Monday, July 6, 2009

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Even though this is a short month for us (Bonni Bakes will be closed from July 26 - Aug 7), we're offering two very unique dinners. Stephanie Peterson invites you to join her Saturday July 18 for her 4 course Middle Eastern Meze Dinner. Seatings at 5:30 or 7:30, reservations required.

“ Mezes”, are small ornate dishes of tasty Middle Eastern foods. The meze menu will consist of Hummus, Baba Ganough, Marinated Olives, Basil Tomato, Marinated Cucumber, Feta Cheese, Olive Paste Tarts, Spinach Feta Triangles, Walnut Stuffed Grape Leaves, White Cheese Marinated in Garlic Olive Oil, Roasted Red Peppers, Assorted Pita Triangles, Falafel with Harissa, Zucchini Patties with Yogurt Garlic Sauce, Vegetable Kebabs with Tabouleh, Moroccan Chicken Triangles, Kefta Kebabs with Sesame Garlic Sauce, Spiced Lamb Diamonds, Baklava and Stuffed Dates. Beverages will include Orange Blossom Lemonade, Iced Mint Tea, Assorted Sodas and Turkish Coffee. Come share with friends and family a Middle Eastern style of dining! Bring your own wine, beer, and ouzo. No corkage fee. $20 all inclusive. Reserve early, this is guaranteed to fill up quickly.

For those of you lucky enough to have participated in one of Steph's Traditional Ethiopian Dinners, she'll be rolling out the red carpet and the Injera again on Tuesday July 21, seatings at 5:30 and 7:30. The meal is served on a large platter covered with Injera (sourdough sponge like bread), and the following:

Zigni Alich'a (mild beef stew) beef, onions, butter, ginger, cardamom, garlic
Doro We't (chicken stew spicy) chicken, onions, bebere (red pepper spice), butter, hard boiled eggs, yogurt
Ye'abesha Gomen (mustard greens) mustard greens, onions, green pepper, ginger, garlic, butter
Ye'atakilt Alich'a (vegetable stew) cauliflower, carrots, onions, green pepper, tomato, ginger, garlic, tumeric
Yeshiro (chick pea sauce)
Ayib (cottage cheese)
Injera is served also on the side for dipping up the forks, knives, spoons!

Bunna(coffee spiced with cloves,cinnamon)
Tea with cardomom
Birz (honey soda drink)

Bring your own beer or wine (no corkage charge), just $15+tax per person. Reservations required.

And if there's music in your soul and those toes want to go-a-tapping, give my friend Scott Blum a call at 941-778-0392 and see where he's playing...or throw your own party and let Scott add the musical magic that will make it truly special. Check out for more information.

Next week I'll announce the details of the Cancer Fundraiser that I'm organizing (a committee of one...and I'm unanimous in that). It involves imagination, underwear, a sense of humor, a desire to find a cure, an artistic eye (plus some other body parts) and a few bucks. 100% of money raised will be donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and you'll be a featured artist during the Village's October ArtWalk. You've got to participate, this could be your segue into an artistic career and you know what that's paying today!

Meanwhile, take care of yourself. A little pampering will give you more energy to do the things you love, with the special people in your life. Maybe get together and go to The American Music Films Series At The South Florida Museum. It kicks off Thursday July 8 with "Elvis: That's the Way It Is". And it is only $8 (seniors & students $6) but limited seating means that you better call 941-746-4131 quickly to reserve your seat. Bonni Bakes has been chosen to supply the cookie & pastry offerings at their cafe so you'll have something yummy to munch with your coffee or wine. On August 15th they're celebrating Mesopotamian Night with live music and food prepared by Parvin K, our Bonni Bakes alum. Many people ask me when she'll be cooking again, so here's your opportunity to enjoy her authentic Persian cuisine in a fabulous setting.

In a nod to Yogi (Berra, not "The Bear"), it's deja vous all over again. "Little Anna", who worked @ Bonni Bakes for 2 years during her formative early teen period, will be making some cameo appearances on Fridays during lunch. It's always great to see that despite my influence sometimes good kids turn out good! Please tip her well!!

In case you're still hungry after all of that, here's what's on the menu this week.

Hugs from the kitchen,

Tues JULY 7 Steph’s LEBANESE LUNCH served 11-2

Lentil Lemon Soup V
A traditional lentil soup with spinach, mint and lemon, served with homemade Pita bread. $4

Couscous Salad V
Tomato, red and green sweet peppers, greens beans, chickpeas, cucumbers, raisins, green olives and couscous mixed with a tahini, mint, lemon and extra virgin olive oil dressing.$4 Add chicken for $2

Falafel V
Spicy chickpea croquettes stuffed into homemade Pita bread with organic home grown lettuce, tomato, and topped with cucumber sauce. $4

Chicken Pita:
Spicy yogurt marinated shredded chicken breast stuffed into homemade Pita bread with home grown organic lettuce, tomato and topped with cucumber sauce. $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above. $7.50

V indicates vegetarian

Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1.00

Fresh Peach Pie $3.50
Chocolate Rum Ball $2
Baklava $2.50

Wed JULY 8 Steph’s MOROCCAN LUNCH served 11-2

Ramadan Soup V
Lentils, chickpeas, saffron, cilantro hearty soup; served with Moroccan country bread. $4

Moroccan Chicken Pie
Cinnamon, ginger, saffron spiced chicken sandwiched between layers of crisp phyllo pastry with almonds. $4

Couscous Salad V
Tomato, red and green sweet peppers, greens beans, chickpeas, cucumbers, raisins, green olives and couscous mixed with a tahini, mint, lemon and extra virgin olive oil dressing; served with Moroccan country bread. $4

Choose two
Pick any two from above. $7.50

Moroccan Country Bread
A rustic, plain bread. Take some home! $3.50/loaf

Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1

Baklava $2.50
Fresh Peach Pie $3.50
Chocolate Rum Ball $2

Thurs JULY 9 Steph’s BRITISH LUNCH served 11-2

Cheddar Potato Soup: V
Potatoes, cheddar cheese and onions, in smooth hearty soup served with Brown Bread. $4

Suffolk Waldorf Salad: V
Apples, dried cranberries and walnuts tossed with mayo, peanut butter, lemon dressing on a bed of my home grown organic greens served with Brown Bread. $4

Cheddar and Hot Mustard Sandwich: V
Shredded Cheddar cheese mixed with hot mustard, onion and mayo spread between two slices of Brown bread. $4

Egg Salad Sandwich: V
Free range organic eggs, mayo, mustard, celery and seasonings on top of two slices of Brown bread. $4

Beef Pasties:
Beef, potatoes and my own home grown organic Florida sweet onions encased in a pastry turnover. $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above, served with Brown bread. $7.50

Brown bread: V Whole wheat, oats hearty bread. $3.50/loaf Take some home!

V indicates vegetarian

Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1.00

Fresh Peach Pie $3.50
Chocolate Rum Ball $2
Baklava $2.50

Fri & Sat July 10 & 11 Bonni’s NYC LUNCH + RUSSIAN MEMORIES served 11-2

The Brooklyn neighborhood where I grew up has become home to many new Russian immigrants who continue to cook family recipes from the “old country”, just as my parents did after arriving at Ellis Island almost 100 years ago.

Rustic Russian Potato Soup
As close as you can get to the Russian soul in luscious liquid form...loved by czars & peasants alike. Served with Sourdough Rye Crisps $4

Mom’s Stuffed Cabbage
Mom taught me how to make & roll holishkas when I was a kid and her recipe is still the best I’ve ever tasted. Served with homemade potato kugel. $7.50

Ses Salinas Salad (V)
Mixed organic greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Spanish olives & Feta cheese, served with Bonni’s Honey Dijon Vinaigrette $4

Grilled Chicken added to your salad $2

Pick Two (V) Bowl of Soup, House Salad OR A Stromboli* $7.50
*choose either Florentine (spinach/tomato) (V) or Roasted Veggie (V)

HANDMADE 8” THIN-CRUST PIZZA (vegan available on request)
Naked Cheese - mozzarella, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano (V) $6
New York - mozzarella, pepperoni, red sauce, Parmesan, fresh oregano(V) $6
Mahon - mozzarella, spinach, tomato, red onion, red sauce, oregano (V) $7
Margherita - mozzarella, red sauce, tomato, Parmesan, basil, olive oil (V) $7
Chinese Chicken - hoisin, garlic, chicken, broccoli, mozzarella, scallions $7
(V) = Vegetarian

Individual 4” Frozen Key Lime Pie w/whipped cream (V) $4
Chocolate Brownie OR Fruit-filled Blondie $2
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies (V) $4.50/pkg of 4
Large crunchy cookie (assorted flavors) (V) $1.25

Bottled Spring Water, cans of soda $1
Brewed Raspberry Iced Tea or Hot Tea (assorted bags) $1.50
Our House Blend of Half-Caff/Half-DeCaff Flavored Coffee $1.50

The JULY 2009 Bonni Bakes Menu List (in PDF form) is now available for download. For a copy, email your request to

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Bradenton, FL
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