Saturday, December 18, 2010

Weekend Cooking: Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast: A Collection of Great Morning Meals

Yes, 'tis the season (at least in my world) for hearty breakfast food.

Last weekend, we went to the annual breakfast with Santa at my mother-in-law's workplace, an event that we have been attending for the past 8 years.  Her company hosts this for their employees and their families, and it is always very nice. Storybook and cartoon characters make appearances (Spiderman, Dora, and the Grinch are regulars, and in previous years we've also dined with Cinderella, Bear in the Big Blue House, and Elmo) as well as the guest of honor, Santa himself.

There's always a catered breakfast buffet.  And on Christmas morning, my mother in-law will make her traditional french toast along with a scrambled egg casserole.  And if we happen to get a snow day or two this week, there's nothing I like better on a wintery weekend morning than to make a big breakfast or brunch. And when we have guests - which isn't often - I like to have something made ahead of time.

So, yes, 'tis the season for breakfast, which is why I picked up Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast: A Collection of Great Morning Meals by Jonathan King, Jim Stott, and Kathy Gunst at the library recently. 

Stonewall Kitchen Breakfast is exactly what its subtitle promises: A Collection of Great Morning Meals.  If your definition of a great morning meal is a muffin or smoothie grabbed on the way to work or school, the authors have you covered.  If you're entertaining weekend guests, there are scrumptious dishes and menus to make the planning easy.  (The menus have names like Relaxed Sunday Brunch with Friends, Weekend Breakfast with the Kids, Gotta Run Monday, Breakfast in Bed, Meditteranean Breakfast, New York Wake Up, and Holiday Brunch.)

There are muffins and scones, fruit dishes, granola/cereal bars, egg dishes, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and french toast, waffles, side dishes and spreads, drinks ... and even a breakfast salad with bacon, fried eggs, and croutes. Several are recipes that are either quick and simple or able to be made ahead. 

Truly, this little book (and it is little, with only 139 pages of recipes and gorgeous photos) covers the basics (toppings for hot cereal, how to scramble an egg) to decadent, need-to-impress-the-hell-out-of-these-people dishes (Lobster Benedict with Meyer Lemon Scallion Butter, and its lighter cousin, Smoked Salmon and Arugula Benedict with Arugula-Lemon Butter).

Here are the ones that looked particularly good to me (and which I haven't made yet, but hope to soon).

Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Walnut Spread (pg. 17-18)
Basil and Goat Cheese Muffins (pg. 21)
Coffee Cake Buttermilk Muffins (pg. 24)
Crustless Breakfast Quiche (pg. 61)
Breakfast Crab Cakes (pg. 70)
Silver Dollar Potato Pancakes (pg. 90)
Pan Fried Breakfast Tomatoes and Zucchini (pg. 110)
Roasted Sweet Potato Home Fries (pg. 112)

According to the book jacket, authors Jonathan King and Jim Stott are the "founders and owners of the nationally acclaimed Stonewall Kitchen, manufacturer of the famous specialty food products."  Kathy Gunst is a food writer, author of 10 cookbooks, and writes for national magazines and newspapers. 

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Margot said...

I'm going to look for this one. My husband loves breakfast, even for dinner, so I guess I could say, I need this book.

Beth F said...

Basil and goat cheese muffins and those sweet potato home fries both look especially good. Well and the smoked salmon and arugula and the crab cakes and the . . . okay, perhaps I need to own this.

caite said...

those sweet potatoes home fries caught my attention too. love me the sweet potatoes...

Elizabeth said...

My mouth is watering thinking about it all --

Anonymous said...

What a great book! I'm to lazy to cook for breakfast, but who says you can't make these for lunch!