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French Toast Bake

French Toast Bake
Last weekend I made a French Toast Bake for a bridal shower brunch. I love this recipe because it is so easy (Fia could do this by herself), economical (most expensive ingredient was the Texas Toast at $2), & oh-so-delicious! The best part is that it is made the day before so there is no fuss on the day you consume it....perfect for a Sunday afternoon or brunch. This food post will be step-by-step as I take you through the entire recipe with I like to make my own tweeks & people get mad at me for not telling them EXACTLY what I did. Before I begin....I must note that I was making a double batch (two 9 x 13 pans) so the pictures have double the ingredients. ** For those who are not familiar with Texas Toast, it is thickly sliced bread. Ingredient Checklist 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick) 1 cup brown sugar 1 loaf Texas toast 4 eggs 1 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Powdered sugar for sprinkling Directions 1. - Crack eggs & get them started (on low) Related:  Breakfast

Cinnamon Sugar Churros Keeping with the Mexican theme going on here, I’ve decided to share with you one of my proudest recent accomplishments: CHURROS! I conquered my fear of frying in hot oil, and feel quite silly for not trying this sooner. Sure it was slightly terrifying at times, but with Ryan’s help and just a little screaming, we made it out with no injuries and with some really freakin’ delicious churros. Ryan doesn’t crave sweet things quite like I do, but he practically begged me the entire summer to make churros. I know a lot of people that are scared to use hot oil, like I was, but please, please, give this a try! Cinnamon Sugar ChurrosAdapted from Cooking Mexican 1 cup water 2 tbsp brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 cup unsalted butter 1 cup all purpose flour 2 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp cinnamon - In a small dish, mix 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Recipes yields about 20 churros

Cream Roll Recipe - a German Jelly Roll! This cream roll recipe ("Biskuitrolle mit frische Frucht") is made just like a jelly roll recipe only it's filled with whipped cream and fresh fruit. Oh, so German. Oh, so delicious. I soon found out, though, that if I just get everything ready before I start, the whole process actually goes quickly. The one on the left was made by my dear friend, Melania. Ingredients: 3 large eggs, separated1/2 cup granulated sugar3/4 cup all purpose flour3 tbsp corn starch1 tsp baking powder1 cup whipping cream1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted (see hints below)1 1/2 cups prepared fruit Instructions: Line a rimmed baking sheet (15" X 10") with parchment paper.Preheat oven to 400° F.In a small bowl, mix together flour, corn starch, and baking powder, and set aside.In a separate bowl, whip egg whites with 3 tbsp water until stiff. Hints: If possible, use a whipped cream stabilizer such Dr. For the fruit, you can use almost any variety. It's also a fun recipe to do with kids. Quick Fix Recipes

Quick 4Th Of July Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich Recipe Prep Time:15 minutesTotal Time:Servings:4 Want Banana Recipes Every Month? Dress your toast up like the American flag with Chiquita Bananas! Ingredients: 4 slices Whole wheat bread, toasted 8 oz. Instructions for: quick 4th of July Open-faced Breakfast Sandwich Recipe Spread the whipped cream cheese on the toasted bread. Serving Suggestions: Also try with rectangular waffles. Beverage Pairings: Serve with coffee or cold milk. Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 340; Total Fat 20 g (Sat 12 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 0 g, Mono 0 g); Cholesterol 65 mg; Sodium 380 mg; Potassium 360 mg; Total Carbohydrates 37 g; Dietary Fiber 4 g; Total Sugars 18 g; Protein 6 g.

Portobello Pesto Pizza One of my favorite things about playing around in the kitchen is trying to recreate favorite meals or desserts that I’ve had at a restaurant. It’s great to enjoy food out, sure, but it’s even better when you can duplicate it (or maybe even improve on it) from the comfort of home. This pizza is one of my latest projects in recreation. (You might remember previous projects: Fig and Almond Cheesecake, Cosi Signature Salad, and White Sicilian Pizza.) Here in Pittsburgh there is an establishment called Church Brew Works. In the Lawrenceville neighborhood of the city, St. Their pizza is a basic crust, topped with pesto, portobello mushrooms, red onion, kalamata olives, and provolone and Parmesan cheeses. First, shape your pizza dough and put it on your pizza peel (or whatever pan you will be baking it on): Next, spread your pesto over the dough: Then, pile on the mushrooms and onions: Finally, top it off with loads of provolone and Parmesan cheese: P.S. One year ago: Barbecued Beans

A day in my pouch Yesterday in post weight loss surgery eating... Breakfast: Well I woke up to a busted water heater. We thankfully caught it before too much damage was done, water was confined to the garage but uggggh grrrr #&$%ity, #&$% #&$% #&$%! I spent a good part of the morning making phone calls and then waiting for call backs so I had time to make a batch of my Pancake Bites. I couldn't make up my mind what kind I wanted the original sausage, the bacon, or the fruity version. Shelly's Pancake Bites 1/2 cup Multigrain Pancake Mix, dry1/3 cup Soy Milk (any milk would do)1/4 cup Torani Sugar Free Caramel SyrupAssorted Toppings: Cooked Sausage, Crumbled Cooked Bacon, Fruit (I used frozen blueberries but banana slices or apples are yum too) Mix pancake mix, milk, syrup together till thoroughly combined. Top each muffin with sausage, bacon or fruit. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes or until golden. Lunch: One of my easy go-to favs: Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce. Shelly's Chinese New Year Meatloaf

Butterbeer Cupcakes As promised last week, here is another post dedicated to my jaunt to sunny Florida. But instead of featuring their famous fruit, this time I’m focusing one of their famous attractions — The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Last spring we spent our entire trip at Disney World (as evidenced by my Mickey Cupcakes), but since then Universal has opened Harry Potter land, and so Ryan, my brother Scott, and I had a reason to go back in 2011. We really enjoyed their rendition of Diagon Alley and Hogwart’s — the buildings were kind of tilted in towards the walkway so you really felt like you were there. Universal won’t release their official recipe for butterbeer, but HP fanatics have suggested it is made with a combination of cream soda, butter, and butterscotch. If you know a Harry Potter enthusiast, these are the perfect treats for them. Butterbeer Cupcakes Recipe adapted from Amy Bites For the cupcakes: For the butterscotch ganache: 1 11-oz package butterscotch chips 3/4 cup heavy cream

dragon roll sushi recipe Recipe: dragon roll sushi The Daring Cooks are making sushi this month! We have done quite a bit of sushi making (and more eating) here at urb so I was quite excited for the selection. Even with the familiarity, I was hard pressed for time to get this done. Because of that, it is with great sadness and yet relief that I am withdrawing from the Daring Cooks. daring cooks – one last cha cha cha! I really have to thank the ladies of the DARING KITCHEN: beloved Lis of La Mia Cucina and sweet Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice. Here’s the official line: The November 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was brought to you by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of The Bite Me Kitchen. And once again, I colored outside of the lines which is probably why I should be leaving the DCs… I didn’t use their sushi recipe, I used the one I always use because we had a very small window of time to get this done. i thought the egg and ice water looked neat before mixing whisking the wet and dry ingredients together tempura!

Cinnamon Baked French Toast This is a scrumptious make-ahead breakfast casserole that’s so easy to prepare, it should be illegal. Leave it plain as the recipe dictates, or throw in blueberries or apple chunks to give it a little more dimension. And what I love about this dish is that you can decrease the cooking time a bit in order to result in a more moist bread pudding-like dish…or bake it a little longer to make the final product more crispy and “done.” Perfect for guests, kids, foreign dignitaries, heads of state, dimwits, dillweeds…and me. Here’s what you need—looks like a lot, but it’s all simple as can be. Of course. Crack a buncha eggs in a big bowl… Pour in the milk and the half-and-half. Add vanilla… And some sugar… And whisk it all together. Next up, generously butter the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch (ish) casserole pan. Grab whatever bread you have (day old is best) and tear it into chunks. But I like chunks. Fill the baking pan with bread chunks. Then—you guessed it—just pour the egg/milk mixture all over the top.

3 Weeks of Cheap Dinners, ready in under 15 minutes Thanks to an insanely busy schedule, my husband and I had some really poor eating habits. We know that fast food barely qualifies as food, but ended up in the drive thru more often then is humanly acceptable. When we started making better life decisions, this became a glaringly obvious problem that needed to be corrected. We get up at 6:30am, and don't get home at night until 6pm. After a few phases of trial and error, trying to eat healthier and save time, we made it simple. We also buy a huge pack of mixed greens and a bottle of dressing from Wegmans each week and serve salad every night. ($5.99 for the club pack of mixed greens, and $1.29 for Wegmans salad dressing). The totals are what it will cost you to buy all of the ingredients... Take 2 breasts of Tyson's frozen grilled chicken and microwave them, boil a box of rotini, chop up onions, peppers, and a fleshy tomato, add sliced olives and a bottle of Wegmans Italian dressing. 4. If you have a grill- this is a great option! 18.

Who likes saving money? Ok, so I'm all about saving money. I mean who isn't right? Anyhow, in the interest of saving money here is my first money saving post! Here's what you need: Take a big thing of oatmeal (make sure to use the quick oats, mine was 42 oz I went and checked, haha) $3.78 at my local Wal-mart in Texas a box of snack-sized Ziplocks (or whichever brand you prefer) a 1/4 c or 1/2 c measuring cup (I did mine 1/2 c but my kids are 8 & 11 and then there is my hubs, the pre-made packets are only about 1/4 c so if you have itty bittys you can just do the 1/4 c)a few spare minutes (probably took less than 10 minutes) And here's how I put mine together, feel free to add in what you and your family like: I put 1/2 c oats in the baggie (could do 1/4 c if you have itty bittys, that's how much are in the name brand guys pre-made packets)Approximately 2 TBSP of brown sugar in the baggieZip it up! For the water or milk part you add 3/4 c - 1 c of water or milk (for the 1/2 c oatmeal size), however you prefer.

Sweet Tooth Portabella Pizza Bites – P90x Recipes – P90x Nutrition Plan » My P90x Nutrition Plan Welcome Pinterest people! Check out my P.P.P.S. below just for you!! =) If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a big fan of pizza. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. P90x Nutrition Plan Servings: 6 mushrooms provide 1 1/2 vegi servings, 1/2 protein serving, 1/2 fat serving, 2 dairy servings. P.S. P.P.S. For the Pinterest People: P.P.P.S. If you like these because they are cute, bite-sized, and healthy, try my Chocolate-Filled Strawberries. Customizable Bread Bowl Breakfast If I ask my (almost) 5-year-old what cooking show she wants to watch with Mom, she always says, “Pioneer Woman!” She adores Ree’s show! After one recent episode where Ree made soup in bread bowls, my little girl was obsessed with the idea of eating her bowl when she finished her soup. (It IS pretty cool if you ask me.) She’s been hounding me to make them for several weeks now. Since bread bowls are pretty substantial (especially for a 5-year-old) I was so excited when I saw a miniature version made from crusty rolls! I love recipes like this that are more conceptual than a strict-measurement recipe. To get started you’ll need some crusty dinner rolls, some melted butter, a sharp serrated knife, a pastry brush, salt, and pepper. Slice off the very top of the roll. (These are so easy. Pull out as much of the inside of the roll as you can without breaking through the crust. Brush the inside with butter. Then sprinkle some salt and pepper inside. I told the 5-year-old to put an egg in hers.

1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf Texas toast
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla by brooklynstoic Dec 29