In the past entries, Ben and I have mentioned our brunch club, where a small group of our friends will meet at a restaurant and catch up on what’s new and old in our lives. We like to try new places and on a couple of rare occasions we’ve gathered at one of our homes to enjoy brunch in. One of those times, I made an “egg bake” that combined several of my favorite foods into wonderful little individual servings. Modify it as you wish, but it’s definitely a tasty treat that is perfect for a brunch of one to one dozen….depending on how many ramekins you have in your kitchen.
I don’t do Valentines day. Or I didn’t do Valentines day.
It brings back a sense of childhood dread. Popularity was measured on how many cards you received and from whom. And on the flip side of getting none, it was just as unpleasant to take received cards home and be mocked by siblings and parents.
I honestly can’t decide which was worse.
And now here we are in Rome if you will – Kansas City – the birthplace of Hallmark and I’m determined to create a better Valentine memory for my kids. What better way for me to convey my love than through food and a mixed tape!
Picking one food that pleases all palates in my house is a tall order. The beauty of crepes is that each eater can customize their dish. They span the savory/sweet boundary, provide excellent snacks, and if you feel like making a monster batch, they freeze well too.
The options are endless.
Berry them; sugar and lemon them; douse them in chocolate; eat with jam; stuff with cheese and ham and melt; cook up some seafood in a lemon cream tarragon sauce; scramble eggs and veggies; stuff with torn roast chicken, green onions, grated carrot and hoisin sauce….
Story and Food Styling by Trina Kahl
We’ve all been in this situation before. You’re a) just getting home from happy hour after stimulating discussion involving your favorite Modern Family couple Mitch & Cam, March Madness brackets, and the most effective way to combat muffin top b) getting ready to go see Avatar knowing full well that you’re one of the last to see this monumental 3-D CG movie and that it is a 2 hour & 45 minute commitment, or c) waking up after getting in a solid 8 hours of blissful sleep with sweet dreams of hitting the 8 trillion dollar Power Ball and realizing that, yes it was just a dream. In all of these circumstances you’re hungry and you want- you need something quick, easy, satisfying and delicious….you wonder “WWFFD?” The answer is this: birds nest. Get a couple slices of bread, a couple of eggs, s&p, and you will be dining on something as tasty as it is easy.
A couple years ago we were a part of a “brunch club,” which meant that one of six of us would pick a different place for Sunday brunch. There were no initiation ceremonies where you had to prepare 32 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice in 5 minutes flat or run around the block balancing 10 flap jacks on a spatula without them toppling over. It just happened- three out for brunch just turned into six, and that’s how it started. The restaurant selections ran the gamut of fine dining, hip & trendy, perhaps granolaish, to the good old greasy spoon that we all crave on ocassion. It was a great way for us to be able to experience a lot of unique places without having to fork out the money for a dinner meal. Our friend Jon was (and could still be) notorious for ordering french toast. Like a mission, he was searching for the best french toast in the city. It should be known that the Brunch Club has been on sabbatical for some months due to home remodeling, holidays, and life, but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying breakfast at home. And, we believe that we’ve come up with a french toast recipe that could be a contender by JDK standards. With a few simple ingredients that you probably already have at home, you too could create a scrumptious brunch for a few of your close friends
We knew we had to create these flap jacks to add to our food repertoire after hearing Jack Johnson’s song from the In Between Dreams album “Banana Pancakes” and introduced them to Mark & Jane one day before heading off to the local art museum. They are guaranteed to please, and taste like candy when done right.