Sunday, July 15, 2012
I just got back from Savannah, GA and let me tell you something-- those people know how to eat. The food there is out of control. I seriously gorged myself on Southern food and drink for about 48 hours straight. We traveled with our good friends and had a fantastic time-- we stayed at a famously haunted inn, and I managed to scare the mess out of myself the first day, before we even walked into our room. The story is that a broken-hearted girl threw herself out of an upstairs window and now haunts room 204, moving things around and generally being ghost-y. So Joe and I end up in room 203-- literally right next door to the ghost room. Wonderful. So we climb the little stairs, turn the corner to our room, and that's when I see it. There is SOMETHING IN THE WINDOW in the hallway. I shriek and drop my bags and that's when I realize...it's a mannequin. A really bad mannequin in a bad wedding dress and a worse wig, draped in the curtains. That's what I am running from. At this point Joe is laughing so hard that he can't unlock the door-- it was ridiculous. Luckily, that's most supernatural experience that we had this weekend (although there were mysteriously falling cell phones in our friends' room)-- we devoted the rest of our time there to eating our way through Savannah.
Savannah is amazingly hospitable and full of wonderful places to eat and drink-- we have a new favorite from this trip, though. It's called The Olde Pink House and it's literally some of the best southern food I've ever had. And I grew up in Jacksonville and I have eaten my fair share of Southern cooking, so that's pretty high praise. Anyway, that's our recommendation for food if you ever find yourself out that way. :) I also made my traveling companions stop and sample cupcakes at the bakeries-- I really had to twist their arms (ha ha). There were some good ones, but husband and friends kept talking about these Mudslide cupcakes that I made right around the 4th of July. I also promised some family that I would post the recipe for these, so now that I'm home, I finally have a minute to do it. So here they are-- enjoy!
Makes about 22 cupcakes
(Recipe from Annie's Eats)
9 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup strong coffee
1/2 cup milk (either whole or 2%)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the cocoa powder, cake flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, blend the butter and sugar on medium-high speed, until fluffy (about 4-5 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time-- scrape the bowl after you add each egg. Combine the coffee and milk in a liquid measuring cup.