Happy Waffle Day!

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Ever had chicken and waffles before?  The first time I heard of chicken and waffles, I thought, “Nope!  I would never try it!”  But when I did try it, my life changed!!  I’m not much of a breakfast person, but this meal is perfect for brunch time.  I’ve ordered chicken and waffles EVERY time I go out for brunch and it doesn’t disappoint.  The combination of beautiful, golden waffles topped with crispy, tender chicken, and sweet maple syrup, is … HEAVENLY!  And with my new Breville waffle maker, I can make these at home whenever I want!  This recipe is so delicious and easy, you will never have to buy waffle mix again!

Buttermilk Waffles

  • Servings: 6 large waffles
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The only waffle recipe you will ever need!

Ingredients

-2 1/2 cups All purpose flour

-1/4 cup granulated sugar

-2 tsp baking powder

-1/2 tsp baking soda

-1 tsp salt

-2 eggs, beaten

-1 1/2 cups buttermilk

-1/4 cup melted butter

-1 tsp vanilla bean paste

-berries, chocolate chips, nuts, are optional

Directions

  1.  Preheat your waffle maker.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients.  This ensures that they are evenly distributed.
  3. Whisk in remaining ingredients.  If the batter is too thick, add more buttermilk.
  4. If you are not using a nonstick waffle maker, brush the plates with melted butter and pour about 1/3 cup of batter in the center.
  5. Close and cook until your desired doneness.

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Mother’s Day Weekend

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing ladies!

This past weekend was so great! It started out with an amazing event that I catered on Saturday. It was for this sweet little girl who just had her First Communion. I met this very sweet family a few weeks ago and it was such an honor that I got to be a part of their event. When the mother reached out to me to cater her event, she thought it would be a fun idea to do a brunch board with all sorts of goodies. I thought, “how fun!” and I was all in! Their menu consisted of :

  • Lemon poppyseed muffins
  • Double chocolate chip muffins
  • Goat cheese, spinach, and ham quiche
  • Bacon, broccoli, and cheddar quiche
  • Buttermilk pancakes
  • Chocolate chip pancakes
  • Nutella French toast (I mean anything with Nutella is heavenly, am I right?)
  • Raspberry and cream cheese stuffed French toast
  • Assorted bagels (complete with 3 cream cheese smears, arugula, capers, and tomatoes)
  • Cheese board (complete with 6 different hard and soft cheese, crackers, honeys, and nuts)
  • Fresh fruit (with extra strawberries and blueberries)
  • Crispy bacon and smoked sausage
  • Orange juice and raspberry lemonade

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What an AMAZING way to celebrate with your friends and family!! It’s such a great feeling to see the smiles and to hear how everything exceeded expectations!! And as I was leaving, the happy parents both told me that this was the best way to celebrate-at their home and not having to wait at a restaurant for all the food for their large group! I’m looking forward to catering another event with them in the future!

On Sunday, I spent the day with my family. It started with me, my mom, and my cousin, Trish. I bought us a couple bottles of champagne, we had chicken and waffles for brunch, and we spent some time in the pool. It was a perfect laid back day- we talked Game of Thrones and listened to good music all day. And speaking of Game of Thrones!! What an episode! No spoilers here, but OMG! I cannot believe that next week is the last episode! How did this time go by so quickly?… What are your predictions for the finale?

National English Muffin Day

 

20190423_120754-01Today is National English Muffin day and, of course, I made English Muffins from scratch!  Turns out, they are incredibly easy to make and the flavor is sooo amazing!  Not to knock any store bought brand of English muffin, but using high quality ingredients such as King Arthur flour and Kerrygold butter, gives these beauties such amazing flavor!  I cooked them in my Lodge cast iron and then toasted them in my Breville oven.  I will definitely be making these over and over again!  Will be trying them out with the crab cake eggs benedict soon!

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I am discounting your first service!  15% off either your week of meal planning or catered event throughout the month of May.  Moms deserve a great culinary experience–treat her to a nice brunch or a dinner throughout the month and show her how appreciated she is!  What are your plans for Mother’s Day?  Mother’s Day menus will be posted this weekend.  Follow in Instagram and subscribe here for updates!

Easter

Hey everyone!  Another busy week and I finally have a moment to sit and reflect.  Last week, I was reminded that there are going to be obstacles when you least expect it and I become stronger and stronger every time.  I have an amazing tribe and with them, I can do it!  This is a new week and it started on a great note!  Still hype over Game of Thrones!  Is it just me, or did that hour seem to just fly by?!  I feel like I blinked and it was over!  This weekend, we will be ready with an EPIC dinner because it’s not only Game of Thrones, but it is also Easter Sunday!

This week, I’ll be focused on helping new customers with their meal preferences and lift the burden of having to cook dinner for their families and for themselves.

For one family:

*Shrimp scampi with roasted broccoli and a grilled Caesar salad  *Perfectly seared scallops with mashed potatoes  *Four cheese lasagna with Zucchini noodles  *Whole roasted chicken with roasted potatoes and honey maple glazed carrots

For another family:

*Roasted cauliflower with turkey sausage and yogurt  *Chinese chicken and broccoli with white rice  *Mongolian beef  *Vegetable fried rice *Gluten free brownies

Another family will have:

*Creamy Tuscan Chicken with broccoli rabe  *Pan seared salmon with white wine pan sauce  *Pinenut couscous with apricots  *Seafood Paella with roasted garlic aioli  *Olive oil polenta cake with honey whipped cream

For Easter dinner:

*Spring Pea salad with asparagus, watermelon radish, and champagne vinaigrette  *Mezze Platter with homemade hummus, marinate olives and artichokes, and pita  *Lamb chops with mint salsa verde  *Roasted Brussels sprouts with smoked brown sugar  *Orange ricotta cake with honey whipped cream

Next week, I have my first customer where I will planning some breakfasts for while they are in town.  These cinnamon rolls are definitely going to be a part of it.  There is just something so comforting about cinnamon rolls.  And they don’t get better than homemade.  These make the perfect addition to any Easter brunch spread.

 

20190417_124649-01.jpegMore on the breakfast meal plans next week.