17 more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
17 more days till Halloween
17 more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
17 more days till Halloween, Halloween, Halloween
17 more days till Halloween
Preheat Oven 350
Makes 1 dozen cookies
1 stick butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients, place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 mins.
Easy/simple recipe that produces a very tasty cookie.
Happy Holidays/Season’s Greetings to everyone.
It has been a while since I have updated. I have been baking and baking and testing recipes. I am currently on a cupcake kick. I am desperately trying to find the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe and a vanilla cupcake recipe as well. I have tried a few and so far not having luck on what I would consider to be the “best”. Am looking for a super moist chocolate cupcake. Any ideas?
I was really excited to try the cupcakes at Gigi’s since I just absolutely love cupcakes.
I bought 4 cupcakes from them to try them out: Lemon Dream Supreme, Snickerdoodle, Sweet Potato Pie, Blueberry Lemonade. I have to say, for $13/4 cupcakes – they really weren’t that good. A bit of a disappointment really. The ratio of icing to cake is weird – coming close to 3 -3.5 inches of icing to about 2 inches of cake. Below are the descriptions from their website and my thoughts.
Lemon Dream Supreme
Lemon cake with a lemon filling topped with lemon butter cream frosting and a candied lemon slice.
Cake was dense (bit too dense), the icing was massive and the candied lemon slice was those fruit wedges instead of a candied lemon slice. I couldn’t even see or taste the lemon filling. Surprisingly this cupcake was not very lemony and way too sweet, with the ever-present grainy butter cream (ick).
Sweet Potato Pie
Sweet potato pie cake with bourbon cream cheese frosting, sprinkled with crystal sugar.
Nate ate this one. He said “can’t taste the bourbon at all, cake was dry and overall “it sucked”.
The last two, we shared.
Cinnamon swirl cake with cookie dough frosting, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and topped with a snickerdoodle cookie.
Again, dry, dense un-moist cake, grainy and way too much cinnamon in the icing (could feel the texture of it on my tongue) and just overall ick.
Lemon cake with a blueberry butter cream icing.
Couldn’t really taste any blueberry in the icing, lemon cake not very lemony.
Overall not very impressed and won’t be going back. I could probably make better.
Saza opened up in Newnan near the Square about 2 months ago. I have mixed feelings about the place. The interior is really nice looking. Lots of blood red walls and “faux” finish added as touches. The seating is weird and depending upon where you are sitting, you can have glaring lights in your eyes or blood chilling cold air blowing directly on you. The staff is super nice and seem enthusiastic to work there. We have been there several times now — once the day after it opened and it had a limited menu. We have both tried several items on the menu, from appetizers, to salads, to main courses and desserts.
I am a skeptic when it comes to “authentic” italian food in the south. They never seem to get it right – as evidenced by the amount of Olive Gardens and other “italian” chains down here. Same goes for pizza down here — there is probably only 3-4 pizza joints I have found that are truly worth it.
Saza tends to be a bit pricey — overpriced really. The don’t offer side salads, nor bread with the meal. Garlic Styx are an appetizer. Now onto the food (and listing stuff we tried).
Stuffed Hot Peppers – $8 – you get two peppers stuffed with Bolognese meat blend, fresh mozzarella and arrabiata sauce.
This is probably one of the best items on the appetizer menu. Tasty, a bit spicy (a good spicy).
Grandma’s Eggplant – $8 – served at room temperature with tomatoes, fresh mint & grated Pecorino cheese.
We both found this bland and definitely not worth $8
House Salad – $6
I ordered the house salad with the Mountain Blue Gorgonzola dressing – the salad is pretty tasty – nothing out of the ordinary in it, could use a tad more dressing
Grandma’s Traditional Chopped Antipasto Salad – $12 – Salami, soppresata, mortadella, provolone, roasted peppers, olives, artichokes, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes and assorted greens.
Fairly tasty, esp when trying to find a traditional antipasto salad down “south”.
Have only tried one so far, and honestly it was a bomb.
Kafta Lamb Pizza – $19 for a 16″ pizza – lamb with cardamon curry, feta cheese, mint oil and curried yogurt sauce.
The curry is too overpowering on this pizza and can only eat one slice before it gets to be too much.
Pasta and Entrees
Chopped Lobster, Shrimp, Spinach over Angel Hair – $19 – with EVOO, exploded garlic, reggiano cheese, Chardonnay
Apparently this is one of their most popular dishes. My only complaint was there wasn’t enough lobster, otherwise it was pretty tasty and glad I tried it – not sure if I will have it again.
Chicken Paillard – $16 – flattened and sauteed chicken breast in a rich pesto cream over rigatoni.
I have had this twice now and if you like pesto, this is very good, and definitely something I will order on a regular basis.
Calamari & Shrimp Fra Diavlo – $18 – with tomatoes over spaghettini
could be a bit spicier, since it is a Fra Diavlo sauce, but otherwise pretty good.
Grandma’s Spaghetti and Meatballs – $14
You get a lot of spaghetti and meatballs almost the size of baseballs. The meatballs were rather bland and honestly I make better ones at home.
Grandma’s Sunday Sauce – $20 – meatballs, pork and lamb shoulder over rigatoni, the “real thing”
The pork and lamb were tasty, again bland meatballs and the sauce needs a bit more flavor – rather pricey dish.
Tiramisu – $8
probably one of the best Tiramisu I’ve had. Definitely rich and creamy and there is biscotti in it as well.
It was just ok.
Some of the items on the menu are really good, others definitely over-priced and I think we go mainly for the Tiramisu.
Fabiano’s Pizzeria – 5 stars
Fabiano’s is one of my most favorite places here in Newnan. The place is located in the square in the heart of Newnan. Fabiano’s is small and cozy and decorated in the most fabulous geek art: Star Wars, Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, Zombies, Skulls, etc. which all can be purchased off the wall (I have my eye on the Cthulhu Stormtrooper painting!)
We go almost every Sunday and I usually order the same thing each time: Garlic Knots and the Grilled Chicken Caesar salad. Both are fabulous and I could probably eat that meal every day. Also outstanding is the Pizza, the Jamaican Jerk Chili and the Tater Tots (all the way and add bacon!).
Fabiano’s makes you feel welcome and the staff there is truly amazing. Special kudos to Lisa and Clint. Tuesday is trivia and we need to try that one night. Oh, and lest I forget. The desserts are to die for and will definitely put you into a food coma. Warm Brownie with fresh whipped cream and chocolate sauce drizzle, Canolli, Tiramisu and the giant bowl of Donut Holes covered in icing and powered sugar.
If you’re in Newnan and haven’t tried Fabiano’s, get there ASAP. If not in Newnan, make the trip, you won’t be disappointed!
Worst place ever! Jekyll and Hyde’s website dubs itself: Grill, Spirits and Sports!
We decided to check out Jekyll and Hyde’s this evening as their website and menu looked interesting and had some different offerings than our regular hangouts.
Upon entering the establishment, we noticed a sign that said “No baseballs hat turned sideways (only front and back)”, plus a slew of other no-no’s. No hoodies pulled over your head, etc. The place is fairly decent-sized – about 10 pool tables, a bar, and booths and tables. Televisions everywhere but no real sports selection on them — more like a redneck dive.
We were told to sit anywhere, so we found a booth and the waitress (who looked about 16 and was channeling the Hooters dress code — too short shorts) came over to take our order. Nate asked her what the beers were and she replied “Our cheapest is Coors Light for $1.50. He then asked her again what bottled beer they have, and she gave him a blank look and didn’t know. He ended up getting a Guinness draught and I ordered a sweet iced tea.
15 minutes later she came back and asked for our order. We ordered the Pro-Bowl appetizer (a sampler of Chicken Wings – special Whiskey BBQ sauce, Fried Mushrooms and Jalapeno Poppers). She asked for our main order and I said I wanted the Fried Crawfish. Her: “Oops, sorry, we don’t carry that anymore”. Well okay, hmm, will have to look at the menu again. She disappears for quite some time. When she finally comes back, she asks us if we still want the appetizer. Um, hello, ya. We should have rethought that decision. As you can see, the appetizer was a heavily fried mess:
There was about 1/4th of an inch of breading on the poppers and mushrooms and the wings tasted like they were just dipped in high-fructose bbq sauce.
I ended up ordering just a burger. The “Avery Park” burger – American Cheese, Jalapeno’d Bacon, Lettuce and French Fries. It was probably one of the worst burgers I have ever had, only ate about 1/3rd of it. I also had to swap out my iced tea for a Coke because the iced tea just tasted like sugar water. When it came time to get the check, our waitress of course had disappeared yet again, and I had to go hunt her down. I was gone from the table about 10 mins, of which I was standing there at the counter trying to get her attention since she was just gossiping with another waitress.
Overall, the service was crap, the atmosphere was really awful and the food is sitting in my stomach like a lead balloon. A table near us almost walked out after sitting there 30 minutes with no service. They were still sitting there when we left and they still hadn’t gotten their food.
Verdict: Never setting foot in there again. This place deserves no stars.
We had been eager to try out this restaurant at Serenbe and had made reservations for their Valentine’s Dinner. I fretted for a week over the fact that I had no new clothes, dresses, skirts, etc. and vowed to rummage through my closet for some miracle. I found a dress from long ago (size 5) and was going to wear that (yes it actually fit). Although I did feel mighty uncomfortable in it. I ended up wearing some dress pants, a nice blouse and heels.
We drove over to Serenbe (if you’ve never been there, it’s kind of neat: http://www.serenbe.com/ ) for our 6:30 reservation. We were seated in the enclosed porch area (the Farmhouse’s “Chef” is the daughter of Margaret Lupo, owner and chef of Atlanta’s famed Mary Mac’s Tea Room). Our table (which felt like the “kids” table at Thanksgiving Dinner) was pushed up against doors that lead to outside (we had regular wooden chairs, while all the other tables had cushioned fancy wicker chairs — and no it was not crowded when we were there).
Thankfully we were no where near under-dressed, but we both felt uncomfortable. We ordered our meal and had sweet tea with dinner (as the drink menu was severely overpriced – $12 for a martini). Here is a break-down of what we ordered and our opinion. Nate and I ordered the exact same meal:
They provided 4 little biscuits with butter (on the side) as our “bread”. I think they had thyme in them. The herb was not discernible. They were not fully cooked either – almost raw dough in the center.
Serenbe Farm Lettuces with Shaved Mushrooms, Serenbe Farm Radishes, Maytag Bleu Cheese and Sherry Honey Vinaigrette
This was okay. It was covered in radishes (and my intestines are still revolting over it). The bleu cheese was fantastic though. Entirely too much vinaigrette (everything was swimming in it).
White Oak Pastures Beef Tenderloin with Garlic Sauce, Green Beans and Almonds, Potato Gratin
This was a real disappointment. Three 2 inch slices of Beef Tenderloin (almost to the point of being well done) that had no real flavor, the Green Beans were flavorless as well and the Potato Gratin was just horrible — soupy, bland.
Champagne and Pomegranate Granita
This was the “palate cleanser”. A spoonful of Granita with a few pomegranate seeds as flourish. This actually was the best part of the meal.
Bananas and Honey Almond Biscotti with a Warm Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce
I will try to describe this as best I can. This was a “shared” dessert. A small ramekin of dipping sauce, that had 6 banana slices (bananas that were not cut long-ways, so just imagine 6 one inch slices of banana) and two biscotti. So we each got 3 slices of banana and a biscotti. No utensils to pick up the banana slices (I swear I was going to squirt one across the room trying to pick it up).
We were also not offered any coffee, hot tea, espresso, etc. to go with dessert. So it was fun trying to eat the gum scraping biscotti.
I am glad we got to try the Farmhouse, and am so completely not impressed. I really hope it is not indicative of the other restaurants and bakery over there. I was also not impressed with the owner coming over during dessert, being completely condescending and asking if we wanted any more “cookies”.
Nate feels bad because he wanted a special dinner for us, and it turned out so yucky. It’s the thought that counts! I still have intestinal grumbles from it (ie, gas!)
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