Recipe:: Fried Green Tomatoes

While it's not quite green tomato season yet, tomato season will be here before we know it. Put this recipe in your spring appetizer arsenal.

As most of you may know I am the Entertaining Editor for Atlanta Magazine’s HOME. In the latest issue, I showcased a traditional Southern recipe, Fried Green Tomatoes from one of the most original party ideas to date. One of my dear friends has a party called “The Birthday Club”. My friend and fine art gallery owner, Arnika Dawkins, gathers throughout the year with her best gal pals to celebrate each of their birthdays in a unique way.

Here’s how it works: each woman chooses an activity for her birthday and the other birthday club members make it happen. The club has enjoyed traveling, spa days, and concerts. In the Spring issue we featured Arnika’s birthday party. Everyone came together for lunch at Arnika’s photography gallery. For the complete feature make sure to pick up a copy of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME on newsstands now.

Make sure to put this recipe in your spring appetizer arsenal and enjoy them with family and friends.

xx Annette

Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Coulis 
Serves 6

You will need:
– 1 cup goat cheese
– 4 green tomatoes, sliced 1⁄2-inch thick
– 2 eggs
– 1⁄2 cup milk
– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 1⁄2 cup panko breadcrumbs
– 1⁄4 cup yellow cornmeal
– 2 teaspoons salt
– 1 cup vegetable oil
– Feta and fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)

To prepare:

Spread a small amount of goat cheese onto one side of each tomato slice. Arrange on a sheet pan, and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Whisk eggs and milk in a shallow bowl. In a separate bowl, combine flour, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, and salt. One by one, dip each tomato slice into the egg mixture, then the crumb mixture; shake off any excess.

Pour oil into a deep frying pan and place over medium heat until a thermometer registers 350°F. Working in batches, fry tomatoes until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per batch. Garnish with feta and basil, if using, and serve immediately with red pepper coulis.

Red Pepper Coulis

You will need:
– 7 ounces roasted red peppers from a jar
– 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
– 1 clove garlic
– 1⁄4 cup olive oil
– 1 cup fresh basil leaves
– 1⁄2 teaspoon salt

To prepare:
Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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8 Valentine’s Day Cocktails: My Favorite Sexy Sips

 

I'm a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine's Day cocktails are so much fun. Here's a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years!

As you well know, I’m a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine’s Day cocktails are so much fun. Over the years, I’ve prepared many drinks inspired by Valentine’s Day, especially since the holiday is one of my favorites.

Today, I wanted to bring you a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years. All of these are perfect for celebrating with someone you love. Grab two glasses, a few ingredients from your bar, and get to mixing. You could even make a plan to make several of these cocktails and have your own little mixology class right at home. Sounds like a great date night to me!

Get the recipes for Valentine’s Day cocktails: 

Big Read Lips // Grapefruit Pomegranate Mimosa // Negroni // In the Pink // Lust and Loving in Las Vegas // Fiore // That’s Amore // You Make Me Blush

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

xx, Annette

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Festive Holiday Cocktail: Pear Prosecco Punch

 

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Hi Everyone! It’s Nicole, Annette’s web-manager and friend, and I am thrilled to be guest posting today to bring you one more festive holiday cocktail: pear prosecco punch. This is one of the easiest recipes, and your guests will love sipping on it.

What I love about this cocktail, is it’s perfect for any holiday this season. Buy everything you need to enjoy it with the family on Christmas morning or save it to your arsenal for friends on New Year’s Eve. Because it needs just a few ingredients, it’s easy to keep everything on hand just in case you have last minute visitors. Basically, it’s my go-to, everyone loves it cocktail.

Pear Prosecco Holiday Cocktail

Hostess Tip: Warm prosecco isn’t tasty which is why I keep frozen cranberries in my freezer throughout the holidays. Not only will they make a great addition to your smoothies come January, but they’re great substitutes for ice. Your drink stays cold without ice ruining it.

Let me know if you give this a try! I’d love to hear what you think. Happy holidays & a healthy new year!

xo, Nicole

Pear Prosecco Punch 
serves 1

You will need:

– 2 oz Pear concentrate (I used Looza)
– 4 oz Prosecco
– Rosemary sprigs & frozen cranberries for garnish

To prepare:

Pour pear concentrate into a champagne or wine glass. Top with prosecco. Add a rosemary sprig and frozen cranberries for garnish.

photos by Nicole Letts

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Holiday Sangria from Picture Perfect Parties

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When I think of the holidays, I have to say this amazing holiday sangria comes to mind. It’s not only delicious and easy to make, but it will become a tradition and a classic in your own holiday cocktail arsenal. Plus it’s easy to serve. All you’ll need is a pitcher and some coupes, and you’re ready to party.

This cocktail, along with many others, is available in my book Picture Perfect Parties Rizzoli NY grab a copy here.

Limoncello Sangria
Serves 8

You will need:

– 2 cups of Limoncello
– 1 pint of sliced strawberries hulled and sliced
– 1 small blood orange thinly sliced and quartered
– 1 cup seedless white grapes, halved
– 8 cups Sauvignon Blanc
– 3.5 cups club soda

To prepare:

In a pitcher, macerate the fruit in the limoncello overnight in the refrigerator.

Pour the wine and club soda into the fruit-filled pitcher and serve in champagne coupes.

Happy holidays, and cheers to a happy & healthy 2017!

Photo Credit: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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Cue the #happydance Happy Anniversary to my BLOG

I just realized I have been blogging for 8 years!

What?!

8 years ago I was saying, “What is this thing called blogging?”

A few blogs had piqued my interest at that time. Of course, Design*Sponge was one of them since it was the first ever blog I read. Over the years, my blog has changed and morphed, but it has always stayed true to the things I hold dear: food, style, and great travel adventures.

Throughout these eight years, I have overcome many business trials, reinvented myself, and written a book that I am proud of and was well-received. I have said hello and goodbye to a few assistants, seen some my clients flourish, and seen a few fail. All in all, it’s been a wonderful way to share and express where I am at the moment, and what I love about life year to year.

I hope you have enjoyed the ride as much as I have, and I hope you continue to read about my life, my loves, and my stylish endeavors.

I love hearing from you, and I love sharing my ever-evolving creative journey with you along the way.

Happy 8th Anniversary to my little blog, the thing that keeps me connected to this curious world.

Now let’s do the happy dance …

xx

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