New Year’s Day 2013 Brunch

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Join us for brunch at School Woods – to start the New year off right!
Brunch will be served buffet style beginning at 11:00 a.m., until 1:30 (ish – it’s a holiday – we’ll stick around ’til everyone’s ready to leave!)

12/29: We’re full up at 11:00; if you sign up today or tomorrow, please plan to arrive at about 12:00 noon. Thanks!

Enjoy a last indulgence for the holiday season. We’ll be eating:

  • Hoppin’ John, the traditional dish of black-eyed peas & rice that is said to bring good luck. Ours will be a vegetarian version, and we’ll serve the fried ham on the side
  • Greens gratin – a mix of sturdy winter greens like kale, spinach and collards, in a creamy sauce, with a crunchy bread crumb topping
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Roasted root vegetables with herbs – potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, rutabaga, celeriac
  • Winter fruit platter – or a big fruit salad
  • Cranberry cinnamon rolls & Custard Corn Bread
  • Coffee, tea, and orange juice (feel free to bring your own adult beverages if you wish)

If you’d like to come to brunch, please sign up using this form – also under the members-only tab above. You’ll receive a confirmation email with all the details within 24 hours. If there’s enough demand, we may do two seatings for brunch, so be sure to check off your preferred time, so we can accommodate everyone. The deadline to sign up online is Sunday Dec. 30th. If you miss the deadline or have any questions, please email or call your host, Deb, at ds83473@gmail.com or 608-712-6368.

October Brunches

There’ll be two brunches featured in October, on the 14th and the 28th.

If you would like to come to brunch, please sign up using this form – also found under the Members-only tab above. You will receive a confirmation email with all the details you’ll need to know to get to the brunch, within 24 hours of signing up. The deadline to sign up is noon on the Saturday before the brunch you wish to attend. If you miss that deadline, or have any questions, please contact your host, Deb, by phone or email, 608-712-6368, ds83743@gmail.com.

Menu for October 14th

  • Eggs Florentine – poached eggs on a bed of spinach, with toasted English muffins to slip underneath, and creamy Mornay sauce to drizzle on top – help yourself to make the dish as lean or rich as you like
  • Roasted autumn vegetables – potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips
  • Rhubarb-Ripple Coffee Cake
  • Cranberry-apple-pear sauce/li>
  • Coffee, tea, and juice

Fresh eggs

Menu for October 28th

  • Pancakes! Blueberry buttermilk, yeasted buckwheat, and a gluten-free variety as well
  • Eggs to order on the side – over-easy, sunny side up, scrambled
  • Little link sausages, vegetarian sausages, and bacon
  • Build-your-own yogurt parfaits, with fruit & granola
  • Coffee, tea, and juice

Frying pancakes

School Woods 6th Anniversary Harvest Feast

Celebrate School Woods 6th anniversary by feasting on the foods of Fall!

Come by at 6:00 for drinks and nibbles (please bring your own alcoholic beverages), and sit down to a hearty family style meal when all of the guests have arrived.

  • Warm focaccia with dips & spreads (Eggplant caponata, Roasted red peppers, goat cheese with pesto)
  • Tomato & corn soup, broth-y & dairy free
  • Almond-Chicken or Broccoli-cheddar filo rolls (a filo-less version is possible for the gluten intolerant)
  • Honey roasted winter squash
  • Kale & greens salad – with dried fruit, sharp cheese, and crispy breadcrumbs
  • Trifle with fall fruits – crumbled cake layered with apple syrup and crème Anglaise, ribboned with pear, cranberry and apple sauce, topped with whipped cream
  • Served with sparkling and still water – feel free to bring appropriate wines or other adult beverages of your own

If you would like to come to School Woods anniversary dinner, please sign up using this form – also found under the Members-only tab above. You will receive a confirmation email with all the details you’ll need to know to get to the dinner, within 24 hours of signing up. The deadline to sign up is Friday October 19th. If you miss that deadline, or have any questions, please contact your host, Deb, by phone or email, 608-712-6368, ds83743@gmail.com.

Lovingly prepared by Deb

Summer 2012 Brunches

School Woods announces this summer’s brunches – offered on random Sundays in July & August. You’re invited to enjoy brunch menus planned around the summer’s finest ingredients, featuring your favorites – eggs, potatoes, delicious bakery, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dates: July 8, July 15 postponed – too much going on this weekend!, July 29, August 19 and August 26. Menus posted below as they develop.

Served buffet style, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you would like to come to brunch, please sign up using this form – also found under the Members-only tab above. You will receive a confirmation email with all the details you’ll need to know to get to the brunch, within 24 hours of signing up. The deadline to sign up is noon on the Saturday before the brunch you wish to attend. If you miss that deadline, or have any questions, please contact your host, Deb, by phone or email, 608-712-6368, ds83743@gmail.com.

Thanks and see you at the table!

July 8

  • Breakfast pizzas: bacon, egg & cheese for meat eaters, for vegetarians, a meatless version, topped with thinly sliced potato & cheese
  • Leafy green salad
  • Ricotta cheesecake – a light Italian version of this favorite dessert
  • Lots of fresh fruit
  • Coffee, tea and juice

July 15

July 29

  • Fluffy scrambled eggs with cheese
  • Hash brown potatoes
  • Vegetable gratin – a mosaic of roasted vegetables (most likely the zucchini so ubiquitous this time of year) with olive oil & garlic
  • Sticky buns – topped with nuts and honey, with plenty of gooey cinnamon filling. There’ll be a gluten-free version, and we’ll leave a few nut-free, in case anyone’s allergic, or just doesn’t like nuts!
  • Fruit salad
  • Coffee, tea, juice

August 19 cancelled due to low enrollment – come back next week!

  • Pancakes! Blueberry buttermilk, yeasted buckwheat, and a gluten-free variety as well
  • Eggs to order on the side – over-easy, sunny side up, scrambled
  • Little link sausages, vegetarian sausages, and bacon
  • Build-your-own yogurt parfaits, with fruit & granola
  • Coffee, tea, juice

August 26

  • Many layered crepe cake – tender crepes, filled with summer vegetables and cheeses
  • Herbed roasted potatoes
  • Many bean salad – edamame, pinto beans, garbanzos, corn & more!
  • Fruit platter – melon, we hope!
  • Chocolate Babka – a yeasted coffee cake filled with chocolate, cinnamon streusel, and almond paste
  • Coffee, tea, juice

Early Summer’s Dinner

Join us at School Woods for a dinner celebrating the treats of early summer
Saturday June 9th, 6:30 p.m.

The menu will include:

  • Roast chicken with a spicy-sweet chile rub
  • An assortment of hearty picnic salads: leafy greens, potato salad, wild rice salad with pea pods, cold sesame-peanut noodles
  • Basket of rolls with fresh local butter
  • Pan-grilled polenta
  • Desserts featuring summer fruits – Strawberry-topped meringue, Brown sugar cake with honey roasted rhubarb & pastry cream, all served with billows of whipped cream
  • Non-alcoholic drinks – iced tea, pitchers of cool water – will be provided – feel free to bring the adult beverages of your choice!

Sign up using this form (also under the members-only tab above). The deadline for signing up online is Thursday June 7th. Please call or email your host, Deb, at 608-712-6368 OR ds83473@gmail.com if you miss the deadline or have any questions.

Thanks and see you at the table

Mothers Day Brunch

School presents an extra special brunch for Mothers Day 2012!

  • Real quiche Lorraine – bacon, eggs, & cream in a crust
  • For non-baconatarians, asparagus (and/or spinach) quiche
  • Roasted potatoes with garlic & herbs
  • A salad of mixed spring greens
  • A basket of assorted muffins, such as blueberry, rhubarb upside down, corn-cranberry
  • A platter of fruit
  • Coffee, tea, orange juice

Sunday May 13th 11:00 a.m.
(A second seating at 12:30 will be added if 11:00 fills)

Please use this form to sign up – also under the Members-only tab above. The deadline to sign up online is Friday May 11 – please contact your host, Deb, at 608-712-6368, or email ds83473@gmail.com if you miss the deadline or have any questions.

Thanks and happy mother’s day!

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Mother's Day Brunch, 2011 - broccoli quiche, salad, potatoes

lovingly prepared by deb

Come for cocktails

In the tradition of last summers’ small plates buffets »»

Please Join us at School Woods on Friday April 27th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for an evening of drinks, snacks, and pleasant conversation.

We’ll supply the appetizers, you supply the drinks. We’ll have non-alcoholic beverages, mixers, ice, glasses, lemons, limes & cherries – everything we’ll need.

The menu will include:

  • Crostini: Small toasts that serve as the base for an array of toppings: goat cheese & sun-dried tomato; lentil and chicken liver patès
  • Vegetables & spicey peanut dip
  • Sweet potato quesadillas with pepper jack cheese, sour cream & salsa
  • Nuts & other handfuls to munch
  • Small servings of dessert: flourless chocolate cake, little lime-coconut cupcakes, oat rhubarb jam bars
  • And more!

Please sign up using this form – also under the Members-only tab above. The deadline to sign up online is Thursday April 26th. If you miss this deadline or have any questions, please contact your host, Deb, by phone (608-712-6368) or email ds83473@gmail.com.

Thanks!

April 15th Brunch

Join us at School Woods for the first brunch of the spring season – we will cheat the tax man for a relaxing weekend, since returns are not due until the 17th this year.

  • Sunday, April 15th
  • 11:00 – 1:00*

Menu:

  • Crepe gateau, a layered cake of crepes, filled with spinach, ricotta, and other cheeses
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Cranberry corn muffins and streusel-topped blueberry muffins (berries from my freezer – shown below)
  • Green salad
  • Fresh fruit or applesauce

Frozen blueberries

If you’d like to come to brunch, please sign up using this form (also under the Members-only tab above). You’ll receive a confirmation email with all the details you’ll need to know to get to brunch. The deadline to sign up online is Friday April 13th – if you miss the deadline or have any other questions, please contact your host, Deb, by phone (608-712-6368) or email – ds83473@gmail.com.

Thanks and see you at the table!

Note – Brunch will be served buffet style starting at 11:00 a.m. Guests should plan to arrive by 12:30 p.m. at the latest to ensure the best choice of tasty morsels – but you are welcome to linger until 1:00 or a little later, to finish your meal and enjoy the company.

Winter 2012 One-Dish Dinners

School Woods announces the return of one-dish dinners!

Hearty family meals, served buffet style, with a main course, salad or side dish, and dessert. There’ll be 6 dinners in the 2012 series, every other Thursday in January & February, finishing up with two in a row in March. Menus will be filled in below as they are determined. Sign up using this form (also above under the members-only tab), by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday before any dinner. Please call or email your host, Deb, at 608-712-6368, ds83473@gmail.com if you miss the deadline, or have any questions.

Thursday January 12th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Soup, glorious soup (if there are enough eaters, we’ll have three soups; less people only two, but there’ll still be meat and vegetarian choices):

  • Beef and Beet Borscht – a meat & vegetable soup of Russian origins
  • Anna’s Cream of potato (vegetarian), chunks of potato & grated carrot in a creamy soup
  • Vegetarian curried lentil soup, a la Heidi Swanson [modified by deb]
  • Assorted breads: Cheese-stuffed, dill dip inside a dark rye
  • Raw vegetable platter to go with the rye & dill dip, above
  • Coleslaw
  • Apple pies and ice cream

Thursday January 26th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Noodle casseroles: Turkey Noodle, Broccoli-Cheese-Mushroom Noodle
  • Spinach salad
  • Winter fruit salad
  • Cookies

Thursday February 9th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. cancelled due to low enrollment

  • Pizza & Stromboli (rolled up pizza) – many toppings choices – most likely the pizza will be veggie, some with whole wheat crust; Stromboli will be meat-filled
  • Roasted beet salad and green salad
  • Chocolate pudding

Thursday February 23rd, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. cancelled due to low enrollment

  • Shepherd’s pie – choice of beef or veggie
  • Whole wheat rolls & butter
  • Winter greens salad, with dried fruit and cheese (Based on the breakaway cook)
  • Lemon tart

March 8th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Curry – Aunt Janie’s California style chicken curry and a vegetable curry (probably cauliflower
  • Dal (curried lentils)
  • Rice, raita, chutneys
  • Chapatis
  • Indian-inspired sweets: stuffed dates, honey & rosewater tapioca pudding with pistachios

March 15th, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Cancelled – let’s do brunch instead!

  • Pasta with chick peas & greens
  • Broccoli gratin
  • Garlic bread
  • Almond cake with cherry compote

Another link to the sign up sheet

Winter Fancy Dinner


Pre-Valentine’s Sunday Supper – February 12th cancelled due to low enrollment

Enjoy a cozy Sunday supper with your special someone(s). Three courses, with vegetarian and seafood options. Arrive at 6:00 p.m. for drinks, a few nibbles, and general socializing, and sit down for the first course when everyone has arrived.

Please use this form to sign up (also under the Members-only tab above). Please sign up by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 10. You should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours – if you do not, or if you have any questions, please call or email your host, Deb, at 608-712-6368, ds83473@gmail.com.

Menu:

  • To begin: Baked Brie, melted over baguette slices served with a salad of spicey greens
  • Mains: Choice of seafood or spinach and cheese crêpe gateau, served with:
    • Roasted broccoli
    • wild rice pilaf
    • Walnut fougasse
  • Dessert:Almond chocolate meringue torte with raspberry sauce

    Crepes