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.