The food doodle accompanying today’s recipe is a bit of a misdirect. Sure, there are technically tomatillos in these Chicken Verde Grilled Flatbreads but they aren’t fresh. Yes, I Susan Keefe, used store bought salsa verde in this recipe. The shame is overwhelming. Please know I would not have committed such a food blog sin if I had been able to get my hands on fresh tomatillos. Sadly, my neighborhood grocery haunts could not accommodate my tomatillo needs and tracking them down would’ve required a special trip, which would’ve required time that I am short on these days. So, I went with bottled salsa verde and while I’m sure freshly made would’ve been better, these flatbreads still managed to knock my socks off. Plus, with the bottled salsa, these flatbreads make for a stellar weeknight meal.
The number 1 realization I came to while making these Cherry Pistachio Danishes with Vanilla Labneh?I’ve never had a danish. Bizarre, right?! How could I have gone my whole life never eating an entirely ubiquitous pastry? It’s not like I’ve actively avoided them. They always seemed perfectly delicious. I mean fruit, cream cheese, pastry? Who could argue with that? I think my problem stems from an extreme love of too many pastries. I’m sure there have been many moments when I was confronted with the monumental decision of choosing between a Danish and fritter. To this day, I would still choose fritter. There just always seems to be something more exciting than a Danish in most of the pastry boxes I’ve peeked in.
Tomorrow is Brunchday! The most magical of all days. Any day that lets you add champagne to your orange juice and vodka to your V8 is a winner in my books. Brunch is everything you want in a meal but can’t justify on a regular basis. Alcohol? Check. Salty, fatty meat products? Check. Tasty things that are practically dessert? Checkmate! In the spirit of this deliberately debaucherous day, I present these Cheddar Sage Scones with Whipped Honey Butter. Because adding honey butter to a scone with this much cheese in it is simply inappropriate – except on glorious Brunchday.
Apparently, the guilt that motivated my last recipe has evaporated because I’m back with a whole whack of butter. Yes, these Key Lime Brioche Buns are not remotely repentant. What can I say? I have a short attention span, except when it comes to butter – it always seems to hold my attention. Also, it’s key lime season and when my nearest grocery store decides to stock up on the hot in-season produce, I have to buy it. I’m hoping my positive reinforcement won’t be lost on them.