Brunch at Katie’s

There’s a neighborhood restaurant in Mid-City New Orleans that is serving up great Brunch eats. Katie’s Restaurant & Bar has been a staple in the Mid-City community since 1984. When you walk into Katie’s, you are greeted with the best southern hospitality. The menu is filled with mouth watering options that will have you thinking about your comeback visit to try them. Drinks were flowing as they should on a beautiful Sunday. The staff’s goodbye greeting, “Thanks Y’all”, gave a wonderful feeling of gratitude and unity. It was such a pleasure seeing people from all walks of life having fellowship, the best Mimosas ever, and Brunch. If you are in New Orleans or plan to visit, give Katie’s Restaurant & Bar a try.

~XOXO

Seafood Omelet | shrimp, crawfish, lump crab, mozzarella, green onion

with Andouille Cheese Grits $16

Breakfast Pizza $15

Katie’s Restaurant & Bar

3701 Iberville Street

New Orleans, LA 70119

Brunch: Every Sunday 9am to 3pm

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A Krewe Brunch

The last Sunday Brunch of 2018 was in NOLA and had to be the greatest in my book. I had the honor of spending it with my fellow members from the Krewe of Nefertiti. The Brunch setting was placed at Jack Rose Restaurant on the famed St. Charles Ave. Everything from the food, champagne, to the decor was breathtaking. We had such a great time in fellowship and the music kept the fun and laughter going. If you are in New Orleans or plan to visit, please give Sunday Brunch at Jack Rose Restaurant a try.

Shrimp and Grits

Krewe of Nefertiti: Group Photo Credit -Dana Perry

A special thanks to Dana Perry for being a gracious host. -XOXO

The Krewe Of Nefertiti is an all female social aid and pleasure club geared towards helping those in need through community service and fundraising. For more information, please visit www.kreweofnefertiti.org

Cook-i-licious Caramel Apples

Before I begin with this Cook-i-licous treat, I want to give a huge thanks to Goodie Girl Cookies for sending a goodie girl swag bag full of tasty cookie flavors.  It has been so fun testing different recipes.  The Caramel Apple cookies has to be my favorite thus far.  I looked at the box and thought…”Why not just make caramel apples rolled in the cookie crumbs??”  And I did just that.  I hope you enjoy the recipe.

~XOXO

Makes up to 12

Time: 5-6 hrs

Ingredients:

Goodie Girl Caramel Cookies (1 box)

Granny Smith Apples

2 (14oz) cans of sweetened condensed milk

Wood Dowel Sticks (Can use Popsicle Sticks or Wood Skewers)

Parchment Paper (Baking pan size sheet)

Peel the paper wrapper from the cans of sweetened condensed milk.  In a deep boiling pot, place the cans at the bottom and add warm water.  Ensure to cover the can with water.  Set to a boil for 3hrs.  You will have to add water when the water line goes below the top of the can.  Turn off stove, remove cans from pot and set aside on a towel to cool (up to 1hr). Remove can lids, add the caramel to a bowl, and set aside. This process is called Caramel in a can.

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Rinse boiling pot, add warm water, and apples (Stems removed).  After 2-3 mins, remove apples and dry clean with a paper towel.  Once the apples are dry, add the wood dowels and set aside.

Roll out and cut a sheet of parchment paper and rub butter all over it.  This is help the caramel apples not to stick.

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Crush the Caramel Apple Cookies (as much of the box you desire) and place in a bowl.

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Take each apple and roll into the caramel covering almost to the top.  Scrape the bottom with a mini spatula to remove the access caramel sauce.  Roll or sprinkle the cookie crumbs over the caramel apple.  Set each apple onto the parchment paper.

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Refrigerate for 15-30 mins to allow the apples to set and become firm.

Enjoy!

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Easy Peasy Totchos

While we can’t forget about Taco Tuesday, we have to admit that whenever someone says Nachos a gathering is in order.  I thought it would be fun to take away the tortilla chips and add tater tots to the dish and create Totchos.  These totchos can be a hit at the dinner table.  This is one recipe that can call for endless toppings for you and your guests.  Give totchos a try during your next gathering or Taco Tuesday night.

 

~XOXO

Ingredients

1 2 lb bag ( 32 oz) of Tater Tots

1 lb Ground Beef (or Ground Turkey)

Taco Seasoning ( 1 package)

1 cup of shredded cheddar ( or add to your desired cheesy goodness)

5 oz diced tomatoes with green chilies ( 10 oz can drained and reminder set aside for later use)

*Sour Cream (used as topping when done)

 

Heat Oven to 450 degrees F (Or according to package instructions)

Place 3/4 tater tots bag onto a baking sheet using a single layer method (ensuring the tots are not on top one another).  Place in over and bake of 25 mins or according to package instructions.  Turn oven off.  Remove ( using pot holders or gloves) tater tots from oven and set aside.

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Place a medium sauce pan on medium heat.  *Optional.  I added 1 tsp of avocado oil to the pan.  Add the ground beef and cook until well done ( breaking up and chopping the meat).  Drain or spoon any access oil from the pan.  Add taco seasoning and (drained) diced tomatoes.  Stir.  Turn heat to low.

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Arrange the tater tots onto a plate adding the neat mixture and shredded cheese.  To melt the cheese, I simply put the plate into the microwave for 60 – 90 seconds.  You can also place the plate back into the oven for 3-5 mins as the oven will be still hot and cooling off.

Add a dollop of sour cream or any other topping you fancy.

Enjoy.

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Chicken Cordon BLY!

Our first visit to The Pinewood in downtown Decatur, GA was a lovely experience.  Using the Resy app, we were able to make reservations for Brunch with no issues.  I have a new found love for a dish called the Chicken Cordon BLY!  The mouth-watering crispy chicken is topped with ham and swiss cheese while being sandwiched in between two slices of a cheddar waffle.  I complemented the dish with a drizzle of maple syrup which added more perfection.  The Pinewood brunch is a winner!  Thanks to the staff for being so welcoming and fun.  Give The Pinewood a try for Brunch on your next visit to Decatur, GA.

~XOXO

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The Chicken Cordon BLY! | Savory herbed cheddar waffle, crispy chicken, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, crystal chicken gravy, home fries

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HUEVOS RANCHEROS VERDES | 2 poached eggs, pork chili verde, shaved parmesan, red beans, corn tortillas

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Bottomless Mimosas!

The Pinewood

254 WEST PONCE DE LEON AVE.

DECATUR, GA 30030

404.373.5507

Photos By: Haus of Kelley, LLC | Instagram @hausofkelley

Visit Me on Instagram @thefrenchlilly

 

 

The Fudgie Boozie Shake

I was recently introduced to some awesome cookies called Goodie Girl Cookies.  These cookies are so tasty and the best part is that they are gluten free.  I was inspired to take these cookies to next level and whip up an adult milkshake.  I call it the Fudgie Boozie Shake.  This shake is good for a relaxed evening on the front porch or back deck.  Here’s the recipe and I hope you give it a try.

 

~XOXO

Ingredients:

Butter Pecan Ice Cream (2 scoops)

Bourbon (You decide the amount)

Milk (1/4 cup)

Hot Fudge Topping

Goodie Girl Cookies (Fudge Stripped)

Take about (4) cookies and place in a clear bag (sandwhich bag) and smash cookies with a dough roller.  You can also give them a rough chop on a cutting board.  Set aside.

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Take a Mason Jar and add some hot fudge topping to the top rim and bottom of the jar.  Add the smashed cookie bits to the top rim and set in the freezer for 15-30 mins.

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In a blender, add the butter pecan ice cream, milk, and bourbon.  Blend smoothly.  Pour milkshake into mason jar.  Top with whipped cream and extra cookies!  Enjoy!

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Photos: Haus of Kelley, LLC

15 – Minute Blueberry Sauce

Here’s a recipe for a quick and easy blueberry sauce. This sauce would be a great topping for breakfast, brunch, and desserts. Today the sauce was used as a topping to French Toast.

Recipe

1 Cup of Blueberries

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of orange juice

1/2 Tsp of corn starch (adds thickness)

1/8 Tsp of cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan on med-low heat. Let sauce simmer to boil for 5 mins. Stir and turn to low for the remaining 5 – 7 mins. Sauce should be thick and coat spoon. Turn off and set aside to cool. Use topping on your desired dish.

The Albert Burger

I set out on a gorgeous Saturday to have Brunch With my husband and siblings. I discovered a quaint neighborhood bar located in Inman Park called The Albert. Let me assure you that the food is so delicious and we ate every bite of it. My favorite menu item is The Albert Burger. It’s no surprise that I’m a huge pimento cheese advocate and this Burger gave me pimento cheese life!! Topped with bacon and pickled red onion. Now I know why The Albert is the favorite neighborhood bar in Inman Park. Give The Albert a try on your next visit to Atlanta.

~XOXO

The Albert Burger, $11

The Western, $11

Fried Chicken Sandwich, $10

Pulled Pork Hash, $12 (Brunch Menu Item)

The Albert

918 Austin Ave

Atlanta, GA 30307

The Southern Gentlemen

Hey Loves! I just had to share with you about my lovely experience at The Southern Gentlemen restaurant. Located in the Buckhead neighborhood, this restaurant is setting a trend for a cool and relaxed Brunch experience. With such nice decor and great food selections, the Southern Gentlemen is sure to be acknowledged as one of Atlanta’s top restaurants to patron. Don’t forget the Mimosas!!

~XOXO

The Southern Gentlemen Breakfast

Chicken Biscuit & Gravy

The Southern Gentlemen

3035 PEACHTREE RD NE

SUITE A208

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Grant Park Market

Located in the historic Grant Park neighborhood is a new Market and it is adorable. I love this concept of a community grocery store and cafe. And the decor has a sleek and fashionable style that is jaw dropping. The best part is the Gather space where breakfast, lunch, dinner and Mimosas are served. The Grant Park Market is what the community needs right now!!

~XOXO

The Early Bird Sammie (egg, bacon, and cheese on sourdough bread)

The Grant Park Market

519 Memorial Drive

Suite A4

Atlanta, GA 30312