Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I'll be honest, I am not much for wolfing down a bowl of cereal and heading off to work with milk spilled on my shirt. In fact, I am simply not hungry until late morning and then I want something salty and substantial. Or creamy and sweet. Or both- and brunch is just the thing.
For me, the quintessential part of a good brunch is hollandaise sauce. Once the sauce is made and eggs are handy, endless variations on the classic Eggs Benedict are inevitable. I like mine with spinach and smoked salmon in place of the traditional Canadian bacon. A bagel half or slice of toast can easily be swapped for the English muffin. Herbs and sauteed vegetables can be served on top or on the side, of course with a healthy dose of hollandaise. And if your sauce separates? No problem, give it a quick whisk and pour it on.
As summer comes to a close and the garden has much to offer, I have been thinking a lot about garden-to-table eating. The new wave of localized eating and knowing the source of one's food has led to many beautiful cookbooks that help you make the most of your garden.
Even if you skipped the heirloom Lemon Oxheart tomatoes this year, Blue Eggs and Yellow Tomatoes provides many stunning photos and recipes, as well as inspiration for next year's garden plan.
I, for one, left out the potato patch this season, but the following recipe for herbed french fries cannot be missed. The volunteer Purple Peruvian Fingerling potatoes in my backyard will soon go under the knife to be made into these:
Not ready to grow your own vegetables but still want to partake of the freshest produce? Farmers' Markets are a dream come true. From flowers, artisan bread, local honey, pastas and vegetables - the Farmers' Market has it all! It's easy to find the closest one, and they often go until Halloween!
My favorite farmers' market is the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. Featuring the best of my neighborhood and the rest of Colorado, it's always a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Which local Farmers' Market is your favorite? Even when the season is over, you can still partake of the best of Colorado's produce by joining a local CSA!
In the summer heat, start with dessert first! July's Spice Dreams has you covered with a variety of unusual ice cream recipes, including some that use herbs fresh from the garden. Check out the recipe for Basil Ice Cream, along with ice cream books selected from the library's collection.
You may have noticed ice cream book displays in your local branches, preparing you for an essential summer staple. I took on the delicious task of testing this recipe for you: