Monday, September 01, 2008

"HAPPILY WE BASK IN THIS WARM SEPTEMBER SUN ..." / HUBBARD LAKE BREAKFAST / GRILLED BEER BRATS / BAKED KIDNEY BEANS with TOMATO SAUCE

"Happily we bask in this warm September sun,
Which illuminates all creatures..."
- Henry David Thoreau

~ Basking in the morning sun

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HUBBARD LAKE BREAKFAST

~ Fit for a king and large enough to feed his army

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5 lbs. well scrubbed red skin potatoes

3 lbs. favorite seasoned bulk sausage

2 large chopped sweet onions

1 large chopped red pepper

1 large chopped yellow pepper

1 large chopped orange or green pepper

2 dozen large organic eggs

1 lb. shredded Pinconning cheese (or mixed cheddar & colby)

1/2 lb. cubed Pinconning cheese

vegetable oil

coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • Par-boil red skins in salted water and slice into wedges. Coat lightly with vegetable oil.
  • Brown sausage in large skillet or paella pan. Add chopped onions and cook until limp. Next add chopped peppers and continue cooking until soft. Add potatoes and combine well with other ingredients until heated through. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Whisk eggs and add to potato, onions and peppers. Cook gently until eggs begin to coagulate, stirring often. Add cubed cheese and combine well. Correct seasonings and top with grated cheese. Cover until cheese melts. Serve with bagels, toast, muffins or coffee cake and large bowl of fresh fruit.


~ Basking in the evening sun
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GRILLED BEER BRATS
~ It's still summer and the weather wonderful for grilling ... great served with sauteed peppers & onions or sauerkraut
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8 fresh bratwurst
2 12-oz. cans or bottles of beer
20 peppercorns
  • Combine bratwurst, beer and peppercorns in large saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer gently, covered, about 15 minutes or no longer pink. Drain.
  • Grill bratwurst over medium-high coals, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until heated through and golden, turning frequently. Serve on buns with plenty of good mustard, favorite condiments, sauteed pepper & onions or sauerkraut. (8 servings)
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BAKED KIDNEY BEANS with TOMATO SAUCE
5 (1 lb. cans) kidney beans
1 14 oz. bottle ketchup
1 Tbsp. Tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp. allspice
6 thick slices of chopped bacon
2 chopped onion
2 chopped green peppers
3 large chopped seeded tomatoes
1 cup packed brown sugar
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Drain and rinse kidney beans.
  • In bowl, combine ketchup, Tabasco and allspice.
  • Sprinkle chopped bacon in bottom of 13x9x2 inch pan. Top with 1/2 of beans over bacon. Sprinkle with chopped onions, green peppers and chopped tomatoes. Cover with remaining beans.
  • Top beans with ketchup mixture and 1 cup packed brown sugar. Bake for 3 hours. (12-15 servings)

9 comments:

Rose said...

I've enjoyed all your photos of Hubbard Lake, Joey; this must be a beautiful place to spend the weekend or a whole week.
Grilled brats are one of my family's favorites. Your family is very lucky to have such a great cook as you!

Marysol said...

Good God, Joey. Leave it to you to provide a lovely breakfast with a matching view.

Anna said...

These photos sure capture the moment. I love the sunset collage. That slant of the sun in the sky is so romantic and peaceful. I enjoyed looking through the lense of your camera today.

beckie said...

Joey, your pictures are, again, beautiful. What a glorious place Hubbard Lake is. I am glad you get to spend time there and I imagine it is so hard to leave.

joey said...

Hi Rose ... the photos speak for themselves (though my humble eye). You are a dear to visit often and comment. "Cook and they will come", is my mantra ;)

You always make me laugh, marysol ;) You bring your mouthwatering eclairs and I'll provide the rest!

Always a dear, Anna. So enjoy reading your posts and 'slant' on life.

Thanks Beckie. Always hard to leave ~ waves sparkle like diamonds and the hardwoods wave goodbye. (Another jaunt for Thelma & Louise)

Catherine said...

Hello Joey!
What a beautiful post! Love the Thoreau quote, and the pics in your fist collage are fantastic, love the cloud capture, and the woodpecker, and the framed view of the lake, and the sunflowers, and how you put the yummy looking food in the center! I have been trying to get some good captures of turkeys since this weekend, so far the few I have are blurry~they are quick! Your capture is wonderful! I'm not a big breakfast eater, dont eat til 11 usually, but your Hubbard Lake breakfast sounds delicious!
Now your~ basking in the evening sun collage is WOW breathtaking~stunning glowing beautiful captures! Is that you and your hubby basking in the sun..? :)
Your grilled brats & baked kidney beans sound delicious too, I've got to quit visiting you so late~you make me hungry!:)
Lovely post Joey!
Hug's
Cat

Jane Marie said...

I spent the weekend in the North Woods. I could have used the Hubbard Lake Breakfast then. Don't get me wrong, we ate well. but there's always room for something new!

joey said...

You caught me commenting, Dear Cat! The weekend was awesome (except for 'Woody' pecking on the birch). Counted 35 turkey families strolling across the yard (we are on the daily turkey trot). Not a breakfast eater either, especially after sampling pounds of food for 15. The photo is my hubby and one of my daugher's dear friends (hoping her family will purchase a 'piece of paradise' near us;)

joey said...

You need 'lots of room' for this 'Northwoods' feast, Jane Marie :) Wasn't the weekend glorious?