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Brunch For Father’s Day ~ Toasted Sandwiches

Brunch For Father’s Day ~ Toasted Sandwiches

Brunch for Father’s Day is a beautiful time to create toasted sandwiches. It is a great time of year as spring is in full bloom and brunch outside is perfect. These recipes children can help to make according to their ability.

The sandwiches featured here are:

  • Opened faced egg and avocado sandwich
  • Fruit bagels
  • Scrambled eggs with sausage sandwich
  • Fried egg and bacon sandwich

It is a great time for the family to come together and celebrate mom.

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Brunch Breakfast Sandwich

Opened Faced Egg and Avocado Brunch Sandwich

Serves 4

  • boil 5 eggs
    • Egg boiling tips
      • place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan
      • cover with cold water
      • bring to just boiling
      • cover with the lid and remove from heat
      • let sit for 12 min (large eggs)
      • drain immediately
  • 4 English Muffins
  • 3 TSP Hummus, mashed avocado, or Butter to spread on the toasted muffin
  • 2 large almost ripe avocados peeled and sliced lengthwise
    • avocado ripeness
      • darker green to black riper that light green
      • You should be able to apply some pressure when squeezing in the palm of your hand do not use your fingers they cause bruising
  • Salt and pepper

Boil the eggs, peel, and slice lengthwise set aside. Toast English Muffins to your likeness. We toasted using ToBox 4 slice toaster. It provides great settings for toasting perfect bread every time. Butter or place hummus on each slice of the toasted English muffins. Layer on entire egg slices across the top of the buttered area. Top the eggs with sliced avocados. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.

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Brunch Breakfast Sandwich

Fruit Bagel Opened Face Brunch Sandwich

Serves 4

  • 8 lengthwise sliced strawberries
  • 4 sliced bananas
  • 4 plain bagels
  • 8 oz package of Neufchatel cheese softened

Toast the bagels to your liking. Our bagels toasted up nicely using the ToBox toaster. It offers a bagel setting that toasts only one side.   Spread Neufchatel cheese on each bagel not too heavy. Place the strawberries on the outer edges of the bagel slightly hanging off the edge and bananas on the inside of the bagel.

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Sausage Egg Cheese Brunch Sandwich

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage Brunch Sandwich 

serves 4

  • 1 lb sausage (your favorite is best) made into 4 patties and cooked in skillet till done
  • 8 large eggs beaten and scrambled salted and peppered to taste
    • Scrambled eggs tips
      • Use water instead of milk. This makes them softer milk tends to add a heaviness and tough
      • Salt right before you pull them off the stove. This keeps them moister.
      • Pepper right before you pull them off the stove. This helps the eggs keep their bright yell
  • 8 toasted (ToBox toaster is great because it understands bread and toasting to perfection) bread slices buttered
  • 8 slices of sharp cheddar cheese

Lay the cheese on each slice of toast. On one slice of toast place the sausage, then the scrambled eggs. You can add a favorite sauce hot sauce, salsa, or ketchup.  Top with the other slice of bread with cheese. Cut the sandwich into quarters.

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Fried Egg and Bacon Brunch Opened Faced Sandwich

serves 4

  • 4 slices of bread toasted and buttered
  • 4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices of bacon cut in half and cooked
    • Bacon Tips
      • cook bacon in the oven
      • line cookie sheet with wax paper or tin foil
      • cook for 15 to 20 minutes on 375 (time depends on your likeness)
  • 8 eggs fried until firm but not overcooked salt and peppered to taste
    • Fried Egg tips
      • cook eggs one at a time
      • heat the pan on medium with butter in the pan
      • when the pan is hot break one egg in the pan
      • turn heat source down to low immediately
      • cook slow until the white in the egg is cooked and yolks thicken but not stiff

Set up your toast place a slice of cheese on each toast. 4 slices of toast layer 2 fried eggs, 4 slices of bacon, and place the other 4 slices on top of the bacon.

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Party Like the Celebrities at The Oscars® Governors Ball ~ Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Party Like the Celebrities at The Oscars® Governors Ball ~ Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Gathering with friends and families to celebrate the talented filmmakers at your own Oscars® party is thrilling. There is planning the menu, shopping, and creating all the wonderful food. Wolfgang Puck, catering service for the 90th Oscars® is busy as well preparing the food for the Governors Ball.

Puck is renowned Chef and works with CEO Carl Schuster, they continue to set the standard for culinary excellence at the Governors Ball. He revolutionizes the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever our guests gather for a meal. This year is no different for the event of the year, The Academy Awards®. He is staying true to using fish and seafood that Seafood Watch compliant and locally sourced ingredients. They are coming from:

  • Babe Farms
  • Best Oriental Produce
  • Chino Valley Ranchers cage free eggs
  • Coke Farms
  • County Line Harvest
  • Fruition Sales
  • Harry’s Berries
  • Ocean Mist
  • Pasturebird Farms
  • Pudwill Farms
  • Rising C Ranch specialty citrus
  • Straus Dairy
  • Sunkist
  • Times Produce
  • Weiser Family Farms

This year’s menu includes his famous Baked Macaroni and Cheese (with truffles). This will include 35 pounds winter black truffles from Burgundy, 100 pounds five-year aged white Cheddar, and 125 pounds aged Vermont Cheddar cheese to feed the hungry celebrities. This is a simple recipe that will be a dish that is easy to create and serve individually.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

(recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck)

Servings: Serves 4

Ingredients:

8 ounces elbow macaroni

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 1/2 cups milk

3 tablespoons finely chopped black truffle (optional)

1/2 medium white onion

1 bay leaf

10 ounces sharp aged white Cheddar, shredded

3 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded

1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pinch cayenne

2 drops black winter truffle oil (optional)

1 cup fresh brioche or challah bread crumbs

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

Thinly sliced fresh black truffles, for garnish (optional)

Steps:

Step One: Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add macaroni and cook until al dente, tender but still chewy, about 7 minutes. Drain and transfer to lightly oiled baking pan. Set aside.

Step Two: While macaroni cooks, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a separate pot over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.

Step Three: Add milk, chopped truffle, onion, and bay leaf to butter-flour mixture. Raise heat slightly and simmer for 10 minutes, until creamy, stirring regularly. Discard onion and bay leaf. Remove from heat.

Step Four: Stir in 3/4 of aged Cheddar along with other cheeses. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne, and truffle oil if desired. Fold in macaroni. Pour into 2-quart casserole. Top with remaining Cheddar.

Step Five: Melt remaining butter in sauté pan. Add breadcrumbs and parsley. Toss to coat. Spread crumb mixture evenly over top of macaroni.

Step Six: Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven let stand for about 5 minutes. Top with shaved truffle, if desired, before serving.

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The Epliogue

A great drink to serve at your party is The Epilogue. The inspiration is like a great movie, a memorable cocktail menu should be multidimensional. The Epilogue is a blend of decidedly warmer, richer flavors, playing off of the carefully aged notes in Tequila Don Julio Reposado. Hints of coffee, baking spices, anise and mellow oak wrap draw you in. The perfect, broad-shouldered sipper that showcases the versatility of aged tequila.

THE EPILOGUE

Ingredients:

1 1/4 ounces Tequila Don Julio Reposado

1/4 ounce Caffé Amaro

1/4 ounce Cocchi di Torino

Light barspoon of 2:1 Demerara Syrup

Long orange twist and fresh tarragon sprig for garnish

Preparation:

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing

glass with ice. Stir to chill and dilute.

2. Pour over fresh ice into an Old Fashioned Glass.

3. Garnish with orange twist and a sprig of fresh tarragon.

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Wolfgang Puck’s Oscars’® Governors Ball Recipe ~ Chicken Pot Pie

Wolfgang Puck’s Oscars’® Governors Ball Recipe ~ Chicken Pot Pie

Create Chicken Pot Pie just like the celebrities enjoy at Oscar’s® night. There is planning the menu, shopping, and creating all the wonderful dishes. Wolfgang Puck, catering service for the 90th Oscars® is busy as well preparing the food for the Governors Ball.

Puck a renowned Chef and works with CEO Carl Schuster, they continue to set the standard for culinary excellence at the Governors Ball. He revolutionizes the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations when our guests gather for a meal. This year is no different for the event of the year, The Academy Awards®. He is staying true to using fish and seafood that is Watch compliant and locally sourced ingredients. They are coming from:

This year’s menu includes his famous Chicken Pot Pie. This will include 1,000 pounds Pasturebird chicken and 100 pounds carrots to feed the hungry celebrities. This is a simple recipe that will be a dish that is easy to create and serve individually.

CHICKEN POT PIE

(recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, adapted from “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy,” Rutledge Hill Press, 2004)

Yield: Serves 4

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into 1-inch chunks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1/2 pound organic red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 pound organic carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1 sprig thyme

1 bay leaf

1 cup white wine

2 cups organic chicken stock

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream

1/4 cup dry sherry

1/2 cup shelled or frozen peas

Approximately 1/2 pound frozen puff pastry, defrosted following package instructions

1 cage-free egg

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and toss in a mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons of

the flour until evenly coated. In a large skillet over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add

the chicken pieces, reduce the heat slightly, and sauté, turning them occasionally, until light

golden and thoroughly cooked, about 5 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the

chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the remaining oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter to the pan,

then add the potatoes, carrots, and onions and sauté until they begin to look glossy and bright, 2

to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme, and bay

leaf, and sauté, just until the vegetables begin to color slightly, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Add the wine, turn up the heat, stir and scrape with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan deposits,

and simmer until the liquid reduces by about half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and the

1 cup of cream. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer briskly until the

liquid reduces by about half again and is thick and creamy about 15 minutes. Remove the sprig

of thyme and the bay leaf. Stir in the reserved chicken pieces and the sherry. Stir together the butter

and remaining flour and stir this paste into the mixture. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to 4 large individual ovenproof 2-cup soup bowls, 4 ramekins of the same size, or a 2-quart baking

dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the filling is cold, at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure the puff pastry is no thicker than 1/4 inch. With

the tip of a sharp knife cut the pastry into 4 circles that will overhang the rim of the serving

bowls or ramekins by about half an inch; for a single large baking dish, cut 4 circles that will

cover its top, or use one large sheet.

In a small bowl, beat together the egg and the remaining 1 tablespoon cream to make an egg

wash. Brush the tops and outsides of the rims of the bowls. Place the bowls, ramekins, or

baking dish on a baking tray and place the puff pastry circles on top, pressing them gently over

the sides of the dishes. Pierce the tops with the tip of a paring knife. Brush the top of the pastry

with egg wash. Carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the filling is

bubbling hot and the pastry is a deep golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes. Serve hot.

Serve with this great non-alcoholic drink. The inspiration is every great hero needs a faithful sidekick. The drink offers a thoughtful combination of the vibrant hibiscus, fresh citrus and effervescent tonic complemented by an elegant garnish.

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The Sidekick Oscars Party Drink

THE SIDEKICK (non-alcoholic)

Ingredients:

2 ounces Cold Hibiscus Tea

1 1/2 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice 1 1/2 ounces Tonic Water

1 ounce Simple Syrup

Sliced Cucumber and Borage Flowers for Garnish

Preparation:

  1. Combine hibiscus tea, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Gently shake and roll in tonic water.
  3. Pour over fresh ice into a Collins glass.
  4. Garnish: Wrap thin cucumber slice around inside of glass and top with borage flowers.

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Summertime is Here ~ Happy Memorial Day

Summertime is Here ~ Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the first celebration of the summer holiday. Many spend their time at the poolside, beach, or picnicking. Food, family, and fun are key to this holiday.

This holiday is celebrated to honor those who have served and lost their lives protecting America. This holiday started shortly after the Civil War. We deeply appreciate the sacrifice by many and their families. This traditionally was known as decoration day. As a child I remember going to Almo, Idaho (a small town near the City of Rocks & Burly Idaho) to clean up the family cemetery and decorating the graves for Memorial Day.

Enjoying family traditions and recipes during Memorial Day weekend creates a connection to ourselves and those who went on before us.  We all have those tried and true recipes that come with no recipe card. It is fun to create your own traditions and recipes for the holidays.

This Memorial Day our menu will include Ciabatta and Cherry Almond Bundt Cake. It is one last time before the summer heat to get a few great bakes created. Ciabatta is a great, simple bread to start learning to create your own loaves of bread. The bread was created by Arnaldo Cavallari, a miller, in Verona, Veneto, Italy in 1982 as a response to the popular french baguettes. This is a perfect bread for transportation.

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Cibatta Bread

Ciabatta

3 3/4 cups of White whole wheat flour 

2 1/4 Tsp. Dry Active Yeast (1 package)

2 1/4 Tsp. Salt

1 1/2 cups cold water

1/2 cups cold water

Olive oil for pans and raising bowl

Bosch Mixer (I used the hand mixer) with dough hook(s)

Place flour, yeast (on the right side of the flour), and salt (on left side of flour) 1 1/2 cup water in mixer bowl. Begin mixing on low. When the dough begins to form drizzle remaining 1/2 cup into bowl and raise mixer to the next level up. Mix the dough for 5-8 minutes. You will know it is ready when it is stretchy and smooth.

Place dough in a square plastic container (enough room for bread to rise) with side oiled with olive oil. The square container assists with keeping the bread the proper shape for baking. Place lid on top. The lid keeps the dry skin from forming while bread rises. Raise dough until double in size about 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours at room temperature.

Dust a work space well with flour (the dough will be sticky). Allow for it to naturally fall out of the container onto floured surface. Coat the top of the dough with more flour. Handle the dough very carefully, don’t pat back down. You want to keep as much air as possible in the dough. Cut the dough lengthways into 4 equal sized loaves. Slightly stretch each piece lengthways and place on oiled baking trays. Let rest 30-45 min on baking sheet. 

Pre-heat oven 425 degrees. Baked bread 25 min. until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool completely on wire racks.

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Cherry Bundt Cake

Cherry Almond Bundt Cake 

3/4 cup quartered Natural Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries

  • rinse cherries
  • dry well with paper towels
  • toss with 2 tablespoons flour
  • set aside

You can make you own maraschino cherries (make two days in advance)

  • 1 pint of sour cherries
  • 1 cup maraschino liqueur (possible substitutes are Amaretto, Grand Marnier, or contact your local store for assistance)
  • Bring liqueur to a simmer. Turn off the heat, and add the cherries, stir, let cool, and pour into jars. Refrigerate. Make these a day or two before using. Cherries last for months.

1 Cup all purpose white flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup unsalted soften butter (do not microwave)

3/4 white sugar (pulse slightly in food processor before measuring)

Zest of 1 lemon

1/8 cup plus 2 tsp. finely ground almonds

3 large eggs

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. Fluff flour and baking powder until well mixed in a bowl. Add all ingredients except the cherries to mixer bowl,  mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Lightly fold cherries in to batter. Place in a well butter bundt pan. Bake 25-45 min. When cooled and cake starts to pull from sides of pan remove from pan to cooling rack. Finish with Ganache and toasted almonds (place sliced almonds in a warmed pan and toss lightly until golden brown) on top.

Ganache 

1 1/2 cups of heavy cream

1 lb. semi-chocolate or bittersweet chocolate chopped (we recommend 61% cacao)

In a heavy saucepan, bring heavy cream to boil. Turn off the heat. Add chopped chocolate pieces and let it rest until melted (this is key). Use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture until all the pieces are melted. Pour it into a room-temperature bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate ganache until it is firm.

The weekend meal included trout almondine, roasted garlic green beans, ciabatta bread, and cherry almond cake. A nice pinot noir is served with the meal.

May your holiday be filled with great memories and remember your lifestyle is worth the best.

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1 lb. Land O’ Lakes butter

Natural Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries

1 lb. natural almonds

1/2 lb. sliced almonds

All purpose white flour

1 quart Heavy Cream

1 lb. 61% cacao semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate

1 dozen eggs

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C&H White Sugar

1 small can Baking Powder 

5 lbs. White whole wheat flour 

Dry Active Yeast

Silicone Kitchen Set

Bundt Pan

Bosch Mixer

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