BRUNCH

MEDITERRANEAN TOAST WITH CREAMY WHITE BEAN SPREAD & ROASTED TOMATOES

| BREAD, BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, LUNCH, QUICK MEAL, TOASTS

If you’ve been following me for a while on Instagram, you probably noticed how much I LOVE TOAST. I will never get bored with eating it, making it and coming up with fun ways to dress it up. From avocado to poached eggs or last night’s leftovers, the possibilities are endless. Mediterranean flavors came to mind when I was thinking of what to top this lovely toast with, so I created a creamy, velvety white bean spread. This MEDITERRANEAN TOAST WITH CREAMY WHITE BEAN SPREAD & ROASTED TOMATOES is my new favorite go to toast to make. The flavor of the spread is so velvety and garlicky… I mean who doesn’t love garlic, I do.
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BAKED POTATO BITES TWO WAYS

| APPETIZERS, BACON, BRUNCH, DINNER, EASTER, EGGS, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, LUNCH, POTATOES

Hello potato lover! Spring is finally here, seeing all the blooming cherry blossoms, daffodils and so much more has been so inspiring to get cooking on some new ideas for the upcoming holidays.Today’s recipe is for an easy potato appetizer that is also a healthy recipe. Everyone is getting ready for Easter celebrations, so I figured I would come up with a fun new recipe to share with you guys.  (more…)

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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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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. (more…)

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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)
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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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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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