It’s funny how much more we entertain at our coastal second home then in our regular ‘nine to five life home’ (as we call it).
It is something we looked forward to when we purchased our vacation home. And I must say, something we have made an art form. But having that time with family and friends, those shared celebrations and escapes is what makes this place truly special to a lot of people.
So we strive for simple, celebratory and good. Not spending time in the kitchen but time enjoying our company.
Here are some of our ideas…Breakfast
We often find ourselves doing two different breakfasts when friends or family are visiting for a couple of days. One that involves a little cooking making the morning a little more special and one that involves no cooking, just time for us to all gather around our big table.
The Big Pan Breakfast
Usually on the first morning our guest are here, we do a special breakfast where we’ll linger a bit longer. It’s time to catch up over coffee and great food. But we still keep it simple. We call these our Big Pan Breakfasts.
Preheat oven to 375. In a large cast iron skillet brown crumbled Chorizo for about 8 mins. Add thinly sliced onions and cooked until tender. Remove from skillet and place in a bowl and set aside. Wipe the skillet; add olive oil and shredded potatoes (frozen hash browns). Cooked until golden and crispy then stir in the Chorizo mixture.
Using a large spoon make eight nests about one inch apart. Gently break an egg into each nest. Place skillet in 375 degree oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until egg whites are just set but yokes still runny.
Topped with shredded Fontina and a few shakes of Chalupa, salt and pepper. Serve with Bolillos rolls.
The Fruitful Buffett
Easy and healthy, this is great for the mornings everyone is wanting to get out quickly and enjoy the water or golf course. Here everyone makes their own.
Set up a toasting station complete with toaster, cutting board, knives for slicing and spreading, English muffins, bread and bagels. Include favorite toppings like jam, cream cheese, peanut butter (for the kids). We often include some yummy cheeses.
A yogurt station is a great addition. We often do a healthy plain Greek yogurt along with honey, nuts and granola.
A fruit station completes our breakfast Buffett – washed berries, sliced oranges, sliced bananas and kiwi.
Add a filled coffee pot, carafe of OJ, pitcher of water, mugs, juice glasses, bowls, small plates, and silverware rolled in napkins and you’re all set.
Next blog we’ll tackle lunch and dinner.