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February 2012 archive

Coconut Curry Soup

Curry and coconut milk are two ingredients ubiquitous in cooking be it in Asia, Africa, South America or whatever continent y’all live on.  Here’s how we made this classic recipe Southern-style. Our rendition of Coconut Curry Soup can be used with pretty much any vegetables. There’s nothing more Southern than using all the goodness nature gave us readily available at any farmer’s market or neighborhood grocery store. Y’all can make this concoction a few different ways and no matter what people will always ask you for the recipe (as long as you don’t overdo it on the curry).

1 package firm tofu
1 red bell pepper (chopped into 1-inch pieces)
1 zucchini (sliced length-wise then chopped in half moons)
1 cup baby carrots (chopped)
1 cup fresh spinach
1-4 green onion stems (chopped fine)
1 can Rotel with the green chilies
1 can of coconut milk
1 or 2 TBSPs red curry paste (1 for mild, 2 for medium)

Get your Crock-Pot. Drain the water from your tofu and cut the block into cubes. Place in your Crock-Pot. Add in all your chopped vegetables then cover the medley with your can of Rotel. Stir it all together then add in your can of coconut milk. Fill one of the empty cans up with water and add to the crock pot. Add in your curry paste and give the mixture a good stir. The curry paste won’t all dissolve at first but it will as your soup cooks.

Y’all can use different fresh herbs (basil or cilantro) for more flavor or if you want it spicy hot add in a chopped jalapeno. You can also add in different seasonings like soy sauce, black pepper, fish sauce or Chinese 5-Spices but it’s fine with just the coconut and curry. (Editor’s Note: in one version we used only red onion, red bell pepper, cilantro and fresh lime juice). Flip your crock pot on high for 90 minutes to 2 hours then switch to low/warm until you’re ready to eat. If you want to make this less soupy just use your coconut milk and drain all the juices from the can of Rotel. This makes up to five servings and reheats well (especially for a weekday lunch).

John Travolta in Atlanta

On Saturday, Feb. 24, around 2:30 to 4 p.m. John Travolta dined at Flip Burger Boutique in Atlanta’s hip Buckhead neighborhood. Mr. Travolta entered the dining room wearing jeans, a dark shirt, black jacket and black baseball cap. At first he was unrecognizable due to the facial hair he was sporting (perhaps for his new movie “Killing Season” he’s filming with Robert DeNiro here in Georgia). His most recognizable feature was his stunning blue eyes. He made eye contact with a group of pretty 20-somethings having a late lunch. But he had his own entourage of ladies also clad in dark clothing. Though it was hard to tell what Mr. Travolta selected for his entree a bottle of SMART Water was brought to the table during the meal.


Photo captured by a fellow diner at Flip Burger Boutique

Perfect Valentine’s Day Take Out

Need a meal plan for this Valentine’s Day? Lovers of Atlanta: have no fear on the most romantic day of the year. Perhaps some of you gentlemen out there waited until the last minute to figure out your date night for Feb. 14. Market Street Cafe in Buckhead has got y’all covered. The restaurant team has crafted a Valentine’s Meal Box complete with salad, entree, sides and dessert, plus a centerpiece candle…all for $49.99! Try beating that price point at a romantic restaurant. Here’s what you get:

  • Mixed Field Greens with Feta Cheese, Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans with a Basil Vinaigrette
  • Choice of 6 oz. Beef Tenderloin with a Red Wine Herb Demiglace or 8 oz. Blackened Cedar Roasted Salmon
  • Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Roasted Parmesan Broccoli
  • Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls with Butter
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Tortes with Fresh Strawberries
  • 1 candle, 1 candle holder and 1 book of matches

There’s even Optional Menu Items such as shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab cakes or even a kids meal! Market Street Cafe will even pre-order a dozen roses so y’all won’t have to brave the chaotic grocery store or pay premium for floral delivery.  Call and pre-order your Valentine’s Meal at 404.816.4911. Let Market Street Cafe do all the work this Valentine’s Day!

Editor’s Note: please let us know if any one picks up this tasty solution of food & love. We’d like to share photos here on Pretty Southern!

Southern Seafood Spread

Need a last minute appetizer? Pretty Southern the perfect solution. Easy and tasty Seafood Tortas. Entertaining requires fuss-free dishes that can be assembled quickly. If you’re looking for something interesting, innovative and irresistible to serve your guests Inland Market Premium Foods has the solution.  Inland Market, long known for trendsetting dishes that complement contemporary lifestyles, just introduced four new Seafood Tortas that are available in stores right now.

The tortas are inspired by traditional Italian-style tortas that are combinations of layered soft cheeses. Choose from the Crab and Artichoke Torta, Provencal Shrimp Torta, Smoked Salmon Torta and Maine Lobster Torta. All four of the expertly prepared tortas are hand-crafted with well-balanced flavors. The tortas are beautiful to incorporate into a buffet of hors d’oeuvres for cocktail parties, to give as a gift or simply serve with crackers or a crusty baguette and a glass of wine. These savory tortas are sure to be the main attraction at your next party.