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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)

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich | Grilled Cheese Recipe Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich Josh’s brother is visiting us from California and we are having a great time. Caleb sure loves having his uncle around and I love having another person to feed:) The other day the guys wanted a snack so I whipped up a bowl of guacamole and made homemade baked tortilla chips. The guys were still hungry so I offered to make grilled cheese sandwiches. There was still some guacamole left so I asked them if they wanted a Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich. I used crusty white bread to make the sandwiches. Guacamole Grilled Cheese Sandwich Yield: 2 sandwichesPrep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 5-7 minutes The guacamole takes this grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level of goodness. If you like this Guacamole Grilled Cheese, you might also like:

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.

Apps ~ And I'm Not Talkin' iPhone I love creating and making appetizers. I have always been fascinated by how just two or three or four ingredients could be combined for a flavorful amuse-bouche (a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre) or layered on a piece of toasted baguette for a tasty crostini. Yummy. Appetizers can be as simple or as complicated as you like and, when I have guests, I like to offer a little bit of both. Here are five of the appetizers I've made recently. Let's start with the most simple. 1. When I was in the store the other day, I saw a package of fresh mozzarella "pearls" and thought those would be perfect for making the skewers. These are addicting. 2. They are flavorful, but light and low in calories. 3. I loved all of the ingredients, so I honestly expected to love the pie. Roasted Tomato, Basil & Cheese Crostiniby Terri Powers for Terri's Table based very loosely on Paula Deen's Tomato Pie To roast the tomatoes: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 4. So, Tom and I improvised and it came out like this... 5.

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?

Pretzel Rolls Update 11/18/2011: I have not had the opportunity to make this recipe since this posting until today. I have read through the comments and appreciate all of them. I am not sure if I originally recorded my measurements inaccurately or what happened. I have posted this recipe before but these beauties are so good that they deserve another post. Pretzel RollsThe Dough6 - 7 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons canola oil 2 teaspoons active dry yeast2 1/2 cups milk, slightly warmed 1 cup water, slightly warmed Coarse sea salt for sprinkling The "Bath" 7 cups water 1 tablespoon salt 4 tablespoons baking soda In a small container, mix yeast with warmed milk and let rest for 10 minutes.Whisk 5 3/4 cups of flour and teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Add canola oil and warmed water to yeast mixture. Punch down dough and knead in bowl for one minute. While the dough balls are rising, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and get the pretzel "bath" ready.

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

Photo a Day: WW - Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili First off, thanks so much for your encouraging words! You are the best!! I wasn't sure about posting my photos - but I am glad I did! You gave me the courage to continue on my quest to staying healthy!! As I post often about my baking experiments, I decided to try to, at least once a week, do a WW or light recipe and post about it. One of my favorite sites for light WW recipes is - all kinds of delicious recipes and beautiful photos too! For my first WW recipe post, decided to try out a crock-pot recipe. Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili Servings: 10 10 • Size: 10 oz • Prep Time: 5 minutes • Calories: 202 • Points: 4 ww points

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