I have lived in Atlanta for going on 4 years, and have never been to Stone Mountain. This is a really great civil war stronghold, with carvings deep into the rock dating back more than a hundred years. We decided to go on Saturday--it wasn't super warm, but winter isn't here quite yet.
As we were on the east side, we decided to head north to Buford Highway, and try this Vietnamese place I'd been hearing about, Quoc Huong. If you are in Atlanta, you should check it out. We started with some spring rolls...
and here is our $2 Bánh mì. If you order 6, you get one free. Seriously, if you find yourself in Atlanta with only $5 in your pocket, this beats the hell out of some McDonalds. Photog Extraordinaire, Tavo, took this pic. He needs to do more of our photography!!!
Back home to make brownies. I used my Grandma's recipe again--its a no fail :)
1 stick oleo (I'm writing it from her recipe)
1 cup sugar
1 can chocolate syrup
1 cup + 1 T flour
1/8 t. baking soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 T. milk
6 T. oleo
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Bake brownies at 350 for 22 minutes and cool. For frosting, boil first three ingredients, then add chocolate chips. Stir until melted, and frost. These are great stored in the fridge.
Our friends came over to help us eat all the brownies!
(someone was so into his new phone that he couldn't smile for a picture)
While we had the oven going, I channeled Urban Vegan and decided to make a Stuffed Acorn Squash. I used our leftover Curry Lentils and Rice that we'd been eating all week.
Just in case you want it, here's the super easy Curry Lentil recipe--its a simple winner with both of us. You can add broth and make it a soup, but we like it over rice.
-1 1/2 cup dry lentils, picked and rinsed
-2 cups water
-small can tomato sauce ***Use unsalted and cook with lentils--if using salted, add after lentils are cooked
-small chopped onion
-t. curry powder
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-salt and pepper to taste
1. Sautee onion and celery on med high heat in oil, add garlic after a minute or two
2. Add water, lentils, and UNsalted tomato sauce, bring to boil
3. Lower to simmer, cover, and let cook for 45 minutes.
4. Add spices in last 15 minutes.
Tastes better the next day!