turkey & brie puff pastry pockets

| BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HEALTHY, LUNCH

turkey pop tarts_lenaskitchenblog_on boardLately I have been trying to keep our meals during the week quick and simple for my family. This simple pop tart recipe is easy to make and fun to involve kids too. I always keep a box or two of frozen puff pastry in my freezer for last minute meal ideas like this pop tart recipe. This is also a great appetizer idea when last minute guests come to visit or you need to go to a party and bring something tasty with you. (more…)

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SUPPER CLUB SCHEDULE FOR 2016

| DINNER, SUPPER CLUB, WORKSHOP

lenaskitchen_dinner table6One of my favorite things as a chef, host and a creative has always been gathering people around a table and sharing good food with them. I am super excited to do that with you again this year. Looking forward to start off the season for my Supper Clubs and host you around a table and serve you great food. (more…)

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strawberry-rhubarb muffins

| BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, DESSERTS, SWEET

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The weather in Portland has been so beautiful lately, which means the abundance of berries are starting to show up everywhere along with the bounty of rhubarb. So the perfect marriage of strawberry and rhubarb inspired this recipe for the tasty and moist muffins that will make your house smell just amazing. These are so simple to make and would be so fun to make with your kids.

I have been so busy lately that I decided to start doing something a bit different on the blog to be able to post more recipes. I will be writing a shorter entry with each recipe instead of a story, I am just not much of a story writer and I would rather provide you with fun recipes to try out then read more about my life stories. Unless I find someone to help with me with editing the stories I write, but until then I can’t wait to share this yummy muffin recipe with you.

So here we go on this super simple recipe. Trust me, you will want to try it. And if you do tag me on IG @lenaskitchenblog so I can see that you made it.

strawberry rhubarb muffins fullINGREDIENTS FOR MUFFINS
makes 12 regular sized muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c melted unsalted butter
1 egg lightly beaten
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 c fresh strawberries/rhubarb, cut into smaller pieces

METHOD
1.Melt and cool butter, add beaten egg, milk and vanilla.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together and then add to the wet ingredients by gently folding together slightly. Fold in the berries and rhubarb (if you can’t find rhubarb, you can mix in other berries or make this with just strawberries). DO NOT OVERMIX.
3. Prepare your muffin tin by adding muffin cups, or butter the tin so the batter doesn’t stick.
4. Drop by spoonfuls into the well-greased muffin tins.
5. Bake at 400F for 18-25 minutes, depending on your oven. Mine were 25 minutes.

* Side note – you can sub out the berries to any berries or stone fruit that is in season, I bet these would be even great savory with cheese and bacon.

Enjoy and Bon Appetité!
xoxo,
LENA

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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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