Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Pop-Up Shop {Photo Highlights!}

Last weekend reminded me, once again, of what I love so much about food, as I hosted my Holiday Pop-Up Shop. The thrill of creating--and sharing--food that you love and seeing the delight it brings to those who enjoy it is like no other.  I was so fortunate to share my passion with my customers as they tasted, savored and shopped my select holiday menu of cookies, candies and savory treats.  And I was even more elated to witness their wonderful (if not colorful) reactions to my food, up close and personally.  (Every cook's dream and what makes it all worth it, for sure.)

Westside Market served as the beautiful host location for an afternoon of holiday cheer and scrumptious, festive eats that will always be remembered.  While we weren't able to capture each and every customer who supported us during the event, we definitely captured the spirit of them all and invite you to see our photo highlights from the big day!

Thanks again to everyone who supported this event and helped to make it a success!!

Happy Eating & Holidays!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cranberry-Orange Smoothie

Cranberries.  Orange.  If you're like me, these words conjure up notions of delicious holiday fare from luscious cranberry sauce and hand pies to one of my favorite combinations of these classic flavors, cranberry-orange scones.  And now I've discovered yet another delicious (and healthier) combo of these flavors that's also a nice balance to the decadent fare that's the norm during the holiday season: Cranberry-Orange Smoothies.

Frozen cranberries and bananas (I like the frothy effect of frozen fruit), combined with orange juice, low-fat milk and honey, makes for one refreshingly good (and good for you) drink.

Happy Sipping!

Cranberry-Orange Smoothie
Recipe adapted from The Daily Meal

¾ cup orange juice
1 cup of frozen cranberries
1 cup milk (or non-dairy substitute)
1 banana, frozen and quartered
2 teaspoons of honey (or agave nectar)
Combine ingredients in blender (add liquids first).  Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2014

{Taste. Savor. Shop.}: D.M.R. Fine Foods Holiday Pop-Up Shop!

This holiday season I'm going back to where it all began--my Holiday Sweets and Treats Menu.  Only seven years ago, I rolled out a holiday menu that featured the best in confectionery sweets and savory treats and D.M.R. Fine Foods was officially born.  The response was great (if not overwhelming) and my small-batch, artisan quality food business would continue to later include private dinner parties, customer appreciation events, and yes, more holiday catering, alongside my role as a culinary instructor, the start of my companion blog in 2010 and, most recently, the launch of my Pop-Up Cooking School.

I have loved watching my vision grow over the years and my commitment to bringing my clients the best is as strong as ever.  So, for one afternoon only, I'll be featuring select items from my holiday menu at my first-ever holiday pop-up shop, hosted at the fabulous Westside Market!

It's the perfect opportunity to taste, savor, shop and bring a taste of the holidays into your home--without any of the fuss. 

And now, for the menu.

Mark your calendars for December 13th from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST and make plans to drop in for these holiday goodies for your own noshing, holiday parties, hostess gifts, and more!  I look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Holidays and Eating!

D.M.R. Fine Foods Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Venue Details:
Westside Market 
1530 Ellsworth Ind. Blvd. 
Atlanta, Ga 30318

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rosemary Popovers

If you're looking to bring some simple, homemade goodness to your table, then homemade popovers is a great way to go.  I baked some over the weekend, adding in fresh rosemary for an extra savory touch.  It was my first time--and a good excuse for putting my popover pan to use, although you don't need one to make these.  A muffin pan will also suffice in yielding warm, delicious popover goodness.

Happy Eating!

Rosemary Popovers
Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

When making popovers, its important to use a pan that absorbs heat well. The batter needs a burst of heat to convert the moisture to steam, which causes the batter to expand and pop over the sides. When perfectly cooked, popovers emerge with crispy brown exteriors and moist, almost hollow centers.



2 eggs  
1/4 tsp. salt 
1 cup milk 
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 Tbs. very finely chopped fresh rosemary 
1/2 Tbs. very finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley



Butter a popover pan or the wells of a 12-well muffin pan.

In a bowl, lightly whisk together the eggs and salt. Stir in the milk and butter. In another bowl, stir together the flour, rosemary and parsley. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, whisking until just blended. Do not over beat.

Fill each cup about half full and place the pan in a cold oven. Set the oven temperature to 425ºF and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375ºF and bake until the popovers are golden, 10 to 15 minutes more. They should be crisp on the outside. Quickly pierce each popover with the tip of a small knife to release the steam. Return the popovers to the oven for 2 minutes for further crisping, then remove and serve immediately.

Friday, November 14, 2014

{Be Inspired!}: Winter Wanderlust

There are few things more inspiring than traveling to beautiful, breathtaking locales--and when it's done instep with a winter getaway, they become all the dreamier.

As we look ahead to the upcoming holidays and soon-coming winter season, these amazing destinations are inspiring heaps of wanderlust in this globetrotting girl and keeping me busy dreaming of where I'll land next.  Enjoy the (virtual) view from the Alps to Prague to Rome and more...and let them inspire you, too!

The Carousel in Paris
The Alps

Christmas in Rome

Happy Inspired Living!

Image Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes

November rolled in with somewhat of a vengeance last weekend.  The undeniable beauty of the Fall season was accented with a drop in temps--and a blustery wind chill.  The sudden change in weather staged the perfect scene for comforting and homey fare--the food that dreams are made of.

Homemade pancakes seemed like just the thing to satisfy my hankering for an indulgent, warm and cozy bite.  But the addition of pumpkin and spices made them all the warmer, cozier and more scrumptious.  I was already dreaming of these fluffy morsels before church on Sunday, so I saved room and went all in for a late afternoon brunch.  They were so, so good--only made (slightly) yummier by a pour of maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar.   Best of all, they were a breeze to whip up.  

So if you're looking to make your mornings, afternoons, or evenings, more delicious, you'll want these pancakes in your repertoire.  

Happy Eating!

Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes
Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart (My only tweak was adding a splash of vanilla extract.)

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt 
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 
Pinch of ground cloves
1 cup milk 
6 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree 
2 tablespoons melted butter 
Splash of vanilla extract
1 egg 

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt together in a bowl.  In a separate bowl, stir together the milk, puree, butter, extract and egg.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk together until just combined (don't overmix) to form the batter.  

Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet or griddle.  Measure 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake and cook on each side for about 1-2 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taste of Atlanta: My Weekend Indulgence

As weekends seem to go, this last one went by with the usual speed of a shooting bullet.  But before it was only a memory, I managed to drink it in with gusto.  Saturday felt good as I made my way through my "to-do" list in Type A style.  Then came Sunday.  

With the gorgeous Fall weather as my backdrop, and a world of deliciousness ahead of me, I embarked upon an afternoon of food, fun, and exploration at the annual Taste of Atlanta Festival.  The highly regarded festival spanned three days, more than 90 restaurants, and an abundance of culinary action, all while presenting tastes from every corner of Atlanta.  It was the place to be for a relaxed, yet exciting, time of leisure, with an ever-present eye on what delicacy awaited next--a welcomed reminder of why I love attending.

With an equally eager friend in tow, I arrived ready to indulge and began my "mini food crawl" from post to post almost immediately.  From my first bites of fried oysters and beignets to my final bites of ice cream (no surprise there) and fried apple pie, with a bounty of good eats in between, I conquered my mission and left satisfied.  See more of the food highlights below:

Settled into the leisurely pace of the afternoon, it was about as chill as a Sunday afternoon stroll, laced with the anticipation of "what will I discover and eat next?"  The ying-yang of it all made for one of the best weekend indulgences I've had in a while and left me proud of all the unique and scrumptious tastes of Atlanta.  It's fair to say that I'm already looking ahead to when I get to do it all over again, and based on the smiles and pulse of the day's crowd, I'm not the only one.

Happy Eating!