Kedgeree

Time for something a little different from the usual omelet or quiche we have for Sunday brunch. With a couple of family members to join us, I found a recipe in the Breakfast and Brunches from the Academy cookbook that had an Anglo-Indian combination of curry-seasoned rice and smoked salmon. I happened to have some smoked salmon on hand and decided to give it a try. Delicious! Recipe

It also prompted me to remember with fondness my days at the California Academy in 1978 shortly after it opened. It was during its free-wheeling early days and I learned a lot there before we opened our restaurant in Saratoga in 1980.

Quiche aux Fruits de Mer (Crab Quiche)

For many years our Easter brunch has consisted of crab quiche, asparagus, strawberries and champagne. The quiche recipe comes from Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. One p. 149. Julia knew a thing or two! I have made modifications over the years by substituting half and half or whole milk for the whipping cream. Still delicious, but not quite as rich. I use her crust recipe, but a favorite pie crust recipe could be used in its place.

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Morning Glory muffin

Morning Glory Muffins

Here, by popular demand from the Christmas 2008 family rendezvous in Utah, are the muffins Gordon thrives on. He found the recipe in a Cooking Light magazine in July 2007. It was adapted by Charlotte Moore, M.D., from a recipe that has been around for a long time. Her recipe has been modified slightly by Gordon. It is not only delicious, but also so crammed full of healthy ingredients that your general well-being will be improved by simply reading the recipe!

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