Monday, December 28, 2009

christmas strauda

As a family tradition, we have Christmas Strauda for breakfast every Christmas morning. It is absolutely scrumptious and even the pickiest of eaters will love it. And, it's so easy!

Christmas Strauda:
{prepare the night prior to eating}

16 pieces bread
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 cups cubed ham
6 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
3 c milk
*optional ingredients found at bottom of post

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk, and salt. Set aside. Break bread into small pieces and place on the bottom of a large baking dish. Alternate between layering ham and cheese over the bread pieces. Pour egg mixture over the layers.

Cover with foil, refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 325. Bake for 40 minutes, covered. Uncover, bake another 10 minutes until the top layer is golden brown.

Serve hot.


*For less-picky individuals, consider adding a layer of diced green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, or green onions for added flavor and color.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

caramel corn

Caramel Corn is an easy, quick, relatively inexpensive, and yummy treat.

And it's a great idea for neighbor gifts or party favors - just wrap it up in cellophane and tie it with some fun ribbon and you've got a goodie that's tasty and cute as well.

"I can take an armful and make a treat, a popcorn ball that would smell so sweet..."

Caramel Corn:

4 bags popped popcorn

1/2 cup butter
1 cup Karo syrup
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Pop popcorn and remove un-popped kernels. Set aside in extra-large mixing bowl.

Heat all remaining ingredients except vanilla in saucepan and bring to boil. On medium heat, boil until mixture reaches "soft ball" stage, stirring constantly (approx. three minutes). Remove from heat.

Immediately stir in vanilla.

Pour over popcorn stir until evenly coated. Place foil or waxed paper on counter, spread caramel corn on foil and let cool 30 minutes.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

delectable. delightful. delish.

I used to be a terrible cook. In fact- and this is a true story- one night during my freshman year of college, I decided to try my hand at some homemade chocolate frosting (I had never made frosting from scratch before). The result was that I accidentally put in three cups of cocoa rather than three tablespoons! I'm not kidding. Even the most devoted lover-of-chocolate couldn't down a cocoa overload of that degree!

Now, to ease your minds of any potential concerns you may have after reading about the aforementioned freshman frosting fiasco, I should tell you that I have since improved my abilities- immensely. Freshman year was {luckily} a long time ago! :) And now, although I'm not an expert by any means, I'm known to be rather good in the kitchen. You can rest assured that each recipe posted on the "dish delish" blog will be based upon the premise of meeting the following criteria:

delectable. delightful. delish.

Anyway, I'm rather excited to start up this recipe blog. Again, my personal commitment to you {and to myself} in my new blogging venture is to post only recipes which are worthy of being deemed "delish."

Let the culinary compilation commence.