Food Confetti: Scoops Parlor: Memphis Black Restaurant Week 2017

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Husband and wife team, QuaSheba Jones-Callicutt and Terrance Callicutt, are the owners of this unique place in in the city of Memphis, TN located at 106 GE Patterson Ave. I visited them next on my tour for Memphis Black Restaurant Week. The diversity of African American culinary is extraordinary and reaches beyond stereotypes. At Scoops the gelato is locally made! I had the salted caramel gelato and it was the best I’d ever had. It is the perfection of salty and sweet! I find the salty caramel mix either too salty or too sweet but this was perfection. I had the Main Street Crepe. Savory savory savory… and my spinach salad was fresh. Service here was excellent. I definitely have found a new lunch and gelato spot.

~Nikki

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Mexican Food and Sangrias

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There is nothing like AUTHENTIC Mexican food and a good Sangria that can knock you off your feet when you’re already sitting down. LOL

Food Confetti: Easy Mini Beefy Mac Bake

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1 lb ground chuck (turkey, lean ground beef)

macaroni pasta (about 2 cups dry for four mini dishes)

pepper

Dried oregano

Dried basil

Garlic salt

Onion (1/2 cup or to your liking. My daughter doesn’t care for onions and manage to not get complaints with a 1/2 cup lol)

Casserole cheese (fine)

Jar of Chunky Garden Spaghetti sauce (now you see why it’s easy!) Plus veggies are in this sauce.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put your pasta on per directions on the bag.

Brown ground chuck, add in pepper to your desire, 1 tbsp of oregano and basil (depending on how much you like…a little of these two go a long way), 1 tsp of garlic or garlic salt. Drain. Remove from burner/ire.

Add sauce. Stir.

Add in macaroni. Stir.

Portion it out into mini back dishes. Top with cheese. Place the individual dishes on a baking sheet (I used my pizza pan). Bake for 20-25 minutes. Done!

You can a green veggie on the side or a salad and garlic toast.

~Nikki

 

 

 

Coffee Connoisseur: Review #3 Community Coffee Private Reserve:Brazil Santos Bourbon

Oh. My. Coffee Beans! The Community Coffee’s Brazil  Santos Bourbon is as smooth as a good Bourbon and as flavorful, without being overpowering. When you pour it in your cup it’s the color of a good bourbon. Rich to the eyes. True to its medium dark roast with a bittersweet aftertaste. You know, like the bittersweet aftertaste you get from a dark chocolate. More of a semisweet than bittersweet in my opinion once you add your creamer and honey/sugar. (I always let you know I add 2 tsp of creamer and 1 tsp or 1 tbsp of honey). Yes you can smell the aroma when you open the package and it does slightly fill the kitchen with a light and airy smell. A hint of bourbon waffling through the house….ahhhh yes lol!

5 cups for flavor (bourbon)

5 cups for taste

6.49-8.99 a bag and worth it. 5 cups for price

Side Note: Chocolate and bourbon together is something you should try. Oh and the coffee was about this color when I poured it in my cup.

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Cinnamon & Nutmeg Spiced Coffee

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Obviously I just fell off the turnip truck 🚚 (a reference to ignorance). I never thought of adding cinnamon and nutmeg to my coffee 🍵 Until I discovered Spice Island drip coffee at the local shop Bedrock Market and Café on S.Main in Memphis,TN.

So, being the nerd I am, I looked up Island Spice and found the Saigon Cinnamon and Nutmeg. But, oh, my mind started to churn… What other spices could I sprinkle into my coffee? Mixes and matches which I prefer to call concoctions.

Well today I decided to just roll with cinnamon but, I’m looking into some other ideas I’ll share with you (Coffee) POT HEADS soon.

~Nikki