Jammies are kind of a big deal in our house. Weekends are definitely for pajamas – it is rare that all 3 of us are showered and/or dressed by noon on a Saturday or Sunday. While we all 3 love (love, love, love) brunch in general, the thought of actually getting ready and leaving the house? None of us have much love for that idea. Brunch at home and weekends full of homemade tasty treats – that’s our routine.
When Valentine’s falls on a weekend it’s even more of a great weekend to stay in. And our good friends at Whole Foods Bradburn are such wily enablers. Hence, option #3 in our Stay In This Valentine’s Day series: Breakfast in Bed! At home. In pajamas. *Cheers!*Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start! In other words: eggs. While shopping at Whole Foods Bradburn I noticed Owl Canyon pastured organic local eggs – trifecta! Lacy did a thorough breakdown of all the various egg designations a little while back, and also Whole Foods has a great in-store display that highlights the different kinds of eggs we are fortunate to be able to choose from.
Eggs of course are fantastic in general, but I am specifically and especially enamored with Shirred Eggs at the moment. I had wanted to make these for far too long. What was I waiting for? Sheesh! Deeelish and simple. The eggs take on such a different dimension when baked. And you think: like what’s up with this tablespoon of cream? Mwooohahahahah! It turns into a luxurious pepper-flavored gravy for the egg – Oh Man! Shirred eggs are now in heavy rotation around here. Try for yourself and let me know what you and yours think!
Next up? Challah French Toast! *Holla!* Using the wonderful eggy sweet challah from the Whole Foods bakery, and topped with an organic raspberry syrup – now we’re talking!
- 4-6 slices from a loaf Whole Foods Bakehouse Challah
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk (or milk alternative)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Whisk eggs, milk, and cinnamon together in a shallow dish until combined.
- Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium to medium-low heat.
- Soak bread slices in the egg mixture for a good 4-5 minutes, and flip gently to get the other side soaked as well. Soak second side for just 1-2 minutes.
- Gently transfer the soaked bread onto/into your griddle or pan. Cook slowly so that all the custard gets cooked in the bread, adjusting the heat as necessary to balance both internal done-ness as well as external brown-ness.
- When your slices plump up a bit in the pan, that's a good indication that the custard has cooked through the whole slice. Plate, dust with powdered sugar, and drizzle with homemade raspberry syrup.
How about some meat with all that sweet? Yeah, Whole Foods Bradburn has you covered there too. It’s called Blueberry Breakfast Sausage. And Holy Cannoli…In a meat case full of the most beautiful (and ethical) choices you can imagine, the Blueberry Breakfast Sausage patties are a real standout. Just to put a valentine’s spin on it I shaped the sausage into hearts. It was super tasty with our breakfast, balancing out the sweet/tart-ness of the raspberry syrup. Also unbelievably good the next day, even cold. Not only does Whole Foods Bradburn have such a gorgeous meat case, but the butchers are some of the most helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable people around and we are so appreciative of Whole Foods’ Raised with Care standards and values.
What’s breakfast without coffee? The Bradburn Whole Foods has a fantastic selection. Fair trade, organic, locally roasted – take your pick…or don’t! Find one that meets all your criteria. There’s also a nice tea selection including a bunch of single-serve packs so you don’t have to choose, and/or can try something new without having to commit to a whole box/bag. I went with locally roasted Allegro Coffee, the Whole Foods Blend of course. Allegro is one of Colorado’s first specialty coffee producers, and headquartered in Thornton.
Once you do decide to wash up (not the dishes, heaven forbid. Let’s just pretend those do themselves) you know there’s a gift or treat for yourself in the Whole Foods bath, body, and beauty section. I tried Aura Cacia Relaxing Lavender Aromatherapy Mineral Bath made with pure essential oils from 3 different kinds of lavender. Heady stuff, and a great way to cap off a splendid and sumptuous morning!
Ready to enjoy your own luxurious Valentine’s morning?
Our friends at Whole Foods Market Bradburn are giving away a $25 gift certificate so you can have your own indulgent Valentine’s morning in. Visit the Whole Foods Bradburn Facebook page to enter to win! (Please note, you must be able to pick up the gift certificate at the Bradburn Whole Foods location to win.)
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