At The Corner in Little Rock, AR

Oh how my tummy misses the wonderful Christmas is Coming brunch we had at @ the Corner in Little Rock. This wonderful little spot prides itself on being locally grown, made from scratch and seasonally fresh.

We checked them out as we were leaving Little Rock to head back home to Dallas.  We love trying out local spots especially where the person helping you is the business owner.

It was a bit odd when we first walked in as they don’t want you to sit until after you order.  I was worried we wouldn’t find a spot but one opened up quickly just as we finished ordering.

I ordered The Sampler which came with scrambled fresh farm eggs, Arkansas apple-wood smoked bacon, cheese grits, #browns, seasonal fruit and a freshly baked biscuit served with housemade Arkansas honey butter and jam.

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It all was so delicious and I especially liked the fluffy biscuits and the jam….oh my goodness that was good!

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If you are in town you should definitely check them out! You can find them at the corner of Markham & Scott in Downtown Little Rock.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

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Where To Eat When In Memphis: 2 Not-to-be-missed Restaurants

We have a tradition of taking a trip over the Thanksgiving holiday.  This year we chose Memphis and Little Rock as our destination of choice.

Before we left home, I did my typical research for restaurant reviews.  Since we were traveling over a holiday, I called ahead to inquire about the prices, reservations, etc.  I called The Cupboard Restaurant and the kind woman that answered the phone confirmed that they would be open Thanksgiving Day and that they had a meat and three veggie plate for $11.51.  I asked if that was the price for Thanksgiving and she said yes.  I remarked that I expected it to be more since it was Thanksgiving and she said if it was good enough to charge in May then it was good enough to charge in November.  I knew we had to visit.

We arrived and Memphis from Dallas and went straight to the restaurant.  There was a line out the door but everyone coming out was saying it was definitely worth the wait.  They also had someone come out with some warm cornbread muffins to whet our appetite and they were yummy.

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The Cupboard restaurant has been a Memphis tradition for 70+ years.  It has a down home diner feel where you would expect all the locals to hang out.  It is a Memphis’ favorite casual home-cooking eatery. They will not accept reservations, but are always popular, so keep that in mind when planning your day.

I ordered the turkey, stuffing, cucumber and tomato salad, cranberry sauce and macaroni and cheese.  I skipped dessert as we were planning on eating again later but it was all delicious and the wait staff was very friendly.

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If you enjoy down-home cooking and are okay with a no-frills atmosphere then you will love the great food and great prices at The Cupboard.  I would definitely try this again on my next visit to Memphis.  Find out more by visiting their website, The Cupboard Restaurant

The second place we tried on our weekend stay was Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.  We did have two recommendations to go there and one person said, don’t go there if you don’t want to get fat so I’m assuming it must be good.

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But y’all I have a confession. I am not a fan of fried chicken.  GASP!!

I know, I know…

I live in the south so it should just be like a regular staple of my diet, right? I mean in general I do like it but it’s not necessarily my favorite.

But that may have changed….I need to tell you about my recent experience at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. It was A◦M◦A◦Z◦I◦N◦G and you should run (not walk) to Memphis and get you a bite! Their hot and spicy chicken was just the right amount of heat without being overpowering. In fact, it was so good that our daughter and son-in-law went back later that night for MORE chicken and sweet tea!

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Gus’s offers spicy, crispy chicken fried to order in peanut oil.  Served on simple Styrofoam plates with beans, slaw and bread it’s been around since the 1950’s.  It has a “hole in the wall but you know it’s going to be good” vibe about it and it did not disappoint.  I ordered my meal with an extra side of mac and cheese and it was all very good.  We also ordered pecan pie for dessert and they warm it up and serve it with ice cream and it really was delicious.

They do have a location in Ft. Worth that we’ll be trying soon but we definitely recommend trying it out if you are in Memphis.  You can check out their website, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken.

Have you visited either of these restaurants?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Ham and Cheese Quiche

One of our resolutions at the Epps Realty office is to eat-in more and we kicked off that goal today by serving up homemade quiche made by yours truly!  This ham and cheese quiche is super easy to make and can be easily doubled to feed a larger group.

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Here’s what you need:

4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 c diced ham
1 c shredded pepper jack cheese
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
1 deep dish frozen pie crust

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in ham and both cheeses.
  4. Pour pie filling into crust, set on a baking sheet and place in oven for 50-60 minutes or until set.
  5. Serve warm.

The great thing about quiche recipes is that they are so versatile.  You can substitute different cheeses, different meat or meatless, add veggies…the variations are endless!

Let me know if you try this recipe.

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Crock Pot Italian Chicken

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‼️ALERT‼️ Easy crock pot dinner 🍽 recipe coming your way…

We call this dinner “Italian Chicken” 🇮🇹 🐓 and it is so super easy ✨ you will probably wonder why you’ve never tried this before.

You will need:
🔹 boneless, skinless chicken 🐔 breasts
🔹 1 large bottle of Italian dressing
🔹 cooked rice 🍚

🔺Now I use frozen chicken 🐓 and I put that in the crockpot first. I know they say you shouldn’t but that’s what I do. How many you are feeding will determine the amount of chicken you use.
🔺 I then add the large bottle of Italian dressing on top and then cook on low for 4-6 hours. I like to use a lot of dressing so if I’m making a big batch of this I will use more than 1 bottle.
🔺 I then serve it over rice and that’s it. Yes…..I know what you are thinking….that’s it?

Yes….that’s it. That’s all the steps.

And you are probably thinking BUT WAIT!! 😯 There has to be more steps!

There’s not. That’s it. I know….you are welcome. ☺️

I typically don’t serve this with any sides or anything and we use the extra juice (Italian dressing) and spoon that on top of the chicken and rice. So yummy.

Eating healthy…well, healthier…

We are trying to eat healthier around here and this is a pic of a really delicious salad we had not too long ago.  Romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, a bit of pepper jack cheese and one of my favorites….broccoli slaw mixed together.  It was really yummy!  What do you like to add to your salad?

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Do you like cottage cheese?

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Because I am not sure that I do.  I had purchased no fat cottage cheese and despite adding cinnamon and blackberries, I still wasn’t into it.  So we bought regular fat cottage cheese and I added some blueberries this time.  Still not digging it.  I do like pimento cheese, which is a similar consistency so maybe it’s just the way I’m preparing it.  How do you eat cottage cheese?

I’ve also been really obsessed with nectarines. So much so that I hardly even remember to take a pic before I’ve eaten them all up.  And English muffins with peanut butter and bananas.  Really been loving that too.

What have you been eating lately?

Stay awesome!! ~lisa

 

A Visit To 1912 Pike Place

I’ve visited Seattle several times but this time I was making a point to visit 1912 Pike Place.

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Without googling, do you know what this place is?  Can you guess?  I mean if you know me and know what I drink most mornings….was that a big enough hint?

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Yes.  I made a trip to my hot chocolate motherland.  Now I know Starbucks didn’t invent my hot chocolate but it is oh so good there!!

There was a bit of a line to get in but it moved quickly enough.  I got up to the counter and was able to order my venti hot chocolate. 🙂

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I don’t know the girl in the background but I am sure that she enjoyed the whole Starbucks experience too!  haha!!  Have you ever visited the original store?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa