There are three of us who have similar businesses, share a few clients and just enjoy each other's company. We meet for breakfast at a local restaurant about once a month or so. Susan had suggested we meet this week and we all agreed on a time and place. Something came over me and I decided I wanted to have the chat and food in my home.
Sometimes impromptu is the best, don't you think? I didn't have time to worry too much about my house being in perfect order. We are close enough friends that it didn't seem to matter.
So I decided on a menu:
Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Pan
Sauteed Apples w/ brown sugar and Spices
Southern Pecan Coffee, lots of itRecipe for main dish:
4 hard cooked eggs, sliced
3/4 c. soft fine bread crumbs (2 slices bread in blender)
3 slices bacon, cooked crisp
1/4 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 cup sour cream
2 T. minced parsley or chives
salt & pepper
1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese
Spread the bread crumbs in a shallow, small casserole or 8" pie plate. Make a layer of egg slices over the crumbs. Saute the mushrooms lightly in the bacon fat. Add the bacon, sour cream, parsley and s&p to taste. Spread this mixture over the eggs and top with cheese. Sprinkle with paprika and bake 15-20 minutes in a 375* oven or til cheese is melted and sauce bubbly. Serves 4. Note** for the first time, I prepared this the night before and just popped in the oven the next morning and it worked fine. You may need to increase the cooking time a few extra minutes to heat thoroughly.
I pretty much had the table ready for dishes. Bronze metalic tablecloth thanks to TJ Maxx and my dome was already in place with fall berries. Remembering I had never used these dishes with these friends, I couldn't resist using my brown transferware again. Are you tired of these dishes yet? I don't think so. ;) It was nothing fancy but we ate, licked our fingers of cinnamon roll gooeyness and drank an entire pot of coffee in the small but sweet Old Britain Castle cups. Back in the day, people must not have enjoyed coffee like we do with our big mugs.
Let me encourage you to plan an intimate breakfast or luncheon for a few close friends during the Christmas season. My friends were so happy to be in a home setting vs. a noisey restaurant.