MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH WORKSHOP

| BRUNCH, MOTHER'S DAY, WORKSHOP

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Come with your mothers, come with your friends! We invite you to our brunch workshop!

Enjoy a beverage, good company, and a full brunch served by Lena’s Kitchen. Afterwards, Vanessa from Tribes n Pines, will be teaching flower arranging techniques, as well as additional tutorials on specific flowers and designs. Learn and create a beautiful bouquet to take home just in time for Mother’s Day!

When // May 7, 2016 from 11-3 pm
Where // Lena’s Kitchen in SE Portland (address will be given upon reservation)
Price // $90 per person (14 seats available)
SOLD OUT

Your ticket will supply you with a delicious brunch spread cooked by me, a mimosa and bloody mary bar, everything to create a flower arrangement including a vase, and a take home goodie bag filled with local and homemade goods!

Can’t wait to celebrate you lovely ladies.

Sponsors // Fred Meyers, Bull in China, Work/Shop, Jacobsen Salt, Red Ridge FarmsProletariat Butchery, 1927 smores, Seek Paper Co., Formosa Hot Saucemore coming soon.

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Cilantro Pineapple Margarita

| BRUNCH, CITRUS, COCKTAIL, DRINK

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I love margaritas, and I feel like you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy one, but sometimes you just want to get jiggy with it and create something fun. That’s what happened in the kitchen this morning while I was making this recipe. I picked up a beautiful pineapple at the store the other day, and it was sitting on the counter waiting to ripen for me to use it. The aroma that comes out when you cut into a pineapple is sensational, sweet aromatic and tropical. So lets start this party off with this tasty cocktail. (more…)

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BACON & POTATO LATKES WITH FRESH FENNEL & CITRUS SLAW

| BACON, BRUNCH, EASTER, POTATOES, SALAD, SIDE

lenasktichen_bacon latkes_twoUPEveryone should adopt a latke into their recipe rotation. (Because what’s not to love about fried potato pancakes?) The trick, whether you’re making them for Easter, brunch with friends or otherwise, is to get them super crispy. In mine I added crispy bacon inside for a little guilty pleasure, but with a healthy twist by topping them with a fresh fennel slaw mixed with citrus to brighten the color on the plate and to cut the fat of the bacon. This is a simple recipe to adapt to add your favorite things like zucchini, sweet potato, apples, carrot and or other veggies you might like more, the possibilities are endless. But I do hope you try my version out. (more…)

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SUNSET CITRUS CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

| CHAMPAGNE, CITRUS, COCKTAIL, DRINK

I don’t think there is anything better than a simple champagne cocktail, citrus and a sunset. So that’s where the name came from while sipping on this and watching a beautiful sunset. I’ll keep this nice and simple for you. Only a few ingredients needed for this and you can swap out the citrus to your favorite and use your favorite champagne as well.

A perfect cocktail to serve at your next brunch or a special occasion. Make it a fun way for your guests to customize their champagne cocktail by providing an array of freshly squeezed juices to mix with their champagne.

lenasktichen_sunset citrus champagneSUNSET CITRUS CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
1 bottle of your favorite champagne, I used a Rose Brut for mine
3 blood oranges, 2.5 juiced and the other half sliced for garnish
3 smaller oranges, 2.5 juiced and the other half sliced for garnish

METHOD
Mix both juices in a glass. Add the champagne into a stemmed glasses, add 4 tbsp of mixed juices to each glass, garnish with a thin slice or half of slice of citrus and enjoy. Easy peasy.

Enjoy and Bon Appetité!
xoxo,
LENA

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SMOKED SALMON BENEDICT ON CROISSANT with A DILL, PAPRIKA, LEMON HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

| BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, EASTER, EGGS, SEAFOOD

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Being from the East Coast, I enjoy a good bagel with lox, capers, tomatoes and onions. I also love homemade eggs benedict with farm fresh eggs, salmon and fresh greens with a homemade lemony-dill hollandaise sauce. I decided to put together two of my favorite things and make this eggs benedict on a croissant instead, topped with quick pickled red onions, capers, fresh greens. Easter and Mothers Day is around the corner and I thought that this would make a perfect Easter or Mother’s Day Brunch with family and friends for you to try out. (more…)

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY EATS + DIP

| APPETIZERS, DIP, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SIDE, SUPERBOWL, VEGAN

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Tomorrow people will be gathering in homes, bars, stadiums to celebrate a big day for Football fans. Funny thing is I am not a fan of football at all, even tough I work on women’s apparel at Nike. My husband likes to watch it once in a while and I just enjoy the gathering around good food part with the gals. Tomorrow we are off to our friends house to celebrate a birthday and let the boys and gals who enjoy watching the game watch the game and the rest of us gather around a table with some good homemade meals. I am prepping a few dishes to bring with me. Wanted to make sure there are some healthy options to enjoy besides the chilly and other heavy foods that will be provided already. (more…)

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Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry Soup

| CURRY, DINNER, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SOUPS, VEGAN

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I have been loving Thai food lately, it’s fresh, it’s colorful and it always hits the spot! Curries have been one of my favorite flavors to add to veggies since I started the new year and eating healthy – and this Spicy Vegetable Coconut Curry is chock full of fresh veggies and vibrant colors that just make it absolutely mouthwatering. (more…)

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Cardamom, Blueberry, Cream Cheese Croissant French Toast Casserole

| BREAD, BREAKFAST, DESSERTS, SWEET

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My husband and I spent the evening last night in bed after we put the kids down watching funny videos and food videos on BuzzFeed, then woke up craving french toast for breakfast. I went to get the ingredients from my local Fred Meyers. I usually get Challah bread and make individual french toast, but this morning I wanted something a little more different so i got some mini croissants, cut them into smaller chunks, added chunks of softened cream cheese and had some frozen blueberries… add the custard and you have a party in your mouth. (more…)

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