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5 Delicious Mother's Day Brunch Ideas

Mother’s Day

Thinking of making breakfast or brunch in bed for Mother’s Day but not sure what to make? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I know for many, Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and for some the tradition of going out to eat may not be an option this year. Did you know that Anna Jarvis, who is often referred to as the founder of Mother’s Day was against commercialization.  Celebrating with elaborate gifts isn’t the only way to go.
I can confidently say that sometimes moms (myself included) appreciate having not to cook and just relaxing.  So this Mother’s Day, grab the kids and get in the kitchen.  The act of a labor of love is truly a gift.  Don’t worry if you burn the pancakes a little, just blame it on the kids haha.  Seriously the kind gesture counts and will be appreciated.  To take the guesswork out of what to make I have compiled a list of 5 delicious Mother’s Day brunch ideas are sure to make her feel like royalty.

Banana’s Foster Pancakes

Banana Foster Pancakes

Sweet Potato and Sage Sausage Hash

Sweet Potato and Sage Sausage Hash

Salmon and Caper Everything Bagel Strata

Slice of a Bagel Strata

Spinach and Feta FrittataSpinach and Feta Frittata

Chorizo Breakfast Scramble

Chorizo Scramble

Hand Squeezed Lemon and Blueberry Mimosa

Lemonade and Bluberry Mimosa

Mother’s Day in the USA was officially made a holiday in 1914. It was designated as the second Sunday in May by President Woodrow Wilson.

Helpful Hints

Here are a few tips for all 5 delicious mother’s day brunch ideas listed above.  First,  to ensure your breakfast or brunch gets off without a hitch, make sure you have enough eggs for the recipe.  I was shocked to learned that a frittata called for 8 eggs.  Secondly, make sure to buy your ingredients at the right time.  In the case of the Banana’s Foster you’ll want the bananas to be firm but ripe so they can withstand cooking in the foster syrup.  Next, when making the spinach and feta frittata, the cast iron skillet is your friend.  Additionally, cutting up the sweet potatoes for your hash into small bits helps it cook faster and more evenly.  Lastly, when making the chorizo skillet, try not to eat all the chorizo before you finish cooking it lol.

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Breakfast and Brunch MettleFork Kitchen

Salmon and Caper Everything Bagel Strata

You will often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Honestly, most people tend to be more inclined to believe that if their breakfast is boring.  If you suffer from boring breakfast or bland brunches, I’m here to help elevate your breakfast and/or brunch.  Let me assist you in taking it from just a thing to EVERYTHING with my Salmon and Caper Everything Bagel Strata.

Breakfast and Brunch

I am a HUGE brunch fan.  What’s not to love about good food, endless mimosas (if you are lucky) and hopefully some good conversation.  If you’ve been following me from the beginning you will see that brunchin’ is my thang.  If you are just joining and you’d like an instant replay, check out this post for some awesome brunch spots. I must admit, it wasn’t until I joined the military that breakfast became a regular in my everyday diet.  There is just something about living meal to meal with only a few minutes to eat that changes how you look at breakfast.  In my opinion, breakfast isn’t just about sustenance it is about the experience… the food…how it tastes…how it looks.  Before the stay at home order for COVID-19, I was planning a brunch party for my friends and I.  Let’s face it, after this is over we will all need a mimosa, some good food and face to face conversation.  I started planning my brunch and since I have extra time on my hands, I started perfecting my menu.  My first attempt at my Salmon and Caper Everything Bagel Strata was a success.  If you too are a brunch lover, this is a must have in your brunch bunch.

Salmon and Caper Everything Bagel Strata

I am a huge fan of the everything bagel as I am sure most people are.  I mean even Trader Joe’s has an everything but the bagel seasoning.  If you are going to go all out with a bagel strata, my thoughts are why not include everything.  I love a good lox bagel and I wanted to capture the essence of that in this recipe.

A Lox bagel is a bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers

My husband is not a huge fan of any baked egg dishes, so basically breakfast casseroles are not his thing.  I will say however, he did enjoy it so that should speak volumes as to how deliciously yummy this is.  Moving on to my next group of taste testers…the kids.  They loved it too and ran into the kitchen over and over asking for more.  It officially receives the kid approved stamp.

The Recipe

When making this recipe, I only allowed my strata to chill for 30 minutes.  Remember that anytime you are baking a dish that has been chilled, allow the dish to return to as close to room temperature as possible.  This will prevent your baking dish from shattering in the oven.  Lastly, I sprinkled Trader Joe’s everything but the bagel seasoning on top.  If you do not have that in your pantry, give you bagel a gentle shake over a paper towel.  Everyone knows, that everything bagels get everywhere lol.  Use those loose toppings to sprinkle on top of your strata.
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I hope you enjoy this salmon and caper everything bagel strata. I know I’m looking forward to making this for my upcoming brunch party with my friends.
This dish is MFing good…MettleForkin’ Good

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Breakfast and Brunch Florida

Best Benedict's in Tampa Bay

Eggs Benedict has to be the King of Brunch.  It is featured on almost every brunch menu and if it’s not then you should get up and leave.  I’ve been on a quest to try as many brunch spots as I can in Tampa.  These aren’t just your basic eggs Benedict, the chef’s at these places have spent time thinking of how to creatively craft together masterpieces.  This  is a list of the places in Tampa that have the BEST Eggs Benedict.

Boca Brandon

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Noble Crust

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Smoked salmon, sautéed spinach and a perfect poach on a biscuit. Jaw dropping and mouthwatering.

Timpano Tampa

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Smoked Salmon and bacon that is served on top of Na’an bread. Everything about this is yes, yes, yes.

The Lodge

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Sautéed shrimp, Asparagus, Tomato topped with a little tempura asparagus served on a sourdough muffin.  This eggs benny means serious business.

 
If you have a place you would like to nominate then submit it to here.

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Breakfast and Brunch Florida

Noble Crust

Noble Crust – Wesley Chapel

28330 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL

I follow several local restaurants on Instagram and with so many great options around the Tampa Bay area it’s hard to get to them all right away.  I had been putting off going to Noble Crust despite their relentless posts of delicious looking food trying to lure me in.  But when I saw that Noble Crust won best brunch earlier in the week, I had to go check them out I could procrastinate no longer.  Now, if you’ve been following me on any of my social media you would know that brunch has become a thing.  To get voted the “Best of the Bay” is a big accomplishment…there is a lot and I mean a LOT of good brunchery to be had.  I wanted to in the in crowd..the crowd that has experienced a Noble Crust brunch.


Fried Green Tomatoes

I’m a country girl and we fry green tomatoes in Oklahoma.   I have never had one like this! Pimento cheese, pork belly… yes you read that correctly pork belly and tabasco-honey glaze atop a perfectly fried green tomatoe. There were only two so I had one and my husband had the other.  These were easily some of the best fried green tomatoes I’ve ever had. This hit almost every tastebud. There was sweet from the honey,  salty from the pork belly,  spicy from the tabasco and savory from the pimento cheese and tomatoes.  If you’ve never had fried green tomatoes try them, if you have still try them.. or don’t that’s more for me.  The only disappointment you will have is that there are only two.


Chicken and Waffles

My husband ordered the chicken in waffles.  Turns out it is one of their most requested items.  Once you taste them you will see why.  The chicken and waffles is paired with the same honey-tabasco sauce as the fried green tomatoes and a maple syrup so you can choose which one you like most.  Let’s just say by the time I had finished stuffing myself with my food; I had to beg for a taste from my husband so I could have an honest review. The chicken was fried well and it had a nice crisp to it.  It didn’t get all soggy after you poured the syrup on it.  The waffles were nice and thick and browned to perfection.  If you’ve ever had a soft waffle you know what I mean.  The ratio was just right so by the time he finished he didn’t have more chicken left over than the waffle. Hat’s off to the chef for this one.. I wonder if his name is Roscoe?


Bronzed Salmon Benny

My oh my we’ve finally gotten to the main event.  My Benny my boo! As many of you know I rank my Benedict’s and this one is a top contender.  The bronzed salmon benny had poached eggs, salmon… nice thick chunks of salmon with sauteed garlic swiss chard a lemon-dill hollandaise sauce on a buttermilk biscuit.  I just love lemon and dill together; there is just something about it that says fresh.  Not to mention both lemon and dill go well with salmon.  This was the first time I had tasted swiss chard.  I’m usually a spinach and kale kinda gal.  I must say I was impressed and I will be adding swiss chard to my wheelhouse soon.
I also had a side of four cheese grits and let me tell you.. whew.  If you are a cheese grits lover then these are just for you.  The combination of cheeses was just right, even my 7 year old liked them.  I couldn’t keep her out my bowl.

 


Chocolate Chip Pancakes

My daughter ordered the chocolate chip pancakes and they were scrumptious.  I managed to sneak a piece away when I was cutting them up for her.  The portion size is large enough for an adult, but don’t order off the kiddie menu guys…there are some lemon, blueberry and ricotta pancakes waiting for you on the adult menu.
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Lastly, I would be amiss if I failed to mention the complimentary mimosa served with the order of a brunch plate.  So cheers!! And congrats to Noble Crust on winning the best of the bay brunch.   You definitely deserve it.
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Breakfast and Brunch Lunch

Timpano Tampa Brunch

Timpano Tampa

1610 W Swann Ave. Tampa, FL 33606

$10 – $18 Brunch $11 – $27 Lunch

I’ve been on a brunch kick lately, it’s kind of the best of two worlds – breakfast and lunch. The menu is often unique as it doesn’t just offer one or the other and sometimes if you are lucky food fusion occurs. For my readers that don’t know what food fusion is, it is where you take two different styles of food and put them together in other words fuse them.
We had driven from one side of town to the other in search of something to curb our craving, please our palates, tantalize our tastebuds. We have not visited the Hyde Park area much since the addition of several new restaurants so my husband suggested Timpano for lunch. I had enjoyed cocktails there before but had never actually dined. I almost made a regrettable mistake by hesitating on saying yes, but I agreed and I’m glad I did.
Timpano is an Italian Chophouse. It is located in the Hyde Park district of Tampa, FL. It features five menus including the kids menu and it is currently featuring a sixth with its 2017 summertime menu. If you arrive at just the right time, you can enjoy live music. This takes the atmosphere to an entirely different level. Lucky for me, we arrived at just the right time (1:45) and were given a brunch, lunch and raw bar menus and the music was flowing. I Internally jumped for joy because I was afraid I had missed brunch since it ended at 2:00. When you have so many amazing options to choose from 15 minutes is not enough. So without further ado here is my review of Timpano Tampa.


Appetizer

Choosing an appetizer was difficult to say the least. I spent at least 5 minutes going back and forth between the brunch and lunch menu. I mean the lunch menu had six or seven options alone. The brunch menu was simple as it only had one option – Zeppoles.

Zeppoles

I was skeptical about trying the Zeppoles. The name enough was weird, I had heard of beignets for breakfast but what the heck was a zeppole? Turns out the zeppoles are citrus-vanilla dough that are deep fried and covered with cinnamon sugar and served with creme anglaise. First of all who doesn’t love something deep fried. Secondly, they were fresh and warm so when you dipped them in the anglaise it slightly melted. Third, the anglaise itself was good enough to just dip your finger in and eat (which I may or may not have done). The only downside to my appetizer is that it disappeared so fast lol. If you are visiting Timpano for brunch, these are a must order.
Zeppole

Brunch and Lunch

Three menu’s gives you so many options to choose from. Since I was given the opportunity, I decided to order from both the brunch and lunch menu. I had the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict and Eggplant-pine nut ragout and spinach cannelloni.


Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict on Naan Bread
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Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
Words cannot not describe how good this eggs benny was…on second thought they can. Amazing, yummylicious, mouthgasmic, heavenly, the bomb and I could go on and on. I’m sure my fork was doing the same happy dance I was doing. The Salmon Eggs Benedict is not traditional in that it is layered on top of toasted naan bread. Naan bread is a great base because it held up to all of the juices that pour out of that delicious volcano of food. On top of the naan bread was smoked salmon, a poached egg, red pepper, peperonata, béarnaise sauces, arugula and bacon. This Eggs Benedict definitely makes my top 5. It may even be currently standing at number 1 overall, it is definitely number 1 in Tampa right now.


Eggplant-pine nut ragout and Spinach Cannelloni

Creamy and savory are what these cannelloni’s are. The pine nuts provided a good texture contrast and the eggplant was cooked perfectly. Because I had already demolished the Eggs Benedict, I decided to take a few bites and bring the rest home. This dish even reheated well. If you enjoy eggplant and spinach as much as I do, you will like this dish.


Grilled Cheese


My little foodie in training enjoyed the grilled cheese with tomato soup and french fries. The cheese was so gooey that she literally could not stop it. That is the way a grilled cheese should be. I tasted the tomato soup and it was sooo amazing that I dipped a few of her french fries in it. All in all this was a great American classic.


Sinatra Skillet


The best part of going on a brunch or lunch date is that you get to sample someone else’s plate. My husband ordered the Sinatra Skillet and I’m so glad he did. This skillet was (in my husbands words) “life” and I’ve been tasked with trying to recreate this dish. I have a feeling that even if I gave it my best shot, I’d be far off of this awesomeness that was created. The Sinatra skillet is composed of Italian sausage, mushrooms, spinach, roasted potatoes and maple cajun bacon topped with three fried eggs and served with strawberry yogurt and toast. This is a definite must order if you go for brunch.


There are many positive highlights if you are looking to dine at Timpano. The drinks are amazing with unlimited mimosas at brunch who wouldn’t want to return. I’m already looking forward to returning for brunch and lunch to try either the lump crab meat Eggs Benedict or the Prima Colazione. I will be back Timpano….you can bet on that.
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Poached

Eggs Benedict has to be one of my favs for breakfast.  I thought making breakfast was easy, you know scramble some eggs, fry some bacon, flip a few pancakes – Voila!  I’ve always been able to cook exactly what I wanted to eat.  This held true until the morning I decided making Eggs Benedict would be a good idea.  I knew the basic composition of Eggs Benedict and I also knew that the eggs were poached.  Perhaps the reason I ordered them so much when I ate out is because I didn’t know how to poach an egg.   So there I stood in my kitchen, master plan in mind with no place to start.
Google!  It’s so much faster than a cook book.  I googled “how to poach an egg”  and what do you know instructions came up.  I clicked through a few links to find the easiest method.  I mean let’s be honest here I’m a novice at this egg poaching thing, why would I try to do it like a pro.  So the instructions were to fill a pan with water, bring it to a semi boil and then swirl it around with a whisk. Once the water is going at a good rate, you gently lay the cracked egg in the middle of the swirl.  The idea is that the swirl will prevent the egg white from spreading.  Cover the skillet for 5-6 minutes and you are done.  Let me just say, the directions are nothing like real life Lol.  I successfully poached two eggs and made my Eggs Benedict but I immediately went on the search for an egg poaching gadget.
For my Eggs Benedict dish I toasted an English Muffin, sautéed asparagus, cherry tomatoes, garlic and mushrooms in a skillet.  I topped the english muffin with prosciutto then the poached egg.  Next I layered the sautéed vegetables, a sour cream sauce and finished with minced cilantro.  I will post the recipe and all ingredients in the recipe section.  This is a dish I definitely will make again and again until it is absolute perfection.  And now I can have Eggs Benedict whenever I’d like.
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Lunch Oklahoma

Brunch at FLINT OKC

My husband and I both enjoy a good meal so when I don’t cook we are always looking for new places to try.  While on vacation in Oklahoma City we decided to tour the downtown area and see what had changed in the last 10 years I’d been away from home. We happened upon  Flint which is nestled right in the heart of downtown OKC.  I polled a few friends and they gave it raving reviews.  I doesn’t take much to sway us so we decided to have brunch.  The atmosphere in Flint was upscale with a splash of down to earth.  Each table has orange velvet seats and the walls are covered in wood paneling.  My first thought was orange velvet??  I guess in hindsight the décor gives the illusion of a kindled fire which is more of a homey feel.

The Appetizer – Chicken Truffle Bites 

Chicken Truffle Bites with Thai chili and Thai Peanut Sauce
These chicken truffle bites will blow your mind.  These bites are made from pieces of dark chicken meat breaded in truffle bread crumbs then fried.  They are then paired with a sweet Thai chili sauce and a Thai peanut sauce.  Compliments to whoever made the peanut Thai sauce because that sauce is off the chain.  Only downside to this dish was that there was only three pieces of chicken.  This really needs to be a 20 piece meal like they serve at McDonalds.