My EB Pink Party, Berry French Toast, and a Giveaway

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This giveaway has ended but check the giveaways link up above to see if there are any current giveaways going on!

Before I get on to business, I finally figured out a way to include printable recipes using google documents.  From now on, after each recipe you will see a link that says View Printable Recipe, click on it and it will take you to the recipe in google docs and you can print out just the recipe!  I will slowly start to add in all the recipes here but it will take awhile.  Until then, just follow the directions under PRINTING up in the bar right up on top.

Last month (or maybe it was August) I was contacted by Eggland’s Best to see if wanted to have an EB Pink Party in support of breast cancer awareness month.  I jumped at the chance.  EB sponsored my brunch and sent an amazing prize pack that I will send on to one lucky winner!   We had a great time at my brunch ~ these are my friends from our local dog park.  A few couldn’t make it and we really missed them.   We are a pretty diverse group of all ages AND our dogs all get along!

Between us in this picture, we have 13 dogs and 2 grand dogs.  I’m the 4th from the left if anyone is wondering!  Mr. Meat Eater took the picture so he will remain the mystery man 🙂

I can’t thank Eggland’s Best enough for the chance to have this party and for all they do to help in the fight against breast cancer.  I’m beside myself that they chose me and my blog to help pass along the word and that they have such delicious eggs.  I haven’t used any other brand of eggs in years!

One of the dishes I made was berry French toast.  I am NOT a French toast lover and anything that even LOOKS like bread pudding I usually run away from.  I don’t know what compelled me to try this dish but it has to be one of the best breakfast dishes I have ever made.  It’s super easy and is not the least bit heavy.

The recipe calls for French bread but I used a loaf of challah bread instead and I think a loaf of King’s Hawaiian bread would be just as good.  The other thing I like is that it calls for frozen berries so it can be made all year round instead of just during berry season.  The frozen berries are also cheaper to use.

I think this was the most popular dish at the brunch!

Berry French Toast

1 loaf of French Bread, cubed (I used Challah)
6 egg whites
3 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk (I used 2%)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 (12 ounce) pkg frozen unsweetened mixed berries
2 tbsps cold butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar

Places cubed bread in a lightly greased 13×9 baking dish.

In a bowl, combine the egg whites, eggs milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt and pour over the bread cubes in the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. I have never let it sit that long. I usually make it about 5 hours ahead and put in the fridge until baking time.

Bake, covered, at 350º for 30 minutes. Once you have put it in the oven, take the berries out of the freezer and let sit on the cupboard to defrost a bit.

In a small bowl, cut the butter into the brown sugar until crumbly. Sprinkle berries, the brown sugar/butter over the top and bake, uncovered, for 15-20 more minutes or until a knife inserted near the middle comes out clean.

Serve with maple syrup if desired. It’s really good with the syrup!

Make 8-10 servings.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

More brunch recipes to come this week!

Now for the giveaway.  Here’s what is included in the prize pack:

In the prize pack from Eggland’s Best you will get a set of 4 EB ramekins, 1 EB apron, 1 EB whisk, 1 EB spatula, 1, EB egg timer, 1 EB eco bag, 1 EB plush egg.

For a chance to win, just let me know your favorite dish to make for breakfast!  That’s it ~ very easy!

The giveaway will run until October 17 at midnight.  If you are the winner, you will have 3 days to get in contact with me!  I will use Random.org to choose a winner.

Thank you Eggland’s Best!!!!!!!

Happy Cooking!

We Have a Winner!

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We have a winner of the Gooseberry Patch  cookbook Recipes for Warming Hearts.  The winner is Martha and I have already emailed her!  Mr. Meat Eater is away so I couldn’t use him to pick the winner so I used Random.org instead.  We had over 500 entries which is fabulous!

I hope everyone will sign-up for the other giveaway I currently have going on and next week I’ll have a new one ~ so look for that.

Bunches of new recipes will be posted starting next Monday ~ I have been busy and with Mr. Meat Eater away, I just don’t cook.  Cereal is my friend!

Have a great weekend!

Happy Cooking!


A NEW Giveaway!

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This giveaway has ended but check the giveaways link up above to see if there are any current giveaways!

Yes, a NEW giveaway ~ a brand new copy of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn published by Viking.

Last month I was contacted by Viking to see if I would be interested in reviewing this book and giving one away on my blog.  I jumped at the chance.

This is a fabulous book ~ especially if you like to read about cooking like I do.

Kathleen Flinn is a writer and journalist and a chef.  When she encountered a woman at the grocery piling processed foods in her cart, she decided to take the bull by the horn and teach those who can’t cook, to cook basic recipes.  She went into their kitchens, rearranged, taught basic kitchen skills and taught them basic recipes.

I, personally, enjoyed reading this and now that Mr. Meat Eater and I are empty-nesters, I don’t want us to slip into the fast food, processed food trap.  I don’t think we are but being able to refer to this book when I need a boost will be great.  The book really shows that it is not difficult to put good, nutritious food on your table every day.  With obesity and the problems surrounding it, this is an invaluable lesson.

The basic recipes in the book run the gamut from a basic omelet to making your own cream of whatever soup.  DIY vinaigrette to baked chicken nuggets.  Many of these recipes could be used for a family meal or company.  One of the most valuable things to me in the book is the flavor profile cheat sheet which shows what flavors go together.

Here is the book’s amazon page so you can read more about it ~ The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

This book will be coming to the winner of the giveaway straight from the publisher along with a magnet.  I will pass the winner’s information on to Viking and they will be mailing the book out to the winner.

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment letting me know you would like to win!

The giveaway will be running until October 5! And I forgot to add that I will put all names in a hat and have Mr. Meat Eater choose or I will use Random.org!

Good luck!

Happy Cooking!