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Bloody Mary Breakfast Bake

Well being back at work after 18 months is beyond exhausting. The main thing is I am now in an office job! Haven’t had an office job for 7 years! I LOVED my last job, I worked from home on my schedule. It was wonderful. But alas, our economy had other ideas. Either way I am now in my first week back and I’m so tired every night I barely have time to read emails. I am going to do my best to get the blog done without fail though. I’m sure once I get back in a routine I will be fine. But till then please bear with me! Thanks.

Ok, this recipe I found in a Rachael Ray magazine but it’s also a recipe from CorningWare. I have not made this yet but it looks pretty easy and I plan to do this next time I have brunch or company stay over on the weekend. I love a good Bloody Mary so this sounded intriguing. No there is no vodka in it but that doesn’t mean you can’t make an actual Bloody Mary to go with it!  It’s an easy recipe so give it a try. I will swap out the photo once I make it myself! The recipe says to use a 1.5 quart square casserole but you can use a longer one also.

Photo is for illustrative purposes only

INGREDIENTS:

8 slices soft light white sandwich bread, crusts removed

3 cups shredded pepper jack cheese

9 large eggs (or egg substitute 2¼ cups)

2 cups low-milk or fat-free half-and-half

½ teaspoon celery salt

1 jar salsa (16 ounces), your choice

DIRECTIONS:

1. Grease a 1.5 quart square casserole dish. Arrange 2½ slices of bread in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle 1/3 cup shredded cheese on top and cover with another 2½ slices of bread.

2. Layer on another 1/3 cup shredded cheese and top with the final 3 pieces of bread.

3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk and celery salt. Pour over the bread layer; let stand.

4. Bake in a 375º oven for 40-45 minutes, then cover with salsa, sprinkle with remaining pepper jack cheese and bake for 5 minutes more.

5. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 12

Friendship Bread Starter

Some of you may remember doing a “Friendship Bread” years ago. I know I did it and passed it on and it was fun even though the idea of this stuff sitting on my counter bubbling away was strange to say the least. It is a nice throwback to days when we spent the time to bake and share with our friends, before we were all so busy with work, kids, school, life… If you’ve never tried this before give it a shot. It does take commitment so make sure you have the time to put into it. It takes 10 days for the ‘starter’ to be ready.

Friendship Bread – which is often called Amish Friendship Bread, is something that you can do with your friends or family members. In fact, it is a way to continue doing something for others, even if baking bread is something that not a lot of people do today. Giving bread and other gifts to your friends can show them what they mean to you, and Amish Friendship Bread is a great place to start. It melts in your mouth, and is something you’ll crave as you run out of it!

INGREDIENTS TO START:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole milk

1 cup granulated sugar

INGREDIENTS TO FEED:

2 cups flour, divided

2 cups milk, divided

2 cups granulated sugar, divided

Friendship Bread Starter

DAY 1

Place 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar into a large glass or plastic bowl/container with a lid and stir with a wooden spoon. You can use a ceramic crock also. If you use a bowl just cover with plastic wrap. (I used to use those 2 lb deli containers but any container that is glass, ceramic or plastic is fine. And yes for some reason you have to use a wooden spoon.)No metallic bowls or utensils!

DAY 2, 3, 4

Stir mixture with wooden spoon.

DAY 5

Stir mixture with wooden spoon and add 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar. Stir well.

DAY 6,7,8,9

Stir mixture with wooden spoon.

DAY 10

Stir mixture with wooden spoon and add remaining 1 cup each of the flour, milk and sugar. Stir well. Remove 3 cups of the ‘starter’ and place each cup in a separate non-metal container. Give to three friends! There will be 2 cups of ‘starter’ left. One is to bake and the other is to keep and start again if you like! (You can bake both if you don’t want to start again!)

**Friendship Bread Recipe Coming Next Thursday!!**



Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Ok with that said here is today’s recipe. It is supposed to be a “Family” recipe today and being St. Patrick’s Day I found a recipe I got from my former mother-in-law. I have made this recipe a few times but it has been awhile. It’s funny how nobody thinks to make this other than around St. Patrick’s Day. Baking is not usually one of my strong points but this recipe is easy and I didn’t mess it up.

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 TBS baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup raisins

1 TBS caraway seeds

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

4 TBS butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart round casserole dish.

2: In a medium-size bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds.

3: With a fork, blend in buttermilk and melted butter until evenly moist. Turn into casserole dish and cut an “X” on top.

4: Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from casserole dish and cool.




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