Wine and Chocolate Pairing with Phillip Ashley Chocolates™️

Phillip Ashley Rix is a talented Memphis-based chocolatier, and owner of Phillip Ashley Chocolates. The passion behind his exquisite artistry is evident in each meticulously handcrafted chocolate. Once donned the “Real Life Willy Wonka” by FORBES magazine, this expert chocolatier’s imagination knows no limits. Each season he debuts a new batch of whismsical flavors and designs that would excite the most discerning of chocolate lovers.

This season newest flavors made their first appearance in late June, and I was honored to get the opportunity to taste. Included as a part of his Signature Collection, I got to sample some of his best sellers as well as some new to the scene. As an added bonus, I also received box of his limited edition Galaxy Collections. 

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Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

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This year while many of my friends and family members hosted or attended cookouts, my husband and I celebrated our holiday by preparing a meal together. Battling the mid-week blues this July 4th holiday brought us, we decided to continue an annual summertime tradition of curating a surf and turf feast.

In exploring ways to make our dinner a little less labor intensive (as it has been in the past), I came across a  simple recipe for  foil packets made with shrimp, potatoes, hot sausage and corn on the cob. I modified the recipe to add a little "Geo flare," adding some spice and minced garlic to give the packets a more savory punch. Fortunately, they were an instant hit with the hubs and will now be a staple in our household.

We paired these with medium-rare New York strip steak, and snow crabs legs to complete our surf and turf dinner. Check out the recipe below.

Shrimp Boil Foil Packets Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Raw Shrimp, Deveined
  • 2 Ears of Corn (Cut into 4 pieces each)
  • 1 pound Marble Mixed Potatoes
  • 1 Package Hot Italian Sausage (Sliced Thinly
  • 4 teaspoons Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

For the seasoning (yields 4 tablespoons)

  • 4 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 4 Teaspoons Dried Parsley
  • 2 Teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoons Chili Powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees. While the oven heats, cut four sheets a foil (about 1 foot long) and divide shrimp, corn, mixed marble potatoes, and hot Italian sausage evenly among the four packets
  2. In a small bowl blend together kosher salt, paprika, chili powder, dried parsley and crushed red pepper to make the seasoning. 
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of the seasoning, 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic to each packet. 
  4. Fold all sides of each packet, and securely seal. Shake packets to ensure even coating of seasoning and olive oil. Place foil packets in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes* (or until potatoes are cooked through).

Enjoy!

Summer Style with Dapper Black Box™

At Geo's Table we believe in the uplifting and supporting those changing the game in our community. With that, I am excited to announce an exclusive collaboration with the trailblazing, black-owned subscription service, Dapper Black Box.

Each month subscribers receive a carefully curated selection of men's accessories, grooming products and other tokens designed for the style conscious gentleman. The best part, every month the products featured are made with love by black entrepreneurs and businesses.

Over the course of the summer, I will be collaborating with Dapper Black Box™ to present you with some tips and fashion inspiration to keep you "dapper" all summer long.    First up, is the June's Dapper Black Box™, made in honor of a former member of the Texas Legislature, Al Edwards. This month's box included a Blue Gingham Check Neck-Tie and matching Pocket Square by Jay Kirby Ties, Summer Socks by Harrison Blake  and a Chimere Bump Control Cleansing Bar.

Style Inspiration for June

There's a certain finesse needed to pull-off a tie in the summer, but after falling love with in the Blue Gingham Check Neck-Tie and matching Pocket Square by Jay Kirby, I was up for the challenge.  Pulling some more formal summer staples from my closet, and being willing to get a little adventurous with patterns, I was able to pull off not just one but two outfits! These ensembles are perfect for a weekend brunch, day party or a more casual summer wedding.

All photos were taken by my good friend, Stacey. Check out some of her awesome photography on her instagram: @phillystory .

Check out the photos below!

Head over to the Dapper Black Box website today to subscribe, and begin your summer style journey!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kebabs

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The deeper we dive into the warmer months, the more anxious I become about getting my tastebuds on some of my favorite summer-time cuisine. This list is quite exhaustive ranging from potato salad to cheeseburgers to fried oreos, and each year I seek out opportunities to get my a taste of each. This year is no different. 

Being a city dweller with limited access to grilling equipment - I’ve had to get a little creative when it comes to executing a few of the dishes on the list. Quick and easy, these sweet and spicy chicken kebabs were made in the oven, but would work well on a grill! Using Williams Sonoma’s BBQ spice, a little crushed red pepper and a hint of brown sugar - these babies  encompass all the flavors that make summer special.

You are bound to make these a staple on your summer bbq list! Check out the recipe below!!!!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Kebabs

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts cut into two inch cubes
  • 2 Small Heads of Broccoli
  • 6 Campari Tomatoes
  • 1 Large White Onion
  • 3 tablespoons Williams Sonoma BBQ Spice
  • 1 tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Fresh Lime Wedges

Instructions

For this recipe I used metal skewers, which have been a life saver and much used addition to my kitchen. You can purchase some inexpensive ones here. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for at least 12 hours before using them for this dish.

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. While the oven preheats, whisk together olive oil, Williams Sonoma's BBQ spice, crushed red pepper, brown sugar and salt in a bowl. Add the cubed chicken to the bowl and toss, ensuring all pieces are fully coated. Set aside to marinade for 10 - 15 minutes.
  2. Cut tomatoes, onions and broccoli into bite sized slices. Once complete, you can begin to build the skewers by using the tomatoes as bookends, and alternating the broccoli, onions and chicken cubes. Each skewer should have approximately 4 cubes of chicken, 3 pieces of broccoli, 3 onion slices, and 2-3 tomatoes.
  3. Lay the kebabs on a baking rack, leaving approximately 2 inches of space in  between each. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, flipping the kebabs about halfway through baking time. (Quick tip: Prior to baking, I typically spray a light coat of cooking spray on all sides of the kebab.)
  4. Remove the kebabs from the oven and let rest for approximately 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a wedge of fresh lime. 

Enjoy! 

The Buy Black Father's Day Gift Guide

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Less than TEN DAYS until we celebrates Father's Day, and there's still ample opportunity to grab the father figures in your life something extra special. This year, my Father's Day Gift Guide has a #buyblack focus, so I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to honor the man who has had one of the  biggest influences on my life and how I view the world. 

George Sr. (affectionately known as Conrad to our friends and family) is a man I greatly cherish. The original "dapper dad" and my family's resident "cake man"; I credit my father for jump-starting my love of fashion and food at a very early age. Growing up, getting ready for school was a daily event with my father helping me identify clothing that didn't clash, and outfits that had the right amount of flare. When he wasn't teaching me how to match colors, he was filling our home with the sweet smells of his Pineapple Upside Down Cake  (his signature recipe which made it's worldwide debut on my blog) and other baked goods.

Instilling in me the values of family first and loving unconditionally, my dad has taught me and my sisters so much about being compassionate humans who care about our world and our community.

In  honor of my Dad and all of the phenomenal father figures I've had throughout my life, this year's father's day gift guide features a diverse mix of gifts made with love by black entrepreneurs.

Check out the gift guide below!

Father's Day Gift Guide 2018