Bloggers who Brunch

As it turns out, I can’t cook for just four people.  But better too much than not enough!  I had the pleasure of hosting Biz {My Bizzy Kitchen}, Jennifer {Slim Shoppin‘}, and my sister {Lower CT River Valley} for brunch today.  Two sets of sisters, one set of twins.

Bloggers who Brunch

We grew in the same town and went to the same high school, Biz played field hockey with my sister and Jennifer was in a writing/speech class with me.  I forget to get a picture of the spread, but you would have thought a whole crowd was coming.  On the menu…

Mini Yogurt Parfait with Homemade Granola
Fruit Salad
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata
Roasted Potatoes
Cinnamon Rolls
Homemade Lemon Poppy Seed Scones
Sweet and Spicy Bacon

brunch plate

Double bacon baby! The sweet and spicy version is my favorite.

sweet and spicy bacon

Sweet and Spicy Bacon
Author: Jacky Hackett
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Serves: 6
  • 3 Tbls. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 lb. thick cut bacon
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper until combined.
  3. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, line up bacon in single row.
  4. Sprinkle half of sugar mixture over bacon.
  5. Bake bacon for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove bacon from oven, flip pieces over and sprinkle the other half of sugar over slices.
  7. Bake bacon for another 10-15 minutes.
  8. Check often, it goes from done to burnt quickly.
  9. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack with cookies sheet underneath to catch drippings.


No leftovers!  This bacon is a great appetizer too.

My sister makes great granola, glad she flew some in on her visit.  Perfect for the yogurt parfait.  I have never made granola, and have no grand plans too, so I don’t have the recipe.

yogurt parfaits

The scones Biz brought hit the spot.  I LOVE scones and was looking forward to getting a great one in Dublin, but never was able to find any this visit.  I have had such a hankering for one, and these lemon poppy seed ones were perfection.  Thanks Biz! Check out her site for the recipe link.

lemon poppy seed scones

Frittatas are such a great make-ahead for a crowd.  I went with asparagus and goat cheese in hopes of willing spring to come to Chicago soon. I never follow a recipe when making a frittata, just whisk together eggs, milk, some Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.  Cook those in a cast iron skillet until they set a bit, then toss in cheese, vegetables, potatoes, whatever.  Finish off in the oven until cook through, maybe 30 minutes.  Easy and hard to mess up.

brunch spring frittata

Good meal, better conversation. We’ve been talking about getting together for so long, glad it FINALLY came together.

Thanks ladies!



  1. Aimee says:

    What a fun get together. I just commented on Biz’s site that the quiche looked delicious. It took me a minute to realize that your sister must live in Connecticut from her blog name. I actually live about a 5 minute walk from the CT river in Western Mass. I’m about 45 minutes from Hartford. I most certainly would have had to run at least a half marathon to work off that brunch!

    • Jacky Hackett says:

      This was more like brinner, I did not eat much the rest of the day! Yes, my sister lives in CT. I have three siblings out East (NH/CT) and the other 3 of us are in the Chicagoland area.

  2. biz319 says:

    Thanks again Jacky for a great brunch – everything was delicious, and I plan on recreating your asparagus goat cheese frittata in the near future!

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