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May 7, 2008

Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

So, I FINALLY get to have people over for something other than having friends over to play Wii. While I love Wii, I've really been needing to have "adults" over for once! So far here is my Mother's Day Brunch Menu. I'm kind of breaking it down in to two "mini meals" - one more morning-centric, the other more lunch-style. Also, I should point out that my family is in no way "foodies". While we enjoy trying new things (or, I should say they because I'm very picky!), they don't stray too far from success when it comes to family meals - I hope they're OK with the scones I'm making!

Morning
- Sausage and Egg Casserole (my husbands request - though it's not his holiday!)
- Scones (Ham & Cheese and Cinnamon)
- Fruit (salad? Platter? Skewers?)
- Apple Butter Banana Bread (Cannot wait to try this, it sounded awesome!!)

Lunch
- Stuff to make sandwiches (Breads, Ham, Turkey, Salami, Swiss Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Mayo, Mustard, Lettuce, Pickles)
- Hashbrown Casserole
- Veggies (my aunt insists on bringing so whatever she brings I'll find out then!)

Dessert
- Chocolate Chip Cannoli (my mom is determined to make this recipe so she'll be bringing as she won't give me the recipe!)

Drinks
- water
- OJ
- Soda
- Coffee (cream, sugar, vanilla creamer)
- beer (my dad and uncle will not be happy without it!)
- Champagne (Mimosa's of course!)
- Bloody Mary's maybe, though I think my grandma is the only one that would drink them so maybe not


Now, on to the recipes!

Sausage and Egg Casserole (courtesy of my mother-in-law)
Ingredients
1 lb sausage (browned and drained)
8 eggs
2 cups milk
4 slices of bread (ripped up, but not crumbs)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
~2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
S&P
Directions
- layer bread chunks in 9x13 casserole dish
- top with browned and drained sausage
- whisk eggs, add milk, mustard and S&P
- pour egg mixture over bread and sausage
- top with cheese
- cover and let sit in fridge overnight
- bake at 325 for about 45-60 minutes, until eggs are set in middle

SCONES!! (recipe adapted from "The Joy of Cooking")
*note - I only made one batch, but still two kinds of scones so I halved the dough before adding add-ins*
Ingredients
2 cups AP Flour
up to 1/4 cup sugar (depending on sweetness desired)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
1 egg, beaten
Add-Ins for Ham & Cheese
2-3 ounces cubed ham
2-3 ounces shredded swiss cheese
a little parmesan cheese and paprika for dusting on top
Add-Ins for Cinnamon
2-3 ounces cinnamon chips
Cinnamon Sugar for dusting on top
Directions
- sift together the dry mixture (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt)
- half dry mixture in two bowls
- add cinnamon chips to one bowl
- make a well in ingredients in both bowls
- mix together half of the cream with cheese and ham
- add cream with ham and cheese to plain dry ingredients
- add plain cream to cinnamon dry ingredients
- mix both bowls (separately) until just moistened
* Do not overmix!
- Pat the dough into a round, until about 3/4" thick
- cut in to 8 wedges
- lightly coat dough with egg wash
- sprinkle parm mixture on ham & cheese scones
- sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on cinnamon scones
- transfer to cookie sheet and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes until golden brown

Apple Butter Banana Bread (from Better Homes and Gardens)
Ingredients
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 slightly beaten eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (2 small)
1/2 cup apple butter
1/4 cup canola or cooking oil
Directions
1. Grease and flour the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of the flour mixture; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, banana, apple butter, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Spoon batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes: 1 loaf (16 servings)

Hashbrown Casserole (numerous sources have the same recipe!)
Ingredients
2lbs frozen hashbrowns, thawed
8 oz sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 stick of butter, melted
1 medium onion, finely chopped
S&P
crushed corn flakes for topping (plus melted butter)
Directions
- mix hashbrowns, sour cream, soup, cheese, onion, melted butter, s&p and pour into 2 Qt casserole dish
- top with crushed cereal and drizzle with melted butter
- bake at 350 for ~60 minutes

Chocolate Chip Cannoli (courtesy of my mom!)
Ingredients
1 pack of cannoli shells (12)
2 lbs of Ricotta
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (plus a little more for dusting)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
Directions
- beat ricotta, sugar and vanilla until smooth
- add chocolate chips
- chill
- fill cannoli shells from both ends
- dust with powdered sugar

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