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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tea Room Splendor For Ladies and Guys, too

We are so fortunate to have a dainty little tea room, Victorian Garden, right in the heart of North Little Rock that has been around for about eighteen years. Located adjacent to the Lakewood House you will always find delicious appetizers, soups, salads, breads, and entrees. These 'real meals' are prepared with as little fat and salt as possible and there are even heart friendly items on the menu. The famous Cheese Soup is to Di for as are the light and fluffy Victorian Crepes! Even a Strip Steak on the menu. They also do a fantastic take out spread for those who choose to eat or entertain in their own home.

I love this place because the staff is always receptive and eager to please us as we sit among the Victorian charm, sipping our hot or cold teas, and having magical girlfriend moments. And with all the scrumptious entrees, it is the perfect place for a date night dinner with your Sweetheart! Check it out at 4801 North Hills Blvd or phone them at 501-758-4299. They are open Tuesday through Friday 11:00AM to 9:00PM and Saturdays 10:30AM to 9:00PM.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Say "I Love You" to Your Sweetheart On A Daily Basis

February 14 is not just about flowers, candy, and fancy restaurant reservations, although #3 had better have those three things in tow when he comes through the door this Valentine's Day! Rather, it's about the little things we do for our loved ones on a daily basis. Today I made a very special Chocolate Waffle with Strawberry Sauce for my big guy, and because it was so easy, clever, and out of this world delicious...you should make one for your Valentine real soon!

Chocolate Waffles with Strawberry Sauce
Serves:  4
Strawberry Sauce
6 large strawberries, washed, stemmed, chopped
1/4 cup sugar
2 ts lemon juice

1. Add ingredients to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
2. Stir and let thicken for about 2 minutes.
3. Strain the sauce into a bowl with a sieve. Reserve the berry puree, too!

Chocolate Waffles
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate squares, chopped
4 T unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 ts vanilla
1/4 cup milk
6 T all-purpose flour
2 T cocoa powder
1/2 ts baking powder
pinch of salt
Extra berries and butter for garnish

1. Heat a Belgium waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
2. Combine chocolate squares and butter into a microwave bowl and melt for one minute. Remove and whisk until smooth.
3. In a large bowl, whisk sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk.
4. Add the chocolate and butter mixture and whisk until smooth.
5. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Sir until smooth.
6. Pour into the sprayed and heated waffle iron. Cook until no steam comes out or for about 3-5 minutes.
7. Place each waffle on a serving plate and garnish with extra berries, butter, strawberry sauce, and berry puree.

Enjoy with your favorite Sweetheart! And as usual with all good things there is often a price to pay...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stuffed French Toast

What is this preoccupation we seem to have with stuffing our favorite foods with lots of other favorite stuff? We stuff turkeys, pitas, cakes, cup cakes, crepes, ravioli, donuts, eclairs, egg rolls, jelly rolls, potatoes, kolaches, manicotti,  peppers, tamales, whoopie pies, and so on and so on! Did I forget something? Ahhh...yes...French Toast! Such a fun and simple thing to stuff...check out this easy and fast Stuffed French Toast video for one or two people. And what's your favorite thing to stuff?