CONTEST: Who loves BBQ Sauce???

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I do! I do! I do! Who loves supporting local companies and businesses??? I do!

So with that said, I am pleased to bring you my first ever contest. Woohoo!!!  On top of that, what better thing to kick off the first contest with than some of the most amazing BBQ Sauce ever!

I’m so in love with Tay’s BBQ Sauce that I would like to give you two bottles of it. One is their “Sweet and Smoky”, and the other is their “All Purpose”. I think they both should be labeled all purpose because I use them each on everything! Below are a couple of links for you to check out two posts I’ve already written about this culinary delight called Tay’s Southern BBQ Sauce.

BBQ Sauce Makes Life Sexier

Quick and Easy Dinner Alert!

Gosh I love this stuff!

A little tidbit from Tay’s website…“Tay’s Sauce, LLC was created by Doug Hankins and his daughter, Taylor, from Cameron, NC. One year, they made BBQ sauce as Christmas gifts for their family and friends. Everyone loved the sauce, and it became a common request for them to make more. They were encouraged to bottle and sell their sauce, so in the spring of 2009, the “All Purpose Southern BBQ Sauce” was made available for purchase. After the all-purpose sauce took off, people started requesting a sweeter and smokier flavor. After months of trying to find just the right flavor combination, Doug introduced the “Sweet ‘N Smokey” flavor in the spring of 2011. We know that you will love this sauce just as much as their friends and family do. Doug and Taylor discussed that a percentage of all proceeds will go to their home church.”

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How to Enter:

The only thing you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment below that tells me why you love BBQ Sauce.

***For extra entries***(once you complete each one, comment below and let me know you did it)

Good luck everyone, and I am so incredibly excited to share Tay’s with you!

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Contest ends Sunday, September 30, 2012, at 11:59pm ET. 

Tay’s Sauce, LLC is part of the fast growing “Goodness Grows in NC”, a department of the North Carolina Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Quick and Easy Dinner ALERT!

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This simple and delicious recipe doesn’t need much introduction. You all know by now how much I love Tay’s BBQ Sauce, and I love supporting good local people and products. So, of course I used Tay’s with this recipe. However, feel free to use your favorite BBQ sauce. And, if you need or want to try some Tay’s, I’ll direct you how to obtain a bottle….just let me know! *smiles*

BBQ Cornbread Goodness

  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle Tay’s BBQ Sauce (or your favorite)
  • 1 box corn muffin/cornbread mix (and ingredients needed for the preparation of your chosen mix)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper

Directions:

  1. Place chicken breasts and BBQ sauce in your crockpot, and cook for 10 or so hours. This works out perfect for me since I work 10-hour days.
  2. When ready for dinner, dice the pepper into small pieces.
  3. Mix up the corn muffin/cornbread mix according to directions on package, and mix in the diced pepper.
  4. Pour mix into baking dish and bake according to package directions.
  5. While baking the cornbread, reach your tongs into the crock pot and begin to pull apart the chicken so it shreds. This way you can get all of the juicy goodness of the sauce on every savory morsel of chicken before serving. Yum!
  6. When serving, place a square of cornbread on the bottom, and place a decent portion of the chicken on top.

Enjoy!

BBQ sauce makes life sexier…

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There’s so much to be said about BBQ here in North Carolina. Soooooooo very much. The main thing is the East and West battle of the sauces. One is more vinegar based, one is more tomato based. And, you know what? That’s fine and dandy with me. I can appreciate the beauty in both styles. Sometimes you want to lick it off your fingers, sometimes you want to sop your cornbread in it or add it to slaw. What’s most beautiful is when you find a sauce that can take care of you both ways. Simply said…yum!

I recently met back up with a childhood friend of mine. You know the type of childhood friend where it’s been around 20 years since you’ve seen them – dang that makes me feel old! Regardless of how old it made me feel, there was one huge plus that came out of the meeting – besides finding the male version of me…I know, scary for the world – a new BBQ sauce to try!!! *smiles*

Allow me to introduce you to Tay’s Southern BBQ Sauce – Voted #1 in the Mild BBQ Sauce category at the 2010 NC Hot Sauce Contest. Fourth place at the 2010 National Best of the Best BBQ Sauce Competition in the Tomato Mild category.

But, don’t take it from the judges. Take it from me! My readers, of all people, know I love to support local farmers and businesses with truly good products because goodness really does grow in NC. From Tay’s site – Tay’s Sauce, LLC is part of the fast growing “Goodness Grows in NC”, a department of the North Carolina Agriculture and Consumer Services.

How could you not support your local folks that make your mouth water with anticipation of the goodness in their bottles behind their labels??? Luckily for me, Tay’s makes it easy. Their BBQ sauce was sexy smooth on the palate and the perfect blend of Eastern and Western NC. Since I’m new to Tay’s, I’ve only eaten it on one thing so far…Salmon. But, I’m looking forward to having it on chicken, ribs, pork chops, pulled pork, etc. Oh yeah, I may not have eaten my finger off, but I did lick a bit off of it (this is the sexy part of it – a good food is measured by how finger-licking good it is). Doesn’t that count for something? Although, I must be careful, because I have been told Tay’s is not responsible for missing fingers if I so choose to get their BBQ sauce on one and begin to chow down. *smiles*

You can visit Tay’s site by clicking here.

Once more, you can’t go wrong with a sauce that has this on the label…….. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8

Good stuff….Good people….Good sauce….

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Featuring: A Southern Season

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No, this isn’t about Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter.  Although, I wouldn’t quite know which one to label the perfect Southern season.  They all have their positive undertones.  This post is about a store that makes my mouth water and my brain tick when I think of it (sensory overload, in a grand way!).  I didn’t think my day could get any better after being featured on the homepage of WordPress and officially being “Freshly Pressed” (of which I am eternally grateful and blessed), and being with Mom all day, but it did, with an experience I never get tired of…

A Southern Season is nestled in Chapel Hill, NC.  It’s the kind of place where you feel part of the elite as soon as your foot graces their threshold.  Walking into the smells that waft past your nose causes you to immediately fall in love with it.  Whether you are eating at their magnificent restaurant, The Weathervane, or just tooling (literally) around their vast layout, you are bound to be inspired at some point during your visit.

This isn’t really a store, it’s more of an experience.  Kind of like Ikea, in a sense.  The experience brings to light all of your wants and needs for your kitchen currently, or your dream kitchen.  Sure, I would absolutely adore a gorgeous set of Wusthof knives, but that goes on the dream kitchen list.  For my current kitchen, I needed a durable cheese slicer (especially for my amazing Tillamook Cheese!). 

They have gadgets galore here (and on their website and through their catalog), no kidding.  If you ever needed something for your kitchen, this is your place.  There is a mouth-watering deli meat section, a fresh bean coffee selection that is out of this world, a tasty variety of cheeses available at the cheese counter (if you follow them on Twitter, you can track the 20% cheese sales), a nostalgic candy selection that makes your memories of childhood dance wildly in your head, an aisle of fire-provoking hot sauces (yes, I said a whole aisle!), a vast selection of beer and wine from around the world,  cooking utensils and electronics you never knew existed, dishes, sparkling glasses, a specialty smell-good beauty section (of which I sampled some Crabtree and Evelyn lotion today, and my normally dry hands are still soft and touchable), chocolate and baked goods counters that leave you ten pounds heavier and in a sugar coma just from passing by it, extremely helpful technique classes (of which I need to sign up for), delicious samples throughout your journey, and soooooooo many more wonderful sections. 

I wish I could name them all for you here…let’s put it this way, the store is perfect! 

A few things I love about this store are the varieties of items from all over the world to tease your palate to the point you feel like you must visit that country, the people that are always helpful and kind (like a very nice gentleman we spoke to today, Jeremy, at the coffee counter), and the feature of local-to-North Carolina items (Lee’s Bee’s Honey, you must try…although, our favorite Clary Sage wasn’t available today). 

 In closing, I wish you all the joy of living next to such an inspiring store/experience.  It truly is an amazing place to visit!

Visit A Southern Season’s website by clicking here.

Today’s recipe comes from a feature ingredient I purchased at A Southern Season.  Remember how I mentioned the items from all over the world?  Well, I purchased some Tandoori Indian Sauce….oh my, so good!  I prepared the dish similar to how the in-store sample was prepared today, with a few additions of my own…

Tandoori Indian Chicken and Tofu

(yes, I said Tofu)

  • 1 lb. cubed skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 cup super firm cubed tofu
  • 1 can diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Tandoori Indian Sauce
  • and because I like saying it…A dollop of Daisy Lite Sour Cream
  1. Sauté the chicken and tofu until the chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  2. Stir in the diced potatoes, and sauté until the potatoes are warmed.
  3. Then combine the sauce and sour cream into the mix, and serve. 

Enjoy!

Armed without my trusty camera, I relied on my Mom’s cellphone camera for the mouth-watering pictures of A Southern Season below (as my cellphone was dead from me checking all my wonderful comments from everyone on here).

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