French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

1 loaf of thickly sliced bread

4 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Cinnamon for sprinkling

Melt butter then stir in brown sugar until mixed well

Evenly coat the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan with the mixture

Beat eggs, milk and vanilla together in a bowl

Lay a single layer of bread in pan

Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer

Sprinkle cinnamon over bread

Add 2nd layer of sliced bread

Spoon remaining egg mixture on bread

Cover and place in fridge overnight

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)

Sprinkle with powdered sugar & cinnamon

Serve with warm maple syrup

We enjoyed ours with a side of Skillet Fried Potatoes.

This was even better the following day!

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Crescent Ring

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Crescent Ring

2 cans Crescent Rolls

8 oz softened Cream Cheese

21 oz Apple Pie Filling

1/4 cup Caramel Sauce

1/2 cup Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1 tbsp Milk, more if needed

Preheat oven to 350

Beat cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until fluffy

Unroll crescent dough and separate

On a pizza pan place triangles overlapping with long pointed ends outward

There should be about a 6″ circle left in the middle of the pan

Spread apples over the lapped dough area

Drizzle caramel sauce over apples

Spread dollops of cream cheese mixture over the apple filling

Fold pointed ends of crescents over the filling and pinch into lapped dough to seal

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown

Mix Powdered sugar and milk until smooth glaze forms

Drizzle glaze over ring

Creamy Carbonara

Creamy Carbonara

8 ounces spaghetti

6 oz ham, chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups half and half

2 large egg yolks

1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese freshly grated, plus more for garnish

1 tsp pepper freshly ground

4 tbsp basil chopped

In a large pot of salted boiling water, add pasta and cook according to package instructions

Drain and set aside

Add ham to a large skillet and sauté over medium-low heat until crisp, about 5-8 minutes

Transfer ham to a bowl and set aside

Add half and half to the skillet and bring to a simmer

Whisk the egg yolks into the half and half

Whisk in the Parmesan cheese

Stir in the black pepper

Add the cooked spaghetti, ham and basil to the skillet and toss well to combine 

Garnish with more Parmesan cheese if desired and serve immediately

You can also use bacon instead of ham in this dish

Bruschetta topped Naan Bread

Bruschetta topped Naan Bread

Naan Bread

Goat Cheese, crumbled

Tomatoes, chopped


Balsamic Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Lay Naan Bread on a baking sheet

Bake for about 5-8 minutes

Remove from oven and top with goat cheese and tomatoes

Bake for another 5-8 minutes

Remove from oven and top with basil and balsamic gaze


Pan-Fried Honey-Sesame Chicken

Pan-Fried Honey-Sesame Chicken

Serves 4

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup chicken broth

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Combine water, chicken broth, ketchup, soy sauce, honey, garlic, rice vinegar, Sriracha, sesame oil, ginger root, and red pepper flakes for sauce in a medium bowl

Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat

Add chicken, and stir-fry chicken, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate

Reduce heat to medium and add the sauce to the wok

Whisk together water and cornstarch in a small bowl and add to the sauce, stirring constantly until the sauce starts to thicken, 3 to 5 minutes

Add chicken back to the wok, stir, and cook until reheated, about 2 minutes

Enjoy with a side of broccoli and rice

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar & Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Makes 6 servings

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground sage

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 cup water/broth

2 pounds pork tenderloin

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup water/broth (optional: use liquid from slow cooker)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon honey

Rinse and paper towel dry the pork tenderloin

Mix together garlic powder, sage, salt, pepper and garlic, and rub over the tenderloin

Place 1/2 cup water/broth in slow cooker, followed by the tenderloin, and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours

1 hour before the roast is finished, in a small sauce pan, mix together the brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water/broth, soy sauce and honey

Heat over medium and stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes

Pour glaze over tenderloin

Spoon glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking

Slice and serve with remaining glaze on the side

Sweet Tomato Relish

Sweet Tomato Relish

Makes 12 Half Pints

10 cups tomatoes, skinned, seeds removed then chopped

2 cups onion, chopped

8 cups apple, tart, peeled and chopped

2 cups cider vinegar

8 cups sugar

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons mustard, dry

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon clove, powdered

1/2 teaspoon allspice, powdered

1/2 teaspoon ginger, powdered

Remove skins and seeds from tomatoes by blanching

Mix ingredients together in a large roasting pan

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour then lower to 300 for 2-3 hours

Stir often with a spatula to help prevent sticking and burning

Reduce until it reaches the consistency of applesauce. It will turn a dark red color

Spoon relish into each jar up to 1/4 inch headspace

Remove air bubbles and add more sauce if needed to bring it back up to 1/4 inch headspace

Wipe rim, apply lid and ring

Process for 20 minutes in a boiling water bath canner

After 24 hours have passed, remove rings and wash jars

Label jars with date and store. Do not stack jars

Slow Cooker Ham and 15 Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and 15 Bean Soup

Serves 8-10

1 package of 15 Bean Soup

8 cups water or broth of your choice

1 lb Ham Diced

1 large Onion, Diced

1 Garlic Clove, Minced

1 teaspoon Chili Powder

1 can diced Tomatoes (15oz)

Juice from 1 Lemon, about 2 Tablespoons

Hot Sauce or Crushed Red Pepper to taste

Rinse beans thoroughly in a colander

Sort and inspect beans for any unwanted debris

Pour drained beans into slow cooker with 8 cups of water or stock

Do not add tomatoes or lemon juice at this time

Add onions, garlic and ham

Stir to combine

Set slow cooker on high and cook for 5-7 hours

Check to see if beans are tender

After the beans are tender, stir in tomatoes, flavor packet that was in with the beans, chili powder and the lemon juice

Cook for an additional 30 minutes

Lower temperature to warm until you are ready to serve

We enjoyed ours with corn bread.

Crunch Wrap Supreme

Crunch Wrap Supreme

Makes 6

1 pound ground meat

2 tablespoons taco seasoning

6 flour tortillas (burrito size)

6 tostada shells

6 flour tortillas (taco size)

Sour cream

Shredded lettuce

Diced tomato

Shredded cheese blend

Sauté ground meat in a large skillet until meat has browned, about 3-5 minutes

Crumble the meat as it cooks, drain any excess fat

Stir in taco seasoning and set aside

Place a couple tablespoons ground meat mixture in the center of each large tortilla

Top with shredded cheese

Add tostada shell, spread sour cream in an even layer over the tostada shell

Top first with lettuce, then tomato and shredded cheese 

Top with small tortilla

Fold the edges up and over the top tortilla

Continue to work your way around the tortilla, folding as tight as possible

Heat a large skillet. Place wrap seam-side down and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes

Flip and cook wrap on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer

Slice in half and serve

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

1 (29 ounce) can sliced peaches, juice reserved              

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup peach juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon peach juice

1 cup milk

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Caramel Sauce

Whip Cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt 1/2 cup butter in a 9×13 inch pan

In a large bowl, combine sliced peaches with 2 tablespoons melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and 1/2 cup of juice

Dissolve cornstarch in 1 tablespoon reserved juice, then stir into peach mixture; set aside

In another bowl, combine milk, sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt

Beat until smooth – mixture will be thin

Pour batter over melted butter

Spoon peaches over batter

Sprinkle top with additional cinnamon and nutmeg

Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until knife inserted comes out clean

Allow to rest 30 minutes before serving

Drizzle with caramel sauce and top with whip cream before serving