As you may have figured out by now, I am trying to catch up with past Tuesdays with Dorie selections. The Pecan Sour Cream Biscuits were selected back in February by Ashley at Eat Me, Delicious. She has the recipe on her blog, so head on over and check it out.
These biscuits were really easy to make and the results were great. They are just slightly sweet and I loved the added crunch of the chopped pecans. They were super tasty topped with butter or honey. The biscuits were the perfect breakfast for this time of year, with the leaves falling and blanketing the yard. On mornings like these I want comfort food for breakfast…a bowl of cold cereal & milk just won’t do…
I will definitely be making these biscuits again and maybe even try making some delicious breakfast sandwiches from them. I think the touch of sweetness would be a nice complement to my homemade apple & sage chicken sausage.
121 Nantasket Ave
Hull, MA 02045
Toast is a store-front restaurant located in the ground floor of the Horizons condo complex directly across the street from Nantasket Beach. You can see the ocean from through the large windows at the front of the restaurant. The vibe is casual, bright and family friendly. There are about 10 tables plus 5 or 6 stools at a counter. Toast is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesdays through Sundays. They take credit cards so don’t worry about having to remember to drag your sleepy head to an ATM before getting your morning coffee fix.
The breakfast menu’s offerings average around $7 per entree. There are a selection of omelets, egg sandwiches, pancakes and other dishes. We order two of the options from under the Toast Specialties heading. The “burnt toast” ($6.50) is creme brulee battered french toast with caramelized sugar. Four thick slices of french toast were served sprinkled with powdered sugar. The french toast had a sweet crackly thin crust of sugar giving it that creme brulee feel. The french toast is served with real maple syrup, so bonus points to Toast for not forcing us to use the imitation stuff.
“The white omelet” ($8.50) is an egg white omelet with chicken sausage, spinach, and jalapeno jack cheese. The omelet comes with hash brown potatoes and your choice of toast. For a place named Toast, they fittingly have a nice selection to chose from for toast: English muffin, dark or marble rye, sourdough, multi-grain, whole wheat, raisin pecan, white, or Texas toast. I went with the sourdough toast, since it’s one of my favorites. The has browns were the shredded potato variety and were a hit with us. They were fried up to just the right level of crispiness. The omelet itself was very flavorful and packed with chunks of juicy chicken sausage. My only complaint might be that there was a bit too much cheese in the omelet for my taste. I usually love cheese, so maybe I wasn’t in a super cheesy mood that morning. 😉
Service is on the slow side on Sundays since the place fills up and they can only push so much food out of the small kitchen at a time. We had to wait about half an hour between ordering our food and it arriving in front of us. For me it was worth the wait, but my husband might take some convincing!
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Kelly at Sounding My Barbaric Gulp! (love the name of her blog!) The recipe is a great one for this season: Pumpkin Muffins. She has the recipe for the muffins posted on her blog, so go check it out.
I halved the recipe and cooked it in mini loaf pans instead of in muffin cups. I used golden raisins and walnuts in the batter and topped the loaves off with more walnuts.
The muffin/loaves ended up nice and moist and I loved the addition of the raisins. I would have loved to try them with the sunflower seeds but I didn’t have time to run to the store to get any. Oh well, next time…
My husband thought the recipe was good but told me to make them “a bit sweeter next time”. I thought they were perfectly pumpkiny and a great fall breakfast especially fresh out of the oven with a touch of butter.
Some of the other TWD bloggers made some yummy sounding substitutions such as dried cranberries, candied ginger and chocolated chips. I may try one of those next time I make the recipe.
In a continued effort to catch up with all the past Tuesdays with Dorie recipes that I wasn’t around for, I made the Cheddar Apple Scones for breakfast this past weekend. The scones were selected as a TWD pick by Karina at The Floured Apron back in June. If you are interested in the recipe you can find it on her blog.
I really enjoy a good scone, they are so comforting and go perfectly with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Since we had some fresh apple cider from our visit to the orchard this recipe seemed like the perfect thing to make for breakfast this weekend.
The recipe was really easy and quick to make. Fresh out of the evening they are great with some whipped butter and a cup of hot apple cider. I loved the sharpness of the cheese combined with the sweetness of the dried apple.
I’ve been taking them to work with me this week for breakfast. They are very portable and survive my train ride to work just fine.
This is yet another Dorie recipe that I will be making again. They would be great as part of a festive fall brunch.
44 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
This past weekend when we arrived at The Paramount on Beacon Hill there were several empty tables and the line at the counter was only about 5 people long. We were able to order our food and find a table no problem. I think we arrived just in time. Seconds after our butts hit the chairs there was a huge onslaught of people and the line at the counter was suddenly over 2 dozen people long.
For our breakfast we ordered an egg & cheese sandwich on a grilled roll, malted Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit, an orange juice and a freshly made carrot juice.
My husband thoroughly enjoyed his egg sandwich. Sometimes the simplest of foods really make us happy. And coming in at around $3 its a pretty budget-conscious breakfast and way better than any egg sandwich that you would get at Dunkin Donuts or McDonalds.
The waffle was generously heaped with fresh berries, melon, and banana. It was refreshing to see a waffle topped with fresh fruit versus fruit swimming in a gloppy syrup. The waffle was one of those dishes that made people walking by go “Oooo! Look at that!”. The waffle itself was a nice combination of crispy on the outside with a nice soft and chewy interior.
The Paramount is a casual place where you order food at the counter and then find a table. The dining space is small, clean and inviting with exposed brick walls and large photos hanging all over the walls. You might have a bit of a wait to order your food and then another wait to get a table but in my opinion, the food is worth it. And don’t try to hold a table while someone else orders your food for it. The restaurant staff will shoo you away from the table and ask you to wait until you have your food to sit down. We went at around 8:30 or 9 on a weekday and had a very short wait to order food and no wait to get a table.
I hope to make it over there for lunch someday soon. It is completely walkable from my office, if the weather is agreeable. It could also end up being a 2 hour lunch, depending upon the lines.
I have 9+ months of Tuesdays with Dorie recipes to catch up on. Phew. Its going to be a lot of work, but I am sure that my husband won’t mind all that baking. 🙂
My first catch up recipe is the one from January 29, 2008 and was chosen by Michelle of Sugar & Spice. Her recipe selection was the orange berry muffins from page 3 of Baking:From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. The recipe is available on Michelle’s blog.
I opted to make these muffins in a smaller sized muffin tin, mostly so we wouldn’t be overwhelmed by monstrous muffins. These muffins were extremely quick and easy to make and they had that citrus touch that my husband adores. Next time I make them I will put in a little more than a cup of blueberries as I though the muffins could have used more.
Strawberry Fair Restaurant
14 Pond St.
Norwell, MA 02061
The Strawberry Fair is located near Queen Anne’s Corner in Norwell, just over the Hingham line. It’s in a renovated antique farmhouse that is currently tucked amongst car dealerships, a Chilis, and other not very antique places. The interior decor is cottagey, quirky, cluttered-country, with most of the tables and chairs being different styles (some of the tables are actually antique sewing machines) and knick-knacks all over the place… most with a strawberry theme.
Strawberry Fair serves up Saturday and Sunday brunch. Their brunch menu has New England influences with dishes such as Corn Bread French Toast and the Brown-Eyed Susan (Eggs Benedict made with homemade brown bread). Many of the dishes are served with baked beans, toasted cornbread and strawberry jam. The food is pure comfort food and so good!
I ordered the corned beef hash with poached eggs, hash browns, and toasted corn bread. This corned beef hash is NOT the stuff out of a can. I really appreciate a good corned beef hash and Strawberry Fair’s version gets my stamp of approval. It definitely gives me my corned beef fix.
My other half got one of the selections off of the specials list– Creme Brulee French Toast. The french toast was a thick slab of bread with a carmelized sugar layer on top. It was served with fruit salad. My husband loved the french toast. It was very much like bread pudding, one of his favorites. Many people at other tables asked what he had ordered and then ordered the same. Way to start a trend…
I’ve also had lunch at Strawberry Fair and they have a nice selection of homemade soups and sandwiches along with some hot entrees. They also server dinner but I haven’t tried it yet. Someday…
RATED: 4 out of 5 mangoes!