At every gathering I host, I like to add at least one little detail that will get guests to say, “oh girl, oh no you didn’t!” Infused butters will elicit that remark. They’re that 2.0 moment, the little cherry on top of the sundae, and best of all, you’ll likely have enough leftover to continue spreading all that flavor on subsequent pancakes, morning toast or quick breads long after the party dust has settled.
Vegan gravy may seem like an oxymoron, but this mushroom version will appease vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike, which is why I also recommend it if you want to follow my lead and throw a Biscuit Buffet Brunch. If biscuits feel intimidating, pair this gravy with a whole grain or gluten free pasta or mashed potatoes. The possibilities abound!
I love hosting friends and family in our home, but I also love sitting and eating, so I always try to strike a balance of effort when it comes to menu planning. I hosted a Biscuit Buffet and provided plenty of whole grain biscuits, a few staple toppings and invited my friends to bring their favorite toppings as well as some bubbly.
A birthday is the perfect nudge to seize the day and gather friends and family for a slow Sunday of rich eats, refills of coffee and toasts of bubbly. I like to make these events a collaborative effort- both to make hosting more approachable and to challenge folks with my themes. Stay tuned for more tips on creating a biscuit buffet with the help of guests.
I felt as though I had found fall. There she was! Peeking through the tall, green trees, her flames blazed against the bright, blue sky. I was far away from the city (as evidenced by the changes in political fervor), where the trees were still clinging to their youthful summer glow. My little red car, packed to the brim with Nordic sweaters,… Keep Reading
Last fall, the Urban Farmer and I made a Westward Wander, or what I dubbed #KyleMeetsTheKogels2015, since this was their official meet and greet. My parents toured us around their icy town in Iowa, where they had begun to settle after moving nearly one year prior. My dad pointed out the expanse of farms, the loss of the smaller family farms,… Keep Reading
August 2014 Two tons of bricks in a one ton bag. Is that how the expression goes? If not, it conveys the idea I want to express. On one hand, this notion of exceeding capacity is negative- shit will break! On the other hand, life is short, and if you have the possibility of stuffing an extra ton of bricks into said receptacle,… Keep Reading
May 2014 Dear friends of mine married on a vineyard in Virginia. Their vows to each other were some of the most sincere I have ever heard (if I were to ramble about those nuptials any more, I’d surely have tears seeping into my laptop). In addition to lasting memories of exemplary love and devotion, I left that vineyard with several jars of… Keep Reading
November 2013 Once upon a time, there was a meek and kind Country Mouse and her vivacious cousin who lived amongst the glamour and glitz of the big city. When the holidays arrived, the City Mouse ventured over country roads, to visit her cousin, in her home underground. Unimpressed by the country’s quiet charms, the City Mouse convinced the country… Keep Reading
February 2013 The morning was quiet. Inside the cabin, the guests were in various stages of slumber. Outside the cabin, the frozen edges of the creek added another level of solitude to the scene. It was the last morning of the cabin weekend, the type of quiet morning that calls for the scent of bacon to ease inhabitants into packing, cleaning… Keep Reading