Cara Cara Old Fashioned Cocktail by Angela Roberts

Cara Cara Orange Old Fashioned Paired with Bacon Shallot Party Meatballs

It's time for the Creative Cooking Crew entry and this month's challenge was to pair a cocktail with an hors d'oeuvre. We live in Tennessee and we embrace bourbon. This was a collaboration with Mr. Spinach Tiger. He loves bourbon cocktails and anything orange. He Created the Cara Cara Bourbon Old Fashioned, using  spiced cherry bitters, sage blackberry simple syrup and a spritz of soda water. Good for anytime of the year, but especially right now as we're cascading into Spring (sort of). Since it still coat weather here, I paired this old fashioned with party meatballs using some of the ...

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Chocolate F/X by Angela Roberts

Chocolate F/X by Andrea Smith, Creative Chocolate Artisan in Nashville

Last Friday I visited one of the most exciting little chocolate shops, Chocolate F/X in East Nashville. Chocolate artist, Andrea Smith, moved to Nashville a little over a year ago, and now has a little place in Fatherland Shops in East Nashville. This seems to be how Music City rolls these days. Dreams around here aren't just about music; but they so often have a creative, artistic bent. A former special effects makeup artist, Andrea put her skills into molding and designing chocolate in the most edgy and delicious way, telling me, "It's Halloween all year around here."  Well, that's ...

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