Holiday Brunch Bake

IMG_1703I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. I haven’t even gotten my tree yet and let’s not talk about gift shopping. I have friends who are already done and here I am without even a list. Time to kick it into gear. From now until Christmas I thought I would share my Christmas morning, through recipes, with you and your family.

As the kids started getting a little older, I realize that with all the hoopla before Christmas day; the decorating, cookie baking, pageants, and parties, that the actual day itself was over before it even began. We open presents and the kids run off to play with their new toys and the day is rather anticlimactic.

That is when I decided to prolong the day. Today we get up and make a beautiful breakfast buffet, or “Meat Fest” as it has been affectionately termed. My husband and I work side-by-side in the kitchen getting everything ready. The kids set the table and lay out the food on the buffet table. Then we all sit down in the dining room and enjoy a leisurely mid-morning meal filled with laughter, stories, and yes, anticipation.

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Morning Croque Madame

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Croque Monsieur is a wonderfully toasted ham and creamy cheese sauce sandwich. If you put an egg on top you have a Croque Madame. You often see Monsieur and Madame Croque at the lunch table as a sandwich. My version is a simplified breakfast cup that I love to pop in the oven while I round up backpacks and loose homework on busy weekday mornings.

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Italian Pot-Roast

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“Undoubtedly, there would be very few men that would decline an invitation to sit down to a juicy tender beef blade pot-roast…no matter what time of the year. Naturally, remembering that a pot-roast is a ‘ress-demanded and a less-tender meat cut, it must be braised slowly until tender.” Taken from “The Rural Homemaker: Volume Two” by Margaretta Dewey. Original publication,1954. Last addition 1979.

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Italian Spaghetti Sauce

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My favorite part of spaghetti has always been the sauce. The pasta is just the tool I use to soak up the sauce. So, I was quite surprised when a friend of mine confessed she did not like spaghetti, “It’s so bland and boring.” Bland? Boring? Fresh garden ingredients picked at their peak simmered in some of the most delicious herbs and spices. How can that be boring?

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Turkey Biscuits and Gravy

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In the 19th century, turkey hash was the centerpiece of a hearty Southern plantation breakfast. Today, it is also an excellent way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. I make a big batch of turkey hash and use it in two ways. In the morning it makes a beautiful turkey gravy spooned over country biscuits garnished with chopped onion or parsley. It also makes a beautiful lunch when spooned over leftover mashed potatoes served in a small cast iron skillet. It’s a perfect way to make leftovers an intended and delicious creation.

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The Wacky Market

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It’s here and in time for Christmas! The Wacky Market is open for business and available online and at local specialty food stores. Do you have a food lover in your life? Someone who loves to cook? Add a little spice to their life with these wonderful seasonings!

We are opening with three wonderfully delicious and distinct blends.

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