Working from home has its benefits and one of them is being able to plan a breakfast meeting in your own backyard.
Last week I held an editor’s meeting in the great outdoors. No sterile company conference room or institutional cafeteria for us.
Since we’re a new company, the purpose of this meeting was for everyone to meet each other and share notes on how best to get started with the work at hand. Everyone learned from each other and I believe the seeds of friendship were sowed amid laughter and free flowing conversation that lasted more than two hours.
That’s right, a two-hour meeting that was productive and fun. I like to think the food (see below) and music (Beatles) had something to do with that.
Here’s the menu:
Vegetable and Cheese Strata
Fresh fruit bowl
Lemon/Cranberry Scones (OK, I bought these. No recipe here) with butter and strawberry jam.
Fresh Iced Tea
Vegetable and Cheese Strata (Recipe from the Feb. 1991 edition of Gourmet Magazine):
- Ingredients/Shopping List:
- Onion (1 1/2 cups, chopped)
- Scallions (1 cup, chopped)
- Mushrooms (3/4 pound)
- Olive oil (3 tbsp.)
- Red bell pepper (2, about 2 cups, cut into thin strips)
- Green bell pepper (2, about 2 cups, cut into thin strips)
- Italian bread (About 1 loaf; enough to measure 9 cups, cut into 1-inch cubes)
- Extra-sharp cheddar cheese (10 oz or 2 1/2 cups, grated)
- Parmesan cheese (1 cup, grated)
- Large Eggs (12)
- Milk (3 1/2 cups)
- Dijon-mustard (3 tbsp.)
- Tabasco (6 or 7 dashes or to taste)
What I did:
Cook the onion, scallion and mushrooms in oil over low heat, stirring until the onion is softened.
Add bell peppers and salt and pepper to taste. Cook over moderate heat, stirring for 10-15 minutes or until liquid evaporates and peppers are tender.
Arrange half of the bread cubes in a buttered shallow (4 1/2-quart) baking dish.
Spread half of vegetable mixture over bread cubes and sprinkle half the cheddar and half the parmesan cheese on top.
Arrange the remaining bread cubes over the cheese layer.
Top with remaining vegetables and then the remaining cheese.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, the milk, the mustard, the tabasco, and salt and pepper. Then pour this evenly over the strata.
Chill the strata covered, overnight.
Let the strata stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before baking it in the middle of a 350-degree oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until it is puffed, golden and cooked through.
This recipe serves 8.
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