Something Old, Something New
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 4:40PM
Louise in Food, Recipes

So I mentioned yesterday that we had a dinner party this weekend. We did. It was a first for us - a dinner party with just The Candyman's friends, at least a few of them. The Candyman was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs...and just as jumpy. Our guests were to arrive at 6pm. Since I'm familiar with the throwing of dinner parties, I know not to expect people until 6:15 or 6:30. It's just how people roll these days, like it or not.

So The Candyman is ready to grill. He's got marinating rib eyes and flank steaks. We'd loaded up on the BEST Charlotte discovery thus far, Charleston Seafood.  They don't have a website. They don't have much of anything except a one room building, some picnic tables and some big pots out back. Oh yeah, and fresh seafood! You call them up, or just stop on in, order yourself up a couple pounds of live crabs, fresh shrimp and fresh King Crab Legs (The Candyman thinks their Opilio - I think too much Deadliest Catch). You can take it as is, or they'll steam it for you out back for an extra $2. This place is less than 5 miles FROM. OUR. HOUSE.

This is what we had:

and

and then it looked like this:

Yeah, we killed it. And the boys ate meat. And we grilled some fresh winter veggies with garlic and olive oil and a little BACON. What? Bacon is good for you. So good in fact, that it leads me to best part of this post:

PEANUT BUTTER BACON COOKIES

Yes, you read correctly. I did so make them. And they were really, really, REALLY good. And because I think THE WORLD needs more peanut butter bacon cookies, I'm sharing it here, with you. It comes from Shutterbean. Really loving her blog. Go there for the pretty recipe pictures. Then you can come back and compare them to mine. They are NOT that far off and this was my first go 'round with the recipe. It doesn't help that I was baking  a pie at the same time. More on that in a sec.

(Recipe via Shutterbean via  JoytheBaker who adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook)

In a skillet over medium high heat, fry up bacon until cooked through and let cool on paper towels until cool enough to dice. Dice up and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment & set aside. In a mixer combine peanut butter and sugars until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add egg and baking soda and mix for another 2 minutes. Fold in cooked bacon. Roll into large walnut sized balls and create a criss-cross pattern with a fork. If you’d like, roll the dough balls in granulated sugar before making the criss-cross pattern. Bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool on a baking sheet for five minutes, then transfer to… your mouth.

For the record, I did not have parchment paper, I just sprayed a cookie sheet with a bunch of Pam and it worked out fine. I also used un-natural peanut butter. And not even name brand un-natural peanut butter at that *gasp*! And did I mention they were good? And gone? This is my Something New. A new recipe for a new town and new people. Success!

And because I love you and want your friends and family to love you, I am going to share my Something Old recipe. This recipe came from the back of a bag of Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips a long time ago. It is sweet. Make sure you serve it with quality vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. I feel like I've made this pie 800 times if I've made it once. It never disappoints. Even if it doesn't cook right (sometimes it can be a little on the runny side if you don't mix it well enough), it still tastes superb. This pie didn't stand a chance Saturday night. Gone. Almost instantly. I had to fight my way in to my own dang pie! 

All the goodies about to be baked!

Golden chocolate yumminess.

Chocolate Pecan Pie
Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the eggs and add in corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Fold in pecans and chocolate chips. Place your pie shell on a cookie sheet (the insides might bubble over) and pour in pie filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Let set 10-20 minutes before serving.

 

Seriously, people will want to be your friend just for this pie. So there's my Something Old. I introduced an oldie but a goodie to a few new friends in Charlotte. 

And no, this isn't becoming a decor/food blog, but you know, it is the damn holidays. What else do people do besides eat, decorate and shop? Exactly my point. Hope you have time to enjoy the recipes above. They really are quite tasty. Do you have a favorite? Then share it!

 

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