One of the goals I’m setting for myself in 2024 is to try more new recipes.
That goal was inspired, in a large part, by our recent trip to North Carolina and Tennessee.
When we were in Asheville, NC, we happened upon a restaurant called Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
After the server takes your order, they return with one of the most wonderful things ever – warm croissants smothered in sweet honey butter.
Oh, my gracious! They were divine!
When we were in Knoxville, we happened across another Cheddar’s restaurant, but the croissants were cold, overcooked, and barely had any honey butter on them. They were just sad, at least when compared to the scrumptious croissants we had in Asheville.
So, I have decided one of the things I’m going to learn to make this year are croissants (and the honey butter that smothers them!).
It was also on our trip we experienced southern biscuits.
My grandma and mama were both good cooks, but the only biscuits I remember them making were kind more of the hockey puck variety, bearing the very strong flavor of baking powder. I will state that I LOVE big, fluffy, tender, dripping with butter biscuits.
The best biscuits we had on the trip were at Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge. They were amazing.
I enjoyed every delicious bite. And I am determined to find a recipe for fluffy Southern biscuits to recreate them at home.
The other thing that tickled my tastebuds were the green beans. Such a crazy thing, I know. But we don’t have the flat Italian green beans in our neck of the woods.
The first evening we ate at Cheddar’s, I ordered green beans as a side. They weren’t just any green beans – they tasted exactly like my Granny’s green beans. A taste I haven’t enjoyed in thirty+ years. The first bite of them, I stopped, fork in hand, looked at CC across the table, and said, “these are just like Granny’s beans!” Then I shared one little bite with him before happily eating the rest of them. I ordered green beans at several restaurants, and each time it was the flat Italian beans. The taste of them varied, not tasting just like Granny’s, but still good.
I’m hoping to find a recipe to make them just like Granny used to. First, I need to find (or perhaps I shall have to plant in the spring) some Italian green beans.
Sometimes, when it is late at night, and I can’t sleep because my head is spinning with book and character ideas, I force myself to think of something else. And often, that something else is dreaming up new dessert recipes. I’ve been mulling over ideas for a big can of sweet cherries I have in my pantry, trying to think of something that would be decadent for Valentine’s Day.
As I said, my goal is to try out (unearth – or create) some new recipes this year.
If you have recipes for croissants, biscuits, green beans, or a cherry dessert (or anything awesome you want to share), please feel free to post in the comments.
What is one goal you are working on this year?