

Check out my Guy Fieri inspired rendition of me narrating the above, I had such fun with this! 🔥😁🙌

Could not resist channeling my inner Guy Fieri – such a big Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives fan!

No one is really sure who created the first “Bird dog” or where the idea came from, but at Mac Smith’s it’s one of their most popular dishes in the menu! Starting with a toasted hot dog bun, line the bottom with cheddar cheese and a few slices of bacon. Next, make your own homemade honey mustard (totally worth it to make from scratch), add a couple chicken tenders, top with the honey mustard, and viola!

The recipe for our homemade version is here to make this classic South Carolina special, wherever you are!

Adventures in Ice Cream

Lake Norman, NC

Throwing it back to Father’s Day weekend for a minute! My uncle came down to visit us and hang out with my grandma (she’s 95 now, her birthday just recently passed!).

One of my favorite activities that we’ve done in the past with my uncle is make ice cream together. He has an old fashioned ice cream machine he breaks out every Christmas, when the whole family comes over to celebrate! It’s also a make-your-own pizza party too (if the thought of homemade ice cream sundaes wasn’t already enticing enough).

My mom knows I love experimenting with local produce when it comes to my food. When I brought home some South Carolina Peaches and strawberries from the farmer’s market, she had this great idea to make ice cream out of them – dairy free of course! 🤗

We ended up using a recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie’s food blog (that link is in blue, check it out!), which we added the fresh chopped up peaches and strawberries to. Check out the slideshow above for the process, and the pics below for the finished product! 😋🍦💜

It was delish! If you’ve never tried ice cream made with coconut milk, I highly recommend it. 💜 What’s your favorite ice cream mix ins? Have you ever made ice cream at home? Let us know of some cool flavors we should try next. 😁

So how was your weekend Foodie Friends? What’s a hyper-local special dish your town is known for? Sound out in the comments below to let us know your suggestions of what dishes to make or places we should visit next. As always, feel free to like, comment, & share 🤗


Weekend Foodie Warriors – Take 42!

Hello hello, again, Foodie Friends 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend! For this edition of Foodie Adventures, join us for Friday Night Pizza at Brooklyn’s Pizza & Wings, a brand new Colombian Puree Project, and making homemade Rosemary, Roasted Garlic, & Olive Oil bread!

Friday Night Pizza

Greenville, SC


Friday was a great day for pizza, and the one thing I miss about living in the South is great New York style pizza. Huge slices, a little sweeter tomato sauce, and thin crust – but still thick enough to dunk into things – and not make you feel like there’s a bread stick attached to the back of the pizza.

I remembered finding this place when I was doing research for my Restaurant Updates/takeout food blog (see that link here). I’ve tried some New York style pizza places in the Upstate and I haven’t found one I’ve really liked yet – until this one!!

It was located right near where Pelham Rd. started and met up with East North Street in Greenville.

There were a ton of pizzas to choose from, which all sounded awesome, and Jamie and I narrowed it down to either the Brooklyn Bridge (Italian sausage, pepparoni, ham, sliced meatballs, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and black olives) or the Manhattan (Chicken, sundried tomato, pesto, roasted red peppers, and parmesean). We ended up going with the former and saving the latter for another visit!

It was absolutely delish! The perfect sauce, savory but still slightly sweet, the crust was awesome, and there were definitely no leftovers in sight. We are big fans!!😋🍕

It was the perfect thing to go along with us watching the Parks and Rec Quarantine Reunion Special, which ended up raising over $2.8 million for Feeding America’s COVID-19 relief fund. If you would like to help give to this worthy cause, please visit the link here!

“For every dollar donated to Feeding America through this form, State Farm, Subaru of America, NBC Universal and the “Parks and Recreation” writers/producers/cast will collectively give $1 up to a maximum matching donation of $500,000 through May 21, 2020.” 

Copyright © 2020 Feeding America

Colombia Purée Project!

Bogata, Columbia,
South America


I was contacted a couple months ago on Instagram by a sweet lady named Ximena from a company called Wislla Distribution out of Bogata, Columbia. She loved my blogs about baking, and offered to send me some samples of their exotic fruit purées to try (for free 😁) in exchange for reviewing them on the blog!

I was quite surprised when the box I grabbed from our package locker was 16 pounds! 😂😍

The below flavors are what we recieved in the mail:

  • Mango
  • Naranjilla (see right picture below for detailed description of that fruit)
  • Peach
  • Strawberry
  • Tangerine
  • Guava
  • And Orange!

These are pure fruit purées, with only natural ascorbic acid (also known as Vitamin C) added to help preserve them, and can be stored at room temperature for up to six months.

This was a lot of purées, even for me, so I ended up tagging in my good friend, fellow food writer, and neighbor Madison to help in our procured purée preparations! 🙌👩🏻‍🍳👩🏻‍🍳

Our initial recipe ideas we came up with are below, so get excited for a lot of new recipes in the near future for this Purée Project! If you have any other ones you could send us for suggestions, message us or leave a comment below:

  • Fruit bars & use the purée as filling instead of jam
  • Mixed fruit jam/fruit curd
  • Dipping sauces or marinades
    • Sweet and sour sauce (over Pork meatballs)
    • Orange sesame sauce for chicken
  • Smoothies
  • Cookies
  • Danishes
  • Breads
  • Icing
  • Cake
  • Pies
  • Cheesecake
  • Cobbler
  • Candies/Jellied candy
  • Fruit roll ups
  • Cocktails

Rosemary, Roasted Garlic, & Olive Oil Bread

Greenville, SC

Recipe from House of Nash Eats Food Blog!

To pivot a little, if any of you asked me what my favorite Italian chain restaurant is, I’d probably tell you Macaroni Grill. It holds a special place in my heart for a few reasons.

My first two years of college in Maryland, I lived about 30 minutes from home, and just about once a month, my dad would meet me in the middle to come visit and take me out for lunch. The place? Macaroni Grill, of course! My favorite part (besides hanging out with Dad, obviously)? THE BREAD.

Macaroni Grill is known for their famous Rosemary Olive Oil bread, a crispy outside and soft inside, perfect for dipping in that seasoned olive oil mixture. Since I started baking more sweet breads in my bread maker, I wanted to try something a little more savory, and this was the first flavor that popped into my head.

I found this amazing recipe from a fellow food blogger, Amy over at House of Nash Eats, and I had to try it out! You start by roasting a whole head of garlic in the oven – I swear if they made candles that smelled like roasted garlic, I’d be such a happy camper. My whole kitchen smelled amazing!

After snagging some fresh rosemary from Madison’s patio, I chopped that finely and added that to the bread dough, letting it proof overnight. It was so cool to watch the bread slowly rise as time went on!

I’m soo happy with the way this turned out!! It tastes amazing and the fresh rosemary and roasted garlic made all the difference. This is also the first time I’ve cooked with my dutch oven (bought it at Lidl, those things sold like hot cakes!), and it was so fun to use.

I would absolutely make this recipe again, but possibly double it next time and maybe cook it for slightly longer. As I took it out of the oven to cool, it deflated almost, so I’ll have to practice with this more to get the hang of it.

So how was your weekend Foodie Friends? Do you have any recipe ideas for our new purée project? Sound out in the comments below to let us know your suggestions of what dishes to make or places we should visit next. As always, feel free to like, comment, & share 🤗