Welcome to another week of That’s Fresh Friday! We’re so happy that you’re hanging with us and sharing your fabulous posts!

Before we get into the link-up, could we talk about how it’s already August?! Where in the world has this year gone, y’all? It’s been an awesome summer, but it’s been a quieter one over here than I would like. However, I plan on getting back on my blogging game as the fall rolls in, and let me tell y’all, I absolutely cannot wait for some crisp, cool autumn weather. Too bad won’t be until October for us to feel that here in Texas… but a girl can dream, right?

So, with that said, let’s get ready to party!

If this is your first time with us and don’t know what That’s Fresh Friday is, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies. You can come and share all of the “freshest” posts from your blog and meet some new friends through the event. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about our party.

First, let’s meet the girls who let us hang with them every week:

That's Fresh Friday Hosts and Co-Hosts // The Speckled Palate

Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Southern Girl Blog Community :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Chene @ Prototype Mama :: Facebook :: Bloglovin’ :: Pinterest

Co-Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Kathryn @ Up To Date Interiors :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest

Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram

Erin @ The Speckled Palate :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Candyce @ The Sewcialite :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Michelle @ Diva With A Purpose :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Check out my favorites from last week:

It should come as no surprise that I’m highlighting some screen-licking beautiful recipes, right? Because that’s how I roll…

Berry Salad with Sugared Almonds from My Anything and Everything // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Berry Salad with Sugared Almonds from My Anything and Everything

S'more Brownies from Something Sweet // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

S’more Brownies from Something Sweet

Crunchy Baked Onion Rings from Life with Garnish // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Crunchy Baked Onion Rings from Life with Garnish

Broccoli-Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms with Dijon-Cheddar Sauce from Erica's Recipes// That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Broccoli-Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms with Dijon-Cheddar Sauce from Erica’s Recipes

Be sure to check out what my other co-hosts are digging from last week’s party. All of our features have been pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest: Go check them out here.

The Rules:

Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties.

Follow ALL Hosts & Co-hosts via one of the methods listed above.

Visit at least two links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find a new bloggy friend!

Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (sidebar or post) or link back.

That's Fresh Friday LOGO // The Speckled Palate

(Find code HERE.)

Link up as many posts as you like. (Please link directly to your post!)

Spread the word about the freshest Friday link-up via Twitter, Facebook, etc.!

The more, the merrier. And be sure to use the hashtag ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬ to spread the word!

Every week when the link-up goes LIVE, Chene (one of our lovely hosts) sends out a ‘heads up’ email to our That’s Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added, click here.

Now it’s time to PARTY! We can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to!


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Welcome to another week of That’s Fresh Friday! We’re so happy that you’re hanging with us and sharing your fabulous posts!

If this is your first time with us and don’t know what That’s Fresh Friday is, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies. You can come and share all of the “freshest” posts from your blog and meet some new friends through the event. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about our party.

First, let’s meet the girls who let us hang with them every week:

That's Fresh Friday Hosts and Co-Hosts // The Speckled Palate

Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Southern Girl Blog Community :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Chene @ Prototype Mama :: Facebook :: Bloglovin’ :: Pinterest

Co-Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Kathryn @ Up To Date Interiors :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest

Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram

Erin @ The Speckled Palate :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Candyce @ The Sewcialite :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Michelle @ Diva With A Purpose :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Check out my favorites from last week:

It should come as no surprise that I’m highlighting some screen-licking beautiful recipes, right? Because that’s how I roll…

Strawberry Loaf with Lemon Glaze from La Cuisine d'Helene // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Strawberry Loaf with Lemon Glaze from La Cuisine d’Helene

Blackberry Lemonade Popsicles from Home. Made. Interest // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Blackberry Lemonade Popsicles from Home. Made. Interest

Blueberry Peach Chicken from Latte Everyday // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Blueberry Peach Chicken from Latte Everyday

Lemon Pudding Cupcakes with Strawberry Lemon Frosting from Life with Garnish // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Lemon Pudding Cupcakes with Strawberry Lemon Frosting from Life with Garnish

Be sure to check out what my other co-hosts are digging from last week’s party. All of our features have been pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest: Go check them out here.

The Rules:

Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties.

Follow ALL Hosts & Co-hosts via one of the methods listed above.

Visit at least two links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find a new bloggy friend!

Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (sidebar or post) or link back.

That's Fresh Friday LOGO // The Speckled Palate

(Find code HERE.)

Link up as many posts as you like. (Please link directly to your post!)

Spread the word about the freshest Friday link-up via Twitter, Facebook, etc.!

The more, the merrier. And be sure to use the hashtag ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬ to spread the word!

Every week when the link-up goes LIVE, Chene (one of our lovely hosts) sends out a ‘heads up’ email to our That’s Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added, click here.

Now it’s time to PARTY! We can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to!


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The Liebster Award

by Erin on July 28, 2014

in personal, the details

The Liebster Award // The Speckled Palate

So. I recently received an award recently, and I wanted to share it with y’all this morning, as I’ve now received it MULTIPLE times now, and I clearly need to get my act together.

Kendra from Fashion Stylings by Kendra, Kathy from Up to Date Interiors AND Rachel from The Country Contessa tapped me for the Liebster Award!

Thanks so much for this honor, ladies! And apologies on being so slow to get this posted… but late is better than never. Right? Right.

If you’re unfamiliar with this blogger award, here’s what you need to know…

For the Liebster Award, you need to:

  • Mention the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers. (I’m using Bloglovin as my metric here.)
  • Create a new set of 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

The Liebster Award is a great way to connect your readers with other bloggers you read and love, and I’m so excited to have received this!

Without further ado, here are the facts about me.

11 facts about me:

(1) I could probably eat Veggie Fried Barley weekly, if not daily. So incredibly delicious.

(2) When I laugh really hard, I sometimes snort. I’ve noticed some people find this endearing while it completely freaks others out. So if you find this endearing? Let’s be friends.

(3) I have one sister, and she is the best. Our extended daily text message conversations and phone calls have gotten me through so many sticky situations and several boring days.

(4) One day, I aspire to write a novel.

(5) And maybe a cookbook, too.

(6) I really enjoy a good whiskey. (21-year-old me would be cringing if she read this sentence, y’all.) 

(7) Pop Culture Happy Hour and NPR’s All Songs Considered are my two favorite podcasts. I particularly love how both recommend new pop culture to check out, whether it’s a song, album, book or TV show and how more often than not, I find several new things I adore.

(8) Along the same lines, I have eight — yes, eight – books on my nightstand from the library. And I am determined to read them all before they’re due back. (2014 yearly goal on books? I’ve already surpassed you by A LOT, and it’s only July! Huzzah.)

(9) This food blog is solely responsible for one of my current freelance jobs, and I consider that quite cool.

(10) As a freelancer, I work from home unless I’m on assignment elsewhere. Because of this, my dog knows all the secrets (which are not secrets at all) about my work, as I like to talk throughout the day. She also knows of my penchant for singing at the top of my lungs while I complete certain tasks. Sadly, she’s never impressed.

(11) If I’m not in the mood to cook, I generally want to eat Thai or Chinese food. So random, but oh-so-delicious.

 

And now, get comfy, grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s get down to the questions I was asked…

Kendra’s 11 questions answered:

(1) What is your favorite clothing store in the whole wide world?
Honestly? Either Anthropologie or J. Crew. I don’t shop a lot, but I love everything from both of those stores.

(2) Would you rather wear all black or a pop of color?
A pop of color. Always.

(3) If you could only wear one or the other, which would you choose? A purse or watch and jewelry?
A watch and jewelry, simply because those can add such fun brightness and texture to an outfit.

(4) Favorite celebrity?
Jennifer Lawrence. She’s pretty fantastic.

(5) Boots or sneakers?
Boots for wearing in the world, sneakers for running.

(6) For a gift, would you rather be given flowers or chocolate?
Is it greedy if I ask for both? Because while I absolutely adore chocolate, flowers are lovely to have around the house… and they tend to last a lot longer than chocolates…

(7) Favorite clothing trend of 2013?
As someone who is absolutely not trendy, I’ve got nothing on this…

(8) You can only wear one item of make up on your face for a day, which do you choose?
Mascara.

(9) The Notebook or A Walk to Remember?
Neither? … I mean, if I had to choose, I suppose I would pick The Notebook. But be forewarned: I’ll cry about it, and that won’t be pretty.

(10) Favorite brand of make up?
I feel like the worst girl ever because I don’t really have a favorite brand. I have various products from various brands and like them all.

(11) Chevron print top or Chambray top?
Chambray top, por favor.

 

Kathy’s 11 questions answered:

(1) What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Sadly, I check my e-mail. In an ideal world, I’d like to climb out of bed, chat with my husband over a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast, then get started with my day. Unfortunately, I do not live in said ideal world, and I am not an early riser. In fact, it basically takes an act of Congress to get me out of bed at a decent hour these days.

(2) Do you have any quirky talents?
My elbows are double-jointed, so I can extend my arms in strange ways. Somehow, I don’t think this is a talent.

(3) What inspired you to start a blog?
I started blogging anonymously when I was in college, and the idea behind that blog was simply sharing the ridiculous things that happened to me. Because at the time, all kinds of crazy stuff was occurring in my life, and I wanted documentation of it all. When I decided to shift away from that blog and start a food blog years later, I had shared a few recipes at the anonymous blog, and they went over well. Since I loved to cook, I wanted to share what I was making, and it snowballed. 

(4) What is your favorite hobby (outside of blogging)?
Does running count? Because I think that’s what I do the most of in my time outside of blogging. If not running, then definitely reading, because I’ve been doing a ton of that, too.

(5) Do you have any pets?
Yes! Sweet Lucy Belle, my Border Collie mix pound puppy. She’s fabulous… and this blog is named after her. (Check it out on the FAQ page if you don’t know the story!)

(6) How many places have you lived?
Lots and lots of places. If we’re talking physical homes, 17 so far in my 29 years. (Thanks, college.) If we’re talking cities, five.

(7) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Happy, healthy and with a few babies. I hope I still enjoy cooking and baking and trying new things in life, too!

(8) If you could have any car, what would it be?
My answer is boring: A Porsche Cayenne or any Volvo SUV. It’s also incredibly expensive, sooooooooo this dream won’t be happening just yet (or ever?)…

(9) What is your favorite meal?
If I’m looking for homemade comfort food, my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs. A pulled pork BBQ sandwich from Corky’s or the Commisary in Memphis if I’m looking for BBQ comfort food. (Because homemade comfort food and BBQ comfort food are different and are equally delicious.)

(10) Make up or all natural?
A combination? I hardly ever wear makeup, and when I do, it’s incredibly natural-looking.

(11) What is your favorite color combination?
As an LSU grad, I’ve gotta say purple and gold.

 

Rachel’s 11 questions answered:

(1) What’s the most difficult dish you’ve ever made?
I was really intimidated when I made homemade pasta for the first time. Was it actually a challenge? No. But was I terrified I was going to mess it up? Absolutely. Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the ones that strike fear in my heart because I know the simplicity translates to oh-so-good, and I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. (This is the same reason it took me nearly 5 years to perfect my grandmother’s pie crust. FIVE YEARS, y’all.)

(2) What’s the hardest part about blogging?
Creating a schedule and STICKING to it! I’m trying to get better this year at this, but it’s tough. Strangely enough, I have no problem in my professional life following a calendar right down to the minute, but in my personal life? Ha.

(3) What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked by a reader?
Oh, goodness. I get a lot of garbled, they-don’t-make-any-sense questions from random folks who find my site. I don’t have a strange question that stands out in my mind, so that’s good, right?

(4) What’s your favorite meal?
See #9 above on Kathryn’s questions.

(5) Tell me one story about food from your childhood or past.
When I was a kid, my family baked on holidays. For different holidays, we made different recipes. For July 4th, we baked Tea Cakes and decorated them in patriotic colors and would deliver plates of the cookies to friends, family members and neighbors. For Christmas, it was Peanut Blossoms, Chocolate Crinkles and Potato Chip Cookies, and we’d share them with everyone we knew. Because of this, I bake on holidays and do my best to spread the love with butter and baked goodness accordingly.

(6) Describe your blog in one sentence.
The Speckled Palate is all about the kitchen adventures of a girl who has a speckled palate in every sense of the word, loving a little bit of this and that from every culture and trying to share this sense of adventure through recipes. 

(7) What do you hope people will say about your blog?
That it’s someplace they come for different and interesting takes on more traditional (and some less traditional) recipes and a place that doesn’t just provide good recipes, but also shares stories.

(8) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I studied abroad in Tuscany, so I’d love to go back there and live for another summer or longer if I got to bring my husband and pup along for the adventure.

(9) Name a time that you were embarrassed.
I used to get embarrassed all the time, and I’m happy to say that the older I’ve gotten, the less embarrassed I get. However, there are still moments where I want to crawl into a hole. Here’s one: When I was in college and working for the student newspaper, I walked into the newsroom to witness a conversation that still makes me cringe. Working in a newspaper is a great way to be exposed to all different kinds of opinions and people, and this experience was no different… but sometimes, you can learn too much about your co-workers.

(10) What goals do you have for your blog in the next year?
A more consistent posting schedule. Figuring out a way to work with other bloggers more. Connecting and making more friends in the blogging world, which is growing like crazy and has so many wonderful folks.

(11) Do you have any hidden talents?
People who didn’t know me as a teenager probably would not realize I’m actually quite good with music. I took violin lessons for 13+ years, taught myself how to play the guitar with the help of a friend and actually have a decent singing voice. But I don’t think this really counts as a hidden talent…

 

My nominees are…

(1) Laura from Laura’s Mess

(2) Kelly from Hidden Fruits and Veggies

(3) Alli from 26 Dishes

(4) Jayne from Tenacious Tinkering

(5) Alyssa from The Baking Yogi

(6) Katherine from Katherine Swims

(7) Megan from Latte Everyday

(8) Nancy from Neatly-Packaged

(9) Natalie from Cooking Quidnunc

(10) Eileen from Ham Pie Sandwiches

(11) Erini at Adorkable Me

 

My questions for my nominees…

(1) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

(2) What is your favorite dish to make for yourself? What do you like to cook for company? Are they the same thing?

(3) What is the most difficult dish you’ve ever cooked?

(4) When you’ve had a bad day, what’s the first thing you do when you get home?

(5) When you’re working, what kind of music do you listen to?

(6) Favorite mindless TV show… go!

(7) If your life was turned into a movie, who would you want to play you?

(8) If anyone in the world was going to bring you a dish they cooked specifically for you, who would you want? And what would you like for them to make?

(9) What is the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

(10) What is your favorite hobby?

(11) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

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Welcome to another week of That’s Fresh Friday! We’re so happy that you’re hanging with us and sharing your amazing posts!

If this is your first time with us and don’t know what That’s Fresh Friday is, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies. You can come and share all of the “freshest” posts from your blog and meet some new friends through the event. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about our party.

First, let’s meet the girls who let us hang with them every week:

That's Fresh Friday Hosts and Co-Hosts // The Speckled Palate

Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Southern Girl Blog Community :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Chene @ Prototype Mama :: Facebook :: Bloglovin’ :: Pinterest

Co-Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Kathryn @ Up To Date Interiors :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest

Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram

Erin @ The Speckled Palate :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Candyce @ The Sewcialite :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Michelle @ Diva With A Purpose :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

 

Be sure to check out what my other co-hosts are digging from last week’s party. All of our features have been pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest: Go check them out here.

The Rules:

Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties.

Follow ALL Hosts & Co-hosts via one of the methods listed above.

Visit at least two links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find a new bloggy friend!

Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (sidebar or post) or link back.

That's Fresh Friday LOGO // The Speckled Palate

(Find code HERE.)

Link up as many posts as you like. (Please link directly to your post!)

Spread the word about the freshest Friday link-up via Twitter, Facebook, etc.!

The more, the merrier. And be sure to use the hashtag ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬ to spread the word!

Every week when the link-up goes LIVE, Chene (one of our lovely hosts) sends out a ‘heads up’ email to our That’s Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added, click here.

Now it’s time to PARTY! We can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to!


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Runner Food: Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie // The Speckled Palate

Blanket statement: Running in the summertime in Texas is challenging.

Rephrase: Running in the summertime in Texas makes me want to pass out.

Real talk: I generally avoid running in the summertime here, but I can’t not run this summer.

Why, you ask?

I’m running three legs of a big relay race in September. It’s with the same group of folks I ran with last spring from L.A. to San Diego. And this year, we’re running from San Francisco to Napa Valley. It’s going to be gorgeous, and I am so excited. But to run this race? I’ve gotta train, and according to my coach, I should train up to 15 miles to complete my three legs with ease. Which means I’m fully intending on a half marathon in August, aptly named The Hottest Half. (YOLO?) And then 15 miles the week after.

I started getting back into my training routine a few weeks back, joining two of my friends on an evening social run with a local running club… and about halfway through, after we’d already detoured off the street a few times to be lightly sprayed by sprinklers, we began discussing our favorite smoothies.

For the rest of the run, we discussed smoothies. Our favorite fruits. What vegetables we liked to add. Where we liked to purchase them. What we liked to do when we made them at home.

And I got hungry. (Surprise, said NO ONE ever.)

Runner Food: Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie // The Speckled Palate

So when I arrived home, I whipped up a sweet smoothie that I’m calling the Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie. It requires two ingredients and is kind of embarrassing to call a recipe, but it’s absolutely delicious and oh-so-chilly that you might get brainfreeze. (I did when I made my first one!)

Strawberry Orange Sunrise Smoothie
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast (or Post-Run Treat!)
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups orange juice
  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
Instructions
  1. Measure the ingredients into your blender.
  2. Blend the strawberries and OJ into a consistency of your liking.
  3. Enjoy immediately!

What kind of foods do you crave when you’re running?

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Welcome to another week of That’s Fresh Friday! We’re so happy that you’re hanging with us and sharing your amazing posts!

If this is your first time with us and don’t know what That’s Fresh Friday is, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies. You can come and share all of the “freshest” posts from your blog and meet some new friends through the event. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about our party.

First, let’s meet the girls who let us hang with them every week:

That's Fresh Friday Hosts and Co-Hosts // The Speckled Palate

Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Southern Girl Blog Community :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Chene @ Prototype Mama :: Facebook :: Bloglovin’ :: Pinterest

Co-Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Kathryn @ Up To Date Interiors :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest

Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram

Erin @ The Speckled Palate :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Candyce @ The Sewcialite :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Michelle @ Diva With A Purpose :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Check out my favorites from last week:

It should come as no surprise that I’m highlighting some screen-licking beautiful recipes, right? Because that’s how I roll…

DIY Gender Reveal Cake from MomDot  // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

DIY Gender Reveal Cake from MomDot

Slow Cooking Carne Asada from the Lou Lou Girls // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Slow Cooking Carne Asada from Lou Lou Girls

Coffee-Rubbed Pork Chops with Creamy Queso Corn from Erica's Recipes // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Coffee-Rubbed Pork Chops with Creamy Queso Corn from Erica’s Recipes

Patriotic Berry Flag Cake from European Cutie // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Patriotic Berry Flag Cake from European Cutie

Dutch Peach Pie Bars from I Dig Pinterest // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Dutch Peach Pie Bars from I Dig Pinterest 

Be sure to check out what my other co-hosts are digging from last week’s party. All of our features have been pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest: Go check them out here.

The Rules:

Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties.

Follow ALL Hosts & Co-hosts via one of the methods listed above.

Visit at least two links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find a new bloggy friend!

Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (sidebar or post) or link back.

That's Fresh Friday LOGO // The Speckled Palate

(Find code HERE.)

Link up as many posts as you like. (Please link directly to your post!)

Spread the word about the freshest Friday link-up via Twitter, Facebook, etc.!

The more, the merrier. And be sure to use the hashtag ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬ to spread the word!

Every week when the link-up goes LIVE, Chene (one of our lovely hosts) sends out a ‘heads up’ email to our That’s Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added, click here.

Now it’s time to PARTY! We can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to!


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BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

by Erin on July 9, 2014

in baking, entrees, meats

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Red Onions and Extra BBQ Sauce // The Speckled Palate

When I was a kid, a chain pizza place in my hometown of Memphis made a killer pulled pork pizza. My family discovered it by accident one Friday night, and if I recall correctly, we ordered about one pizza per week… especially after Friday night sports team practices and for sleepovers.

Sadly, the chain eventually stopped carrying that magical pizza, and it was never revived, which was heartbreaking.

In the years since, I’ve tried a lot of barbecue pizzas in an attempt to find a pie that was similar to the one I remember.

The bad news is I’ve never eaten a pizza like to the one we ordered from any pizza place.

The good news is I’ve found something similar enough… and I made it on my own kitchen.

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Red Onions and Extra BBQ Sauce // The Speckled Palate

Sometimes, you just want to eat pizza… and this BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza is absolutely worth the effort it takes!

Here’s how you can make it:

4.5 from 2 reviews
BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F, and place your pizza stone in the oven as it heats.
  2. Roll out the dough, and set aside until the oven has preheated.
  3. Once the oven is hot and the pizza stone is equally heated, remove the pizza stone and transfer the pizza dough onto the stone.
  4. Measure the simple red sauce onto the dough, then add the barbecue sauce. Swirl the two around on the dough, covering the surface.
  5. Top the sauces with the cheese, then sprinkle the pulled pork on top of the cheese.
  6. Spread the sliced red onions on top of the pulled pork.
  7. Transfer the pizza stone into the oven, and bake until bubbly and the dough has crisped up (about 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven.)
  8. Remove from the oven, let sit for a few minutes, then slice and enjoy immediately!

 

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza with Red Onions and Extra BBQ Sauce // The Speckled Palate

Do you have any foods that you have recreated from your childhood?

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Happy July 4th!

by Erin on July 4, 2014

in holiday

Dropping in really quick before the festivities get going this morning to wish you and yours a Happy 4th of July!

Here’s to a wonderful holiday filled with great company, love and laughter.

Happy July 4th! // The Speckled Palate

Have a safe one, and I’ll see y’all back here Monday!

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Welcome to another week of That’s Fresh Friday! We’re so happy that you’re hanging with us and sharing your amazing posts!

If this is your first time with us and don’t know what That’s Fresh Friday is, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies. You can come and share all of the “freshest” posts from your blog and meet some new friends through the event. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about our party.

First, let’s meet the girls who let us hang with them every week:

That's Fresh Friday Hosts and Co-Hosts // The Speckled Palate

Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Southern Girl Blog Community :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Chene @ Prototype Mama :: Facebook :: Bloglovin’ :: Pinterest

Co-Hosts for That’s Fresh Friday:

Kathryn @ Up To Date Interiors :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Pinterest

Aleshea @ Glitz & Grits :: Twitter :: Facebook :: Instagram

Erin @ The Speckled Palate :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Candyce @ The Sewcialite :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Michelle @ Diva With A Purpose :: Facebook :: Twitter :: Instagram

Check out my favorites from last week:

It should come as no surprise that I’m highlighting some screen-licking beautiful recipes, right? Because that’s how I roll…

All-American Apple Pie from The Country Contessa // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

All-American Apple Pie from The Country Contessa

Spinach and Feta Cheese Breakfast Bake from Music Teaching and Parenting // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Spinach and Feta Cheese Breakfast Bake from Music Teaching and Parenting

Rich Chocolate Cake from Something Sweet // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Rich Chocolate Cake from Something Sweet

Jalapeño Popper Pizza from Erica's Recipes // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

Jalapeño Popper Pizza from Erica’s Recipes

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese on Ciabatta with Hot Candied Bacon from Dixie Chik Cooks // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese on Ciabatta with Hot Candied Bacon from Dixie Chik Cooks

All-American Sugar Cookie Bar from The Wetherills Say I Do // That's Fresh Friday at The Speckled Palate

All-American Sugar Cookie Bar from The Wetherills Say I Do

Be sure to check out what my other co-hosts are digging from last week’s party. All of our features have been pinned to our That’s Fresh Friday feature board on Pinterest: Go check them out here.

The Rules:

Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties.

Follow ALL Hosts & Co-hosts via one of the methods listed above.

Visit at least two links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find a new bloggy friend!

Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (sidebar or post) or link back.

That's Fresh Friday LOGO // The Speckled Palate

(Find code HERE.)

Link up as many posts as you like. (Please link directly to your post!)

Spread the word about the freshest Friday link-up via Twitter, Facebook, etc.!

The more, the merrier. And be sure to use the hashtag ‪#‎thatsfreshfriday‬ to spread the word!

Every week when the link-up goes LIVE, Chene (one of our lovely hosts) sends out a ‘heads up’ email to our That’s Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added, click here.

Now it’s time to PARTY! We can’t wait to see what you guys have been up to!

 


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Independence Day is Friday!

Let’s get ready for this national holiday by planning out what we’re going to eat. Because, as we all know, planning out your menu is always a good idea, and I’m actually semi-on-the-ball enough to offer some awesome new recipes, as well as some old stand-bys.

This July 4th is going to be a bit different for me, as I’m in my dear friend’s wedding this weekend, and since the rehearsal is on Thursday, the entire wedding party will be together on the 4th.

It’s going to be a so much fun, and I cannot wait to kick off the weekend!

But before I go… let’s brainstorm what YOU can make since I probably won’t be cooking this year.

July 4th food… Appetizers & Salads

July 4th Food: Cucumber and Feta Salad // The Speckled Palate

You could try this delicious Cucumber and Feta Salad, incorporating some fresh veggies into your meal.

Whip up some of Winston’s Hummus or Roasted Garlic and White Bean Hummus to feed a hungry crowd. You could even make some Tzatziki Sauce for people to dip pitas and veggies into, as well.

I’m partial to my Ramen Noodle and Clementine Salad, and it’s a proven winner for large groups. The dressing, in particular, is fantastic on a hot summer’s day.

 

July 4th food… Entrees

July 4th Food: Hot Dogs with Caramelized Onions on Homemade Pretzel Buns // The Speckled Palate

We’ll start off this section with my Hot Dogs with Caramelized Onions on Homemade Pretzel Buns because, well, they’re absolutely delicious. They do, however, take a bit of time with the bun making and the caramelizing of onions.

If you’re looking for something easier, might I suggest a burger? Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Turkey Burgers, BBQ Turkey Burgers (that can easily be made with beef or any other ground meat) and Spinach and Feta Burgers are all delicious and easily pulled together for a crowd.

Go a completely different direction by making tacos. Soy Seared Cod Tacos with Spicy Slaw, to be exact.

 

July 4th food… Desserts

July 4th Food: Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies // The Speckled Palate

We’ll start off with these Strawberry and Blueberry Hand Pies because, well, you kind of can’t beat a fresh fruit pie in the summertime, and these hand pies have the added bonus of being super cute and single servings.

Looking to go the more traditional route? Whip up Bugga’s Apple Pie. It’s a guaranteed winner!

Not wanting to fuss over pie? Bake some cookies or brownies. My Lindt Classic Chocolate Brownies, Ooey Gooey Bars, Tea Cakes (easily changed from Christmastime by cutting out stars and using red, white and blue icing!), Fig Pinwheels and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies are all scrumptious, and they can easily feed a crowd, too!

What are YOU making on Friday to celebrate July 4th?

Has this post helped you decide upon any dishes?

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