Tag Archives: Brunch

How’s about cooking somethin’ up with me? Take II

Since being back from my recent trips to San Diego I haven’t tried any new recipes just keep making myself chicken and shrimp tacos.  So I went back to review some of my past new recipes favorites to get some inspiration and motivation to try making something other than chicken or shrimp tacos or blueberry bread.

Here are some of the favorite new recipes I’ve tried since April of this year that I highly recommend to anyone looking to try something new:

04_06_Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur – I love a good Croque Monsieur and when I see it on a brunch menu it’s usually what I order or at least something I consider ordering but never tried it at home.  I finally broke down and decided to try making my own.  I tried this recipe and it was delightful even thought I couldn’t get the cheese sauce to thicken up it still tasted like a Croque Monsieur.  I was too lazy to cut off the crusts of the bread but that didn’t hurt the sandwich one bit, will definitely make again.

04_17_Oven Baked Crab Avocado Wontons

Oven Baked Crab Avocado Wontons – These were amazing, and so easy to make.  I only used 1 avocado and didn’t use the full chili powder amount but OMG they so good, I’ve already made them a few more times and even made them for my parents while in San Diego and they ate them all up.

04_20_Onion Ring Sunny-side Up Eggs

Onion Ring Sunny-side Up Eggs – Why I never thought of doing this on my own and had to see a recipe on Pinterest to give me the idea is dumb on my part.  They were super easy and I’ve made them for brunch a few times since.  I topped mine off with fresh chives, black pepper and hot sauce.

04_20_Peep S'mores

Peep S’mores – I tried the baked kinds and broiled kind, preferred baked better and enjoyed with Hershey’s special dark and Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker ChocoPod delicious these have been made multiple times for multiple people who all enjoyed them.

05_10_Baked Tomato and Egg Cups

Baked Tomato and Egg Cups – Another attempt at brunch that was a success.  A great easy brunch dish, next time I make them I’ll cook them closer to the 8 min mark vs the 10 min mark so the yolk does not get hard and stays a bit runny like I like them.  I served mine with toast and fresh strawberries, topped off with fresh Parmesan and chives.  Would be a perfect dish when inviting people over for brunch who you want to impress.

05_18_Asian-Style Chicken Soup

Asian-Style Chicken Soup – This soup was awesome, even after eating it for lunch and dinner for a week I was still excited for it.  Each day I freshened it up by adding different veggies to it, will be making again once the weather cools off some.

05_26_Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs

Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs – Holy Cow these were amazing!  The sauce was so spicy, so good and made my mouth on fire in the best way possible.  I have ribs in my freezer right now that I’ll be doing a repeat of this recipe soon.

06_08_Pickled Red Onions & Soft Boiled Egg

Pickled Red Onions – I’m officially addicted to these they are amazing, and I’m constantly remaking them and put them on anything and everything and nothing at all.

Soft Boiled Egg – You are probably thinking, soft boiled eggs Mitzie come on but see I was afraid to try them and now I’m kicking myself for never trying them myself.  They are so good, I’ve been making these and putting them on top leftovers, in soups and everything else I think they’d be good on.  I let my eggs sit out for 15-20 minutes before starting to boil the water, and I boiled them for a little over 5 minutes and perfect every time.

05_30_Turmeric prawns with kaffir lime leaves

Turmeric prawns with kaffir lime leaves – This recipe reminded me how much I love turmeric, it’s such a distinct flavor and may not be for everyone’s palate but mine sure adores it.  This dish was so spicy and flavorful but I think I used too many red chili peppers my eyes and nose wouldn’t stop running while eating it.

06_08_Mexican Chicken-Hominy Soup

Mexican Chicken-Hominy Soup – The soup base was pretty weak in flavor, but after adding some of the homemade blender salsa I made and some pickled red onions it was delicious.  I’ve made it a second time and just kicked up the broth a bit and it was incredible will be making again many times this fall and winter.

06_09_Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread – Safeway gave me free bananas and I honestly hate eating bananas but I got them anyway because they were free and I knew I could possibly make banana bread or muffins.  It was my first time baking something from scratch after 10+ years or avoiding baking and it was a big success, very enjoyable and perfect quick weekday breakfast.

06_14_Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs – This is probably my favorite brunch recipe.  I’ve made it with Spanish chorizo, green onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper and they were delicious, though the cook time needed to be longer than 10 minutes because the whites weren’t cooked all the way through.  Each time I make it I mix it up with whatever I have in the fridge crack two eggs on top and in a little over 10 minutes my mouth is in heaven.

06_15_Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup – Another mouthwatering soup.  This was lovely; I added some chicken, spinach and extra Thai red chilies it was a more flavorful tom ka gai.  The leftovers were incredible as well and this will definitely make it on my fall and winter soup rotation.

07_23_crispy asian drumsticks

Crispy Asian Drumsticks – Hands down one of the best chicken dishes I made in a long time.  Will be baking more chicken like this; using thighs because I love thighs more.  The chicken was crispy yet not greasy and tasted like fried chicken to me.

07_24_Blueberry Lemon Bread

Blueberry Lemon Bread – My second baking attempt and yes another bread.  Blueberries and lemons area beautiful combination.  This too was a perfect and quick weekday breakfast.

07_25_Pasta with Bacon, Jalapenos, Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions and a Fried Egg

Pasta with Bacon, Jalapenos, Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions and a Fried Egg – So many components to this dish but each was necessary and made it what it is.  The combination of everything was like a party in my mouth can’t wait to make it again.

08_16_Garlicky Goat Cheese Grits

Garlicky Goat Cheese Grits – I think I used more garlic then the recipe called for because I LOVE garlic and I didn’t regret that one bit.  They were good but a little on the thick side and I couldn’t thin them out but they worked, I served them with some shrimp, blistered cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and a fried egg the leftovers were just as tasty.

Writing this post worked last night I finally tried a new recipe and it felt good and tasted good as well!

But when the makeup occur, I don’t see it, all I see is a blur

mobile 051

Things I’m currently in love with in no particular order:

Arnica gel a few years ago one of my trainers suggested I use arnica gel on my knees after working out for my arthritis; finally a few months ago I picked some up and am kicking myself for not buying it sooner the stuff is amazing and it also works on burns.

My new XFINITY cable box/DVR that operates on the new “X1 Entertainment Operating System™” I can record 4 shows at once! And it’s so much easier to navigate and use though it is contributing greatly to my couch potato status.  I typically have nothing nice to say about Comcast but I like this, at least today I do.

Arnold Palmers, I love ice tea and recently fell in love with lemonade and Arnold Palmer’s have become my drink of choice, well behind my beloved Diet Coke that is.  The funny thing is in high school I loved my dad’s Arnold Palmer cardigans and stole them all from him.  Apparently I like things associated with old golfers.

San Diego brunches, since they are all new to me I love them and want to put them ALL.IN.MY.MOUTH.NOW.  I wasn’t a big brunch fan until I moved to Seattle and discovering all the great brunches in San Diego has been delicious.  If you’re in San Diego feel free to leave me your favorite brunch spot in the comments.  Some of my favorites so far are: Hash House A Go Go, Tractor Room, Great Maple, Snooze AM Eatery, R Gang Eatery, Waypoint Public
mobile 003mobile 007mobile 004mobile 015Day 7 e

 

 

mobile 002

mobile 004 mobile 001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fact that Fall is just around the corner!  I heart Fall so hard!  The weather is cooler, there are less people driving and parking on my street, the sunsets are earlier, the leaves change colors, its perfect soup making weather, burning candles is appropriate, wrapping up in a blanket on the couch is acceptable, wearing all kinds of layers is necessary, the list goes on and on, it just makes me happy.

Tacos, while I was in San Diego and now that I’m back in Seattle all I want are tacos, tacos and more tacos.  They are just tasty little treats that I want to “poner en mi boca.”

The book Where’d You Go Bernadette?  This was a great airplane book, light, funny and it was based in Seattle with some Antarctica thrown in.

bareSkin® Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 by bareMinerals for years and I mean years I used liquid foundations, I had my own blend made for me by Prescriptives that I loved but once Nordstrom stopped carrying the Prescriptive line I had to find something new.  I tried many different brands and formulas and hated them all until one day I discovered bareMinerals I was reluctant to do the whole powder thing but ended up loving it and using it for the past 5/6 years and thought I’d never go back to liquid.  I recently tried their new bareSkin liquid foundation and fell in love with liquid foundation all over again, the stuff is amazing, very light weight and provides just the right amount of coverage I’m looking for.  I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE it.

LORAC ‘Unzipped’ Shimmer & Matte Eyeshadow Palette I had some Nordstrom rewards to use up and decided to splurge on this eye shadow palette and OMG I’m glad I did, it’s beautiful.   Every shade is usable and the pigmentation is insane.  And even if I don’t use a primer they stay and don’t crease, when traveling it will be the only eye shadows I bring with me.

My Sonicare Essence Rechargeable sonic toothbrush and my Clarasonic Mia 2 when I travel I don’t take either of these with me, I’d rather save the ‘weight’ of them for another pair of shoes or more clothes.  So when I come home after being gone for 2 or 3 weeks it’s like a spa treatment to my teeth and my face and I fall in love with them all over again.

LUSH Seanik solid shampoo bar, I’m always looking for new hair products and now that I don’t wash my hair everyday anymore, yay for dry shampoo, I wanted something different than what I was using before to get my hair squeaky clean on the days I washed it.  This Seanik did the trip, squeaky clean without drying, striping and no conditioner needed, thanks to the shampoo and my Wet Brush and to top it off it is super easy to travel with no size limit since it’s not a liquid!

New underwear I have a habit of putting my thumbnail through my underwear, weird I know but it happens and about 50% of my underwear all had thumb holes on their sides so I recently purchased some replacements and there’s nothing better than putting on a new clean pair of panties that have no little thumb holes in them.

The fact that MAC will be at the 32nd Street Navy Exchange the next time I’m in San Diego!  I’ve been holding out on repurchasing a few items I’m running low on because I know I can get it there for cheaper, well basically free because I can get my dad to buy it for me than forget to pay him back because I’m still a spoiled daddy’s girl at my age.

It’s not a homeless life for me

I thought I’d share some of my most recent San Diego observations:

  • Everyone likes to back in to park but not everyone is an expert at it.
  • Males wear 10x more cologne than females wear perfume.
  • Guys don’t care if you’re fat if you have boobs they will flirt with your boobs not necessarily your face.
  • There is always room for ice cream it’s a requirement to keep cool.
    mobile 008 mobile 005mobile 010
  • Hillcrest has delicious brunches.
  •  mobile 013 mobile 015 mobile 004 mobile 002 mobile 007
  • Cupcakes are sent from heaven.
    mobile 015 mobile 009
  • Mexican food is essential to stay alive in San Diego.
    mobile 050 mobile 004 mobile 004 mobile 001 mobile 004 mobile 002 mobile 003
  • It’s pretty creepy when doves cry.
  • Jeans are the bane of my existence, sweaty knees suck.
  • San Diego is lacking a Slurpee delivery service. Scratch that my father is the best Slurpee delivery service ever.
  • The homeless in San Diego have some of the best signs ever.
    mobile 020 mobile 006 mobile 003
  • San Diego spells country KSON.
  • Animal Planets “Finding Bigfoot” marathons are painful to watch. If they’ve had ‘sightings’ why hasn’t one been caught or at least remains of one found?  Why oh why does my father love this show.
  • San Diego’s airport Terminal 1 is old and the bathroom are disgusting Alaska Airlines please make them clean it up, the recent remodel did nothing more than putting lipstick on a pig and bring back Rubio’s.
  • San Diego water filtered through a Brita filter taste nothing like Seattle water filtered through a Brita filter.
  • Chorizo corn-dogs are the shit.
    mobile 010
  • Google image search has nothing on what Cellulitis actually looks like in real life, this is yet something else my mother has.

How’s about cooking somethin’ up with me?

Instead of wasting money and going out to eat 6 times a week I’ve started cooking at home more, looking for recipes that would make good lunch leftovers as well as a few attempts at brunch at home.  Besides cooking some old standby’s and favorites I’ve been trying new recipes right and left, while spending way too much time on Pinterest, my boards are a little crazy.

Here are some of the tastier and favorites that I’ve tried so far:

mobile 011

Simple Sesame Noodles

Simple Sesame Noodles from The Pioneer Woman – I added cilantro along with the green onions and it was delicious; I will make the sauce again to put on other things because the sauce it what made the dish.

mobile 004

Quick ramen bowl

Quick ramen bowl from Budget Bytes – I’ve been joking that I’ve put myself on a ramen every night kind of budget, but I was only half joking, if I was going to survive I needed to upgrade my ramen a little.  It was very delicious; better than when I attempt to make fancy top ramen myself, I did use chicken stock instead of water so it was extra flavorful.  I’ve made think at least 3 maybe 4 more times since the first time.

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes from All Recipes – It was Pancake Day and I was determined to celebrate with pancakes so I made these.  I added dark chocolate chips and they were delightful, will defiantly make pancakes again; they were also great the next day reheated in the toaster oven.

Eggs Baked in Avocado

Eggs Baked in Avocado

Eggs Baked in Avocado from Fit Sugar – Since I brunch alarm clock moved to Bismarck North Dakota I decided to attempt brunch at home.  For this one I used green onions instead of chives and would definitely make again it was a super easy brunch dish for one, one note is to cook it closer to 15 minutes for a runnier egg.  I ate it with a side salad and it a wonderful brunch.

Salted Caramel Mug Cake

Salted Caramel Mug Cake

Salted Caramel Mug Cake from Babble – I was craving something warm and chocolaty and searched Pinterest until I found this recipe.  I did use old caramel’s and added a pinch of sea salt, even if you don’t think it’s cooked all the through is it the first one I didn’t think it was fully cooked so added another 20 additional seconds which over cooked it, the second attempt I cooked for its stated time and it was chocolaty and warm would made a great treat.

Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce & Pecorino and Pepper Polenta

Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce & Pecorino and Pepper Polenta

Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce from Cooking Light – I saw this on the cover of the March Cooking Light and added it to the top of my must try recipes, it took a while but I finally tried it.  This was wonderful; the cilantro sauce is something that could go on anything and combined with the polenta (see below) I made it was amazing.  This is the recipe I’d tell everyone to make.

Pecorino and Pepper Polenta from Martha Stewart – For some reason I thought it would go good with the Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce (above) which is why I made it.  By itself it was tasty but topped with the chicken thighs with cilantro sauce it was a party in my mouth and it made great leftovers.  This will become a monthly dish I make for sure.

Chicken & Lime Soup

Chicken & Lime Soup

Chicken & Lime Soup from Budget Bytes – I was looking to make some soup and saw this on Budget Bytes and decided to give it a try.  I did skip the celery because celery is evil and topped it off with green onion and homemade tortilla strips, it was exactly what I was looking for tangy, tasty and worth making again, plus the leftover were even better.

Mongolian Shrimp

Mongolian Shrimp

Mongolian Shrimp Recipe from Blog Chef – The one thing I always want to go for/order when I don’t want to cook is pretty much anything Asian.  I had some shrimp and searched for an Asian-y shrimp dish where I had all the ingredients on hand and this one fit the bill.  It was super easy to make and wonderful would definitely make again.

Jalapeno-cheddar eggs Benedict with cilantro-lime hollandaise

Jalapeno-cheddar eggs Benedict with cilantro-lime hollandaise

Jalapeno-cheddar eggs Benedict with cilantro-lime hollandaise from Whole Home News – This was my first attempt at eggs Benedict, in other words first attempt at poaching an egg and I must say I didn’t do too bad, actually I did pretty awesome.  If you haven’t figured it out yet I pretty much love anything with cilantro, lime and jalapeno so I know I’d love this.  I did cheat and used Pillsbury biscuits because I’m not much of a baker plus I have zero counter space to roll out or knead dough for the biscuits.  Since I cheated on the biscuits and I wanted the jalapeno flavor I added some to the hollandaise and holy cow it was the BEST.IDEA.EVER. to do that.  I added some sliced ham and paired it with a side of asparagus and it was a full meal deal.  I ended up putting some hollandaise on the asparagus which was amazing.  Everything I made of this recipe was wonderful and can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow.

 

What have you been cooking lately that’s I should try?

Adventure time, Come on grab your friends

This past Saturday was the last Chris and Mitzie adventure.  So if you hadn’t heard my roommate of 10,000 years moved out and will now call Bismarck, North Dakota home and seeing as I have zero desire to go to Bismarck it was most likely our last adventure ever, sad but true.  Thankfully it was an awesome one.

We started with brunch, duh, at Collection Café where we each enjoy their weekend brunch package which was admission to the Chihuly Garden and Glass and a 3-course prix fixe brunch menu.  I started with the daily soup which was a delicious potato and rosemary soup.  For my main course I went for their Shrimp and Grits with Beecher’s Marco Polo Cheese Grit Cake, Green Onion Gremolata, Seared Prawns, Spicy Coppa that was amazing.  And for dessert I went for the salted caramel brownie that was out of this world.  Yes it was a lot of food for brunch but it was all tasty and well worth it.

After brunch we walked through the Chihuly Garden and Glass, I had heard mixed reviews of the place but I have to say it was the nicest, coolest ‘museum’ I’ve been to in Seattle.  Every room you turned into the glass got more impressive and astonishing. I LOVED it and highly recommend a visit if you ever come to Seattle.

Brunch:

mobile 007 mobile 009 mobile 012

Chihuly Garden and Glass it was awesome and well worth the price of admission check it out:

Chihuly Garden and Glass 008

In the Glass House

Chihuly Garden and Glass 014

Part of Macchia Forest

Chihuly Garden and Glass 019

Part of Macchia Forest

Chihuly Garden and Glass 022

Chandeliers

Chihuly Garden and Glass 025

Chandeliers

Chihuly Garden and Glass 031

Ikebana and Float Boat

Chihuly Garden and Glass 094

Chandeliers

Chihuly Garden and Glass 095

Chandeliers

Chihuly Garden and Glass 036

Mille Fiori

Chihuly Garden and Glass 051

Mille Fiori

Chihuly Garden and Glass 065

Mille Fiori

Chihuly Garden and Glass 069

Persian Ceiling

Chihuly Garden and Glass 090

Persian Ceiling

Chihuly Garden and Glass 077

Sealife Room

Chihuly Garden and Glass 078

Sealife Room

Chihuly Garden and Glass 083

Northwest Room

Chihuly Garden and Glass 146

Northwest Room

Chihuly Garden and Glass 085

Glass Forest

Chihuly Garden and Glass 105

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 106

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 111

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 115

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 116

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 120

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 121

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 138

In the Garden

Chihuly Garden and Glass 143

Make you banana pancakes, Pretend like it’s the weekend now

2013 BrunchesPicMonkey Collage

In 2012 I was in a brunch rut, going to the same places, ordering the same thing over and over again so I decided for 2013 was going to change that and try new places and new things.  And you know what I did and I did a pretty good job of it too with a whopping 38 new places, meaning 38 new dishes.

2013 was the year of the chicken and waffles as you can see by the list of some of my favorite dishes.

  • Café Parco – South for the Winter: A sweet and savory waffle studded with fresh jalapeno is topped with fried pork belly, cheddar cheese sauce, a sultry Southern style, tomato sauce, a basted egg and fresh jalapenos.
  • Duos Lounge – Chicken and Waffles: Cajun Style Chicken with Belgium Waffles and a Chipotle Honey Syrup
  • Piatti – Crispy pork belly, creamy grits, salsa verde, balsamic reduction, soft poached egg
  • Fiddlehead Fine Foods and Café – Biscuits & Gravy: with sausage gravy, spinach and tomatoes
  • Hash House A Go Go – Sage Fried Chicken and Bacon Waffles Crowned with Fried Leeks and a Maple Reduction.
  • Brass Tacks – MAD HATCHER CHICKEN & WAFFLES:  buttermilk waffle & bourbon maple
  • Tractor Room – Andy’s house sage fried chicken benedict: on a split fresh biscuit with fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomatoes, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream and scrambled eggs
  • Portage Bay Café – Goat Cheese Omelette: organic baby spinach, scallions, crimini mushroom, local Two Oaks goat cheese.
  • Salish Lodge – Salish Lodge classic Croque Madame
  • Aunt Emma’s – Chocolate chip pancakes

2014 I’ll be continuing with the new brunch places I still have over 30 places on my list that I haven’t tried and I’m sure as the years goes on there will be more added.  If you like brunch check out any of the above or be brave and join me for one of my new places this year.

Then there was Pebbles, times was rough. She was turning Trix, to get a Cocoa Puff

I feel it’s my duty to educate the people of the internet a little bit.

Brunch does not equal buffet; NO it does not. 

Brunch is a meal eaten between breakfast and lunch during usually in the late morning but it can extend to as late as 3:00 PM on weekends.  The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch (thank you Wikipedia).  When I say I’m doing brunch on Saturday and/or Sunday I’m not doing a buffet, I’m just eating my breakfast after 11 am.  Unless I’m doing dim sum than I’m doing dim sum as my brunch, which is totally acceptable because dim sum is yum.

I don’t understand why so many people think brunch equals buffet just because on certain holidays i.e. Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday, etc…restaurants advertise brunch buffets but any other weekend day it’s normal meal with a menu and everything!

So for those not in the know you now know brunch does not equal buffet, brunch is just delicious weekend food to me.  If you love brunch as much as I do, I’ve tried 30 new brunch places this year alone, and want to check out some tasty places let me know I’ll gladly share my Seattle list and maybe if I like you I’ll invite you along for a Mitzie brunch adventure.