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Snow Days and A Chicken Pot Pie, A Love Story!

Snow Days and A Chicken Pot Pie, A Love Story!

Some of you may have noticed that driving, walking, and just general living are a lot more difficult than they used to be, I'm not dissing the snow FYI, if it wasn't for the snow it would just be dark and wet with NOTHING to talk about. But when it's cold outside and your stuck inside the best thing you can possibly eat is a chicken pot pie!!! If you can't make it in to Bread and Honey Café for our chicken pot pie, I will give you the recipe and you can make it yourself.

Just in case anyone was worried about Bread and Honey being open on snow days, don't!! I will always risk my life and that of my employees to be a warm friendly place to go in a storm, plus with no one else open, we get all the neighborhood business.

Now lets get to the recipe.

First, start with two pounds of chicken, poached in salted water with half an onion, and 3 sprigs of tarragon.

While the chicken is poaching (about 20 to 30 minutes), fine dice a pound and a half of each: celery, carrots, and onion. Start sautéing your vegetables in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat with a table spoon of oil, sauté at least 10 minutes before turning down to low and adding a table spoon of butter.

Sweat your vegetables down until you can see oil on the bottom of the pan, when that happens add 3 tablespoons of flour until it gets absorbed in the fat, you are basically making a roux, slowly add 4 cups of the tarragon chicken stock to the sautéed vegetables until it looks like chicken gravy.

While your gravy is simmering on low, dice the poached chicken and add it to the gravy, cook on low for 20 min stirring frequently.

For your crust, use any recipe you want, I like galette dough because it has cornmeal and I like cornmeal. Don't forget to omit the sugar, and don't forget to roll out enough dough for the top crust.

Roll out your dough and line your baking dish, put into the fridge while you finish the pot pie filling, adjusts the seasoning with salt and pepper and add 1 cup frozen peas.

I make this extremely easy delicious pot pie filling more often than any other savory pie recipe, because it's everyone's favorite.  But, just so we're clear, I've never measured any of my ingredients, so consider this “recipe” more of a rough guideline than anything written in stone.

Bake on 350 for 25 minutes, let cool and enjoy

It's November and So Much is Happening at Bread & Honey

It's November and So Much is Happening at Bread & Honey

November is a great time of year in Portland, the weather gets cooler, leaves have fallen, and there is a constant mist in the air. We tend to spend more time indoors, but that doesnt mean you have to sit at home and watch Netflix all day everyday.

Come in to check out our new fall/winter menu. We have added on many new grilled sandwiches, such as the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich with feta spread mozzarella and sharp cheddar, you can add tomato to it for only a dollar. Or the Sweet-and-Hot Grilled Sandwich with ham, salami caramelized onion, pickled jalapeños and mozzarella. And let's not forget the Roasted Vegetable and Three Cheese Panini, with portobello, red peppers, and red onions and arugula. They are all delicious, and grilled sandwich just makes you feel good inside when it's cold out.

We're not just new menus this month, I am so excited about our upcoming event on Wednesday November 9th, I just need to give it a catchy name...  maybe I'll tell you what the event is all about and you, all my readers can, help me name it.

Okay, so essentially it's a book exchange with wine, lots of wine and snacks. It works like this, ladies with books (I only say ladies because I don't know any men who read fiction) that they have already read and most likely won't read again, can come to the café and put them in a pile and take out a new book to read. We will have happy hour and popcorn and wine, did I mention wine? Maybe we should just have it be a wine club. :)
How about the Happy Hour Book Exchange ? Or the Read & Feed ? No that's stupid, how about the Wine and Rand ? No, I don't think wine and the Fountainhead go well together.

Happy Hour Book Exchange it is !!! Wednesday, November 9th at 5:00pm, so bring your books and your friends and your love of popcorn....

Our Supper Club returns on Thursday the the 10th of November,  at 6:30pm. Our menu this month is Korean braised short ribs with pickled daikon and house made shiitake mushroom pot stickers and coconut five spice crème brûlée.  If you have missed they last two, they have been tons of fun.

Well, that's all the exciting news I have for now. Hope to see you this month at some point. :)

Breakfast Empanadas!!!!

Breakfast Empanadas!!!!

I would like to introduce our new Bacon & Sweet Potato Breakfast Empanada.

Not enough is said about breakfast empanadas, but I'm about to change all that, their crispy on the outside and warm and cheesy on the inside and we make two different kinds every day at the Bread and Honey Café.

Here is the recipe for our new amazing empanadas;

  • 1 pound of sweet potatoes, peeled and boiled.
  • 1 pound of Yukon potatoes, boiled whole skins on.
  • 1 bunch of kale, boiled in salted water
  • 12 oz of cooked, chopped bacon
  • 8 oz of grated sharp white cheddar
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 12 eggs very softly scrabbled
  • 1 tablespoon fine diced shallots
  • 1 T kosher salt

Squeeze and chop the kale.
Sautéed shallots with the bacon and Kale.
Peel Yukon and sweet potatoes and cut into small pieces.
Mix all ingredients together and let cool on a floured surface.
Roll empanada dough into a 1/8 inch thick slab.
Cut into rounds, 3 to 4 inches across.
Scoop filling into the center of the dough rounds.
Egg wash the outer edges of the rounds, fold over and crimp edges with a fork.

Bake at 375 for 12 minutes or until it looks like something you want to eat.
This recipe makes a whole bunch, so for those of you who are making this for less than 20 people
you should probably cut the recipe in half.

This weekend, for our brunch special we are going to make these Breakfast Empanadas with chorizo instead of bacon and served with two eggs any way, topped with salsa and sour cream...

Oh my, so good!!

5 Surprising & Delicious Gluten-Free Brunch Items at Bread and Honey Café

5 Surprising & Delicious Gluten-Free Brunch Items at Bread and Honey Café

Well I kinda tricked you a little bit with that title, because all of our scrambles and specials are gluten free (minus the toast). But they are all delicious, so it wasn’t a lie.

1 ) The most surprising gluten-free item on our brunch menu is our Bacon Apple Corn Cakes!!! 

Made with cornmeal and oat flour (that we make ourselves) and pumpkin purée. The other shocking thing about them is they are made without dairy. They however,  are not vegan, aside from the bacon they also have eggs, you need something to hold them all together. So while they are cooking on the grill we sprinkle crispy bacon on them and then flip them, cook a little more on the bacon side. Served with sautéed apples and cinnamon, brown sugar, and lots of butter.  So if you can't have dairy, then get the apples on the side. You have to taste them.

2) This one is not surprising at all if you know what gluten is, even in its obviousness, it's delicious. Our Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, made with house made granola, Nancy's unsweetened yogurt, strawberries, pineapple, honeydew and topped with honey…..yummm!

3) The Greek Scramble, made with three large eggs, sautéed spinach, roasted garlic , sweet red peppers and lots of feta. If you love feta, this is the one for you! I love feta and I don't skimp.

4) The Spicy Bacon Mushroom, made with shallots, jalapeños and sautéed mushrooms cooked with chopped bacon and topped with white cheddar, so good and the most popular scramble we have.

5) The Italian Scramble made with sautéed zucchini, roasted tomatoes (side note; I roast all the tomatoes that are being mixed with eggs because otherwise they add to much water to the scramble end up diluting the flavor of the eggs), and then a spoonful of house made pesto and top it all off with mozzarella. It’s very good and with the white cheese, green pesto and red tomatoes, you are pretty much eating the Italian flag.

If you want to watch me make any of these amazing dishes, from the safe distend of the dining room, come by for brunch, Saturday and Sunday 8 to 2 (or 3 depending on how the day is going).

Events to Look Forward to at Bread and Honey Café

Events to Look Forward to at Bread and Honey Café

If you have joined us for brunch, you know that we have a great time. So now we are taking things into the night. This even is going to be so fun, I can't wait to share it with you.

So without further ado I would like to introduce Bread and Honey's Supper Club !! The first Thursday of each month we will have dinner, wine and dancing (without the dancing, although if the spirit moves you I won't judge).

So let me paint you a picture of what the event will look like:

The first event will be on Thursday, September 8.

6:30 Arrival
Guest start to arrive, they are greeted by a very handsome server with a tasting of white and red wine.  While guests sip their first glass of wine and mingle in the courtyard the very friendly and attractive staff will serve cheese, salami and fruit platters with fresh baked bread.

7:00 Seating
Guest will choose their seats from the outdoor courtyard or within the café.

7:15 First Course
Roasted beets tossed in a honey lime dressing and plated with blue cheese and crispy shallots.

7:30 Second Course
Dinner is served, wine braised brisket with crispy polenta, or spinach cheese pies with radicchio salad or quinoa filled squish with braised greens. All dinners are served with rainbow roasted carrots tossed in Italian salsa verde.

8:00 Dessert
Coconut cream custard topped with sautéed pears in brown sugar butter and whiskey.

8:30 Conclusion
Our first event will conclude with all our happy customers leaving well fed and a little drunk, but not too drunk to drive home of course.

I haven't mentioned the best part of this event yet, we have amazing food, friendly attractive servers, dinner in the beautiful courtyard, but the best part is  that all this could be yours for just 40 dollars for the brisket and only 30 for the vegetarian or vegan options, and tip is included!

Feeding the Beast. What You Should and Should Not Eat With PMS.

Feeding the Beast. What You Should and Should Not Eat With PMS.

Bread and Honey Café is largely staffed by women, and because nature is cruel, all of our pms happens in the same week (poor Trevor). I've  done some research that I wanted  to share with my readers, this is for you mom.

Quinoa, whole wheat and oatmeal all are complex carbohydrates which will boost serotonin, the feel good hormone.  Even though I've never noticed the feeling of Euphoria after eating a bowl of oatmeal, it can't hurt, plus everyone should eat more fiber.

Grilled salmon, chia seeds, and avocados are all  high in omega-3 fatty acids which have also been called nature's antidepressants by Harvard researchers. So next time your husband is standing in front of the closed refrigerator, asking if you still have almond milk, rather than opening the door and looking inside like a normal person, just take a deep breath and a big swig off that bottle of extra Virgin olive oil and maybe he'll think you're crazy enough not to bother  with stupid questions for the rest of the day.

Turkey, chicken and lean red meat have vitamin B12,  which will give you a boost of energy to help you get from work to your couch,  so you can binge watch New Girl, I obviously don't have kids, and when your husband comes home from working 11 hours and the house is a mess and you've eaten all the chips and not made dinner, you can remind him that this is not the 1950 and that being a feminist means having choices, and I can choose to lay around in my own filth if I want!!!

Moving on, kale, spinach, and romaine are high in vitamin A, which help acne.  Because, being bloated, tired, and bitchy aren't enough, we also get breakouts from our periods, and the worst part is, when it’s finally over and we're too old to even have periods any more, instead of frolicking around in white shorts any time we want, we grow beards.

This wraps up the foods to eat, now let's move on to the foods to avoid.

Okay, this is really important, do not under any circumstances consume tequila!!!

I once through my husband (but then boyfriend) out of my apartment in a tequila pms fueled rage, and woke up alone and confused as to where he went.

So after consulting my menu, I've determined what the best lunch is, for feeding the beast, the one salad that uses all the ingredients we talked about is the mediterranean quinoa salad, with chicken. We have romaine lettuce for acne, quinoa for that feel good hormone serotonin, and chicken for vitamin B12 which gives you energy, plus  the olive oil  in the tahini dressing for omega 3 fatty acids, nature's antidepressant… enjoy!

Things To Do In Portland For Under 5 Dollars.

Things To Do In Portland For Under 5 Dollars.

Portland is a great place to travel on a budget, there is so much to see and do, especially in the summer months. If it’s your first time in Bridge City, or if you have lived here for years, here are some suggestions for some nearly free fun.

Perfectly Seasoned Breakfast Potatoes

Perfectly Seasoned Breakfast Potatoes

At The Bead and honey Café we make the best breakfast potatoes ever! Perfectly crisp and seasoned to perfection. Everyone loves them. Here is my spice recipe that makes them taste so good