Brunch Classic – Egg Bake

Nothing says brunch like an egg bake! There are many ways to make an egg bake, some with bread others with hash browns…this one is made with tater tots. Yes, tater tots and it’s delicious!

I treat the tater tots just like the hash browns in an egg bake recipe. I let them thaw, and pat them dry to avoid a mushy egg bake. Another key to remember, drain your sausage! So, on with the recipe.

Ingredients:

1-16 oz. tube of Jimmy Dean sausage. I used the regular pork sausage, but you can use whichever sausage works for you and your taste buds.

12 eggs

1/2 c. milk

32 oz. tater tots

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. Brown your breakfast sausage in a pan. Drain and set the sausage aside. Spray a 13 x 9 inch pan with some non-stick spray. Place the tater tots at the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with some of the cheddar cheese, about a quarter of the cheese. Layer the browned sausage over the cheese sprinkled tater tots.

Beat the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage. Finish the top of the egg bake by sprinkling the remaining cheese.

Bake uncovered for 1 hour. Enjoy!!

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife – A Book Review

I enjoy and love the world of food, and was intrigued by the title of this book. It is written by Elizabeth LaBan, who ironically is a restaurant critic’s wife, but the intrigue soon turned to monotony. I don’t want to say that I am disappointed in the book, but I am feeling that I missed the point.

I am left asking, what was the story about? What was the story line; where is the climax! Outside of reading about day to day living of a woman who was deep into a career, and now a stay-at-home mom; and her career obsessed husband, what was different about this story?! It’s like a movie that ended and you’re left wanting more, and not because it was that good, but because it was that voided. There was a missing twist of fate, or drama, comedy…something! I really wanted to enjoy the book, but I just couldn’t find that climatic moment. If you read this book, and find a total different outlook; I would love to hear from you.

My next book…Dark Moon, A Legal Thriller by Deborah Hawkins. I know, this book reading went in a whole different direction. I like to change it up sometimes. Happy reading!!

A Family Classic

When we have bananas that are reaching their ripening prime, we make banana bread! This is a classic in our family. The kids like it with chocolate chips. My husband doesn’t like chocolate chips, but likes walnuts. The kids don’t care for walnuts.

So, I say what’s wrong with the original…just banana bread. It’s a wonderful moist bread, and does not need anything else but the banana. Celebrate the banana!

This recipe is simple and delicious.

Ingredients:

2 c. Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

¼ tsp. Salt

½ c. Butter

¾ c. Brown sugar

2 Beaten Eggs

2 1/3 c. Mashed Overripe Bananas

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.

Stir in the eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

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Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake in oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Enjoy your slice of banana joy!

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Flour or Oats?

At our house, we have baked apple crisp recipes made with oats; and also recipes made with flour. I don’t know what is preferred in your house, but in mine…flour wins. I guess my family enjoys more of a deconstructed apple pie vs. an oaty (is that a word?) crumble.

So, here is one of our favorite recipes. Not too many ingredients, and filled with yummy deliciousness.

Ingredients:

9 Apples, peeled and sliced

1 T. Cinnamon

2 2/3 c. Sugar, divided

2 c. Flour

1/2 c. Butter

2 Eggs

Directions:

Place apples in a 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1 cup of sugar; add an extra 1/2 cup of sugar if you are using tart apples. Combine flour, remaining sugar, butter; cream together. Add eggs and mix well. Top this mixture over your apples.

Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour, or until lightly browned. Serve with ice cream, and your enjoying a dish full of um um goodness!

What wins in your house, flour or oats. Maybe this recipe will win you over.

Enjoy!