Thursday, July 15, 2010
We hosted a brunch Sunday for friends and family. The guests were Mr. Kim’s parents and our good friends the McMahons. Momma and Ted planned to come up this weekend, but just couldn’t manage the drive. We all missed them so much – they are very popular with the Richmond crowd.
It was a very win-win occasion. I got to have a cooking orgy on Saturday and Sunday, my house got clean (we are terrible about using company as an excuse to finally do all those chores that should be done weekly) and everyone got a good visit and a good meal.
Daddy and Katie gave me a subscription to Cuisine at Home magazine, a publication I really love. They have no ads, the recipes are well explained and clear and I’ve had success with every recipe I’ve ever tried. I found an issue in my magazine stack from April 2010 that I don’t remember seeing before and it had a lot of interesting looking brunch recipes. Lots of what I did for Sunday was from this issue.
Lots of pictures of this day – so Momma and Ted can feel like they were here.
We started with a pitcher of Lemonade Sangria:
Really refreshing. Mr. Kim accused me of pulling a Sandra Lee with ‘choking hazards’ in my drinks!
Doughnuts from the new doughnut shop near us, “Daylight Doughnuts”:
They were pretty good, but nowhere near as good as Country Style in the East End. Plus the fact the Daylight Doughnuts is a chain and Country Style locally owned.
Benedict Baskets w/ Julia Child’s blender hollandaise:
These were great. English muffin baskets with eggs, Swiss cheese, spinach and tomato. Everyone loved them.
Bacon, sausage and ham kebabs glazed with pecan-maple syrup, apple jelly and cinnamon.
Genius! Why hasn’t anyone ever thought of THIS before. Pork sticks!!!
Steamed shrimp w/ cocktail sauce:
Mike’s smoked leg of lamb and Yogurt-garlic-mint sauce:
Fruit salsa and pie crust chips:
I confess that the geometry of the chips was a challenge to me. The directions said, “Cut into 8 wedges. Cut each wedge into 4 triangles.” I almost cut each wedge into LONG, SKINNY wedges. But then I realized that I needed to cut off the tip of the wedge to make one triangle and cut the bottom of the wedge into the other three triangles. This will be obvious to a person of normal intelligence, but I felt extremely proud of myself
Hot potato salad:
Tiny red skinned potatoes baked in a sauce of cream cheese, Cheddar, buttermilk and herbs. Another popular dish – everyone wanted the recipe for this one.
Purchased mini croissants:
Dessert was Pots du Crème and Limeade Pie w/ Tart Cherry Sauce:
I’ve done this recipe a couple of times before. It’s a Pioneer Woman recipe and amazingly good and easy. It’s all done in a blender with super hot milk or coffee. Incredibly smooth and rich.
Really rich and creamy and refreshing. The cherry sauce was too thick – I misread the amount of cornstarch!
Once we were replete, the rest of the afternoon stretched out with quiet conversation and FOOTBALL (real, actual Amurican football – NOT that shortpants girlie-boy stuff they play ELSEWHERE) since the wonderful, amazing cableguy, Kevin, came by to install the HD on SUNDAY morning. It was NFL reruns, of course. But that will do until August. (My writing style relies WAY too much on commas and dashes.)
We missed you Momma and Ted! And I wish Daddy and Katie had been here, too! I miss all my parents.