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Summertime, and the living is easy! Try these late morning nibbles when you don’t have to get up and rush out the door—it’s vacation season, after all. These easy dishes can be made by cooking quinoa in your rice cooker or using your toaster oven to bake. No need to rush; it’s your day off, remember?
And to top off your brunch, have a good, robust Cup of Joe on us! There are, after all, certain rules to brewing a satisfying cup of coffee. Be sure to follow our hints and tips on how to brew it right.
A power packed protein dish with superfood quinoa and nutrient-rich pan fried salmon. This dish comes topped with pickled celery, seasoned mushrooms and a lime dressing. Do we have your attention yet?
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Raise your hand if you’re a fan of French Onion—glazed to a golden brown. This oven baked, savory pie is loaded with sweet sautéed onions, topped with olives and goat cheese. Pair with a green salad for a perfect brunch snack.
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Bake these quiche pastries without having to use a muffin pan, right in your toaster oven. Foil baking cups do the trick, with no mess and no fuss. This makes a really cool brunch snack or a very unique pot-luck winner.
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BRUNCH is the word made up of breakfast and lunch, and most people seem to think it lasts between 10am to 2pm. As for how it started, a lot of credit is given to the English humorist Guy Berenger, who first coined the phrase in the late 1800s, as a relaxing meal to ease into Sunday after being hungover from partying too much the night before. He suggested we get up later in the day, when it gets warmer, and have a more “hospitable” meal that would be more “cheerful and sociable.” It would still have the typical tea or coffee and marmalade of breakfast, but also add a fish and meat dish. He claimed that such a meal would “put you in a good temper, and make you satisfied with yourself and your fellow-beings.” Berenger added a P.S. to this essay that mentions beer and whiskey as allowable substitutes for tea and coffee! An interesting antidote for a hangover.
Today, brunches are usually served with some form of alcohol, like champagne or a cocktail. But that varies too, depending on where you’re having brunch.
What Other People Eat For Brunch
Have you ever wondered what people around the world have for brunch? Here are some examples we’ve heard about.
Dim Sum: A well-known Chinese dish, Dim Sum originated in southern Canton and later spread to Hong Kong. These tasty dumplings come in hundreds of variations, from savory to sweet and in all kinds of shapes. The drinking of different teas is just as important to the Dim Sum meal as the food itself, with offerings that include chrysanthemum, oolong, green or pu-erh tea. At noisy and busy restaurants, leaving the lid of your teapot balanced against the side is a silent way to tell the server to refill the pot.  
Oeufs Cocottes au Saumon: Apparently in France, Baked Eggs with Smoked Salmon is what’s for brunch. In order for the egg whites to bake completely and still have runny yolks, this dish is baked in two stages—with the whites baked first with cream and salmon, and the yolks added later. Usually served in individual ceramic ramekins and with fried baguette slices, for dipping into the runny yolks. Très bon!  
Full English Breakfast: In the country where they invented brunch, the “full” refers to how a weekend, late breakfast is full of different kinds of foods. It usually consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, beans and grilled vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms and onions. Take note that we said bacon and sausage. And don’t forget the toast and marmalade, accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. Obviously, after a brunch like this, the word “full” takes on more meaning.  
Huevos Rancheros: The favorite brunch of our neighbors to the south, and a dish most Americans know because we love Mexican food so much. Meaning “ranch style eggs”, this is a simple dish of fried eggs served on corn or flour tortillas, topped with fresh salsa. Side dishes are refried beans, Mexican rice and avocado or guacamole. There is a sister dish called Huevos Divorciados (“divorced eggs”), which are just two eggs served with a different type of salsa on top of each egg—one salsa roja (red) and the other salsa verde (green).  
Ackee and Saltfish: This is Jamaica’s national dish, and can be eaten anytime of day, but usually served for breakfast on weekends or on special occasions. Ackee is the Jamaican national fruit and known to be toxic if not prepared when ripe—its seeds are to be avoided. It is considered one of the country’s best delicacies, with a buttery creamy texture and a mild taste. The sautéed saltfish (cod) is the perfect complement, and accompanied by onions, tomatoes, red bell peppers and infused with garlic and spices, Ackee and Saltfish is a very flavorful mid-morning meal.  
We always say—if you’re going to brew a cup of coffee, do it right. No pun intended, you must lay the groundwork to get the best out of your beans. Equipment matters, water matters, temperature matters. Just be sure to pay attention to the details, and get that gourmet craft coffee taste!
Look for Quality Beans
Key to the best cup of coffee is fresh roasted, good quality beans. Coffee beans are best when used as soon after they have been roasted.
 
Grind it Right
It's best to grind your coffee beans right before brewing, since they start deterioration very fast. The size of the grind also matters! Your coffee could taste too flat or bitter depending on how you grind your beans.
Good Water and Water Temperature
Use good water. Tap water with chlorine will affect the flavor and impart odor. Use bottled or filtered water and avoid distilled or softened water. For optimal extraction, maintain water temperature from 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit and always remember the right ratio of coffee to water (2 tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water).
Voila! Your Coffee is Ready!
Enjoy your coffee! Smell the aroma and taste the difference. Try and pour your coffee into a warmed mug or a vacuum bottle to maintain the heat without reheating.
Into Flavored Coffee?
If you're into flavored coffee, experiment with powders and syrups like vanilla powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, almond essence and so much more! If you enjoy lattes and mochas, you can create your own gourmet drinks using foam making tools with cocoa powder and flavored syrups.
       
  Banana Coffee Smoothie   Simply Iced Coffee   Iced Coconut Caffé Latte   Iced Café Mocha   Hazelnut Iced Mocha   Creamy Coffee Ice Cream
We wanted to create a unique and sophisticated flask which would have a strong impact on the table.
After studying the construction of flasks we realized they are all based on horizontal section. We wanted to change this. Working closely with Zojirushi team we created new vertical construction. This approach has resulted in a seamless and iconic new carafe which combined with Japanese attention to detail and finish will grace any home.
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Summertime lunches with Zojirushi—our Lunch Jars are perfect for bringing chilled salads to enjoy outdoors, or pack a hot lunch and have it in the comfort of air-conditioning. Learn more next month!