PHOTO GALLERY: SOBEWFF Southern Kitchen Brunch

The past two years we’ve enjoyed the all-day gluttony of the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village. But this year we decided to switch things up and opted to spend Sunday morning with country queen Trisha Yearwood at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. We not only filled up on delish southern eats and bourbon Bloody Marys, but we also got to watch the Grammy Award-winning singer perform a few songs! Here are our favorite bites of the day.

 

My Top 5 Bites at the Southern Kitchen Brunch
(described in 3 words)!

 

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#5 — Pulled Barbecue with Zucchini Fritter:
Smoky. Moist. Spicy.
from Trisha Yearwood, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

 
 

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#4 — Signature Honeybee Doughnut:
Sweet. Flaky. Decadence.
from Karen Muirhead, Honeybee Doughnuts

 
 

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#3 — Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Biscuit and Sawmill Gravy:
Crispy. Tender. Substantial.
from Chef Art Smith, Blue Door Farm Kitchen

 
 

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#2 — Key West Pink Shrimp and Grits:
Meaty. Creamy. Fresh.
from Jeffrey McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone

 
 

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#1 — Fried Shrimp Gumbo and Carolina Gold Rice:
Rich. Deep. Roux.
from Mike Lata, FIG

Eating Our Way Through 2016: The Third Annual Envy Awards

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From the edible adventures across the country to the countless homemade meals cooked up in the Order Envy kitchen, 2016 proved to be one heck of a delicious year! We kicked off the year with some clean eating and 21 Day Fix recipes, then moved through the summer traveling to the Bahamas and Boston, before settling into fall with slow-cooked favorites and topping it all off with a trip out to the Pacific Northwest. We even marked my birthday in the foodiest way possible, with a culinary crawl through Wynwood — and shared new recipes like BBQ Pork Ribs, Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls, and Baked Ziti, to boot.

We are stoked for all the edible adventures to come in this New Year, but first let’s take a look back at some of our favorite bites of 2016.

 

 

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Outstanding “Eating Our Way Through” Travel Experience
and the Envy goes toTHE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

“My Top 5 Bites in the Pacific Northwest: Copper Creek Dip from Copper Creek Inn, Dungeness Crab Cocktail from Shuckers Oyster Bar, Oysters Cabarian from Blueacre Seafood, House Smoked Salmon Toast from Red Hills Market, and Dungeness Crab & Iberico Ham Benedict from The Georgian Restaurant.”

 
 

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Most Memorable Miami Spice Experience
and the Envy goes toQUALITY MEATS

“Sister to the NYC chophouse, this rendition offers an upscale yet cozy interior that stands out among the super posh restos lining South Beach’s Collins Ave. strip.”

 
 

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Phenomenal Reason to Spend an Entire Day Eating and Drinking
and the Envy goes toSOBEWFF GRAND TASTING VILLAGE

 
 

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Super Special Family Recipe Prepared in the Order Envy Kitchen
and the Envy goes toMAMON BABINEAUX’S SHRIMP CREOLE

“It has been passed down from Mamon Babineaux (my late great-grandmother) to her daughter, Harriet Shea (my grandmother) to her son, Steve Shea (my late father), who sent it to me many years ago while I was in college.”

 
 

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Extraordinary Way to Celebrate Your Birthday as a Foodie
and the Envy goes toWYNWOOD CULINARY TOUR

“Our informative guide led us to an assortment of five local eateries in the area, where we ate everything from empanadas and fresh ceviche to key lime pie and cannoli.”

 
 

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Marvelous Excuse for a #FoodPorn Throwback
and the Envy goes toOUR ITALIAN HONEYMOON

“We spent 10 amazing days eating our way through Rome, Amalfi, Florence and Venice. …You may even notice that one of these photos serves as Order Envy’s lead image!”

 
 

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Amazing Homemade Meal Perfect for Delivering Comfort
and the Envy goes toSPEEDY BAKED ZITI

“Whether they were recovering from surgery or nursing a newborn, this easy recipe offers a bit of comfort (and carbs!) for those who may not have the time or energy to cook up a meal.”

 
 

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Exceptional Strategy to Amp up Game Day
and the Envy goes toGRIDIRON GREATS: FOOTBALL TAILGATING GRUB

“But win or lose, we’ve enjoyed some seriously good game day grub, and here I’ve shared some of my favorites from our tailgating parties.”

 
 

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Distinguished Dessert That Will Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth
and the Envy goes toAMARETTO CANNOLI AT MIKE’S PASTRY

“Nutty. Sweet. Perfection.”

 
 

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Remarkably Authentic Dining Experience
and the Envy goes toSANDALS PRIVATE CANDLELIGHT DINNER ON THE BEACH

“It was the perfect way to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary.”

 
 

CHECK OUT THE 2015 ENVY AWARD WINNERS HERE.

AND THE INAUGURAL 2014 WINNERS HERE.

Gridiron Greats: Football Tailgating Grub

We’ve now lived in Miami for nearly three years. And each year, during football season, we’ve had so much fun getting together with family and friends to watch the Florida State Seminoles take on the University of Miami Hurricanes. It’s a rivalry for the ages — even though (cough, cough) my Noles have won 7 straight years in a row. But win or lose, we’ve enjoyed some seriously good game day grub, and here I’ve shared some of my favorites from our tailgating parties.

 

Barbecue Pulled Pork Sliders
Makes about 12-16 sandwiches

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Barbecue Pulled Pork Sliders

Ingredients
3-3.5 pounds pork shoulder (or Boston butt works too)
1 white onion, sliced thin
1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce (I love Bull’s-Eye Texas Style)
salt and pepper, to taste
2 packages Martin’s potato rolls

Directions
Place pork shoulder in slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Add sliced onion on top and pour entire bottle of barbecue sauce all over pork. Cook on low for 5-7 hours (my 3-pound shoulder took closer to 5 hours), or until the meat is tender enough to easily shred with a fork.

Serve on potato rolls.

Note: You might want to have an extra bottle of sauce on hand for those who like their pork extra saucy.

 

 

Kickin’ Quarterback Queso
Serves 8-10

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Kickin’ Quarterback Queso

Ingredients
16-ounce box Kraft Velveeta Cheese
10-ounce can Rotel Tomatoes (my husband loves hot, but I would suggest mild for most)

Directions
Cut up the block of Velveeta cheese into small squares and place in the slow cooker. Pour in the Rotel Tomatoes on top of the cheese. Cook on low for 1-2 hours, checking periodically to stir and make sure the cheese is melting. You can also cook on high if you need the dip ready in a hurry. Serve in the slow cooker with tortilla chips.

 

 

 

Jimbo Pigskins (Pretzel Pigs in a Blanket)
Makes about 48
Adapted from Plain Chicken 

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Jimbo Pigskins

Ingredients
1 (14-ounce) package little smokies
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
10 cups water
2/3 cup baking soda
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
coarse sea salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375. In a large pot combine 10 cups of water and baking soda. Bring to a boil.

Unroll both cans of the dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles. Place sausage on wide side of each triangle and roll up. (You’ll end up with some leftover crescent dough … bake as you please.)

Using tongs or a mesh strainer, dip each wrapped sausage into boiling water for 5-7 seconds and then place dipped sausages on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Note: It’s important to do these one by one; otherwise they stick to each other.

Whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon of water to create an egg wash. Brush on the dipped sausages and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.

 

 

 

Pressed Cuban Sliders
Makes 12 mini sandwiches

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Cuban Sliders

Ingredients
¼ cup olive oil
1 (12-ounce) package Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls
4 ounces thinly sliced deli meat
4 ounces thinly sliced deli-roasted pork
6 (1-ounce) Swiss cheese slices
½ cup chopped dill pickle chips (I used dill relish)
3 tablespoons yellow mustard

Directions
Preheat oven to 400. Spread olive oil in a jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet; place pan in oven to heat.

Remove rolls from package. (Do not separate rolls.) Carefully cut rolls in half horizontally, creating 1 top and 1 bottom. Layer ham, pork and Swiss cheese on bottom half. Spread chopped pickles over cheese and spread mustard on cut side of top half and then place cut side down on bottom half to make one large sandwich.

Remove pan from oven and carefully transfer sandwich to the pan. Place a cast-iron skillet or griddle directly on rolls. (Since I tripled this recipe, I used saute pans in place of the jelly roll pan, just improvise if you have to!)

Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and bread is crisp. Remove from oven, let cool 5 minutes, and then cut into 12 sliders and serve immediately.

Note: I tripled the original Southern Living recipe ingredients for my party and used 1 pound each of the deli meats.

 

 

 

Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad
Serves 6 

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Smoked Mozza Pasta Salad

Ingredients
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 (8-ounce) package rotini pasta, cooked
1 (7-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and cut into strips
½ pound smoked mozzarella cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes (smoked gouda also works well)
½ (5-ounce) bag baby spinach leaves (about 1 ½ cups)
½ 4.5-ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon pepper
salt, to taste
Garnishes: tomato wedges, baby spinach leaves

Directions
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread pine nuts on a sheet pan and cook in the oven until lightly brown and toasted.

Drain artichokes, reserving marinade. Cut artichokes into strips and place in a large bowl. Add pasta and next 4 ingredients and gently toss.

Stir together reserved artichoke marinade, mayo and next 5 ingredients until blended. Add to pasta mixture, stirring to combine. Cover and chill. Garnish, if desired.

 

 

Seminole Snickerdoodles (White Chocolate Pumpkin)
Makes about 18 cookies
Adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction 

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White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ cup white chocolate chips

Directions
Melt the butter in the microwave. In a medium bowl whisk the melted butter, brown sugar and ½ cup granulated sugar together until no lumps remain. Whisk in the vanilla and pumpkin until smooth.

In a large bowl, toss together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together. Fold in white chocolate chips and evenly disperse them throughout the wet dough. Cover dough and chill for 30 minutes – this is important!

Take the dough out of the fridge and preheat the oven to 350. Line two large baking sheets with parchment. Roll the dough into balls, about 1 ½ tablespoons each. Mix together the remaining ½ cup granulated sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll each dough ball in the mixture before arranging on the baking sheets. You’ll want to slightly flatten the dough balls with your fingers because they will only slightly spread while in the oven.

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes (mine took closer to 10 minutes). They will be very soft and underbaked, but you’ll want to remove them from the oven and press a few more white chocolate chips onto the tops.

Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheets and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely for at least 1 hour. They will be very chewy and a huge hit at your party!

 

Hungry for more game day recipes? Check these out!

Bacon-Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Kat’s 7-Layer Mexican Dip

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Dip

Mac ‘n Three Cheeses

Sweet Pumpkin Bars

Playoff Worthy Party Dips

Winning Game Day Appetizers