137.0…Barbeque, Brunch & Bacon

I have had so many good eats in the last 24 hours. I wish I could relive it all again. Especially last night’s dinner at Phil’s BBQ with some friends. As soon as I arrived, my friend Alicia had a glass of wine waiting for me. Now, that’s a good friend!

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We all shared onion rings while we waited for our food to come.

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They look really healthy don’t they? :) Ah, but they were so delicious! I was able to control myself and only ate two. But let’s get real….I was saving room for the main event.

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Half rack of baby back ribs, corn on the cob and cole slaw. Perfection. I think I did announce last night that I did not want the moment to end. But it did…and at least when I went to sleep last night, I had a big smile on my face.

I was all about my homemade granola this morning. I put it on top of some blueberry Chobani yogurt and added strawberries and blueberries.

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I’ve noticed that the addition of the granola helps me stay fuller longer. Normally when I just eat the yogurt and fruit, I’m hungry two hours later or sooner. The addition of the fat in the granola really helps satisfy me.

After taking the kids to school, I went to Starbucks for a green tea and then went to a cooking class at Great News. Today’s class was taught by Phillis Carey and was entitled “Easter Brunch.” I love all things brunch foods so I was more than excited for today’s class.

The first two recipes were Homemade English Muffin Bread with Bacon Jam.

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HOLY CRAP. BACON JAM. If I could swim in a sea of bacon jam, the world would be a fabulous place. I think we the phrase “it’s the jam!” was made up, it was referring to bacon jam. I need to have more of this in my life.

The English muffin bread rocked too. :) I make a similar bread and it’s so great toasted with butter and honey but bacon jam takes it to a whole new level.

The next two recipes were Savory Italian Vegetable Bread Pudding with Artichokes, Roasted Red Peppers and Mushrooms…..along with….Chicken Sausage Patties with Apricot Mustard Glaze.

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This was a plate of goodness. I love savory bread puddings and this one did not disappoint. The sausage was good too….especially the sauce on it!

Next up was Mexican Breakfast Tortilla Bake with Poblano Chilies, Red Peppers, Sausage and Pepper Jack Cheese.

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Another winner! This was basically a layered breakfast casserole type of dish, which I love.

Lastly was Ricotta and Orange Blintzes with Strawberry Sauce.

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I’m not a blintz fan so I really cannot comment. It tasted fine and everyone around me seemed to like it. I don’t know why I don’t like blintzes.

After class, I went to Costco and picked the kids up from school. I’m about to get dinner started….another new recipe tonight!

Favorite dish(es) to serve/eat at a brunch?

Have you ever had bacon jam before?


  1. Bacon jam! I've saved a recipe for it but totally forgot about it. I really want to try it! Favorite brunch dish...I don't know! I don't think I've ever had "brunch" before. How crazy is that?

  2. I love brunch too....if I go out I love a made to order omelet. I also LOVE PHIL's! yum. We waited in line one night for 2 hours! yes, it's true. Was so happy to get to the point I could have a glass of wine!

  3. Um, bacon jam?? I need to find a recipe for that - stat!

    And now I want ribs. :D

    Happy Friday Chica!

  4. I usually make my own brunch before going to work. I usually end up with sandwich or yogurt choice. I would take sandwich if I don't have enough time to have breakfast. Thanks for sharing the menu you have had on your cooking class. Hope it can inspired to make other menus.
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