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After debating on places we could go for brunch on Sunday, we opted to host brunch at our house. Yay! I enthusiastically prepared the menu: blueberry muffins and fresh fruit for starters followed by Belgian waffles with two topping options: 1) lemon cream cheese

Lemon Cream Cheese recipe

with blueberries and strawberries and 2) a bananas foster style sauce – served with ham and Bloody Marys. But we needed something else…

I wanted to serve a savory dish and have been wanting to make a quiche for a while. After perusing a variety of recipes, I chose the ham and cheese breakfast quiche I found at Allrecipes.com. Instead of a traditional pie-crust, the crust for this quiche is made using hash browns. Hash browns, ham, cheese, eggs, and heavy cream? I knew it would be fantastic and it was! The only suggestion I received, was to make twice as much next time. 😀 This recipe is definitely a keeper. Sorry, no pictures this time. I was feeding a hungry gang of cyclists!

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What did I do last weekend? I cooked, ate, and ate some more. I kicked off Saturday morning with a nice breakfast of Belgian waffles and bacon. My goal was to do my take on the delicious Mandaberry waffle from Cafe Bluebird in Fort Collins. Their Mandaberry waffle is a malted waffle with fresh strawberries, blueberries, Mandarin oranges and lemon cream cheese. I made Belgian waffles topped with mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries). Since Kevin’s not a big fan of Mandarin oranges, I left those out. And for the pièce de résistance, I made a lemon cream cheese topping: 8 ounces of non-fat cream cheese (softened), 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, zest of one lemon, and 1/3 cup sugar. Delish!

 

 

For our next tasty adventure, we dined at Oysterella’s Saturday night. We enjoyed the Seared Spicy Tuna appetizer: rare seared tuna tossed in a spicy sesame mayonnaise, served with soy glaze and seasoned fried wonton chips. This is the best appetizer I’ve had in a long time. Amazing taste and texture!  I will definitely go back for this and may even try to re-create it at home…with my own twist of course!

 

Seared Spicy Tuna appetizer

Kevin ordered the blackened grouper for his entree while I chose the seared tuna entree: fresh 1/2 pound tuna filet seared rare served with lemon ginger slaw, orange soy glaze, wasabi whipped cream, pickled ginger and house rice. Both dishes were yummy. If you haven’t been to Oysterella’s yet, you should make a point to try them. The manager Saturday night was Todd and he made sure we were well taken care of. We had a very pleasant dining experience. Excellent service and fantastic food…what more can you ask for?

seared-tuna-entree

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