Odd Day for Brunch?

Maybe I’m super late in finding out that one of my favorite restaurants serves brunch not only on Sundays, but Saturdays too!!

While I am excited about this news, it also seems a bit strange bravo-restaurant-greenwood-indiana[1]since I rarely think of brunch being appropriate for a Saturday.

Nevertheless, the restaurant Bravo offers its full brunch menu on Saturdays now which means that I can order my stuffed French toast and a refreshing peach Bellini on a Saturday. Umm… #Winning! imagesStuffed-Berry-French-Toast63EDstuffed-french-toast[1]

What do you think? Is brunch meant JUST for Sundays? Just for the weekend? Or any day?

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Southern Style Sunday-Shrimp and Grits

Today I’m reminiscing on a dinner I had last weekend, but this meal could also be used for breakfast and brunch.

The dish is shrimp and grits. It sounds simple because it is.

I won’t go into a detailed recipe, because I’ve learned there are many th5QWS9L87variations to this classic dish. When cooking the grits we made them very rich, using half and half, cheese, butter, and seasoning occasionally with salt and pepper. Fresh chopped parsley was added for a little hint of color. The shrimp were lightly seasoned, sautéed, and then added to the grits which equaled a big pot of deliciousness!

My dad cooked white bass fish as we had extra, and we enjoyed Italian moscato which paired great with the seafood.

What’s your variation of shrimp and grits? And if you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for?!

For a brief history of this iconic pairing click here!

Sweet, Sweet Sunday!

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that one of my favorite treats is a cinnamon roll. I LOVE having a cinnamon roll on random occasions as a post breakfast treat with a cold glass of milk. To me, it’s a comforting, warm and sweet treat that always puts a smile on my face.

Typically I buy the Pillsbury brand to just quickly separate the dough and place it into the oven. Moments after it’s done, I spread the frosting over it (while the rolls are still warm) and I eat and enjoy! (I’m seriously salivating as I type this).

Maybe someday I’ll have the determination to make the rolls from scratch just as cook Laura Vitale does here:

Enjoy!!

 

Shooties and Foodies

I’m happy to say that two weeks in a row this blog has taken on its official meaning- that of me having brunch and wearing pumps.

Real Life Scenario #1- It’s rare that my mom and I go out to eat (it’s more of a pastime that my dad and I share), but when it does happen it’s always a good time. Last Sunday, mom and I ended up at brunch with other friends and had a nice booth to ourselves. My mom, the self-proclaimed “Fashionista” was flawless from “H2T” (head to toe), but for the sake of this blog I’ll only focus on the shoes.

Ironically, both of us wore pumps that are  “shooties”

Shooties (Noun) 

1. An fashion item commonly worn on the foot that has combined characteristics of a shoe and an ankle boot.

Sidenote- (I’m not a fan of the word “shooties” but this is how they are recognized in the world of fashion)

Here’s a pic of the ones my mom and I wore:

Mom's peep-toe black shooties

Mom’s peep-toe black shooties

My tie-up black shooties

My tie-up black shooties

Check back soon for real life scenario #2! And many thanks to my mom for helping me define Brunch and Pumps 🙂

Football, Food, and Father-Daughter Memories

The marriage of food and football this morning was a perfect idea, and all the credit goes to my dad.

Typically on a Sunday I like to sleep in, but I told my dad I would wake up early and begin cooking with him around 8 a.m. This would give us enough time to make a nice breakfast/brunch just in time for the special football game today in London. food We decided to keep the menu simple: Grits, bacon, biscuits, scrambled eggs, coffee, and bloody Mary’s.

It was not only a great meal, but this morning served as a reminder of what cooking is all about: making memories in the kitchen. My dad has always been the cook in the house, and it’s only been in recent years that I’ve decided to join him in the kitchen and cook. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Whenever my dad and I cook together we end up talking about funny moments from the week, and discussing new ideas. It’s also a time when we learn new cooking tricks/tips (such as how to make PERFECT, and yes I mean, PERFECT scrambled eggs- something my dad admits he’s only mastered as of late).

What’s most fun for you while cooking?! Let me know below or at brunchandpumps@gmail.com

 

In/Not In France? Make French Toast (rollups)

Pinterest is a great site to gather ideas-especially for food.

One of the breakfast ideas I tried and enjoyed were the French Toast Rollups. Dee.lish.cious. It’s a cute spin

Add some warm syrup to the roll ups and you are good to go!

Add some warm syrup to the roll ups and you are good to go!

on a classic favorite. In my opinion, it’s a way to indulge, but not feel bad about your decision TO indulge, ya know? Also, for those with young ones at home, or those that may not get in the kitchen often, this is a great dish to make because of its simplicity and presentation.

Give French Toast Roll-ups a try for your next breakfast, brunch, or snack!

Here's the process for making these delicious roll ups.

Here’s the process for making these delicious roll ups.

Why the Love for Food?

Everyone has a reason behind why they enjoy food, why they like to cook, stories in the kitchen and dinner table, etc. Since part of this blog is dedicated to food, I would be remise if I didn’t mention one of my favorite cooks on Youtube-Laura Vitale. She has an online cooking show titled Laura in the Kitchen, and this Saturday, September 27th her new television show Simply Laura airs on the Cooking Channel.

Since I began watching Laura in the Kitchen almost two years ago, I’ve gotten a different take on food and cooking. Nowadays, being in the kitchen and making meals for others doesn’t seem like much of a challenge. Her recipes are easy to follow and pleasing to the palette!

Here’s a look at one of her cooking videos from Youtube (a recipe that I’m planning to make since apples are in THE food to cook with since it’s Fall)  and be sure to check out Simply Laura this Saturday!

 

Happy Cooking!