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Derivatives Redefined by Tara Davis

We started Derivatives thinking we were just going to make people breakfast, and then, the months went on, and we decided that we just wanted to make food for our friends regardless of the meal or time of day. Derivatives' roots are still in taking what we know of food from what we grew up on, but now, we're giving it a twist. It's become a fusion of what we know and what we don't and just running with it because it's what we like. 

So, for this meal, we took inspiration from Asia. Andrew wanted to turn Southern Chicken and Dumplings on their head. What he came up with was a Miso broth laden with southern buttermilk dumplings and topped with a Thai basil chicken. As a side, we had Papaya Salad with red cabbage (making it reminiscent in look to Cole Slaw) topped with a fried green tomato, and some Jasmine Rice for good measure. We ended the meal with my contribution of mini Coconut Key Lime Pies. 

While it may not be the MOST attractive meal (especially that Miso, am I right?), I can assure you that it tasted incredible. Also, shout out to my yard for the table decor.

The Papaya Salad & Fried Green Tomato 

The Papaya Salad & Fried Green Tomato 

The Coconut Key Lime pies topped with handmade whipped cream, lime zest, and some toasted coconut shreds.

The Coconut Key Lime pies topped with handmade whipped cream, lime zest, and some toasted coconut shreds.

Our friends Alexander and Brandon joined us for this meal. Alexander is leaving us all behind for an Empire State of Mind, so we had to treat him to dinner.

Our friends Alexander and Brandon joined us for this meal. Alexander is leaving us all behind for an Empire State of Mind, so we had to treat him to dinner.

Brandon being the beautiful princess that he is.

Brandon being the beautiful princess that he is.

We won't make you all wait seven months for the next Derivatives. We already have menu plans in the works, so stay tuned.

October in the PNW: Part One by Tara Davis

So, if you know Andrew and I at all, you know that we love the PNW, especially Portland. We've been there four times in the last two years. Our friends that live there keep asking us when we're just going to stay, and I joke with Andrew that we're not going to be able to travel anywhere else until we move there because we just can't seem to go anywhere else. 

This trip was our first time visiting during fall, and as you would expect, the colors of the northwest did not disappoint. We spent our first full day visiting North Bend & Snoqualmie, Washington, and we also went out to Rainier National Park. Part One will be the North Bend/Snoqualmie aka Twin Peaks dreams, and the next post will be photos from Rainier. 

This was our second time visiting North Bend & Snoqualmie, and it had already changed so much since the last time that we'd been there a year and a half ago. Twede's Diner has had a complete makeover because of the Twin Peaks reboot and the filming they did at the infamous RR (aka Twede's). Unfortunately for you, I didn't really take pictures at the diner. I just had a damn fine cup of coffee and some breakfast, but here are some other shots from Snoqualmie Falls, Packard Saw Mill, Ronette's Bridge, and the Welcome To Twin Peaks sign location. 

 

Katie + Joseph by Tara Davis

Katie and I grew up together in South Georgia. She'd come over after church, and I'd put eyeliner on her (much to her father's dismay), and we'd listen to hardcore music. You know, the things kids did in 2005. Anyways, now she's all grown up, and she's found her boyfriend for life in Joseph. The two are potentially the most adorable couple, and we had so much fun shooting their engagement photos in Atlanta, GA and just outside of Cleveland, GA.