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Bourbon & Bacon

In 2002, Southern Living editor Morgan Murphy, wrote about Southern Accents in the September issue. In reference to architectural salvage stores he referred to us as the “benchmark store to which I compare all others.” We’ve considered Morgan a friend since his very first visit to our showroom. We were thrilled when we recently received Morgan’s new book Bourbon & Bacon – The Ultimate Guide To The South’s Favorite Food Groups. Part reference guide, part recipe book, if you are not a connoisseur of bourbon or bacon, you will be after perusing the pages of this new book. The recipes are mouthwatering, each beautifully photographed in true Southern Living style. Reading the bourbon and bacon guides is simply fascinating and leaves you with a new appreciation for these culinary delights. We are working to schedule a book signing with Morgan at Southern Accents. In the mean time, if you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone who appreciates the artistry of a good bourbon or who is a fan of bacon (and aren’t we all), this book would be the perfect gift!

Bourbon & Bacon

Written by: Lisa Jones

 


Wal-Mart Pico

Yesterday I ran in to Wal-Mart (yes, I am a Wal-Mart shopper) to grab a few grocery items needed for today’s tailgate party.  For some reason, unknown to me, I am one of those people that strangers feel comfortable engaging in conversation in Wally World. Most often I am asked if I know where something is. I always do. Quite often I am asked food questions. I love to cook and love to talk food and am always flattered that someone would ask for my food advice, even a stranger. I share what I can before moving on to the next isle and the next customer question. I often find myself looking to see if someone has stuck an employee tag on my back as a joke or wonder if I resemble Martha White? Anyway, sometimes this works in my favor, as it did yesterday.

I was in the produce section digging through the cilantro. This man walks up and asks, “What are you doing with that?” My reply,  “I’m making Texas Caviar. Tomorrow is fajita night”.  He told me that he was from Texas, had moved to Cullman a couple of years ago, loves spicy Mexican food and then began to share his easy pico recipe with me!  SCORE!! I normally do not like ‘prefab’ recipes. I’m a ‘from scratch’ girl but… it’s been a busy week. I’ve got 20 people showing up at my dirty house tonight to tailgate for a BIG SEC FOOTBALL GAME. I will spend all day trying to get my house in some sort of acceptable order before firing up the smoker. Easy pico…I’m in!

I can be a bit selfish when it comes to recipes. I don’t always like to share but since this one was a freebie…

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WAL-MART PICO

  • 1 can Mexican “Rotel” (the kind with cilantro and lime)
  • jalapeno pepper
  • onion (I like a sweet onion)
  • lime
  • cilantro
  • salt

I literally threw this together in less than 10 minutes. Drain the can of Rotel. I sliced off about 1/4 of a jalapeno pepper and 1 slice of onion and finely chopped both. I added about a good teaspoon of each to the Rotel. I finely chopped and added a handful of cilantro, about a tablespoon once it was chopped. I added salt to taste and squeezed the juice of 1/2 of a small lime. Toss and your done!

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Although pico mixed with your early morning cup of coffee is not the best combination, the taste of the pico is spot on! You can tweak this recipe according to your taste. I made two batches just to make sure we had enough.

The guys at Southern Accents are working hard today. I’ll be sending them signals from my smoker later this afternoon. I’ve been told that I make the BEST chicken fajitas this side of the border… I’m sure they are hoping I’ll throw them some leftovers!!  😉 If you are in the area please stop by the store and say hello. Tell them I said ROLL TIDE!

Thank you former Texas resident Wal-Mart man for this recipe. It’s a keeper! I used the remaining cilantro in my Texas Caviar. If you’ve never had Texas Caviar, I make a pretty mean one. Perhaps that will be my next recipe share?


Pecan Pie Muffins

Pecan Pie Muffins at Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesI LOVE to bake… the guys at Southern Accents LOVE to eat. It works! If you live down south, this time of year conjures up thoughts of pecan anything! My fav is probably pecan pie but I also have this incredible recipe for mini pecan pie muffins that is fabulous!!! Pecan pie in muffin form… oh my! I baked up a batch and brought them in to the store.  They disappeared rather quickly. SCORE!

The recipe is really quick and easy. One important note: you can only bake these in the mini muffin tins. They will NOT work in a regular size tin… trust me, I”ve tried! 😮

MINI PECAN PIE MUFFINS

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1 cup pecans, chopped (I chop mine very small)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup butter, melted

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp molasses

Pinch of salt (I literally mean a small pinch)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the brown sugar, flour, salt, and pecans together and set aside. Lightly beat the eggs in a separate bowl. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter and whisk together. Add the vanilla and molasses and whisk until incorporated. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir together. The batter will be rather thin. Spray your mini muffin tins with a non stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the tins, filling to the top. Bake at 350 for 15 to 16 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack. Remove muffins from tins and enjoy! Makes 24 mini muffins.

*Notes: if you use the dark, non stick tins, turn your oven down a few degrees. My oven bakes these muffins in 15 minutes in the dark pan at around 330 degrees. Bake time will vary depending on the pan you are using and how your oven functions. Watch the muffins and remove them as soon as they look like they have set.

I use a small “cookie” scoop to fill my tins. It looks like an ice cream scoop but smaller. It is the perfect size for mini muffins and cupcakes.

Do NOT bake these in the cupcake liners. This muffin is a gooey, chewy delight and will stick to the paper. You will loose about half your muffin to the liners.

Yes, the recipe is correct. There is NO baking powder or baking soda in this recipe. This is why the recipe will NOT work in regular size tins.

ENJOY!


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