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Friday Feast: Kouzzina Breakfast

The morning of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, B and I decided to go to Kouzzina to fuel up for our race that night.  Kouzzina is located at the Boardwalk Resort and is owned by Chef Cat Cora of Iron Chef fame.  The menu is Mediterranean inspired from Chef Cora’s family recipes and traditional favorites.  The ambiance is warm and inviting with dark hardwoods and softly lit chandeliers.  The kitchen is open to the dining room so you can see your food being prepared right in front of your eyes!

I had been up early to cheer on the runners participating in the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run, so I was famished.  We were seated fairly quickly and then we waited…and waited.  The service was definitely lacking that morning.  They seemed to be short staffed because even the chefs and the managers were bringing food out to the tables.  I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has been there for breakfast before on if this is normal for the service there (let me know in the comments!).

Kouzzina Breakfast Menu
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The food more than made up for the service.  We started by ordering the Press Pot of Coffee for two.  I’ve always been a fan of French Presses after having the delicious coffee at the Kona Cafe, so I figured I’d give this a try.  I thought the coffee was good, but B thought it was watery.  I wanted to limit my dairy intake before the race, so I asked for almond milk which they didn’t have, but they did have rice milk which was a nice surprise.  It never hurts to ask, right?

Kouzzina Press Pot Coffee

I was very excited for the Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash!  This comes with a poached egg and lightly dressed arugula on top.  Now, I’m not usually a fan of poached eggs, but the runny egg mixed so well with the hash.  The arugula added a contrasting freshness to the richness of the dish.  This dish blew me away and I think I can definitely say this is my favorite breakfast on Walt Disney World property.

Turkey-Sweet Potato Hash…look at that gooey egg!

More hash…almost gone!

I also ordered a side of bacon because you can never have enough bacon.  This was a really good portion with 5 strips of bacon and it was thick-cut and crispy.  Nothing like the normal soggy Disney bacon you find at the buffets around property.

BACON!

B ordered the Spinach, Tomato, and Feta Scrambled Eggs (sans tomatoes) which came with breakfast potatoes, bacon and a croissant.  If I would’ve known how much bacon he was getting with his meal, I never would’ve ordered my side!  B really enjoyed the dish.  The spinach was fresh baby spinach that was lightly sautéed and the potatoes had a great flavor because of the addition of peppers and onions.  The only negative he found was that the feta cheese was overly salty (a downfall of most feta cheese) and that it would’ve been better cooked into the eggs instead of just crumbled on top.  Overall, this was a winner!

Spinach & Feta Scrambled Eggs

Since we were prepping for the race that night, we decided to get a side of pancakes to share for some extra carbs.  These were the only thing I didn’t enjoy here.  The pancakes were very dense and didn’t have much flavor.  Also, by the time they were brought out they were luke warm, so the cold butter we were given didn’t melt.  I’m assuming these are the same pancakes they use for the Blueberry Granola Pancakes, which I wouldn’t recommend based on these.

Mediocre Pancakes

Even though the service was seriously lacking, this has become my new favorite breakfast spot.  That turkey-sweet potato is so different from anything you will find on a normal breakfast menu, and it is the perfect mix of carbs and protein for a pre or post race meal.  Hopefully next time I go won’t be before a race, so I will be able to enjoy the Bloody Mary that Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run, Disney always raves about.

Have you ever been to Kouzzina for breakfast?  What’s your favorite meal?

CSA Saturday: Week 10 and Corn Fest 2012!

I can’t believe that we are halfway through my 20 week CSA share!  I feel like I just started getting all of the farms goodies and I’m already dreading the end!  But let’s not dwell on the brevity of this…look at the sausage and peppers I made from last week’s basket!

Farm Fresh Frying Peppers & Onions

I sliced up the peppers and onions, along with some pre-cooked organic chicken sausage.  I really love the Bilinski’s Organic Mild Italian Chicken Sausage.  The seasoning is just like regular Italian pork sausage, but it has 85% less fat.  Bonus!

Bilinski’s Mild Italian Chicken Sausage

I first sautéed the peppers and onions until soft, and then added the sliced chicken sausage.  They are already pre-cooked, so you just need to heat them through.  I added a small 8 oz can of tomato sauce towards the end with a little chicken stock to pull everything together, and served it with some crusty bread.  It was DELICIOUS!!  Super fast and easy…I highly recommend this dish for everyone!

Sausage, Peppers & Onions Cooking

Final Product…YUM!

This week I received what I thought was a smaller than usual basket, but I still received six items.  I guess when you’re used to receiving giant greens for weeks at a time, these single items look small.

Carrots, Arugula, Corn, Garlic, Cherry Tomatoes & Broccoli

The cherry tomatoes are already being snacked on, but eventually I think they will probably end up in a tomato salad with feta along side the sungold tomatoes from my garden.  That’s making my mouth water just thinking of it!  The broccoli and carrots will get roasted and be a side dish for some fabulous grilled chicken this week.  The arugula will be perfectly paired with roasted beets and goat cheese.  And well, the corn will just be eaten off the cob with some butter.

Speaking of corn…  Corn Fest 2012 has officially begun here in the RAD household!  Yesterday I bought 4 dozen (48) ears of corn from the farm that they had especially for CSA members.  When I originally placed the order online, I didn’t fully comprehend how big or how heavy 48 ears of corn were.  Um…it’s A LOT!!  It was so heavy that I had to transfer half of the corn to another bag to get it in the house!

Corn Out to Wazzoo!

Got Corn?

Last night I started with half of the corn.  Shucked it, boiled it for 2 minutes, shocked it in cold water, then laid it out to dry.

Cooked Corn Cooling 🙂

Once the corn was cool and dry, I cut all of the kernels off of the cobs.  The best way I’ve found to do this is to get a shallow bowl along with a small bowl or ramekin, and invert that over a non-slip pad in the larger bowl.  This gives you a nice even surface to cut the corn off and a nice receptacle to catch the corn.  Cutting corn off of the cob is a messy job, but it will be all worth it in the end!

Corn Cutting Set up…

It’s a messy job, but someone’s got to do it!

So that’s a lot of work.  23 ears of corn and it all fits into just ONE (?!?) gallon ziplock bag.  I’ve already stored them and the kernals are in the freezer…ready to make me some Corn Chowder in the winter months.

Farm Fresh Corn Ready to Be Frozen!

I still have a lot of work ahead of me for the 2nd half of the corn (1 giant burlap bag!), but it will so be worth it to have that taste of summer in the dead of winter.  Corn Fest 2012 = Major Success!  (so far)

What would you do with 48 ears of corn?!

 

 

CSA Saturday: Week 4

I still have quite a few things left over from week 3, so this weekend will be filled with cooking and catching up.  I fell behind last year as well.  I get a little sick of greens by this point, but it’s time to get creative because this week I got more.  However I did make a great healthy version of fried rice with my beet greens and it was fantastic!

I sautéed up some chicken, then added peas, shredded carrots, garlic and the beet greens.

Once the greens wilted, I added cooked brown rice, a beaten egg and a little low sodium soy sauce.  Mixed it all together until the egg was cooked through and finished it off with some chopped scallions.  Regular fried rice calls for you to actually fry the rice additional oil, which I think can be overly greasy.  Even though I left this step out, it tasted just as good…if not better.

Finished “Fried” Rice

This week I was glad to see more beet greens, but this time with actual full sized beets!  I’m definitely going to be roasting those up and adding them to a salad with the arugula I got this week, some goat cheese and chives from my garden.  Also in this week’s basket was bok choy, green leaf lettuce and english peas.  I LOVE fresh peas and I was thinking a pea pesto.  Has anyone tried that?  My wild card is the bok choy.  I’ve never been a big fan and would love some great recipe ideas.

Purple Beets, Arugula, English Peas, Bok Choy & Green Leaf Lettuce

I certainly have a busy weekend of healthy cooking ahead of me!  What would you make with this basket?