Saturday, June 21, 2014

"What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?" ~ Anthony Bourdain

Happy summer my friends! And happily, summer weather of the nicest kind seems to be gracing us at the moment (not too hot; not too cold; a lovely combination of sun and clouds). All the perfect setting for our most recent BITE gathering at Tierney's home. Breakfast was the theme this go-round, and we all agreed, we enjoy breakfast foods at any time of the day! When it came to who had what course, I couldn't remember if I had appetizer or side-dish, and I guess that when it comes to breakfast, it doesn't really matter! My selection was probably not either, but it was delicious just the same. 



I made Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake. I think that I have grown more comfortable with trying my hand at baking and I just kept going! I made a couple of modifications - nothing big. If you check out the recipe, you will see that it does not specify the amount of vanilla in the batter, just says "1/2". As I checked out the comments, she provides that it should read "1/2 tsp." The recipe calls for 3 cups of blueberries. Well, I had two 16 oz. containers and just used them both, holding a couple of handfuls out for scattering around the top and sides. Also, she calls for two bread pans - a traditional pound-cake presentation. I chose to use my aunt's old bundt cake pan, which I think worked perfectly. Lastly, the glaze calls for a small amount of milk. I omitted that and added extra lemon juice. No drastic modifications - just letting you know what I did!

Ellen cooked up Individual Parmesan Hash Brown Cups - just scrumptious, and she indicated that they were very easy! Ellen also brought Strawberry and Quinoa Parfait, which was wonderful, and healthy!



As host, Tierney did our main dish of Steak and Eggs Benedict. Well, she had me at "hollandaise sauce", which I love, but have never been brave enough to try! This dish had all of my favorite food groups in it! For our beverage, Tierney appropriately selected Summer Sangria, a perfect choice for the day! Also on tap was a minty tea - so refreshing!



Last, for our breakfast dessert, Chris baked up Apple Fritter Pull Apart Bread. It is described as "ooey and gooey" - yes it is - and delicious! I'm sorry to say that I did not get any very good photos of it. This looks a bit "Andy Warhol-ish"! Doesn't do it justice!



When we meet next month, Ellen is choosing to continue the summer love with fruit as our theme. My head is already swimming with fruit-fresh ideas!

9 comments:

  1. Perfect weather here in NYC today ... the only thing missing is that scrumptious food!

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  2. This picture of your Blueberry Cake looks so delicious!!! The Sangria is now on my Wanted-list :)

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    1. It was delicious Nancy, and as for sangria, I think of it as a great way to get my needed fruit!

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  3. Oh my word!! That cake of yours is absolutely stunning. :-) It literally took my breath away. :-)

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    1. Thank you Krista! I must say that the cake was fabulous!

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  4. Ohhh gosh it all sound good and I agree, these recipes would be yummy anytime of day!! Fruit will be a fun theme. Look forward to seeing what you cook up!! Clarice

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  5. Thank you for taking time to make our evening together look so beautiful - it was, after all! Just so you know, I managed to get four slices from the one generous slice of your pound cake. Wow, I wanted it to last and last, it was so good! Here's to another wonderful dinner.

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