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Easter Egg (or spring forward) Casserole with Fresh Salsa and Cheese Sauce

I liked to have a casserole to serve for Easter breakfast.  It was easy to serve and could be made the night before and popped in the oven while 3 kids were looking for eggs and going through their Easter baskets.  We almost always had to hide the eggs inside the house.  It was either very cold or very windy on Easter Sunday.

It was always such a scramble (no pun intended) to get the eggs gathered, kids dressed for church (when did I ever have time to get dressed?) and have something for breakfast.  The church service was always longer than usual so we had to have something for breakfast.  Especially after all those jelly beans and chocolate bunnies had been nibbled on.

This is easy and can be enlarged or even doubled for a large crowd.  I served it with fresh fruit and made a side salsa of diced tomatoes, green onions and halved grape tomatoes with just a little red wine vinegar.  I usually served the cheese sauce on the side.

Easter Egg Casserole

Hugs and Kisses Eggs

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite days.  For me it means sweets to eat and sweeter still notes declaring my fondness, affection and love.  It is just a sweet time.

I met my husband near Valentine’s Day.  I had never received roses from anyone before.  He sent me a yellow rose.  (Those were his favorites.)  In high school I had an English teacher who said if a guy gave you one rose, you should ask where are the other 11?  If he came back with 11 roses he was a “keeper.”  So I did.  They came the next day!  A girl never knows if she doesn’t ask, right?  It must have been ok.  It seemed to work out.  It was so sweet to get roses.  I love flowers too.

Anyway, Hank loved breakfast.  I think it was his favorite meal, especially on the weekends or on vacation.  He had a pretty strict menu.  Eggs, pork of some type, grits or potatoes (maybe gravy) and toast, coffee and orange juice were the order.  How it was prepared and in what combination didn’t matter.  So I was trying to think of a Valentine’s Day breakfast meal when I spied two slices of white cheese and a large bell pepper.  Why not try to cut the bell pepper into a slice that looked like a heart.  It didn’t work.  Next was to use the cookie cutter to cut the cheese into a heart.  That was much better.  Thus, eggs in pepper rings with cheese hearts came to be. Just thinkin’ about Hank and breakfast on a Saturday morning.

Valentines Breakfast

Cast Iron Skillet Frittata

I had an inspiration this morning for another leftover ham dish.  I fixed it for brunch, but it would be good for dinner or any time.  If you want to mess up all those dishes so early in the morning, be my guest and make it for breakfast.  I am a messy cook and can use almost every pan in the kitchen on a good day.  Just ask my girls.  But today it was me on my own to cook and clean!

Back to the leftover ham.  I had put it in the freezer, so I had to peel off about three slices and defrost in the microwave for a couple of minutes.  At that point it was ready to dice.  At this rate I think I have about 3 more meals, maybe 4 from a small, sliced ham I received as a gift for Christmas.  Be thrifty and use up those gifts.

Anyway, it is a cold, grey day here today and the kitchen is the place for me to be.  Even at work on a day like this I would prefer to be at home baking.

As we move into a new year the Tumbleweed Contessa crew wishes you the best.  May you have all you need and your health, your faith, and your family be secure.

Blessings and best wishes for a Happy New Year!     The Contessa (Linda)

MiddleSister’s French Toast

Welcome back to foody land MiddleSister.  (She has been on a law practicing, two kid raising, diet and exercise frenzy with nothing interesting to report.) ;)  What a way to make a come back.  Here is some fabulous and interesting french toast.  I still don’t understand why the cheese.  I like cheese though, so fine by me!  Tell us more MiddleSister.

 

Vive La France!

Toasted soggy bread with wonderful flavor!   I seriously doubt that my version of french toast is anything close to something that would traditionally be prepared in France, although I have never been, so who knows.    Since I was a little girl, I have loved making and eating what I call french toast.  This is a conundrum since I have a real aversion to soggy textures in my food and the first thing you do to  french toast is make it soggy.  I digress, the secret to good french toast  is the creamy egg mixture.  Right there in that bowl lies all the flavor and goodness.  What goes into it?  Depends on the morning and what’s on hand, but you should always serve the final product with a few slices of sharp cheddar cheese.  Here is how I whipped it up this morning.

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Huevos Rancheros

I really have been so busy baking and getting ready for Thanksgiving that I need quick and easy dinners.  A nice hearty breakfast is filling, flavorful and comes together in no time.  There are 100s of version of Huevos Rancheros.  Some of my favorites are intricately layered flavors that take a lot of time.  Not this one!  Eggs and tortillas and sauce, tah dah! Dinner is served.

Serves 2 (easily doubled)

Salsa:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño, finely minced (seeds and veins removed if you want it less spicy)
  • 1 fat clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (just a good few shakes)
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Everything Else:

  • 2 corn tortillas
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, roughly chopped, stems removed
  • 2 large eggs
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese (grated)

 

To make the sauce heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sized pan then add the onion and jalapeño. Cook for 5-6 minutes until softened, then add the garlic and cook for another minute before adding the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Simmer everything together then leave to simmer very gently for 30 minutes until thickened and reduced. If it starts to get too thick thin it down with a little water.

Just before you are ready to eat fry the tortillas in some vegetable oil on both sides until softened. (I guess you could warm them in the microwave, but a little grease really adds flavor.) Put onto individual serving plates. Using the same pan over a higher heat, fry or scramble the eggs to your degree of perfection.

Place the eggs on top of the tortilla and spoon sauce over.  Sprinkle fresh cilantro and cheese. Eat at once while hot and delicious.

Serve with a couple strips of crispy bacon, refried beans and some fried potatoes alongside a warmed flour tortilla.

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Healthy Breakfast Burritos

I love breakfast for dinner and on Sunday morning.  One of my favorite things is Migas.  Once you add the chorizo and all the cheese those calories start to add up though.  I was really hungry for them so I did this version of a breakfast burrito to quench my hunger.  Add more or less spice to your liking.

Serves 4

  • Pam
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and finely diced
  • 4 Morning Glory or other meat substitute frozen sausage patties
  • 2 frozen hash brown patties cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Southwest Seasoning
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • Salsa

Cook breakfast patties in a non-stick skillet sprayed with PAM and chop into ¼ inch chunks.  Set aside.  Spray skillet with Pam at medium.  Add onion and jalapeno and cook until soft and just beginning to brown (about 5 minutes).  Evenly distribute onion and jalapeno in the bottom of the pan.  Add egg substitute, sausage and hasbrowns.  Stir slowly until cooked to your egg liking.  Heat the four flour tortillas in the microwave for thirty seconds.  Distribute eggs evenly between the tortillas and top with equal portions of the cheese and salsa.  Wrap and let set a few minutes to let cheese melt.

This one is quick and easy!  Enjoy!

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