Blackberry+Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

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So good!

Cheesecake. Yummy cheesecake. I don’t really have many words for this cheesecake. It really left me speechless. The ingredients in this recipe are simple. Toasted coconut- graham cracker crust, creamy vanilla bean speckled filling, macerated blackberries, lime, mint, ginger- every single part of this cheesecake recipe is delicious alone, and then I went and paired them all together and BAM. Here we are.

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Americana Inspired Eats

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Boston showing love.

Here at CWDD, we love all things American flag: running shorts, tank tops, the flag itself, and of course recipes that involve making delicious foods that look like the American flag.

Liz and I both spend a lot of our free time researching recipes, maybe too much time. We love a good challenging recipe that is also very eye-catching. The recipes that we have tried below hit both of those marks right on target.

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Goat Cheese Quiche+Hash Brown Crust

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Delicious.

Well, here we are again, it’s Monday people! For all my fellow foodies, I am sure you have seen this Meatless Monday trend that’s been flying around. I never put too much thought in it because 75% of the time I lean towards vegetarian recipes. Unless, someone wants to come cook for me and then I will gladly eat whatever they make, I am no picky eater that’s for sure.

Now this recipe I have had my eye on for some time now. I found it on Pinterest, and it’s from one of my favorite chefs, Martha Stewart. I don’t care what that lady did to put herself in jail, but she can COOK. I love watching her cooking shows on PBS. The woman has talent and her recipes are always awesome (albeit normally dairy filled so there is usually some tweaks).

So let’s get started on this super easy quiche recipe.

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BBQ Shrimp+Grits

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Holy Shrimp+Grits.

Hellooooo! I feel like it has been forever since my last post. Life has been, for lack of a better word, BUSY. Cooking is one thing I never stop doing, no matter how busy I get. So, don’t worry I have a lot of recipes saved up for y’all.

So, for anyone who knows me knows that I have a deep, deep love for Shrimp+Grits. I will take them any way I can get them. I especially love trying new flavor combinations. To be honest, I don’t even think I have ever had bad Shrimp+Grits. I don’t even think such a thing exists. Bad Shrimp+Grits?? Blasphemy.

This recipe for Shrimp+Grits came from multiple places. I follow several, okay, A LOT of local magazines and restaurants on instagram and twitter. One day, one of them posted a picture of BBQ Shrimp and because of my obsession I automatically added +Grits to the end, and here we are.

I was lucky enough to be able to test this recipe out on my fantastic friends Daniel+Ashley, and judging by their reactions and empty bowls I think we have a winner!

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Champagne Wishes: Cast Iron Skillet

Okay you guys, I had the pleasure of cooking with a cast iron skillet this weekend. I’m OBSESSED. It performed way better than any other pan I have ever used. The way it retains heat and flavor. Again, I am obsessed.

So it all started Sunday afternoon, I was over at my friends house when we started talking about food (I mean, what else do I talk about?). I started telling them about my new Shrimp & Grits recipe that I was going to test later on in the week and long story short, I ended up making them that day. I was extremely pleased with the recipe, and from what I am told, they were as well. But the best part was that they owned a cast iron skillet. We used the cast iron skillet to cook the bacon and the shrimp, and it was just fantastic.

I mean come on, look at this shrimp.

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SO. GOOD.

So now I am on a mission to have my very own cast iron skillet. Now the question becomes, do I purchase a new one and mold it to the way I cook with all the spices and fats and flavor?? Or do I look for an antique one??

Thoughts, ideas or general comments on cast iron skillets welcome!!

-Amanda

Pancake Stack-ups

WOW! That is all we can say after this first week of blogging. We cannot put into words how wonderful y’all are and how truly grateful we are for all the amazing feedback. Please let us know if you make a recipe, we want to see your pics! So, use #CWDD on Instagram or Twitter so we can see them. You can even email us (champagnewishesdishes@gmail.com) with your pics, ideas, etc. We can’t wait to see them!

Now onto why you are really here, you want a recipe to try this weekend.

In our opinion, weekends are for brunching. Whether that means going out or spending time making brunch at home, we are all for it. Pancakes are amazing but what really makes them an impressive brunch dish is when you add something fancy to them. Continue reading

Zucchini Ribbon Salad

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What happens when you mix hot weather, hunger, and a Monday? This super easy salad recipe.

Cooking is kind of therapy for me. I love it even after a long day, but there are some days when I want a fast & easy recipe. This salad was taken from Pinterest as most of you probably recognized (original recipeĀ here), but I placed my own little spin on it. This recipe is perfect for your veggies in the fridge that you are looking for something to do with.

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Sesame Tuna Steaks+Wasabi Aioli

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Well guys, here we go. My first blog post.

So, as much as I hate to admit this, this recipe was totally inspired by Steak n’ Shake (you stop judging). I recently went to visit my grandparents in Florida, and while driving such a long distance I decided to reward myself with delicious fast food. This time it happened to be theĀ California Steak burger. Then while I am eating and driving (totally unsafe, I know), I have a recipe epiphany, and this recipe is it.

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