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Birmingham Benedict

Bobby Flay says that brunch is his favorite meal of the day because of the many things you can do with it.  I totally agree!!!  Brunch is so versatile!  You can use sweet, savory, fruit, veggies, meat, pastry, you name it and I bet there is a brunch recipe that will include it!  So once again, it is Saturday morning and I want to mix it up a little.  I love Eggs Benedict.  It is an awesome combination of bread, meat, eggs, a creamy sauce and usually some veggies.  I have had some spectacular variations of this brunch mainstay, but never have I had it the way I made it this morning.  So without further ado I give you my very own Birmingham Benedict!!! Continue reading


The Best Breakfast Cups…Ever.

One of the things I love about our family is that we decided a few years ago that breakfast and dinner were going to be priority family times.  We eat a full breakfast every morning together before we take the kids to school and go to work, usually consisting of bacon, eggs, bread, coffee and a fruit of some sort.  During the week, this is our standard, but when we get to the weekend I like to change it up a little.  Using the same ingredients with just a few tweaks I came up with the Best Breakfast Cups!  These Best Breakfast Cups are both hearty, with thick smoked bacon, and light with the fluffy omelet-like egg filling.  You are going to love these super tasty Best Breakfast Cups! Continue reading

When in Rome: Nashville Edition

Nashville is a great city to visit!  It is easy to get around, traffic is no where near as bad as other large cities and there are loads of great eats all around the city.  My list below has one caveat, it is primarily centered around the Vanderbilt campus.  I did venture to a highly recommended restaurant called City House and was really excited about the food, but alas the bloody place was closed on Tuesday– who the heck closes on Tuesdays!!!! I will visit it the next time I am in the city, just not on a Tuesday.  So below are my primarily Vandy centered eateries.  I hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Low Country Shrimp and Grits

Few things scream Southern Cuisine louder than Low Country Shrimp and Grits!  There are so many wonderful variations on this warm and hearty dish, but today I am giving you the Vulcan’s Table version.  For me there are two keys to really good Shrimp and Grits.  The first is making sure to get really good stone-ground grits.  This ingredient can make all of the difference in both taste and consistency.  Secondly, for my grits I rely heavily on the spices in the andouille sausage.  I let these spices and the fat really flavor the dish.  Make sure you know the heat of your sausage and cut it accordingly; you do not want to get a big bite of really spicy sausage that will overpower the other amazing flavors in the dish.  I use the fresh andouille in the butchers section at our local Whole Foods.  Don’t forget to support our Gulf Coast fishermen and buy fresh and delicious certified Gulf Coast shrimp! Click here to hear some of the amazing stories of these fishermen at Third Coast Byways.

I really love to cook this recipe for lunch on a cold winter day and serve it with some crusty french bread.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Good Eats at Food Blog South

Welcome Food Blog South Bloggers!!! I love Birmingham, and I know you will too!  It is as diverse a city in it’s culture as it is in it’s culinary scene.  So this is a special post for all you awesome food bloggers that will be joining me Saturday at Food Blog South!  I wanted to make sure you feel comfortable in our fine city and have a few local places to sample from while you are here.  So welcome and I hope you enjoy!

Urban Standard– Urban Standard is a hip relatively new shop in Birmingham’s developing 2nd Ave North district. At Urban you can you get an excellent cup or coffee or Latte brewed with Birmingham’s own Primavera Coffee.  Coffee is not the only special part of the Urban experience.  About two years ago the very popular coffee destination began to serve lunch.  They have some of the best Paninos in the city.  They combine some pretty exciting flavors like fresh goat cheese and balsamic jelly on a chicken panino and not to mention the best Grilled Cheese you will ever eat, it is excellent.  They also have a fish sandwich with preserved Meyer Lemons that is worth slapping your mother for.  You will not regret making the short drive over to Urban Standard on 2nd avenue North.

O’Henry’s Coffee– Hands down my favorite coffee in Birmingham.  O’Henry’s roasts all of their own beans and blends.  My favorite is their Jamaica Me Crazy.  O’Henry’s has several locations all over the city.  At some of their locations they also serve lunch.  For a more extensive review of O’Henrys with directions Click here

Urban Cookhouse– A great new Locavore destination in Birmingham

Dreamland BBQ– Best Ribs in Birmingham

Nabeel’s– Incredible Mediterranean

Jensei Sushi- Best Sushi in Birmingham

The J Clyde– Best Place to get a drink in Birmingham

White Breakfast Frittata

Late one night about six years ago, I found myself up and procrastinating on a graduate paper due the next morning,and as usual watching cooking shows.  I do not remember what show I was watching but the focus of the episode was the frittata.  After watching the show I immediately went to my kitchen, at 1 a.m. remember, and made my first frittata.  It was excellent.  Not because of anything special I had done but purely the concept and the versatility that it brings. I prefer frittatas over omelets not only for the versatility of the method but I find the tastes to be more defined and the textures more pronounced .  I experiment with all sorts of ingredients in frittatas, the White Breakfast Frittata is one of my latest creations.  It is not only simple but super tasty.  So whether it is 1 a.m. procrastination/study snack or a Saturday morning breakfast treat, the frittata is an excellent alternative to the omelet. Continue reading

Breakfast Bruschetta

Here is the problem:  You wake up on a lazy Saturday morning.  Everyone, including yourself, wants something other than the traditional eggs and bacon.  You immediately think to yourself, “Hey I could make a delicious breakfast casserole, it would be something different, filling and warm on this cold winters day!”  You go to pull out your favorite breakfast casserole recipe and then you realize  the recipe calls for the casserole to soak for a few hours or even over night! Your dreams of hearty breakfast bliss have been dashed and you end up with a soggy bowl of cereal in front of you.  That is the problem. Here is the Answer: Breakfast Bruschetta! Continue reading

French Toast with Burnt Butter Bourbon Sauce

French toast is one of my family’s favorite breakfast foods.  When we have some time on a lazy Saturday morning we will have this as a late breakfast together. I have worked for several years getting the spice mixture just right on this recipe. This recipe will produce a lightly crisp crust on the french toast with a warm fluffy center.  The French toast is excellent by itself but when you drizzle a little of the burnt butter bourbon sauce over it, you have taken this breakfast from good to great instantly.  Plus isn’t it fun to say that you made Burnt Butter Bourbon sauce?  Enjoy! Continue reading

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