Today was the St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, and my house happened to be at mile 25 (or 12 for the half marathoners), can you think of a better excuse for a party? As soon as I heard about the route, and realized that due to street closures I would be trapped, I knew that it was time for a party. As it turns out, I had several friends running in it so it was even more fun to cheer everyone as they ran passed.
Note: Apologies for the photos, I did not stop to snap anything until about 3 hours into the party then I just used my phone.
I decided to go with a rock star or runner menu … healthy or decadent options.
The menu included:
- Coffee (with all the fixings include Baileys and Kahula)
- Assorted juices
- Assorted teas
- Bloody Marys
- Hot chocolate
- Fresh fruit
- Bagels and English Muffins with spreads galore (below)
- Pumpkin bread
- Cinnamon coffee cake
- Breakfast pizza
- Spinach puffs
- Blueberry- Raspberry Muffins
- Cream cheese (regular, smoked salmon, garlic/chive)
- Butter (plain and cinnamon)
- Strawberry jam
- Orange Peach Nectarine marmalade
- Spiced Blueberry jam
- Bacon jam
- Peanut Butter
And of course lots of noisemakers to rally the runners! We had runners coming through from about 8:45 am to 2:30 pm, and the party ran from about 8 to 2. It was a really easy party, most everything was made in advance and lasted well without too much fussing. The most work I did was make a few pots of coffee, although I did start off a big order of coffee from Park Avenue Coffee which helped, especially since it is in walking distance. I also brought the toster outside which was a popular item.
One surprise hit was the breakfast pizza. Originally, I was planning a bacon cheddar biscuit, but since I had something the night before and expected guests at 8 am, I did not want to mess with pastry in the morning. However, I felt I needed something else in the savory family, and the recipe below is the result.
- 1 refrigerated pizza crust
- ½ pound of black pepper bacon
- 8 eggs
- Dollop of sour cream
- 1 -2 cups of Cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces of cream cheese
Pre-heat oven to 375. Cook the bacon until crispy, drain. Mix the eggs, milk, and sour cream. Cook almost all the way, but keep a little moist.
Press the crust out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Spread the cream cheese on the crust (note, next time I would add some seasoning to the cream cheese). Layer the eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Bake 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown. Cut into squares, serve with salsa. Again, next time, I would add some sliced green onions.