You ever wander over to the bakery section in your local grocery and see big fluffy muffins winking at you, luring you over, flirting with your tastebuds. Well, you are only human so you pick up half a dozen anticipating that first bite. You slowly peel back the ruffled paper it was baked in only to come away disappointed.
With all the extra activities around the holiday season, I’ve been feeling a bit worn down and need a little me time. When that happens I turn to one of my favorite winter meals. A combination of two classic comfort foods: Chili and Mac-n-Cheese. It is guaranteed to warm you up, fill you up, and get you out of the kitchen and snuggled up in cozy PJs in no time at all. A chili based pasta filled with spicy goodness swirled in cheese.
So, don’t hate me, but I have never really understood the whole chicken and waffles concept. I understand the good plus good equals “gooder” philosophy. That’s where we get PB & J. Stay with me as I explain, the good plus good philosophy is where you take two things that are good on their own but when put together it is game over. From that point on you can’t imagine having one without the other (i.e. PB&J).
In chicken and waffles case, the waffles are better alone, and the fried chicken is definitely a force all on its own. So instead of the traditional waffles and chicken that have the two fighting for attention, I like to serve a “wacky” version of this classic with fried chicken bits served over a fried egg and wilted kale salad sautéed in a garlic confit and chili oil with waffle squares on the side served as “toast”.
Part II of the Fruit Bar Post: No Christmas brunch would be complete without a fruit bar. A few simple ingredients laid out with flair and served with dipping cremes will leave your guests impressed and feeling special. For good reason, filled with beauty, wonderful aroma, and the healthy aspect of an otherwise heavy breakfast I find myself being pulled to the fruit more than anything else on the buffet. Two of my favorite dipping cremes to serve with fruit is champagne sabayon and cheesecake crème.
No Christmas brunch would be complete at our house without a fruit bar served with dipping cremes. I find myself being pulled to the fruit more than anything else on the buffet. For good reason, filled with beauty, wonderful aroma, and a healthy alternative to an otherwise heavy breakfast. Two of my favorite dipping cremes to serve with fruit is champagne sabayon and cheesecake crème.
I’m sorry y’all, I’m going to have to say the M word that no one likes, but when it comes to orange muffins, I want them to be Moist. This sweet muffin delivers and then some. In fact, it is so good you might be tempted to serve it for dessert. I love serving them on Christmas morning for brunch and later in the day as a snack.