Magnolia Days https://magnoliadays.com Good food, wine, gardening, and life in the South Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:04:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Savannah Bee Company to Open Store at Disney Springs https://magnoliadays.com/savannah-bee-company-open-store-disney-springs/ https://magnoliadays.com/savannah-bee-company-open-store-disney-springs/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:00:37 +0000 https://magnoliadays.com/?p=20407 Read Savannah Bee Company to Open Store at Disney Springs on Magnolia Days.

This summer, Savannah Bee Company will open a new location at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World. Get all the honey-sweet details here!

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On September 1, 2017, Savannah Bee Company will open a new location at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World.  Get all the honey-sweet details here!

Savannah Bee Company to Open Store at Disney Springs

I am an unapologetic honey fanatic.  I treat my trips to grocery stores, farmer’s markets, and health food stores like a high-stakes scavenger hunt.  There is no varietal of honey too obscure for me to find.  I’m not even sure if I can name all the varieties I’ve tried.

Let me see if I can.

  • Orange blossom
  • Black mangrove
  • Blackberry
  • Sage
  • Tupelo
  • Wildflower
  • Raspberry
  • Palmetto
  • Buckwheat

There’s probably a few more that are slipping my mind at the moment.  Never fear, I’ll be able to refresh my memory—and my pantry—when the new Savannah Bee Company store opens at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World.  I’ve visited the kiosk, which stocks a small but lovely variety of honey and honey-infused personal care products.  Now that a full-sized store is about to open, I can’t wait to see the rest of the line.

Savannah Bee Company Honey Flutes with honey pot

Savannah Bee Company was kind enough to send me a few samples of their artisanal honey.  I received two extraordinarily elegant flutes of honey, one of sourwood and one of tupelo.  Tupelo is one of my favorite varieties of honey.  It’s the soprano of honey, high and sweet and ringingly clear.  I was excited to compare it with the sourwood.

I carefully opened each flute.  The seal was reminiscent of a bottle of wine, suiting the beauty of the bottle.  I poured a little of each honey into a spoon.  First, I tasted the tupelo.  It tasted strongly floral, with an herbal edge, and had a light, easily pourable body.  The sourwood, on the other hand, was quite thick.  It tasted of rum and butter, with a woody aroma.  I loved them both!

Savannah Bee Company Honey Flute Labels

I’m looking forward to browsing the new Savannah Bee Company location at Disney Springs when it opens on September 1st.  If you don’t have a Savannah Bee Company store near you, you can browse the full line at www.savannahbeecompany.com.

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Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes https://magnoliadays.com/champagne-chocolate-mini-bundt-cakes/ https://magnoliadays.com/champagne-chocolate-mini-bundt-cakes/#comments Wed, 31 May 2017 10:00:25 +0000 https://magnoliadays.com/?p=20363 Read Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes on Magnolia Days.

Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes combine two favorite flavors in one mini bundt cake. They're easy to make and perfect for parties.

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Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes combine two favorite flavors in one mini bundt cake.  They’re easy to make and perfect for parties.

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Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes with Coupe

Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

What do you call the Goodwill store?  My mom calls it “The Goodwill,” and I seem to have adopted this usage.  I’ve learned that you can spot a certain type of thrift-store-loving Southerner by how they nickname their favorite pre-owned merchandise retailers, also known as “junk stores.”

I was at The Goodwill browsing my favorite section (the plates and glassware) when I spotted the cutest little champagne coupes rimmed with gold.  Truthfully, coupes aren’t the best vessel for champagne, especially when compared to flutes, but they have their own cachet.

The coupe appears in all sorts of interesting places.  You can spot it in the opening credits of the 60’s TV show “The Avengers.”  It’s also the vessel for James Bond’s cocktail of choice in Casino Royale, the Vesper.

It’s one sophisticated little piece of glassware.

Since today’s recipe breaks out the bubbly, I decided to break out the coupe.  Only one remains, unfortunately; its twin was accidentally shattered a while back.

Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

These Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes are a perfectly elegant little treat, suitable for parties.  They’re not complicated to make.  You place your dry ingredients in one bowl, your wet ingredients in another; then whisk each individually before combining them to make the batter.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  These champagne chocolate mini bundt cakes can actually be made with any good sparkling wine, like a cava, or a bubbly rose.  If you find the coupe to be as romantic as I do, you can shop for your own set here.

This recipe requires a 12 cavity mini bundt.  You can pick up the one I used right here.

 

Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes combine two favorite flavors in one mini bundt cake. They’re easy to make and perfect for parties.

  • 1 TB unsalted butter for the pan
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup champagne (or any sparkling wine)
  • 8 TB unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Place flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. Thoroughly butter all the cavities of a 12 cavity mini bundt pan.
  2. In another mixing bowl, combine champagne, melted butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla and whisk until it looks smooth and creamy.  This liquid mixture may look slightly curdled; that’s normal.

  3. Combine the wet and the dry ingredients and stir until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Fill mini bundt cake cavities about 2/3 full with batter.

  5. Bake for about 13 minutes. Remove pan from oven and cool for 15 minutes on a rack. Gently loosen the cakes from the pan, cover the pan with a platter, and invert to turn out the cakes. Serve slightly warm, or cool completely to garnish with powdered sugar.

You need a 12 cavity mini bundt pan for this recipe.

Like mini bundt cakes?  Try these.

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Champagne Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes

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Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross https://magnoliadays.com/berries-sweet-savory-recipes-eliza-cross/ https://magnoliadays.com/berries-sweet-savory-recipes-eliza-cross/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 10:00:04 +0000 https://magnoliadays.com/?p=20379 Read Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross on Magnolia Days.

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The new cookbook Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross is a colorful, juicy dive into the fun of cooking with berries.  Read on for more details, and support this site by shopping through the links below.

The new cookbook Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross is a colorful, juicy dive into the fun of cooking with berries.

Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross

When cookbook author Eliza Cross contacted me to ask if I’d like to review a copy of her newest cookbook, Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes, of course I said “Yes!”

I’m passionate about berries.  Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries: you name it, I love it.  So I was intrigued by the idea of using berries not just for sweet recipes, but for savory recipes as well.

The cookbook is divided into eight recipe sections.

  • Beverages and sweets
  • Jams, preserves, and sauces
  • Muffins, breads, and pastries
  • Salads and starters
  • Main courses
  • Cakes and cookies
  • Pies and tarts
  • Desserts

The Blackberry-Glazed Spiral Ham recipe caught my eye right away, as did the Blueberry Jelly Donuts.

The new cookbook Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes by Eliza Cross is a colorful, juicy dive into the fun of cooking with berries.

One of the things I liked most about this cookbook was how cleanly it was laid out.  No distractions, no clutter, just lovely photos and recipes with type that was large enough to read at a distance.  It also had a thorough index that made it easy to look up ingredients and recipes.

With its handy guide to berry picking and prepping, Berries: Sweet and Savory Recipes is the perfect cookbook to pick up for berry lovers.  Its pretty style makes it suitable for gift-giving as well, especially when berries are in season!

Pick up your copy here, and see below for more cookbooks by Eliza Cross.

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Southern Sweet Tea: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know https://magnoliadays.com/southern-sweet-tea/ https://magnoliadays.com/southern-sweet-tea/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:00:06 +0000 https://magnoliadays.com/?p=20300 Read Southern Sweet Tea: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know on Magnolia Days.

Southern sweet tea is everything. Find out where it comes from, how to make it the right way (plus some cool variations) and what to serve with it.

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Southern sweet tea is everything.  Find out where it comes from, how to make it the right way (plus some cool variations) and what to serve with it.

Southern sweet tea is everything. Find out where it comes from, how to make it the right way (plus some cool variations) and what to serve with it.Southern Sweet Tea: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Where does sweet tea come from?  How did it come to be associated with the South?  These articles will answer all your burning questions.

The History of Sweet Tea

The oldest published recipe for sweet iced tea appeared in the cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia in 1879.  It called for green tea.  By the early 1900’s, black tea had replaced green tea, and by the 1920’s, Americans were using specially made tall iced tea glasses.  Sweet tea recipes appeared frequently in Southern cookbooks from that point on.

If you like to read blasphemy, try Why “As Southern As Sweet Tea” Isn’t Very Southern At All.  Uh oh!

What Kind of Tea Bags Should You Use to Make Sweet Tea?

Luzianne or Lipton.  If you use something else, good for you—but you’re not doing it right.  Stick with the classics.

Essential Equipment for Brewing and Drinking Sweet Tea

Of course, you can use any old glasses, but it’s particularly enjoyable to break out something appropriate like Mason jar drinking glasses.  A sealable, dishwasher-safe glass pitcher will keep your tea prep simple and your tea tasting fresh.  And coasters are handy for all the condensation that accumulates on the side of your iced tea glass.

Southern Sweet Tea with Lemon

Southern Sweet Tea – in true Southern style

Traditional Southern Sweet Tea Recipes

Straight up, no-nonsense sweet tea.  Nothing strange here, unless you want to count baking soda.  No, really!  Some folks use it to prevent cloudiness.  You’ll find it listed as optional in most recipes.

Sweet Tea Granita

Sweet Tea Granita

Recipes with a Fruity Twist

I’ll admit that the idea of sweet tea with fruit in it seems a little frou-frou, but the more I think about it the better it sounds.  Especially on a very hot day.  Bookmark these for the 4th of July.

Frozen Sweet Tea Vodka Pops

Sweet Tea Vodka Pops

Boozy Recipes

For when you need a little extra something in your tea, like when cousin George corners you at the family reunion to explain how microwaves hypnotize people.  Or when aunt Julia tells you how her potato salad recipe is the best, but she didn’t bother to bring any because she was sure that no one would appreciate it properly.

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken

Sweet Tea Fried Chicken

Dinners Made with Sweet Tea

Not that there will ever be any leftover tea, because we’ll just sit on the porch and drink it until it’s gone—but just in case, here are a few ideas.  I’ve been hearing about sweet tea fried chicken for a while, so I’ve included a regular version and an oven-fried version for you to choose from.

Sweet Tea and Lemon Fudge

Sweet Tea and Lemon Fudge

Desserts Made with Sweet Tea

Hallelujah, there’s fudge!  You have to admire the creativity that goes into making desserts like these.  I am supremely tempted to go wild and make all of them in a single day.  Imagine a slice of Sweet Tea and Lemonade Icebox Pie to round off your summer BBQ.

Sun Tea in a Jar

Sun Tea

All About Sun Tea

I drank so much sun tea as a kid that until this moment, I actually thought there was an iced tea brand called “Sun Tea.”  Apparently, some people think that sun tea is bad.  I think it’s kind of like eating sunny side up eggs, you know?  The Kitchn agrees with me.

Sun tea is not, strictly speaking, automatically sweet—but it’s still a tea tradition that I couldn’t leave out.

Here are some recipes to try.

Where to Buy Sweet Tea If You Can’t Make It Fresh

If, for some strange reason, you can’t settle down long enough to make yourself some, there are acceptable alternatives.  Here’s the lowdown on where you can get the stuff that doesn’t taste “like pipe cleaners soaked in Lemon Pledge.”  Thank you, Mike Nelson, for this poetic description of bad sweet tea in your book.

I know a few folks for whom the supersize Mickey D’s iced tea is the be-all and end-all.  I find that non-chain BBQ restaurants are usually a good bet.  You be the judge.

However, it’s so easy to make that there’s hardly any excuse not to.

Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread

Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Cornbread

Pair Your Tea with Something Tasty

What good is a nice glass of tea without using it to wash down something tasty?  No good at all.  So here are some recipes to pair with your tea.

Are you a Southern sweet tea fan?  How do you like your iced tea?

 

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When Going on Vacation Is Like Going Home https://magnoliadays.com/when-going-on-vacation-is-like-going-home/ https://magnoliadays.com/when-going-on-vacation-is-like-going-home/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:03:44 +0000 https://magnoliadays.com/?p=19714 Read When Going on Vacation Is Like Going Home on Magnolia Days.

I spent many years in Daytona Beach, and I love to go back for the beaches, shopping, dining, and other activities. Going on vacation is like going home.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DaytonaBeach.com. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have quite a few fond memories of the town in which I spent much of my childhood: Daytona Beach, Florida.

I may not live there any more, but for me, it’s still within driving distance, suitable for a spontaneous road trip on the weekday or weekend.  A trip to Daytona Beach is like going home, if home were a world-famous vacation destination.

I spent many years in Daytona Beach, and I love to go back for the beaches, shopping, dining, and other activities. Going on vacation is like going home.

One of my favorite places to visit is the Museum of Arts and Sciences.  I used to ride to the museum on my bike, long before the currently renovated and expanded facility existed, and spend hours wandering around its galleries.

I spent many years in Daytona Beach, and I love to go back for the beaches, shopping, dining, and other activities. Going on vacation is like going home.

Its current collection of art and other fascinating objects can easily fill an afternoon.  Take your significant other on a date to the galleries, or bring the kids and enjoy the large and updated children’s wing.

After you’ve had your fill of intellectual stimulation, entertain your palate with a tasting of chocolate at the Angell & Phelps chocolate factory on Beach Street.

I spent many years in Daytona Beach, and I love to go back for the beaches, shopping, dining, and other activities. Going on vacation is like going home.

My mom used to bring home their iconic gift baskets she’d received in her line of work.  I was a lucky kid, because she’d always share the treats with me.

Mom and I were also frequent visitors to the Daytona Beach Flea Market.  I’ll never forget the call of the strawberry vendor, who would proclaim “Straaaaaawberries!  Fresh from Plaaaaaant City!” to passerby.  Plus, the freshly-squeezed lemonade couldn’t be beat, not to mention the antique shopping and the many unique stands.

I spent many years in Daytona Beach, and I love to go back for the beaches, shopping, dining, and other activities. Going on vacation is like going home.

Dad and I had a special connection to the Ponce Inlet lighthouse, which we used to sit and watch at dusk from the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway, a beautiful waterway that separates Daytona Beach on the mainland from Daytona Beach on the beachside.

Speaking of the beach, it stretches so far that you can always find a bit of sugary sand to call your own.  The seaside of Daytona Beach is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and reconnect.

When you’re ready to relax in a more adventurous way, the speedway is always a good option.  When I lived within a few miles of the speedway, there were certain times of the year when the droning roar of racing cars became a soothing background of sound, like a very large white noise machine.

You can watch the races, then dine nearby at one of the many good restaurants in Daytona Beach.

Some of the best restaurants can be found on Beach Street, my hometown downtown, and an excellent shopping destination as well.

Just the act of writing about Daytona Beach has made me feel nostalgic; maybe even sentimental!  I think I’ve just written my own vacation itinerary.

Whether your goal is to seek adventure or to immerse yourself in relaxation, you’ll find a value-packed vacation in Daytona Beach.  Ready to experience it for yourself?  Check out these Daytona Beach Weekday Getaway Deals.

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