easy side: baked cheese grits

It’s quail season! Down in here in Statesboro, that means bird suppers: quail, grits and coleslaw or greens. I can’t take responsibility for roasting the quail, but I can handle making a side dish. This recipe for Baked Cheese Grits is so old that I can’t remember where I got it – I wrote it on an index card and stuck it in my recipe binder (how’s that for analog?) probably ten years ago. I always get compliments on this. The grits keep their creamy consistency and don’t turn into hardened grits cakes. Best part? You can make this ahead of time, which I do for Christmas morning brunch.

Baked Cheese Grits
photo courtesy of kraft

Baked Cheese Grits

What You Need

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  • 2 cups quick grits, uncooked
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

What You Do

  • Spray 3-quart casserole dish liberally with cooking spray.
  • Prepare the 2 cups grits according to package directions. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix in 3 cups of cheddar cheese, the beaten eggs and cayenne pepper. *I do this right in the grits pot!
  • Pour into greased casserole dish. *Can be covered in foil and left overnight at this point. Just take out of the fridge an hour before you plan to cook it.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with additional cup of grated cheese.
  • Bake 15 minutes more, until grits are bubbling hot. Remove from oven and cool for five minutes before serving.

PS – No matter how many recipes I pin on Pinterest,  I always look to my recipe binder when I’m serious about cooking. Joe gave me this Williams Sonoma Entertaining Journal when we first got married, and over the years I have filled it with recipes torn from magazines, recipes printed out from Pinterest (yes, I know that defeats the purpose) and recipes handwritten from my mom on little recipe cards. I know there are a ton of apps to find new recipes and organize existing recipes…but I’m a paper person and don’t think I’ll ever give up doing it the old-fashioned way.

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easy app: tuna tapenade on crostini

Well, HEY. It’s been a while! Between work, the holidays, babies, *planning* for babies and bingeing on a certain Netflix show, we just haven’t had any free time.

Speaking of free time, this Tuna Tapenade appetizer by Barefoot Contessa comes together quickly and easily, and we bet you have most of these ingredients in your pantry already.  Perfect for unexpected company. Or go ahead and eat the whole batch yourself. That may or may not be what happened when we made it.

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We were a little hesitant to try this, since we’re not big fans of tuna salad. But this spread is chock full of Kalamata olives, capers and garlic (three of our favorite things)…plus LOTS of lemon juice. Just trust us! Recipe here.

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going golden 🌟

If you’re like us, you LIVE for the red carpet coverage of the awards shows.  What/who is everyone WEARING!?

Last night was a dream. Here are a few of our favorite looks from the 2016 Golden Globe Awards:

Olivia Palermo- We live for pretty much everything she wears and this Delpozo gown was no exception. Also, pockets.

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Malin Akerman- Totally obsessed with this peplum/lace frock by Reem Acra. So flattering and the sleek do compliments perfectly.

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Zendaya- We’re not shedding any tears over these tiers… She nailed it in this crimson Marchesa number.

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Alicia Vikander- Killed it in Louis Vuitton. Sweet, sexy and beyond gorgeous.

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Brie Larson- And now for the dress that looks like the Golden Globe Award she took home and in the best way… this Calvin Klein showstopper.

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Who wore your favorite looks of the night!?

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oh baby.

SURPRISE! J + Jay are expecting a baby this coming May and could NOT be more excited! A little look into their gender reveal last month:

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you’re invited via paperless post.
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had to have these giant balloons from shop sweet lulu! jay was a trooper getting transporting them. #largeandincharge
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cake stand for THE cake was a wedding gift from L’s sweet mom, Jan. paper goods | shop sweet lulu + toot sweet. additional serving pieces | pottery barn.
girlfriends ready to see if baby b is a he or a she!
girlfriends ready to see if baby b is a he or a she!
YOU do the honors, Jay.
YOU do the honors, Jay. (With the Kate Spade cake servers from our wedding)
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it’s a BOY!
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precious cake topper by Clover & Bloom Co and delicious cake from Henri’s Bakery.
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James Murray Baker V will join us in May! J sweater | blouse | jeans | shoes
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brunch bunch.

J: Jay and I are lucky to have one of the best brunch spots in ATL right across the street from our home… Buttermilk Kitchen! We trotted over recently for a little french toast and chilaquiles you have to see to believe:

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Chilaquilles = sour cream, salsa verde, tortilla chips, epazole + scrambled eggs. A fiesta in your mouth! 💃
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A closeup of the most delicious french toast we’ve ever had.
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Nothing could keep this guy from brunch… #wipeout
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this is big.

Happy Cyber Monday! We know you’re scouring the interweb for the best deals of the day, but never fear… we’ve compiled a list for you.

1.Sole + Dish | Up to 20% off with code CYBER2015. Time to stock up on denim and scoop the fur vest you’ve been eyeing!

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7 for all mankind | ginger flare
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faux fur vest

2. ASOS | 30% off everything with code BLESSED. Stock up on their ADORABLE (and reasonably priced) shoes.

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carrie bradshaw would totally approve.
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hello, perfection.

3. H&M | 20% off $25 code 2020 | 30% off $50 code 3030 + Free Shipping!

HM Plaid
mad for plaid.

 

comfy cozy.
comfy cozy.

4. Tory Burch | 30% off your $250 purchase + FREE shipping and returns with code THANKS. Now is the time to buy the boots and bag you’ve been eyeing…

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these boots are literally 50% with all promotions. sold.
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this wrap bracelet is everything. also available in ROSE GOLD.

5.  J.Crew Factory | 50% off + an additional 15% AND free shipping (whoa) with code TODAYONLY. Seriously, everything on their gift guide is adorable. A few of our fave stocking stuffers:

Festive Flask. $13 shipped

Metallic Jewelry Tray. $6 shipped…

Stay tuned to @glitter_blog_xo on twitter as we announce other sales throughout the day! Let’s get shopping, people!

 

 

 

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give thanks.

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Happy thanksgiving! 2015 has been an especially wonderful year for us. We celebrated Jennifer and Jay’s marriage in April, we welcomed Baby Ed in September… and there have been countless other small victories and miracles in between. And of course we are thankful for all you who read this blog! We are truly blessed beyond measure. We hope you all have a relaxing day with family or friends (or maybe both!), with plenty of time to reflect on your own blessings as well. xo

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bacon-y brussels sprouts.

From L:

You know how adult children are always assigned something non-essential at family Thanksgiving, like an appetizer or “the salad”? Well, I’ve graduated from the salad to…side vegetable!

I’m actually really excited because I lovvve sides at Thanksgiving. Turkey isn’t my thing, so I always load up on veggies. Behold, my vegetable contribution this year: Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts. Bonus: this recipe is SUPER SIMPLE and easy – the perfect thing to whip up for that last-minute Friendsgiving celebration tonight.

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Bacon-y Brussels Sprouts

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 lbs baby brussels sprouts, washed and trimmed (halved if very large)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces diced bacon (3 – 4 slices)
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallots (about 2)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • chopped fresh parsley, if desired

What You Do:

  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until lightly browned, tossing often.
  • Add the bacon and saute for ten more minutes, or until well browned.
  • Reduce the heat and add the shallots and the garlic. Saute for two more minutes.
  • Increase the heat to high and slowly add the chicken broth, a little at a time. Cook for ten more minutes or until the sprouts are tender, tossing often.
  • Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
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bacon, shallots and garlic make everything better.

NOTE: This recipe is adapted from Par 3: Tea Time at the Masters (a Glitter Life favorite). The original recipe called for the addition of balsamic vinegar and fresh bread crumbs at the end. We don’t think you need either one…the brussels sprouts are SO GOOD on their own that we didn’t want to mask their flavor or beautiful color. But if you’re new to brussels sprouts (or you think your family will be weirded out by them), you may want to experiment by adding one or both of those ingredients to this recipe. Honestly, if you get fresh Brussels sprouts you can’t go wrong!

 

 

 

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doing good.

J: Last month Jay and I joined Chick Fil A + Feeding Children Everywhere at City of Refuge in Atlanta to package over 54,000 meals for families in need. No better feeling than giving back on a Saturday morning!

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ready to get to work!
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we had around 100 volunteers who divided into 10 at each station.
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our assembly line. I was the funneler…
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Jay on lentil duty.

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some of the meals packed and ready to go!
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and then we lunched.
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