The weather is cooling down which makes my craving for a spicy breakfast heat up. And that means my hearty Southwest Vegetarian Hash is force to be reckoned with.

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Fall sweaters, new skinny pants and way too high shooties (shoe/booties, how very clever of the shoe marketers) have led me to my desire to “do brunch.”

I’m all for taking this show on the road, as in to a great local restaurant where they do the cooking and I don’t have to.

But Smudge will have no part of it. She wants to eat at home. Who created this homebody?

So when we do, it’s time to eat farm to table as all of the trendy restaurant PR geeks have advised their restaurant clients to do. With seasonal ingredients in varying combos to switch up the daily routine.

Enter my Southwest Vegetarian Hash.

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With a hearty fill of sweet potatoes and butternut squash, falls flavors shine and are actually devoured by my husband the bacon eater. Who alllllmost doesn’t miss his pig protein. Hey, that egg looks mighty fine.

Get the recipe for my Southwest Vegetarian Hash here.

Southwestern Vegetable Hash and Fried Eggs
Serves: serves 4
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, large diced
  • 2 cups butternut squash, large diced
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Anaheim pepper, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring sweet potatoes and squash to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt 2 tablespoons butter. Saute onion and bell and Anaheim peppers for 5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes, squash, jalapeño and spices and cook for 5-8 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat and fry eggs 2 at a time. Place eggs over hash and serve with salsa if desired.

And while you’re pondering what to wear for that brunch date, here’s what I’ve already decided to wear for my big weekend. So if you see me on Instagram, you’ll certainly recognize me because I’ll be wearing the same dang outfits I’ve worn to my last several blogger trips. A shopping trip is on the books as soon as I get back.


But today I’m in Kohler, WI for what’s setting up to be an amazing weekend of wine, food and frivolity at the Kohler Food and Wine Festival, and perhaps a little elbow rubbing with a certain female Iron Chef. If I meet Cat Cora I just might melt into a puddle. Luckily I’ll have some of my food blogger friends there to mop me up off the floor.

To say that I’m excited to be staying at storied The American Club, Condé Nast’s newly awarded reader’s choice for Best MidWest Resort, is an understatement. I am ready for some R&R and wining and dining–by someone else.

If you’re not going to be joining us live (tickets are still available) you can catch our antics and on Instagram when you follow the hashtag #KohlerFoodWine.

In the meantime, sit back, hug your loved ones of the two and four-legged varieties or get out and celebrate national Adopt a Shelter Dog week. Do your part and give a needy animal a chance at a new home.

And get down with some Friday Faves.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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