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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

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

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.

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.

Copy Cat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Make sure to PIN This Recipe or Repin My whole family loves Panera bread … For some reason especially the coffee. This recipe “warms your soul” as my husband puts it. Look!!! Everyday at 1 pm PST/ 4pm EST Budget Savvy Diva posts a NEW RECIPE I might miss this time every now or then – but I know you understand Make sure to follow Budget Savvy Diva on Facebook Find Copy Cat Restaurant Recipes HERE Find Crock Pot Recipes HERE Find Gluten Free Recipes HERE Find more Recipes HERE What You Need 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup melted butter 1/4 cup flour 2 cups half-and-half ( or skim milk) 2 cups chicken stock 1/2 pound fresh broccoli ( florets only) 1 cup carrots, julienne 1/4 teaspoon of salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon pepper 8 ounces grated cheddar cheese What To Do Saute onions in a little butter in a small pan – set aside. In a large stockpot ( I accidentally used a medium-size pan) – melt butter. Slowly add half- half – mixing the entire time. Let simmer on low for 20 minutes. Source – HERE

idaho sunrise part two I thought this little treat up yesterday and had to make it today. So, here is is~hot from the oven and onto the site! It was YUMMY! And great if you don’t happen to have baked potatoes for the original Idaho sunrise. What are they? How to do it: take a bag (24oz) of thawed hash browns, mix in 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper, 2 tbs oil and about 1/3 c shredded cheddar cheese. Bake at 425°F for 15-18 minutes, cover with foil if the edges appear to be getting too brown. They should look kinda like this when they are ready. Bake for about 13-16 minutes. Gentle slide a knife along the edges, and gently pull up with a fork. you could also fill these with beaten eggs and a bit of spinach…. that was my afterthought. Oh! special I think today they are offering the Cuisinart Griddler for 57% off….wow that’s a good deal….hmmmm. idaho sunrise part two Author: Michelle Keith/ The Village Cook

Tortellini Spinach Bake in Creamy Lemon Sauce People are always asking us how we come up with recipes, and also what we cook when we don’t really have a plan, or we’re short on time. We’ll be the first to admit that we’re not above drive-throughs, cold cereal, and frozen meals. But sometimes you just want a good, hearty, home-cooked meal. This is a great example of a really good dinner, that was created by simple ingredients I already had around my kitchen. I’ve said over and over that the trick to being able to whip up quick, yet delicious meals in a pinch is keeping a well-stocked pantry. This is an awesome little pasta bake and the great thing is that it looks fancy and tastes decadent, but it’s super simple to throw together (shhh…no one has to know!) Let’s cook. Obviously you’ll need tortellini! You don’t need to have any jarred sauce on hand for this dish- the sauce is SO good and you’ll be amazed how quick and easy it is. In the little bit of bacon grease in the pan, toss in some minced garlic. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

bacon, egg, and cheese wrapped in crescent roll dough – so easy! bacon, egg, and cheese wrapped in crescent roll dough – so easy! Ingredients 1 can of crescent rolls 5 large eggs; scrambled 1 cup of shredded Colby and Monterrey jack cheese 8 slices of cooked bacon (I bought the pre-cooked stuff) 1 teaspoon of season salt Directions 1. 2. 3. My Kitchen Escapades: Parmesan Chicken Bake Visiting family is such a bitter sweet experience for me. It is so amazing to spend time with those I love most, but I suffer from such depression after it is over. After two weeks visiting my parents in Ohio, we are headed back home to Minnesota. It will be tough on me, but it is so heartbreaking to see how tough it is on my kids. They have had two weeks packed with wonderful memories that I hope will get them through until next summer. If you are blessed to have family close by (and by that I mean under a 2 hour drive), be grateful and spend more time with them. I am always on the hunt for a great chicken dinner and this is one! Parmesan Chicken Bake(adapted from 6 chicken breasts 1 C light mayonaise or greek yogurt (I have done 1/2 of each as well)1/2 c fresh parmesan cheese, plus more for the top 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt (This is NOT regular table salt. 1. Want another amazing Chicken Bake?

Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake I swear buttermilk is magic. I’ve dwelled on this before. Buttermilk seems to turn everything to gold. Super-moist, super-delicious gold. Anyway, I needed a simple, summery, breakfasty, cake-like-but-not-dessert-like recipe to make this morning. One of Ben’s friends had crashed here last night, and I thought it only appropriate to treat him to a proper breakfast. Nobody. Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake Ingredients ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 tsp. lemon zest or more — zest from 1 large lemon 7/8 cup* + 1 tablespoon sugar** 1 egg, room temperature 1 tsp. vanilla 2 cups flour (set aside 1/4 cup of this to toss with the blueberries) 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. kosher salt 2 cups fresh blueberries ½ cup buttermilk**** 7/8 cup = 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons** This 1 tablespoon is for sprinkling on top*** To make homemade buttermilk, place 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Instructions Preheat the oven to 350ºF. copyright alexandra\'s kitchen

Salt and Pepper Pork Chops From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Like many small families we eat a lot of chicken and pork. They make it possible for us to have meals that can be eaten in one sitting without having to deal with leftovers. For years after the children were on their own, I'd use pork tenderloin because it was fast to make and always tender. We love pork chops, but cooking them properly and serving them before they become shoe leather isn't always easy. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/4 pounds boneless thin-cut pork loin chops 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Directions: 1) Combine soy sauce, cornstarch, pepper, sugar and salt in bottom of 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan. You might also enjoy these recipes: Louie's Chinese Porcupines - One Perfect Bite Braised Pork Chops with Homemade Curry and Chutney Sauce - One Perfect BitePork Indochine and Halong Bay - One Perfect Bite

Cooking with Jax: Apple Pie Breakfast Steel cut oats are one of my favourite breakfast foods. Once cooked, this recipe keeps very well in the fridge for a couple of days. My husband and I usually eat for three mornings in a row when I make this recipe. Ingredients - 1 cup of steel cut oats* - 3 diced apples (I use Gala) - 1 cup apple juice (I use Oasis) - 3 cups water - 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional) Directions - Slow Cooker For Best Results: Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook for 2-4 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low until it reaches the consistency that you like. * You can also cook longer without stirring, but you have to add more water liquid and it does come out a bit mushier. * It must be steel cut oats when cooked in the slow cooker, as regular oats get very soggy when cooked this way. Directions - Stovetop Method A few people have asked me about a stovetop method since not everybody has a slow cooker, and let's face it, sometimes we don't know what we want for breakfast until the morning of. Enjoy!

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