Thursday, April 17, 2014

Twenty Dollar Thursdays, Brunch Edition

I'm back for my third week of Twenty Dollar Thursdays, and I decided to switch it up a little this week. With Easter around the corner, I wanted to focus on brunch. Every Easter, my family and I spend the day at Grandma's where we do a big brunch with Easter Egg hunts for the kids and sit down for an early supper complete with ham and all the fixings. It is truly a day for food and family, and its a tradition we have carried on from the time I was a young kid. This year, we are switching it up just a little bit, heading to my parent's house (my kids' Grandma and Grandpa) instead of my 90 year-old grandmother's place. There will still be lots of food, and we will attempt an Easter Egg Hunt for S-Bug.

Week of April 17th:
I stopped at a Saturday farmer's market to shop for brunch items. For Easter, I am in charge of bringing desserts (like always), so I plan on making éclairs with an orange-vanilla pastry cream. This will be the first time making pate a choux since culinary school, so I hope they will turn out all right! I also plan to bring a big bowl of berries and scones or muffins that we can top with the 3 French Hens Meyer Lemon Jelly and Strawberry Jam. See the strawberries above? Yea, those will be long gone. I will have to pick up more the day before Easter. I picked up two types of kale from First Generation Farmers and farm-fresh eggs from Shelly's Farm Fresh.

The Breakdown:
Navel Oranges $1.25 for 4 (.85/pound)
Tuscan Kale $2
Russian Kale $2
Spring Onions $1
Organic Strawberries $7 for 2 baskets
Fresh Eggs $7 per dozen
*Meyer Lemon Jelly $7 (splurge item)
*Strawberry Jam $7 (splurge item)
Ok, with the splurge items included I spent more than twenty dollars ($34.25, to be exact!). When shopping at the farmer's market, always bring a little extra because you never know what you might find! I'm glad I did, because not only did I get a few goodies to share on Easter, but I also had enough to pick up a pastry and coffee for a mid-morning snack while shopping.

My Brunch Menu includes:
Quiche: Ham, Cheese, Spring Onion
Quiche (Vegetarian): Kale, Spring Onion and Cheese
see the recipes in this post

Cranberry Sour Cream Muffins
Cranberry Oatmeal Scones
Orange-Vanilla Pastry Cream
Happy Easter to all! What is your favorite brunch food? What are some of your family's traditions for Easter? 


  1. Cranberry Sour Cream Muffins sound DELISH! I have yet to create any Easter traditions with my family...and we live far from both sides...but maybe we really NEED to start making our own traditions! My all-time favorite brunch food has got to be French Toast!

    1. I've adapted it from one of my favorite blueberry muffin recipes, using reconstituted dried cranberries and orange zest instead of blueberries. I should get the recipe up one of these days. It's on the proverbial "list" that is always too long!

  2. Oh my goodness, can I come to your Easter brunch? It all sounds delicious!!

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  4. Ham? Did someone say ham? Sounds good to me :-) I typically work the weekends & was surprised when we were told we could have the day off so I have no solid plans but its nice to see what everyone else is doing. I'm with Lauren, can I come to your house for Easter brunch? lol

    1. Whoever hosts always makes the ham, this year my dad made a delicious one! The éclairs were definitely a hit, but of course I forgot to take pictures, oops!

  5. Beautiful photos! Inspires one not only to get busy in the kitchen but also busy finding specialty foods. Very lovley

    1. I truly believe that cooking is best done from fresh ingredients grown locally. There is such a flavor difference in produce picked at the peak of ripeness (like at the farmer's market) as opposed to produce picked green and gassed to ripen (at the grocery store).

  6. I love quiche and both of the ones on your menu sound delicious!

  7. Yum everything you mentioned sounds so good! That's so cool you went to culinary school! :)

    1. Going to culinary school was an experience, but of course now everyone wants me to cook for them!

  8. we always have hot cross buns on Easter Sunday. Then watch a family film while eating our chocolate Easter eggs

  9. I love quiche! In fact I am making a couple tonight. It's a great way to use Easter leftovers too.


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