Daydreamin’

Grillin' and daydreamin

By Thursday I’m a goner, my daily motions become arduous and my mind begins to wonder.

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for daydreams about never ending days and warm nights sitting outside with a cool drink listening to the distant rumble of fireworks or the ting of baseball bats. It’s time for smells of grilling and sounds of laughter to drift through the evening air on a regular basis.

It’s time for a holiday, an adventure, a love story.

Grillin' and daydreamin

Grillin' and daydreaminGrillin' and daydreamin

XO

Charleston Spice Co

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Whenever I’m feeling lost or sad or overwhelmed by the possibilities of the kitchen and the world I pick up Betty Crocker’s Cookie Book.

More specifically, a reprint of the 1963 edition. The illustrations and highly saturated photographs are enough to brighten any day. Not to mention, any recipe in this book is bound to result in something tasty. Like these peanut butter cookies:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s how to make these delightfully thin but chewy cookies:

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup peanut butter (chunky or creamy, it’s your choice)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Mix shortening, peanut butter, sugars, and egg thoroughly. Blend together all dry ingredients and stir into shortening mixture. Chill dough.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into balls (about 1 1/4 inch in diameter) and place on sheet, flatten in crisscross pattern with a fork dipped in flour. Bake 10-12 mins. If left unattended these cookies will disappear so it’s best to keep them in a covered container…

Peanut Butter Cookies

xoxo,

Charleston Spice Co.

 

Dreamy Creamy Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

Things are starting to heat up here in Charleston. In anticipation for warmer nights and hotter days we are testing out ice cream recipes.

Here’s what ya need for cool creamy chocolaty ice cream goodness:

1 cup cocoa nib powder

2/3 vanilla bean sugar

1/2 firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup water

4 cups heavy cream

Mix the first four ingredients together and using an electric mixer or by hand stir until sugars are dissolved. Pour in the heavy cream and blend. Pour into your ice cream maker and follow the direction of your machine from there!!!

Stay cool,

Charleston Spice Co.

Hot Browns

Derby Day 2015

This is also a belated Derby Day inspired post! Once you’ve had a Mint Julep or two there’s nothing better to soak up all that alcohol than this combination of classic ingredients. Of course Mint Juleps are not necessary to enjoy this warm gooey comfort food:

Derby Day 2015

Here are the guidelines:

A couple slices of white bread (no crust)

A couple slices of turkey

A couple slices of tomato

A couple slices of bacon, cooked

A little of your favorite Mornay Sauce

In your dish layer bread, turkey, and tomato. Smother with your Mornay and place bacon on top. Place dishes under the broiler until hot and bubbling. Remove and serve!!! If you don’t have cute little individual baking dishes you should probably get some. Hahaha just kidding!!! You can layer your hot browns in a large baking dish and then scoop them out individually, it’ll just be a little messier.

Cheers,

Charleston Spice Co.

Derby Day 2015

Mint Juleps

Derby Day 2015

This is a belated post about the Kentucky Derby!! One of the requirements of the day is to have our yearly dose of Mint Juleps, and it sure was a beautiful day for a glass of sweet icy bourbon mint perfection.

Derby Day 2015

Here’s what ya need to make a mighty fine Mint Julep:

2 oz simple syrup

Mint leaves (about 10 per glass)

Crushed ice** (enough to fill your glass)

2 oz bourbon (use Woodford Reserve for authenticity or just your favorite bourbon)

Put mint and simple syrup in your glass and muddle. Pack glass with crushed ice. Add bourbon, stir, and enjoy!

**Don’t have crushed ice? That’s okay, here’s how to create your own:Derby Day 2015

Grab a dish towel and place it on a sturdy surface. Place a ziplock bag filled with ice cubes on top of this towel and cover bag with another dish towel. Grab a heavy object such as a meat mallet or a hammer, and get out all that giddy excitement of making Mint Juleps by crushing that ice!

Derby Day 2015

Whether you have a silver goblet, a commemorative glass, or just a plain old cup we hope you enjoy at least one Mint Julep this summer!

xoxo,

Charleston Spice Co. Derby Day 2015

Lavender Lemon Cheesecake

Mothers Day cheesecake 2015

This is how my dad said “thanks” to his mom this year. Pretty nice lookin’, huh? It’s pretty tasty too.

Forget cards and gifts and wine and hugs! Show up to a party with this thing and you’ll be the life of the party, people might start bowing when you walk into the room. This cheesecake is darn delicious and your friends and family will definitely keep you around in the hopes that you’ll make it again.

Here’s what ya need:

Crust

2 cups chocolate graham crackers

6 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling

4 8oz cream cheese packages, room temp

1 1/3 cups lavender flower sugar

3 eggs, room temp

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons grated lemon peel

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping

2 cups Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Glaze

3/4 cup water

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 egg yolk

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

For crust: Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter 9 inch cheesecake pan. Mix crumbs and butter and press into bottom of pan. Bake 5 minutes and cool.

For filling: Preheat oven to 350 F. In electric mixer, beat cream cheese until soft. Slowly blend in sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add lemon juice, peel, and vanilla extract. Pour mixture onto crust and bake until slightly puffed, about 40 minutes. Keep oven temp at 350 F.

For topping: Blend all ingredients and spread on top of cake. Bake for 15 minutes, topping will look runny but take it out and let cool for 30 minutes.

For glaze: Combine water, lemon juice, and yolk in heavy small saucepan. Stir in sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly, about 10 minutes. Add butter and lemon peel and stir until butter melts. Cool glaze for 20 minutes. Spread on cake and let cool completely.

Refrigerate until well chilled before serving. (Will be fine in the refrigerator up to 3 days after making!!)

Enjoy!!

Charleston Spice Co.

Mothers Day cheesecake 2015

Strawberry Piscorita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love a good margarita as much as the next person, but I also love a good pisco sour. So sometimes I try and make both those drinks happen in some way at the same time and because its strawberry season this drink was created:strawberry piscorita

Here’s what you need:

8 oz strawberries with lavender sugar (here’s what I mean)

6 oz fresh lime juice

6 oz Pisco (we like to use Portón)

4 oz Cointreau

A couple cubes of ice (and also some crushed ice to pour the drink over)

Rim glasses with simple syrup and lavender sugar and set aside. In blender combine all ingredients and a blend with a couple cubes of ice. Pour over crushed ice and enjoy!!

Besos,

Charleston Spice Co.