BROWN SUGAR BOURBON MEATLOAF

Hi babes! The Brown Sugar Bourbon Meatloaf one of my ALL TIME favorite recipes. When I first tried this, I made it three times in one week – which in hindsight was probably not that healthy for me. Now it has become an inexpensive, quick and easy dinner that I can whip up on my busier days. Most of these ingredients you will already find in your kitchen, so getting the meat & brown sugar is the important part. I hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 12cup brown sugar, packed
  • 12cup ketchup
  • 12lbs lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 34cup milk
  • 2eggs
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire
  • 1teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1small onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3cup (italian) breadcrumbs 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Lightly grease a 5×9 inch loaf pan.
  • Press the brown sugar in the bottom of the prepared loaf pan and spread the ketchup over the sugar.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf.
  • Place on top of the ketchup.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until juices are clear.
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 3 minutes, empty out most of the juice.
  • Take the rest of the ketchup and layer it over the top as desired. (Optional)

I hope you enjoy! Drop me a comment on what your hungry for next!

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CRAB STUFFED SALMON + BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS

A lot of you reached out to me this week wanting the recipe for my  Crab Stuffed Salmon + Bacon Wrapped Scallops. It was a Monday night and after 6 weeks of dieting I decided to treat myself to some drool worthy eats -and I may have gone a little overboard- but it was SO worth it. My Stuffed Salmon & Wrapped Scallops are a delicious way to turn an ordinary night into a special occasion and can also be great for entertaining guests! Continue reading “CRAB STUFFED SALMON + BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS”

TACOS + TEQUILA

BARTACO


(AlSO COMING SOON TO NORTH HILLS!)

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Hey everyone! Last week we ventured out to Chapel Hill to celebrate a birthday with family and friends. Our lunch pick was the notorious BARTACO, and trust me it definitely lived up to the hype. Recommended by a close friend, BARTACO is the ideal spot for any taco & tequila lovers. Bartaco is inspired by the beach culture of Brazil, Uruguay and Southern California. They are an upscale street food restaurant with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. As previous bartenders ourselves, we appreciated the freshly-squeezed juices, specialty handmade cocktails and beer they had to offer.

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With white-washed interiors, hanging woven basket light fixtures, and rustic framed photos lining the wall, it instantly becomes a pinterest worthy backdrop! Their outdoor dining is perfect for those warm spring and summer days with plenty of cozy blankets to snuggle up in on those cooler afternoons!  Here are some pictures from our visit last Sunday!

 

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Ben  even knew the amazing head chef Josh Coburn, who came out to greet us and make sure that my nut allergy was properly dealt with!

Now, lets dive into the menu. Their tacos obviously are their specialty (along with the rice bowls). You server will explain to you the ordering process, but to sum it up you order them how you want and as many as you want, and they come out as soon as they are ready one by one or multiple at a time!

 

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I enjoyed their portabello  & questo taco, along with the MUST have Angus Ribeye taco (my favorite). Their selection offered other delicacies like spiced meats and fish including duck, chicken, cod, redfish and pork belly. I recommend ASKING YOUR SERVER ABOUT THE SPICY TACOS. If you’re like me and opt for less spicy foods – you may want to figure out which ones have the most kick! The majority of your options here will be foods  that have a kick to them, so if that’s your preference, this is defiantly the spot for you! Be sure to check out and try their hot sauces (Jalapeno, Roja, and Super Hot Habanero (available for purchase!).

All in all we had one of the best dining experiences you could have at a restaurant. Between our outstanding service and hospitality from the staff we would go back on service alone. However, you can’t beat a Saturday afternoon “chillin out, maxing, relaxing all cool, enjoying some tequila and tacos too.”

 Looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous weekend  in the Carolinas, so go snag a table on their patio at BARTACO in Chapel Hill , or look out for their new location coming soon in North Hill’s!

BARTACO

910.807.8226

                                                               201 s. estes drive, ste. E3
                                                                       Chapel Hill, NC

DRIFTWOOD

Nestled in Lafayette Village of North Raleigh, this southern kitchen showcases down south cooking and hospitality at its finest. About two months ago  Amanda recruited coworkers and friends to help find the perfect dining solution for her and her boyfriends 2 year anniversary. Since her boyfriend is a North Carolina born man, she ideally wanted somewhere that would serve up their best offering of  fried chicken. A friend suggested  Driftwood as a romantic yet casual option. The first trip was a success and now we have been back a handful of times!

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