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Ultimate Breakfast Casseroles – Part 3: The French Toast Casserole December 22, 2020

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So, if you have tried the Big Breakfast Casserole or Shannon’s Quiche Cups and want a changeup, here is a good alternative – the French Toast Casserole. It is a little sweeter and less savory but has plenty of eggs for protein. Everyone has a version of this recipe, but there is a reason for that.  It is very good and very easy to make. 

Serves:  12

Ingredients:

  • 1 baguette, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • For the topping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 tbsp. butter

Procedure:

  1. Grease a 10” x 14” baking dish and carefully arrange the bread slices.  You should be able to get two layers with one baguette.
  2. Mix together eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour over bread.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Let the dish warm to room temperature while the oven preheats.
  5. To prepare the topping, combine the brown sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the sugar flour mixture.   With your fingers or a fork, cream butter into the flour-sugar mixture until it resembles oatmeal.  Mix in the walnuts and raisins and spread the topping over the bread and egg mixture. 
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up like a soufflé.
  7. Serve with maple syrup, jam or marmalade.  A cold glass of Sancerre can really add a pleasant touch.

If you have any left over, simply wrap in aluminum foil and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. You will be surprised at how good it tastes when reheated.

During the Holidays, this dish makes a great “Breakfast Appetizer”. Cut the casserole into 1″ x 3″ strips, put on a pretty plate and walk around the room and serve.

Ultimate Breakfast Casseroles – Part 2 Shannon’s Quiche Cups December 16, 2020

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Beautiful Presentation with Fancy Muffin Cups

Shannon is a longtime friend and excellent cook.  She taught us how to make these incredible breakfast treats when we visited her in Colorado in 2017.  These little cups are extremely versatile.  If you are having a fancy breakfast, they really fill the bill and you will get lots of comments.  Kids and grandkids also love them.   They take a little time to make, but they are worth the trouble.

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Ultimate Breakfast Casseroles – Part 1 The Big Breakfast December 11, 2020

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This is the beginning of a four part series on great breakfast casseroles, which we will release over the next two weeks to make your Christmas or Hanukkah season perfect. Make sure you sign up to Follow Blog via Email so you receive the rest of the series.

Remember the McDonald’s Big Breakfast?  This recipe reminds me of that in an easy to serve casserole format.  It is as complete a meal as you could want.  And, when it comes out of the oven it is golden brown and puffy like a quiche.   The crowd will go wild. 

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KISS Ribs June 3, 2018

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Summertime is upon us – women look better, beer tastes colder and, for some reason, we’re drawn like a magnet to the outside grill. In past posts, we’ve talked about some great grilling ideas, such as

  • Argentinean flank steak
  • Six-Pack Chicken
  • Smoked Brisket
  • Tacos de Carne Asada (Grilled Beef Tacos)

This summer, let’s talk about ribs on the grill.  They are inexpensive, healthier than you think, and easy to prepare, especially with our KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) recipe.

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Homemade Corned Beef Hash May 23, 2017

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Corned Beef Hash

If you want something special for breakfast, this is the dish.  I have always loved corned beef hash, even the canned varieties.  Recently, while staying at the Greenbriar Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, I had their famous homemade corned beef hash with two poached eggs on top.  It was outrageously good and I became committed to reproduce the dish at home.  While I won’t claim to have surpassed the Greenbriar, I think you will find this recipe very good.

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Hangtown Fries April 28, 2017

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Hangtown Fries served with Homemade Corned Beef Hash


A friend of mine, who also happens to be a Federal Judge, invited me to breakfast last week and served Hangtown Fries.  This exceptional dish is basically bacon, eggs and fried oysters, and it has a very interesting history. (more…)

The Green Smoothie Movement November 25, 2016

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There are lot of things that confuse me – reality TV, presidential elections, why I always stuff myself at Thanksgiving, to mention a few. But now there is something new – Green Smoothies, and my daughter tells me it is very, very important that I start consuming these concoctions.  Change is sometimes so overwhelming. It reminds me of the famous line from the Marvin Gaye songbook; “Mercy, mercy me, things ain’t what they used to be”.

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Granola – An American Classic May 18, 2016

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Maybe the Europeans might claim title to the inventors of granola.  They have something called Muesli in Switzerland.  However, in my mind granola is a truly American classic.  Invented in California in the 60’s by hippies and Seventh Day Adventists, it has grown non-stop ever since.  Rolling Stone has the full history on-line at:  a-social-history-of-granola

The exciting thing about granola is that it is soooo easy to make at home.  Once you try it, you will probably never get the store bought stuff again.

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Fudge – An American Classic December 3, 2015

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Fudge

With the Holiday Season quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking of all the sweet things we can make. Here is a great one –  fudge using three different types of chocolate, two of which are dark.  It’s wonderful and creamy and, most importantly, justifiable. Ah yes, we all know that dark chocolate is very good for you – micronutrients and antioxidants and such (check out fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/6-health-benefits-of-dark-chocolate.html.)

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As American as Apple Pie December 16, 2014

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Apple Pie

Apple Pie

I hate clichés, but what is more American than apple pie? We have to have this in our list of classic recipes. There are a thousand little variations usually with names like Grandma’s apple pie or Aunt Rosie’s famous recipe. They are all good, I’m sure, but this recipe below is mind blowing good and very easy. I adapted it from one that I found on AllRecipes.com (a great site) from someone named Moshasmama. (more…)

Grilled Pizza August 28, 2014

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Grilled Pizza Party

Grilled Pizza Party

Well, the end of summer is upon us. Look around at all of the things you didn’t fix or get done. Then, grab a cold beer, take a big drink and forget about it. There are more important issues, like, what are we going to have for the big Labor Day barbecue. And, luckily, I have a great suggestion to wow the troops. I want you to try Grilled Pizza. It seems scary at first, but it is amazingly easy to do. (more…)

The Bourbon Burger – An American Classic March 3, 2014

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So, my son-in-law, Patrick, and I were having a cocktail and he was wondering why we didn’t have the hamburger as an American classic on the website.  I said that I could never come up with anything interesting or unique to say about the ubiquitous “burger”.  He said maybe we needed to get alcohol involved in some way.  I had to agree.  After all, we had posted a great recipe called “Six-Pack Chicken” from another son-in-law, Andy. (more…)

Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie November 5, 2013

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Mom's Chicken Pot Pie
Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie

My mother recently passed away.  She was 91 and lived a rich, full life.  She was a great cook and is certainly one of the reasons I spend so much time in the kitchen.  A few years ago, she collected her favorite recipes as well as the favorite family recipes of her parents and her extended family (three children and 12 grandchildren).  She found photos of each of the family members to put beside the recipes with some comments by her.  Everything was copied and bound in handmade, padded binders.  Everyone got a copy – very cool.  This was one of the recipes from the “Family Cookbook”. 

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Veggies on a Pizza Stone May 18, 2013

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Asparagus Roasted on a Pizza Stone

Asparagus Roasted on a Pizza Stone

Last week we did a post about home made thin crust pizza and I assume all of you who were equipment deficient  (oops, my friend Bob hates that term) have now purchased your pizza stone and paddle, which we will now put to a different use.  It started when I got a cryptic text from son-in-law Patrick saying, “try veggies with a little olive oil roasted on a pizza stone for 12 minutes”.  Since he is a respected Bravado cook (rice dishes being his specialty), I couldn’t ignore him completely. (more…)

Cinnamon Rolls – Recently Named an American Classic May 3, 2013

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

I really think that cinnamon rolls are an American classic dish, but maybe I’ve been brainwashed by Cinnabon.  The best test might be random interviews.  If we stopped 20 people on the street, would all of them know about and like cinnamon rolls?  I thought about carrying out the experiment, but why waste the time – we know what the answers will be.   As a world renown food blogger, I will put my reputation on the line and officially proclaim cinnamon rolls an American classic.   Comments please. (more…)

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