Brunch Obsession: Mushroom, Kale, and Cheddar Frittata

Happy Saturday!

I woke up this morning feeling like baking. One of my favorite brunch dishes is the wonderfully delicious Frittata. I love them because they’re essentially a glorified Omelet that can be enjoyed any time of day. 

I’ve NEVER tried Kale before… I know can you believe it?

I purchased a big bag of Kale Greens in an effort to incorporate more green leafy veggies to my diet. Anywhoo, I love a good Spinach Frittata so, why not try a Kale Frittata? 

With that being said…

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil

8 ounces mushrooms (such as cremini and shiitake), halved or sliced if large

Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

2 small shallots, chopped

8 large eggs

1/2 cup Milk

4 ounces Cheddar, shredded (1 cup)

2 ounces Parmesan, shredded (½ cup)

1/2 small bunch lacinato kale, stems discarded and leaves sliced (about 4 cups)

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oven to 400° F. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, tossing occasionally, until golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the shallots. Cook, tossing frequently, until the shallots are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Reserve the skillet.

Step 2

Whisk the eggs, Milk, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until combined. Whisk in the Cheddar and half the Parmesan. Toss the kale with 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil.

Step 3

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the reserved skillet over medium heat. Add the egg mixture to the skillet, followed by the mushrooms, the kale, and the remaining Parmesan. Cook until the frittata is set just around the edge, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer the skillet to oven and bake until the frittata is just set, 20 to 24 minutes. Slide onto a plate to serve

Et Voila…

Yummmm! This came out so perfect and delicious! 

Please feel free to stop by often to see what new thing I’m doing or cooking 😉

Until Next Time…

Brunch Obsession: Bacon & Cheese French Toast

Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before but, for anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m slightly obsessed with Brunch. Well no.. I’m completely obsessed with brunch! I’m 100% sure it comes from my love of Enjoying Breakfast Food paired with Lunch & Dinner Entrees Mid-day or any time of day. 

Oh, and did I mention Mimosas… Whaaaaatt? 

Who doesn’t love to drink Champagne mixed with OJ? 

That’s just plain old “Fabulous”! 

Today, I woke up feeling like making Boyfriend and I Omelets but, I had a taste for a Grilled Cheese or French Toast. I started thinking… how awesome it would be to have Bacon & Cheese melted inside of French Toast and so.. it happened! 🙂
Recipe:

*I used 1/4 cup of Butter Pecan Flavored Coffee Creamer instead of milk and fresh Wheat Bread instead of Stale Bread.

Directions:

Start with making your French toast. I like to flip after 1 minute then add my Cheese and Bacon. I added 1 slice of American to one side and about 1/4 of a cup of shredded Sharp Cheddar & A Shredded Mexican Blend to the opposite side. I broke 3 strips of Bacon in half and added the strips over the slice of American Cheese and let cook for about 2 minutes. 

 Flip the two halves together. Let cook for about another 2 minutes.

Et Voila…

Until next time…

New Experience: Fresh Water Scallops

Earlier this week, I decided to stop by the Deli Counter at my local Grocery Store and bought a 1/2 lb of Fresh Water Scallops. I’m learning slowly that I am a huge fan of Oysters, Clams, Mussels, and now Scallops. I’m really excited to have learned all about Mollusks and just how extremely delicious they are. It’s an acquired taste.. I’m assuming that Shrimp and Lobster were too once upon a time when you had your first experience. 🙂

Anywhoo, this afternoon I wanted something different for Brunch and decided to Google Scallop Brunch Recipes and came across a recipe from MarthaStewart.com

Seared Scallops and Bacon (YUM!)

Et Voila!

I wasn’t really feeling the Pasta today so, I made my scallops on the side of  bacon and eggs.

My first thought is that they sort of taste like Imitation Crab Meat just meatier if that makes sense. Ultimately, they weren’t that bad. They were however, a bad choice for brunch 😦 Initially, I had planned to make them alongside Asparagus and Angel Hair Pasta with a delicious white wine sauce. Welp, I guess that’s what happens when you  crave something different for Brunch. I am planning to buy them again and this time actually stick to the plan.

Until Next Time…

It’s finally open… Press Room Cafe-Market!

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After a complete year of searching for lunch spots, calling for deliveries, online orders, and Food Trucks. Our building has finally opened an official Cafe that’s not only open to us (employees) but, open to the Public. I can honestly say that I’m super excited to have a new hang-out/lunch spot downtown.

It has a Starbucks feel… with a cozy lounge and a cafe style kitchen that serves really delicious Sandwiches, Pizza, and More…

Today, I stopped in to try the Malt Vinegar Steak Fries:

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There’s only one word that comes to mind when I think of these fries and that’s YUM!!!!

They were hot (right out of the oven), the seasoning was perfect and they were very fulfilling so much so.. that I didn’t need a sandwich or anything. I was quite full off of the fries alone!

I guess with this being a new addition to our building. I will have time to try everything on the menu and I can give revues of the food, staff, and service as I go along.

With that being said if you live in Detroit or are visiting if you find yourself near the old Detroit Free Press Building stop in for a cup of Coffee or Tea or maybe even sit down and grab a bite! (Hours of Operation are 7am-7pm Monday-Friday for sure.. Not sure about the weekends. I’ll update).

Until next time!

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New Experience: Mussels

I learned at the age of 13 that I have an Allergy to Shellfish meaning that I can no longer eat Shrimp or Crab Cakes. I’ve  NEVER experienced Lobster and my entire adult life I’ve always wanted to eat a Lobster Tail but, couldn’t due to my allergy.

Since my 40th Birthday which was exactly 1 week ago.. I’ve been on a Journey of Self Discovery. I’m learning who I really am, what I enjoy, what I no longer enjoy,  and ultimately working on the person that I want to be from here on out. I’m trying new things like Meditating Everyday (10 minutes a day).. Reading New Books.. Blogging ;).. and Cooking.. trying recipes of foods that I’ve never eaten or would’ve never thought of experiencing. Which brings me to my recent experience… Mussels.

I did a little research online learning that I’m not allergic to all Shellfish. I’m allergic to Crustaceans (Shrimp, Lobster, and Crab) however, am not allergic to Oysters which are Shellfish but, fall  under the Mollusk Family (Oysters, Scallops, Mussels, and Clams).

I told my dear friend and co-worker  Jazzmin (aka Ms. Carrie Snaxshaw) that I wanted to try Mussels and Scallops for my birthday, and because she’s such an awesome friend… she told me that I should… not because she’s a bad influence and wants to sit in the ER with me (I know that she totally would) but, because “She loves them” and they’re so good!  🙂

Last night.. I felt brave enough to try them.

I found a recipe online:

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gave it a try…

My Mussels

I didn’t do anything fancy.. I simply added the garlic, butter, black pepper, and wine . Made a mess of my stove as you can see in the pic. I put them on a plate and poured a glass of wine.

End result… they were absolutely Fabu’ licious! Simply Amazing!!!

Best part… No Emergency Room Visit for Me.

This was overall a great experience and makes me look forward to trying new food. Please come back to see what new thing I’m doing. 🙂

Until next time…

XOXOX

 

 

Welcome to my Blog!

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IAMQUEENB.BLOG is my new Blog Baby! I began this blog a few days before my 40th birthday with the idea of having a Lifestyle Blog that served as an online Journal dedicated to things that I am passionate about and have always wanted to do or try.

Well, here I am 5 months in and I’ve finally found my niche!

Yay me!!! It’s Food!!!!

I’ve learned that I’m really passionate about Food… the Flavors, Textures, Origins, and the new Experiences.

This is why I’ve decided that a food blog totally makes sense.

For anyone that’s new to the blog or perhaps have been living under a rock. You should probably know that… I love Brunch!!!!!

Well, No that’s an under statement, I’m like literally obsessed with Brunch and everything about it.

Just thinking about Mimosas, Bellini’s, Omelets, Crepes, Croissants, Waffles, and Frittatas have me doing a small happy dance.. LOL. Whew… I’m back!

With that being said, I’ve decided to re-direct my focus and build a Fabulous Food Blog that’s filled with Fabulicious Recipes, Restaurants to Check Out, Wine+Great Pairings and more!

I invite you to Follow Me on my Journey to Foodie Blogging Paradise!

XOXOX