Chocolate Ganache Cake (recipe adapted from Epicurious).
Nothing beats a spring dessert made with the first sweet strawberries. Shortcake, pie, homemade ice cream...all better with strawberries!
Epicurious' Chocolate Ganache Cake. Best chocolate cake ever, hands down.
I adore a chocolate-glazed cruller. But sometimes a simple bag of hot and fresh doughnut holes, dipped in butter, and rolled in cinnamon-sugar really hits the spot.
I just moved to Jax, and the French Pantry has been an oasis in a culinary desert. Their bruschetta variations are all delicious, and I'm seriously considering making a slice of "Wedding Cake" my birthday lunch this year.
Anything. I have the world's blackest thumb. You could give me the most beautiful kitchen garden ever, and I'd manage to kill everything in it within days, guaranteed.
Seafood. I love shrimp, but just about anything else...no, thanks. Some of it's a textural issue (ie: scallops, oysters), some is a taste issue (ie: crab, even lobster...I just don't see what the big deal is at all). But I do wonder sometimes if I'm missing out..
Mojito, White Russian...maybe Pimm's Cup?
Soup, when it's cold outside. Mac and cheese. Brownies. Peanut butter.
Pain au chocolate. Macarons. Opera cake. Things that are labor intensive that I rarely have time to make myself.
Chocolate. And Mexican food.
I've lived in Nashville almost 9 years...completely agree with @goochybird about the Pancake Pantry. Marche or the Silly Goose (both in east Nash) for brunch/lunch. The Pharmacy or Burger Up for burgers, Mas Tacos por Favor for Mexican (as authentic as I've ever tasted), Pied Piper or Jeni's for ice cream, Patterson House for drinks, Crema or Barista Parlor for coffee. And yes, by all means, you MUST go to Las Paletas and get popsicles dipped in Olive & Sinclair chocolate. (I'd stock up on O&S bars while you're in the city too.)
Zingers! Oreos, too.
Bread pudding. Or a root beer float with homemade ice cream.
This Mexican chicken soup from the taco hole-in-the-wall joint in my city. Guaranteed cure-all for the common cold, hangovers, and the winter blues.
Creme brulee. Or chocolate crepes.
Reese's Pieces and Peppermint Patties. Not together.
My triple-layer mint chocolate cheesecake. It was featured in a Southern Living cookbook one year, so that's gotta be a good sign, right?
Ham, pineapple, banana peppers. Perfect blend of salty, sweet, and spicy.
BLT. Crispy bacon strips, with slices of fresh summertime tomatoes and avocado, on thick-cut sourdough bread. Perfect sandwich.
Dash of vanilla soy creamer, no sugar. French pressed if I have time.
My family always gets pizza from the NY style place down the street. We're in North Carolina now, but my parents grew up in Queens, and they both swear this pizza is the real deal. We usually have some leftover, but that's not a bad thing...comes in handy during those times over the weekend when you can't stand the thought of another turkey sandwich.
Dark chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting - specifically this cream cheese frosting made with browned-butter and brown sugar.
Homemade ice cream made from my dad's old-fashioned, hand-cranked churner.