Food Stylings

My pal Melitssa took these pictures at a party last Thursday night. They are so cool (especially the owl); I had to share.

Fried Okra

In farmers markets of South Carolina, Okra is a great vegetable available all summer long. Pick up a, “Mess of Okra,” and serve it fried for a really tasty treat!

The Recipe

Chex Mix Redux

I love homemade Chex Mix. I could eat it year round. For reasons of self-discipline, my boyfriend & I restrict our consumption to the holidays/fall/winter (except for the occasional rainy-day summertime batch) . Since it is now that time of the year, we made our first official batch of Chex Mix this weekend. I thought I’d share our recipe for it because we make it tastier than the original (more butter & seasonings). Additionally, the original chex mix recipe is now hard to find–thanks to the advent of microwave chex mix recipes. Make this stuff; it will get you through the winter!

The Recipe

Fat Cracker

The perfect hors d’oeuvre for any Champagne Thursday is Fat Cracker. I don’t know the original names for these divine little appetizers, but they really should just be called Fat Crackers. Bacon fat baked into club crackers with melted, bubbly Parmesan cheese. Yummy. I’m lucky–because my metabolism is so high, I can eat a million Fat Crackers and still not gain any weight! (haha, I wish.)

The Recipe

Lowcountry Crab Boil

Saturday night, my family cooked a lowcountry crab boil (aka Frogmore Stew, although sometimes that one doesn’t have crab). It was the best meal ever. Serve it with some drinks and crusty bread; it’s always a party. Simple, yet tasty.

The Recipe

Pecan Pilaf

We have another great recipe called Pecan Pilaf. My mom made this for Thanksgiving; it tastes very, very yummy.

The Recipe

Cheesy Pineapple Casserole

Now that the post-Thanksgiving Rush has settled down, and I’m looking at the home stretch for my exam studying (12/5 & 12/6), It’s time to post some new recipes.

The Recipe

Mirza Ghasemi

When I was living in Durham, one of my favorite restaurants was Cafe Parveneh in Chapel Hill. Serving traditional Persian cuisine, one of my favorite dishes was Mirza Ghasemi. i submitted my own tasty version of this veggie treat to the vittles.

The Recipe

Oven-Fried Chicken

Julep Style has another recipe submission: Oven-Fried Chicken. This recipe puts a healthier spin on the traditional Southern dish. It’s also much easier to prepare because there’s no popping oil to deal with.

The Recipe

Summertime Pasta Salad

For our family’s Father’s Day Gathering, I made a great pasta salad. When I was a kid, I avoided all mixed salads–pasta, potato, tuna, chicken. However, I loved my mom’s pasta salad (this is her recipe modified a bit). My very picky boyfriend even liked it. Plus, since I made it, it is GUARANTEED to be quick, easy, and very difficult to mess up.

The Recipe

Fresh Garden Salsa

This is the second recipe received from my sister this weekend!

This Light Salsa is the Topping for the Cornmeal Dusted Salmon, but also makes a great appetizer or snack on a hot summer day.

The Recipe

Sticky Chocolate Cake

Another cake submission! This is one of my favorite cakes ever; my mom makes it for my birthday. It is so good–gooey, sticky, chocolate goodness.
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Pineapple Torte

My mom made this cake over the weekend for a dinner party and was kind enough to submit the recipe to JulepStyle. This cake is soooo good; it’s really one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted.
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