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May 2012

Nashville Weekend

Recently, I enjoyed one heckuva great girls' weekend in Nashville.  I visited my lifelong friend, Cheryl, who is a superwoman in the kitchen.  By the end of the weekend, I think we had shopped at eight different grocery stores.

Cheryl picked me up at the airport and greeted me with a cherry limeade from Sonic.  She knows me so well.  As I sipped my tasty treat, we drove the half hour back to her house, making a stop at a local BBQ shack (seriously, it's a shack) for our takeout dinner:  massive amounts of pulled pork, potato salad and slaw for her husband and stepson, and two bbq chicken and pork baked potatoes for me and Cheryl.

With our potatoes, we chose a white bbq sauce.  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  It's super bad for you, but oh so good.


The next day we went to an amped up version of Whole Foods Market.  Cheryl shops there occasionally and passes by the little grill they have to serve lunch to shoppers.  It's a cute, u-shaped bar with a small menu of soup, salad, and sandwiches.  Whenever Cheryl shops there, she's in a hurry and by herself so she never stops for a snack.

For lunch, I had one of the best veggie burgers ever and Cheryl had this tasty spinach salad with a tiny bit of bacon, tomatoes, cashews, avocado and a citrus ginger dressing.  Delicious.


Coconut Friands

I discovered these little cakes for the first time in April for French Fridays with Dorie, the online cooking club that makes one recipe a week from Dorie Greenspan's fantastic Around My French Table cookbook.

In France, these cakes (often mistaken for pastry) are called financiers.  They are traditionally rectangular and are similar to a teacake or sponge cake.  The cakes go by the name of friands in Australia and New Zealand and have additional flavoring, such as the coconut in this particular recipe.

I became an instant fan of these sweet little cakes!