yyummy gooey baked French Toast square drizzed with caramel pan juices and raspberry sauce

Holiday Breakfast for a Crowd (Sweet): Creme Brulee French Toast

Maybe the kids (and their friends?) are home for Spring Break. Or the whole extended family is getting together over a holiday brunch and you've got your hands full with the dying and hiding of Easter eggs. Or you volunteered to put together a wedding morning breakfast for the bridal party. Breakfast for a crowd is what we do here at A Butler's Manor, and we've got a yummy solution for a holiday-worthy breakfast that…... view full recipe

savory egg and bread casserole with prosciutto, leeks, and cheese

Holiday Breakfast for a Crowd: Savoury

The kids (and maybe their kids) are coming home for the holidays. It's sure to be a nonstop whirlwind of activity. And oh yes, we're now very adept at ordering takeout for dinner to make things easier, especially when there's a crowd. But what about breakfast? Here at A Butler's Manor, making breakfast for a crowd is literally our bread and butter, and we've got dozens of recipes that can be made in advance and…... view full recipe

avocado toast

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast has been the rage for a number of years, and as a Californian, I am all over anything avocado (I could eat guacamole by the cupful). Over the past year, we've found that our version of Avo Toast is so popular that I've had guests who were staying multiple nights request it again before they leave. This simple recipe is healthy, tasty, visually appealing, and quick to prepare!... view full recipe

Rounds of French baguette cooked to a golden brown and drizzled with raspberry sauce and dotted with fresh raspberries

“Jelly Doughnut” French Toast

This is the easiest French toast recipe I make, and it's a guest favorite. The recipe appears in A Butler's Manor: The Cookbook as Raspberry Cream French Toast, but it is so often compared to a jelly doughnut that we've renamed it. I use a french baguette cut on the diagonal, and figure four slices per serving, or five if I'm serving it without meat. It requires an overnight soak which accounts for the eight…... view full recipe

Egg and cheese baked casserole with salsa and sour cream served with red grapes and avocado

Southwest Souffle

For about ten years, we had the pleasure of hosting a shy teenage boy and his mother during the week-long Hampton Classic Equestrian Show where Zach competed as a show jumper. One of the mornings during his second year with us, I made this breakfast for them. Zach wasn't much of a talker, but Southwest Souffle got his attention. "Wow! This is my favorite of all!" he said. Therefore, for many years following, if you…... view full recipe

Fluffy pancakes covered in fresh bananas and blueberries with a side of colorful fruit salad on a white plate

Flourless Banana Pan-Crepes

We ask about dietary restrictions and food allergies for every reservation, so I can plan menus to accommodate all or most of our guests in house. In recent years, we get a lot of requests for gluten free, or low carbs or high protein. And yet…pancakes. How to enjoy a sweet breakfast treat and still stay healthy? This recipe does it. I’ve adapted it from a WW recipe (I’m a proud WW Lifetime Member At…... view full recipe

Two golden brown chocolate chip cookies with M&M's on a white plate

Kim’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve always loved to bake, and when Chris and I first opened A Butler’s Manor, we knew we wanted to have cookies in each guest room on arrival. The first year or so I made many different cookies, changing it up for seasons and holidays. But although all were appreciated, the one that always got the biggest raves was my Chocolate Chip/Oatmeal/M&M cookie. Why mess with a good thing? These have been our signature cookies…... view full recipe