Posts Tagged ‘brunch’

Easy Breakfast Recipes

July 31st, 2016 by samhughesinn

Easy breakfast recipes, especially the kind that are popular with bed and breakfast inns are particularly appealing. Perhaps because most people don’t like to go to a lot trouble for this first meal of the day.. However, most can be used as brunch entrées and some even for dinner. Following is one entire brunch meal idea.

Coffee Cake

Blueberry coffee cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake

1+1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2+1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil                                       3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1+1/2 cups blueberries
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1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 stick butter (firm)

In medium mixing bowl, blend first 7 ingredients and beat thoroughly. Add 1 cup blueberries stirring gently. Spread in greased round 9 inch pan, or 8 inch square pan.

Combine 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, cinnamon & butter. Sprinkle over batter & and top with remaining 1/2 cup berries. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until done.

Once your ingredients are assembled, this recipe is an easy breakfast recipe addition, delicious and quick to duplicate.


Broccoli Casserole

2 10-oz pkgs. frozen broccoli (thawed & cut bite sized
2 T onion minced
5 T butter (divided)
3 T all-purpose flour
1+1/2 cups milk
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup corn flakes,

Sauté onion in 3 TBS butter until tender; stir in flour. Add milk, salt & pepper; bring to a boil stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside. Place broccoli pieces in a greased 13″ by 9″ baking pan and sprinkle with chopped eggs. Pour milk mixture over the top. Melt remaining butter and combine with cheese and cereal. Crumble over broccoli mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Serves 8

It takes only a few minutes to assemble this easy breakfast recipe -casserole, especially if you use already hard cooked eggs to cut down preparation time.


Side Dish

Potato Cakes

Side Dish Potato Cakes

2 potatoes grated
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Combine potatoes with eggs and set aside. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Add potato mixture, mixing well. Drop by tablespoonful on a hot skillet and spread them with the back of a wooden spoon. Heat until set firm and then flip and cook until golden brown on both sides. Serves 2 – 4 people.

You can buy potatoes already grated to create this easy breakfast recipe.

Restaurants Found Only in Tucson

August 15th, 2015 by samhughesinn

Chain restaurants can be found in abundance in every city of a certain size but locally we are lucky to have a group of sophisticated restaurants found only in Tucson. Those featured here are, for the most part, elegant & unique restaurants where visitors will find original cuisine highlighting local food sources. Some belong to a group called Tucson Originals and some to another group called eatlocaltucson,

The underlying appeal of these restaurants is that they are locally owned and dedicated to, as much as possible, using food products locally grown and/or produced.

In a class all by itself, is the Arizona Inn at 2200 E. Elm St., a family owned and run luxury hotel/resort on any tourist’s “must see” list since the early 1930’s. Boasting all the amenities of a 5 Star Hotel/Resort, it has two dining rooms, Main Dining (inside and with a stricter dress code than most Tucson restaurants) and the Audubon Bar, which is casual and opens to the beautiful lawns and gardens on its patio facing side. Arizona inn menus offer a variety of taste treats from the small and reasonably priced items, to full dinners when price is not an object for the very special occasion. A brunch menu is offered on Saturday and Sunday. The inn is located just 1.6 miles directly north of Sam Hughes Inn, presenting a nice way to walk off a full meal if you’re staying here and eating there.

Special Event

Primavera Cooks 2015

Pastiche Modern Eatery, (also not far from Sam Hughes Inn), at 3025 North Campbell, has been part of the Tucson scene for many years and almost never disappoints with its variety of popular offerings that appeal to anyone who loves to eat out.

On September 9, 2015 Pastiche will be one of six “Restaurants found only in Tucson” participating in a yearly dinner event called Primavera Cooks, Described as “possibly the most fun you will ever have at a nonprofit fundraising dinner” the meal will consist of a 4 or 5 course, wine paired fabulous evening out. Three of the restaurants have already had their fund raisers earlier in the summer. Sorry to have missed them.

Another restaurant still planning its Primavera dinner on August 30th, is Kingfisher. 2564 E Grant Rd. This perennial winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence is also proud of its specialty oyster menu. Plenty of seafood is on offer here (For 8 years Tucson Weekly has voted Kingfisher the Best Seafood Restaurant in town) along with a variety of meat dishes.

If you read this blog in time, Tavolino, an Italian “ristorante”at 2890 E. Skyline Drive will have its specialty dinner on Wednesday, August 19. On the regular menu you’ll find home-made pastas and signature pizzas made in their wood burning oven. Described as elegant but relaxed, Tavolino also has an excellent patio dining area.Late summer hours begin on Memorial Day. (This is Tucson, so summer lasts quite a long time here.

All reservations made for the remaining special event dinners are through Primavera NOT the restaurants. For reservations call David at 520-308-3104. Unless otherwise specified, all dinners begin with a check-in between 6-6:30 with seating at 6:30PM.

Acacia, also in the Catalina Foothills not far from Taolino at 3001 E. Skyline Drive, boasts a Sunset menu until August 31st at $30 per person between 4 and 6PM. Dinners feature the usual assortment of American favorites, chicken, pork, duckling, steak but all with special chef touches that make them unique to this fine restaurant.Also on the menu is a surprising main dish, roasted garlic custard that would certainly satisfy a vegetarian.

Feast, is an appropriately named and creative restaurant at 3719 E Speedway Blvd. It describes itself as a “Relaxed bistro for market-driven, eclectic cuisine that changes monthly, plus a lengthy wine list”. One of their interesting appetizers for August is  “Pickled Shrimp and Fried Smelts, served over white beans and Spanish chorizo with lettuce juice and kale.” Yum!

And last on this small specialized list, Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails, at 135 S 6th Ave, is handily named for its location in the middle of the downtown area. Locally renowned chef, Janos Wilder, is the creative mind and body behind this popular restaurant A busy spot featuring global fare and creative cocktails, Janos was one of the first chefs to take a chance on revitalizing the now bustling downtown restaurant scene.So far so good!

These are just a few of the many wonderful Tucson restaurants. Others have taken root in the past few years and now this city can be proud of its collection of chefs dedicated to making this a great place to eat out..