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This Week

This week 12-30-14 Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes - Living Well - Mediterranean Diet:

So, you have to cook breakfast for the 20 people staying at your house! Don't you love the Holidays?? Anybody who stays at my house has to sleep with Macky. He will wake you up every 30 seconds to tell you "Nite Nite" .. It makes for a long night. We don't have many overnighter's  .. Back to breakfast. Here's 2 good ones that will fill everybody up and it's easy and it's cheap.

Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs

1 pound bakery white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (16 cups)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound sliced applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
One 28-ounce can whole Italian tomatoes—drained, chopped and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 pound extra-sharp cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups)
1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons snipped chives
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
8 large eggs
Hot sauce, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish. In a large bowl, toss the bread with the olive oil and spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, tossing once or twice, until the bread is golden and lightly crisp.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain; reserve 2 tablespoons of the fat in the skillet.

Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and crushed red pepper and cook until any liquid is evaporated, about 3 minutes.

Return the toasted bread cubes to the bowl. Add the contents of the skillet, along with the bacon, shredded cheeses, chives and broth. Stir until the bread is evenly moistened. Season with salt. Spread the mixture in the baking dish and cover with lightly oiled foil.

Bake the bread mixture in the center of the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the top is crispy, about 15 minutes longer. Carefully remove the baking dish from the oven and, using a ladle, press 8 indentations into the bread mixture. Crack an egg into each indentation. Return the dish to the oven and bake for about 15 minutes, until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Serve the breakfast bake right away with hot sauce.

Yummmmm I could eat that every day

Sausage-and-Maple Bread Pudding (How could Ice Cream, maple syrup and sausage be bad?)

1 pound bulk breakfast sausage
6 large eggs
1 pint vanilla or cinnamon ice cream, melted
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons thinly sliced sage leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 pound brioche, crusts removed and bread torn into 1-inch pieces (10 cups)
1/4 cup heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over moderately high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until nicely browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a bowl and let cool.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the ice cream, water, sage, salt and 1/2 cup of the maple syrup. Fold in the sausage and brioche. Scrape the mixture into a 9-inch square or 2-quart oval baking dish and let stand for 15 minutes. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is browned and the center is set.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil the remaining 1/2 cup of maple syrup over moderate heat, stirring, until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in the cream. Serve the bread pudding with the maple cream.

Ya Baby .. does that sound good or what!!!


The Maze

We were parking cars at the 4pm Christmas Eve service, that was our biggest service by far, and got slammed pretty hard. We ended up with a few cars double parked but we were fine. We filled up the lots all the way back to Ericson. To get there you have to follow me through a maze. I know people think I've lost my mind by the time I make the 4th turn through the lot, then down another lane, like following Alice down the rabit hole. Throwing cones out of the way.  Poor Mack standing there waving his arms, playing with his lips and making funny noises, no idea that the rest of the world is trying to get around him..  Oh well .. 

God's like that: We put everything we can find in front of us to block our way to him. Try to make it as hard as possible.  "Sorry, I can't talk to you today I've got to do this other thing! If I can just get around this next corner, maybe we can talk. I have to get my life right first!" But we know we can always find God, There is no maze, there are no prerequisites. He's right there, like finding a parking place in the front row. You just have to want to do it..

Maybe if I had had on my blinking red nose and my blinking Santa hat on people would have seen me and followed me better. I had my big flashlight!  I was trying..


Posted by Mack Oates at 12:00 AM