Brainstorming

We do our best daydreaming, uh, I mean, brainstorming at the farmers markets.

One of us will say, You know what I want? Vanilla ice cream with homemade chocolate sauce and peaches and blueberries.

And the other person will say, Mmmm chocolate waffles with dark chocolate chunks…

And we’ll lapse into silence as we both get lost in thought but later we’ll bring it all together:

Chocolate Waffles

Stay cool, stay sweet, and keep daydreaming,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Chocolate Waffles

 

Blueberry Yum Yum revisited

We made our first round of blueberry yum yum a few weeks ago. And we followed the recipe, sort of. If you didn’t write the recipe down last year, here it is: THE BEST BLUEBERRY RECIPE.

The only thing we changed was the creamy filling. Instead of using frozen whipped topping we made our own whipped cream using 1 cup heavy whipping cream and 1/2 cup vanilla bean sugar. We mixed in that homemade whipped cream with local cream cheese that we picked up at the farmers market from Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse!!

And it was divine.

It’s what summer blueberry daydreams are made of:blueberry day dreams

It was so good we wanted to share it with everyone. But how were we going to share an 8×8 pan of goodness at the market?? Talk about awkward. We had to come up with a way to transport all that yum in a more efficient manner.

Blueberry Yum Yum minis

So we made the yum yum in the sturdiest cupcake liners we could find, and it worked beautifully!

Whether you decide to make an 8×8 dish or a bunch of mini yum yum cupcakes it’s going to be delicious.Blueberry Yum Yum minis

Stay sweet,

Charleston Spice Co.

Jalapeño Garlic Black Truffle Popcorn

What do you do with two beautiful jalapeños,

Jalapeños

a few cloves of garlic, and some black truffle sea salt?

Truffle salt

You could make some popcorn!!!!

Jalapeño, truffle salt and garlic popcorn

That’s right, POPCORN!!!!!

I slice the peppers into rings and the garlic into slivers and put the truffle salt on standby. I have a Whirley Pop so I put the popcorn and oil in and turn the stove on high. When the oil starts to bubble in a spirited manner I throw in the peppers and garlic and continue the popping as per usual. The delayed addition keeps the overall heat down and makes it so the garlic and peppers aren’t overly roasted. But you can add the peppers sooner or later depending on the peppers you are using and your own personal preferences.

Once the popping is complete I pour the popcorn into my bowl. At this point it’s always nice to have a second pair of hands so one person can pour the popcorn in layers while the other person makes sure to get the appropriate amount of truffle salt onto all the popcorn!!

Happy popping!!

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Jalapeño, truffle salt and garlic popcorn

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

If I could write a love song about corn I would.

Cream it, grill it, pan fry it, throw it in a stew.

No matter what you do, I’ll love it. And I might even love you.

It’s an epic sort of love, I posted about grilled corn last year and I’ll probably post about it next year too.

I mean, look at this beauty:

Grilled Corn

Talk about tasty. YUM.

We pulled back the husk, stripped out those little white hairs, rubbed on some olive oil, and then lovingly sprinkled Grill Seasoning on all the cobs. Then we wrapped them back into their husks and tied them with string to keep all that goodness inside:

Grilled Corn

 

Then we threw those puppies on the grill and let the magic happen.

Grilled Corn

*sigh* Isn’t summer marvelous?

Let’s stay this way forever,

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

Grilled Corn

Chai Ice Cream

Chai Ice Cream on Cookie Chick Cookies

Yeah.

mmmm, yum.

Words.

I’m at a loss here, but shoot, this ice cream is delightfully refreshing (all by itself or in an ice cream sammie, you can’t go wrong).

Chai Ice Cream on Cookie Chick Cookies

It’s creamy and cold and full of that lovely chai flavor. It’s best if you make the cream mixture a day in advance and let it chill and intensify in flavor before turning it into ice cream! Here’s what ya need:

6 rounded teaspoons chai masala

10 oz water

1 cup sugar

14 oz milk

4 rounded teaspoons black tea (optional, we didn’t use tea in the pictured ice cream)

2 cups heavy cream

Bring H2O and chai to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk and tea simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Strain chai and stir in heavy cream. Chill overnight and then follow your ice cream makers directions to freeze ice cream!

If you want to make deliciously scrumptious ice cream sandwiches you can take the easy route like us. Instead of making our own cookies we went to our favorite cookie baker at the farmers market, The Cookie Chick, and bought a variety of cookies!!

Chai Ice Cream on Cookie Chick Cookies

Stay cool, stay sweet,

Charleston Spice Co.

Beautiful Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

Maybe you were a little overenthusiastic at the last couple of markets and bought a bunch of blackberries in a fit of excitement. Or maybe you saw all the blackberries and thought, darn, what the heck do I do with those?

Here’s a good option from Southern Living:

Blackberry Cobbler

Here’s what ya need:

FOR COBBLER

4 cups fresh blackberries

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 large egg

1 cup sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

6 tablespoons butter, melted

FOR WHIPPED TOPPING

chilled metal bowl

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons vanilla bean sugar (you can use less or more sugar depending on how intense you want the flavor and sweetness to be!)

Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Preheat oven to 375 F. This is also a good time to place a metal bowl in the freezer if you plan on whipping up your own whipped cream.

Place blackberries in lightly greased 8 inch square baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Stir together egg, sugar, flour, and ginger in a medium bowl until mixture looks like coarse meal. Sprinkle on top of blackberries and drizzle melted butter over all. Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool a bit.

While the cobbler is cooling you can make some whipped cream. Combine heavy whipping cream and sugar in your chilled metal bowl and whip it, whip it real good. Once you’ve beat that cream into whipped cream, chop up some mint to throw on top of your cobbler as you dish it out!!

Blackberry Cobbler

XO

Charleston Spice Co.

 

Frogmore Stew

frogmore elementsFrogmore Stew is a beautiful thing.

Some people know it as Lowcountry Boil or a Shrimp Boil. No matter what you call it, everyone can find something they can eat in this delicious medley.

Frogmore Stew Party 2014Here are the guidelines for greatness:

1 gallon water, salt to taste

1/2 a pack of our Frogmore Stew blend

2 lbs sausage of your choice

4 ears of corn cut into 1/4ths

8 to 10 small onions, whole (OR 2 large onions cut in quarters)

8 to 10 small potatoes

2 lbs shrimp unpeeled

The above will serve around 4 to 6 people. Bring water to a boil with Frogmore Stew seasoning. Boil 10 minutes to season the water. Add the sausage, return to a boil. Cook 5 minutes or until the sausage is cooked. Add the corn, and onion, return to a boil. Add potatoes & return to a boil, cook until done, 15 to 20 minutes. Add shrimp, cook until pink about 2 to 3 minutes depending on size. Strain and serve with choice of bread (we used baguette, from Baguette Magic, but cornbread or hushpuppies would work too).

Frogmore Stew Party 2014But let’s talk about some of your options, because Frogmore Stew is all about the options. All the above ingredients are GUIDELINES. If Caitlin is coming over please add some more corn, if you know you have some heat lovers amongst your guests add some spicy sausage to your 2 lbs of sausage. If you have vegetarian guests, make a smaller pot for those veggie lovers with cauliflower instead of all that meat.

Most importantly listen to your heart and your stomach and enjoy!

Yours truly,

Charleston Spice Co

Frogmore Stew Party 2014