|Grandparents' Christmas postcard #2|
BITE gathered a bit earlier than usual in December. Given the hectic month and individual travel plans - that seemed best! As host, I had been thinking about my theme for awhile. Also - I knew that there had been a change in some of our schedules, and this would allow us to get together during the day, not just at dinner time. So - I opted for Holiday Brunch. I love brunch/breakfast foods and this was the perfect opportunity for me to try out a few dishes that I love to eat, but had never cooked before.
Since there really are no "courses" to a brunch (at least none that I am aware of), I let folks know ahead of time what I would be making, and then left them to bring whatever they wanted.
I chose two hot dishes, the first being Quiche Lorraine. I love quiche, and Quiche Lorraine in particular, but I have never made it. I followed the recipe to a T. The crust was a disaster - I don't know what I did, but I was thankful that I had a trusty Pillsbury crust in the refrigerator. The quiche turned out wonderfully, though I think that it could have cooked a tad longer. Anything with cheese and bacon wins my heart (I try not to think about what else it's doing to my heart!).
My second dish was Creme Brulee French Toast. This is a favorite of mine at the brunch served at a nearby Inn. This is not their recipe, but it comes pretty darn close. It was delicious - and - it is assembled the night before and then popped into the oven the next morning. I am all about trying to get as much done ahead of time as I can, so this was perfect for me!
When there are no "course" assignments, you do run the risk of two people bringing similar things. That happened to us this time. Tierney brought Tropical Fruit in Spiced Syrup (lower dish of fruit), and Chris brought Fruit Salad with Honey-Yogurt Sauce (taller glasses). Both fruit, but enough of a difference to be refreshing - also refreshing after the somewhat heavy quiche and French toast.
Lastly, Ellen provided a delicious Cranberry-Orange Coffee Cake. This cake was the perfect combination of just a bit tart, and not too sweet - just right for me. It was delectable.
And so the feasting begins! BITE will not meet again until May - so be thinking up some wonderful themes for us to try in 2014!!!