Tag: brunch

Huevos Rancheros – Serious Foodie Style

There is nothing like the classic Southwest/Mexican breakfast, huevos rancheros (which simply means “ranch eggs”).  It is one of those simple, elegant dishes that should be easy to do at home.

Shakshuka, a Traditional Baked Egg Dish

Every so often, a single dish becomes viral – like Shakshuka, a dish that has its origins in North Africa.  It seems that every high-end restaurant we’ve visited in the last few months has a different take on this dish, and like many great dishes there are as many versions as there are cooks who have embraced it. It even showed up in a recent NY Times article written by Melissa Clark – and we really like her writing and recipes, so we thought our followers wouldn’t mind if we republish her recipe.  We tried this dish as a Passover/Easter brunch plate, serving it on top of potato pancakes (latkes, of course).  It was a big hit, along with one of the Serious Foodies’ hot sauce on the side.  Hope you try it! Shakshuka, a Traditional Baked Egg Dish Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 30 mins Serves: serves 4 This version strays from more traditional renditions by adding crumbled feta cheese, which softens into creamy nuggets in the oven’s heat. Rated as: EASY Ingredients 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced 1 large red bell pepper, […]

Cool DIY Brunch Menus

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Saturday, Sunday – or playing hooky midweek – having an at-home brunch means no waiting in line, as many mimosas as your heart desires, and, best of all, eating in your pajamas. We pulled together some really cool recipes that will help you tackle a leisurely weekend brunch in style. Easy like Sunday morning, baby! Quinoa Breakfast Bowls The brilliant blog site – Iamafoodblog.com – has a wealth of wonderful breakfast/brunch recipes.  The best & most creative of the lot are the quinoa breakfast bowls that are delicious and healthy.  We particularly liked the Asian-inspired version with miso mustard dressing.  READ MORE… [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Eggs Benedict   Want to make perfect poached eggs?  Then raise the bar to eggs Benedict?  No doubt the queen of DIY is Martha Stewart, and her website gives us a beautiful collection of poached egg recipes, including the classic eggs Benedict.  READ MORE…   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text] Duck Hash We love hash – all sorts of hash – from the classic corned beef version to the more exotic.  Our own test kitchen replicated a duck hash from 39 Rue de Jean in Charleston, SC – which was the best we ever tasted.  This is also […]

The Serious Foodie 10 Steps for Sexy Meals

We have a saying at the Serious Foodie – there is nothing sexier than good food and good wine.  This is especially true for Valentine’s Day, which is our second least-favorite day to dine out (next to New Year’s Eve).  Why?  The good to great restaurants are packed, the kitchens are stressed, the prices are higher, and many places will dumbed-down the menus to accommodate the folks who venture out only on Valentine’s Day.  Besides, this is THE DAY for the Serious Foodie to impress with a hand-crafted meal for the significant other(s) in our life, with matching wines, candle light, flowers, and other romantic touches. Besides recipes and ingredients, you should also consider certain DO’s and DON’Ts.  Here is our Serious Foodie 10 steps for sexy meals which will help you to impress your date, get another date, and who knows what else? [/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”black”][vc_column_text] 10 Steps for Sexy Meals [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Not all great food is date food! Make sure you find out likes/dislikes before you start getting your ingredients together (“Didn’t you know that I’m allergic to shellfish??!!!) Don’t just buy the most expensive ingredients, especially if you haven’t had experience with them.  For instance, do you really […]

Duck Hash Recipe Inspired by 39 Rue de Jean

During our January 2014 foodie road trip, we made a stop to Charleston, SC.  We had dinner reservations at some fabulous restaurants (check out the other reviews), and wondered around the town during the day.  We stumbled on 39 Rue de Jean just as we needed to get brunch/lunch, and decided to give it a try.  The TripAdvisor.com audience seemed to like it – and it was very active on a generally slow day in Charleston. The style of the restaurant can be best described as New Orleans funk – lots of wood, a bit of wall clutter, up beat music.  We were in time for brunch – the menu had a lot of standard, slightly up-scaled fare (such as eggs benedict done in about 24 styles), but one item caught our attention:  duck confit hash.  We’re big fans of good hash, and this one made it to our all-time best list.  The hash mix was a perfect combination of duck confit, potatoes, onions, sweet red pepper, and a heavenly gravy that was rich and incredibly flavorful. One of our favorite exercises is to back-engineer restaurant dishes, and to see if we can come close to matching the flavors.  We […]

a.kitchen – Brunch with Darth Vadar's Death Star

The Dinner Doctor and I had the pleasure to brunch with MsL-Foodie and MrR-Foodie at a wonderful spot just off of Rittenhouse Square in Philly – a.kitchen 135 South 18th Street.  Philly is turning into a go-to destination city for foodies of all types, and has arguably the best brunch selection of any major city.  The a.kitchen is part of a bar and elegant extended stay hotel (AKA) in one of the city’s hottest spots. The brunch menu at a.kitchen was intriguing, with selections such as Vegetarian Scrapple (a nice, playful, healthy version of the Amish meat Scrapple), Chorizo and Mussels with Braised Eggs, and Grilled Flank Steak, Asparagus, Turnips and Sunny-Side Up Eggs. However, there was one item that stood out, literally, from the rest of the menu:  The Death Star.  We were forewarned: this was an evil burger that might kill even Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker together.  About 3/4 pound of prime ground meat surrounded a slab of burrata, which was coated with a cheese combination.  All of this was chicken-fried, topped with a fried egg, served on a homemade english muffin (sort of), along with a killer gravy of onions, mushrooms, and truffle oil.  Of course this […]

Eggs Benedict (not Arnold)

  MrSeriousFoodie and the DinnerDoctor love to find the little local gems, the places off the beaten path, or the places that don’t get on the Zagat’s, Fodor’s, or other food review services. Duval St. in Key West is certainly on the tourist path – but Croissants de France should get more attention. We couldn’t stop raving about the breakfast and the service at this neighborhood gem. There was a good mix of locals and tourists. They make eggs benedict in at least 5 different styles – with some specials thrown in. We had the lobster & andouille sausage benedict, and the brioche stuffed with poached eggs, spinach, and cheese. Server Alexa was very professional, and a lot of fun. This was the best breakfast, and some of the best food we ate in Key West by a long shot.