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Mom’s (boozy) Birthday Brunch

Hi! How are you?  I’m fine. Yes, it’s been a while and I’m really sorry.  Sometimes I get busy with life and that’s exactly what happened with the month of February.  I wasn’t able to blog as much as I wanted to.  I cooked! I have a back log of posts, but I just couldn’t find the time to sit down and tell you all the things I’ve been doing.  And for that, I am terribly sorry! But here’s hoping my unplanned ‘break’ ( I wouldn’t really call it a break, I still facebooked…) got me out of the blogging rut.  Enough apologizing, on to the post. And what a post this is!

Jes and I have started a birthday tradition for Mom.  Last year for her birthday we made delicious steaks and sides. This year we went with brunch.  And you know, after two years it’s tradition. So now it’s tradition.  Let’s not wait any longer for the festivities.


I am in love with the cookbook Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  I made it a new years resolution to do more with the group French Fridays with Dorie (FFwD).  I think I participated in two recipe postings before I fell off the wagon.  I have browsed this cookbook numerous times, flagging different recipes I wanted to make, what’s coming up in FFwD, and just staring at the mouth watering photos in the book.  The quiches really caught my eye.  When Jes and I started to plan out Mom’s birthday brunch, I thought OMG. I can make Dorie’s quiches.  And Boozy Birthday Brunch was decided upon. Before I get into the quiches, Jes made Baked French Toast (Jes: Modifications:  I only had walnuts on hand to put between the bread layers, and only had vanilla on hand so it wasn’t really boozy.  Maybe next time.), Potato Salad (Jes: No modifications.  Only that the cucumbers didn’t sit over night, they sat marinating for like a 1/2 hour lol.), and Caramel Banana Sauce (Jes: No modifications, borgborgborg!)  We have at thing with the Sweedish Chef.  ON TO THE QUICHES!


The quiche dough was SIMPLE.  Flour, some sugar, some salt, cold butter, an egg.  Whirled all in my food processor.  My food processor is on the smaller side so I can only make one dough recipe (ie. enough for one quiche) at a time. But it all came together and BOOM. So easy.


After the dough chilled for a few hours, I rolled it out and smushed it in my tart pan. Don’t get me started on the tart pan.  Lets just say I was able to find one after vising THREE STORES.  You’d think Macy’s would have a tart pan.  Nope.  And using a pie plate was not as pretty.


This is the Quiche Lorraine (quiche 1 of 2).  Bacon, gruyere, onion, eggs, heavy cream.

The other quiche, Gorgonzola-Apple Quiche (not pictured!) had apples, gorgonzola, onions, eggs, and heavy cream.  Delightful.


Our lovely table scape courtesy of Jes.


Birthday brunch at it’s finest.


And what’s a brunch without booze?  Not a brunch, duh.  Jes supplied mimoas and I brought the best bloody mary mix EVER.  In my opinion.  So, ever. Zing Zang is the BEST.  If only we had pickled green beans up here to top it off.  Celery will just have to do.  If you are a bloody mary fan, I suggest ditching your mix and get this.  You can thank me later.

All of us pigged out and enjoyed ourselves.  It was a relaxing afternoon for everyone who attended and quite pleasing to the palate.  We don’t indulge all the time, but when we do, we do it right.

There were leftovers (I know… blasphemy).  But, we packed them up and sent them home with Mom.  Gram and Pap lucked out since they got to eat the leftovers :).

Since I know Mom follows my blog … I HOPE YOU HAD THE BEST BIRTHDAY BRUNCH! 🙂  Can’t wait to plan for next year! Love you!

PS – No recipes for the quiches? I know.  I’m keeping with the FFwD rule of not posting Dorie’s recipes.  Her book is amazing and I really do urge you to buy it. Yes, it’s THAT amazing I’m not posting the recipes.  But, if you ask me nicely, I may give it to you.

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Melty Monsieur

I’ve been on a great hit with Yahoo! Shine recipes.  This Melty Monsieur is one of them. Oh man. DELISH. On to the recipe.

You’ll need:

  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) slices multigrain bread
  • mustard
  • mayo
  • 8 slices Canadian bacon
  • 1/4-inch-thick slices tomato
  • 3 ounces Gruyère cheese (about 3/4 cup)

Preheat broiler to high.

Place bread in a single layer on a baking sheet; broil 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until lightly toasted. Spread 2 teaspoons of mustard and mayo  on each bread slice. Top each serving with 2 bacon slices, 3 tomato slices, and about 3 tablespoons cheese. Broil 3 minutes or until cheese melts.

Talk about easy and quick.


Heaven.

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Flank Steak and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

I have to say THANK YOU to How Sweet It Is for posting this.  I saw it and HAD to make it.  Seriously.  She also had flank steak up a few posts prior that was also drool worthy.  I had to combine the two for one big drool fest.  Here is her recipe:

  •  fresh green beans
  • bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Wash and thoroughly dry green beans, then season with salt and pepper. Bundle together about 8-10 green beans or however many you want, really.  Wrap a slice of bacon around a bundle of green beans. Lay the bundle bacon seam side down in the baking dish to hold it together. Repeat with remaining beans.

Heat a small saucepan over low heat. Add butter, brown sugar and garlic and whisk until melted and combined. Brush the mixture over top of each green bean bundle.  Cover the bundles with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10-15 minutes more, just until bacon gets crispy.

Flank Steak –

I got this at Wholey’s in the strip.  I seasoned it with salt and pepper and grilled it up on my hot grill pan for about 5 minutes each side.  I let it sit on a cutting board for a few minutes to let the juices set.  So juicy.  So yummy.  Nom.

Presentation is kind of sloppy here but it was freaking amazing.  I’m telling you.  It. Was. Ah. Maze.  Wrap everything in bacon!

And here is another photo of what I drank with it.  I’m feeling generous with the photos in this post.  This stuff is truly refreshing.  And delicious.  Yummy.  I love beer.  Thank you, Natalie, for sharing your yummy beer!

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies & Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Double whammy cookie post!!!

I found the Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe over at Beth Michelle and the Oatmeal Raisin Cookies over at Smitten Kitchen.

I made BOTH for Mother’s Day.  My gram LOVES potato chip cookies (I’ll make those sometime soon!) so I figured she may like the bacon chocolate chip cookies.  On the other hand, my pap can’t eat chocolate so I made the oatmeal cookies with him in mind.  Each grandparent got their own batch and were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

For Caramelized Bacon

10 Strips Bacon
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

For Cookies

1 Stick Butter, plus 2 Tablespoons
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/ 8 Cup Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Heaping Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Caramelized Bacon (above)

Directions

For Caramelized Bacon

Pre heat oven to 380F
Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay strips of bacon on top.
Sprinkle bacon with half the brown sugar.
Bake for 5-7 minutes and flip the bacon.
Sprinkle bacon with the rest of the brown sugar.
Bake for another 5-7 minutes or until a deep brown color.
Make sure the bacon does not burn!
Remove from oven and cool.
Once cooled, chop bacon into small pieces.

For Cookies

Pre heat oven to 350F and grease baking sheets.
In a small bowl whisk together flour and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl beat together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, slowly and mix until combined.
Mix in chocolate chips and caramelized bacon.
Place small tablespoon sized balls of dough onto greased baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake for 12-15 (varies) minutes or until a light golden color.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This is a half recipe. It makes a couple dozen standard-size cookies.

1/2 cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins and walnuts, if using them.

Chill the dough for a bit in the fridge and then scoop it.

The cookies should be two inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes (your baking time will vary, depending on your oven and how cold the cookies were going in), taking them out when golden at the edges but still a little undercooked-looking on top. Let them sit on the hot baking sheet for five minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.

oatmeal raisin in the foreground, bacon chocolate chip in the background.

Both cookies were amazingly tasty.  I gave one to Brad and didn’t tell him about the bacon.  He could smell it and asked, in a slightly concerned tone, “Is there… bacon in this?”  Eat it and find out!  He liked it.  I couldn’t stop myself from eating them.  Thank goodness they were for Mother’s Day and I pawned them off on to other people 🙂

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!

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New England Clam Chowder

i love clam chowder.  i’ve consumed it at many restaurants and have made it out of a can a few times, but i’ve never actually tried making it from scratch.  i came across this recipe at epicurious.com and thought it seemed pretty simple.  after sending it over to ian for further review, i went ahead and made it for our weekly hanging out of watching tv trash-ness.

you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 pound canned clams, minced, juices reserved – about 3 cans
  • 2-3 cups bottled clam juice
  • 2 bacon slices, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 3 cups heavy cream or half and half
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste

drain the clams and combine that juice with enough bottled juice to equal 3 cups.  the juice from three cans and one bottle of clam juice will be enough.

cook the bacon in a soup pot over medium heat until crisp.

add the onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally.  add the flour and stir over low heat for about 2-3 minutes.

whisk in the clam juice and bring to a simmer.  cook for 5 minutes.  if the liquid is too thick, add more clam juice to adjust.  add thyme.

add the potatoes and simmer for about 15 minutes or until tender.

add the cream and clams once the potatoes are cooked.  serve with oyster crackers or crispy bread, seasoning with tobassco sauce and worcestershire to taste.

 

there is no photo. why? simply because i forgot to take one.  probably because i was enjoying this too much to take one. sorry!

at any rate, this has been the best clam chowder i’ve had in a long time.  and really, really simple to make.  warm, creamy, potato-y with a hint of clam.  perfect for dinner on a cold night.  enjoy!