Duncan loves the coconut marshmallow haystacks that are here. I got to make some on Saturday with Chelsea for a party. Very festive!
Over Christmas break we’ve been enjoying my mother-in-law’s cooking. Here are the dishes she prepared for Christmas Eve Breakfast.
Charleston Breakfast Casserole
Oven Baked French Toast
recipe from Sept. issue of Southern Living (unknown year). It’s similar to the one here.
1/4 cup butter
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon almond flavoring
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten
16 (3/4 inch think) slices French bread
Place 2 tablespoons butter in each of two 13 x 9 x 2 inch pans and heat at 425 until hot.
Combine egg yolks, sugar, and salt; beat at high speed of an electric mixer until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add milk and amaretto; fold in egg whites. Dip bread slices into egg mixture; place in hot pans. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes; turn and bake 5 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.
Smoky Bacon Wraps
recipe from Taste of Home, Quick, 2002, available here.
Here are some recipes we’re using for meals this Christmas. Yum!
Broccoli with garlic butter and cashews
- 1.5 lb broccoli
- 1/3 c. butter (or 3 Tbsp)
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce (or less)
- 2 tsp vinegar
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/3 c. cashews, chopped (or toasted almonds)
Steam broccoli. Meanwhile, melt butter. Mix in brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and garlic. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in cashews or almonds. Pour over steamed broccoli. Serve.
Aunt Maureen’s Spinach Salad
- 1 bag of spinach
- 5 slices of bacon, in bits
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, crumbled
- 1/2 c. toasted almonds
Sprinkle the last three ingredients over spinach in a salad bowl. Serve with buttermilk dressing (below).
Buttermilk Dressing (1983 Betty Crocker, p. 159)
- 3/4 c. mayonnaise or salad dressing
- 1/2 c. buttermilk
- 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 tsp instant minced onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Dash of ground pepper
Shake all ingredients in tightly covered jar; refrigerate at least 2 hours. Shake before serving. 1 1/4 cups dressing.