Barefoot Contessa’s Country Omelet

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Egg dishes like this are one of my favorite things to make ~ especially when I don’t feel like cooking.  This is an easy dish to put together and to use up whatever you have in your refrigerator.

Ina’s recipe calls for bacon but Mr. Meat Eater hates bacon in anything and will only eat bacon as a slice of bacon for breakfast.  So, instead of bacon I used mushrooms which gave that bit of meatiness I like in omelets and frittatas.

This is perfect for 2 or even three if you are light eaters.  You must use a pan that can go in your oven so be careful when grabbing the handle to bring it out of your oven.

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Barefoot Contessa’s Country Omelet

1 tbsp olive oil
5 or 6 mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 cup diced Yukon Gold potatoes
salt and pepper
5 extra-large eggs
3 tbsps milk
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 350º.

Heat olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes and mushrooms to the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender and browned, stirring occasionally to brown evenly. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, some salt and pepper to taste together with a fork. Wipe pan of any leftover oil. Add the 1 tbsp butter, lower temperature to low and pour in the eggs. Add the potatoes/mushroom mixture and chopped chives evenly over the eggs.

Place the pan in the oven for 8-10 minutes or cook until the eggs are set.

Divide in half and serve hot.

COOK’S NOTE: If you would prefer bacon instead of mushrooms, cook chopped bacon in the pan first, remove, and continue with the potatoes.

Makes 2-3 servings

Happy Cooking!

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Blueberry Oatmeal Crisp

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Today is the last recipe I will be posting from Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook.  If you would like to win a copy of this cookbook, please go to THIS POST and leave a comment, letting me know your favorite breakfast.  The giveaway will run until August 11 and I will remind you here and on Facebook and Twitter.

I love crisps and this one quickly became a favorite because it is not very sweet which I like.  I could really taste the blueberries and not the sugar.  It’s very easy to make.  I made it for dessert after dinner and put it in the oven while we were eating.

Blueberry Oatmeal Crisp
Submitted by Amy Bastian of Mifflinburg, PA

4 cups fresh blueberries, washed and dried
1 cup flour, divided
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup long-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
5 to 6 tbsp butter

Combine blueberries with 1/4 cup flour in a greased 11/7 baking pan and mix thoroughly.

In a bowl, combine the rest of the flour and the other ingredients except butter. Cut in the butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle topping over the blueberries.

Bake at 350º for 25 minutes or until top is golden and blueberries are bubbly. I think mine took about 40 minutes.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Cherry Turnovers

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A very easy and delicious recipe from Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook.  If you would like a chance to WIN a copy of this cookbook, please see THIS POST and comment with your favorite thing to have for breakfast!

This recipe was really easy.  I made them for dessert after dinner instead of for breakfast but Mr. Meat Eater had the leftovers the next day for breakfast.

I am not the greatest working with puff pastry.  I must do something wrong because it always looks so easy when others work with it.  Eventually I get it but I struggle with it.

Cherry Turnovers
Submitted by Lynda Robson of Boston, MA

1 (17 1/4 oz) pkg puff pastry, thawed
21 oz can cherry pie filling
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp water ~ I used milk which I prefer

Unfold each puff pastry sheet and cut each sheet into four squares.

Divide pie filling among the 8 squares. I used a couple of tbsps for each turnover and had filling left over which I froze.

Brush edges of pastry with water and fold into triangles. Crimp edges with a fork. I didn’t brush the edges with water but I did crimp with a fork. Cut a small slit in the tops of the pastries with a sharp knife if desired.

Place the pastries on ungreased baking sheets and bake at 400º for 15 to 18 minutes until puffed and golden.

Let cool slightly.

Blend together the powdered sugar and water and drizzle over the tops of the warm turnovers.

Makes 8 turnovers.

Happy Cooking!

Fiesta Corn Tortilla Quiche

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Another delicious recipe from the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook.  If you would like to enter for a chance to win this cookbook, please see THIS POST and comment on it and let me know your favorite breakfast.  There are some wonderful breakfast ideas in the comments!

This quiche was very good ~ in fact, Mr. Meat Eater ate about 2/3 of it…with hot sauce and extra jalapenos!

It’s really an easy recipe to make.  I used 6 corn tortillas because my pan was a little bigger than called for.  I also used regular sausage because I’m not a fan of sausage to begin with and I am really not a fan of hot sausage.

Fiesta Corn Tortilla Quiche
Submitted by Vickie of Gooseberry Patch

1 lb hot ground pork sausage
5 (6 in) corn tortillas
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies, drained
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese

Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat and drain.

Meanwhile arrange tortillas in a lightly greased 9″ pie plate, overlapping on the bottom and extending 1/2 inch over the edge of the plate.

Spoon sausage, chilies, and cheeses into tortilla-lined pie plate. In a bowl, beat together remaining ingredients and carefully pour over sausage mixture.

Bake uncovered at 375º for 45 minutes or until golden.

Cut into wedges to serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares

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This is another yummy recipe from Gooseberry Patch’s new cookbook!  If you would like a chance to win a copy of this cookbook, please go to THIS POST and post in the comment section and let me know what your favorite thing to eat for breakfast is.  I get hungry every time I read through the comments!

I have been making these bars for a long time ~ 20 years at least.  They are one of our favorites ~ especially my son.  Since he moved away, I don’t make them much anymore so it was nice to see this recipe in the cookbook.

They are easy to make and I make mine just a touch different but these are very, very good.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Squares
Submitted by Jody Geary from Rockland, MA

2 (8 oz) tubes crescent rolls
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened ~ I use less fat
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
cinnamon and sugar mixed

Unroll one tube of crescent rolls in a 13×9 pan and stretch to fit if needed and pinch the seams together.

In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar; spread over the rolls in the pan.

Top with the other tube of crescent rolls, carefully stretching and pinching the seams together as best you can.

Drizzle the melted butter over the top and sprinkle with the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Bake at 350º for 30 minutes or until the bars are golden.

Store cooled bars in the refrigerator.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

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Another awesome recipe from the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook!  If you would like to enter for a chance to win this cookbook, please go to THIS POST and enter by telling me your favorite breakfast!  Good luck!

This coffee cake went over like gangbusters when I made it.  Mr. Meat Eater and my DD and SIL loved it!

It’s super simple to make since it uses a cake mix.  I made it thinking I had pumpkin pie spice but, of course, I didn’t so I just looked up a recipe on the internet and made my own.  I didn’t keep the recipe so I don’t remember what it was but you’ll be able to find one if you need it.

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake
Submitted by Victoria Mitchel of Gettysburg, PA

18 1/2 oz pkg yellow cake mix
1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT Pumpkin pie mix)
3 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp oil
1/3 cup water
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed and divided
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened

In a bowl, combine dry cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and pie spice. Pour half the batter into a greased 13×9 baking pan. Set aside remaining batter.

Mix together 1/3 cup brown sugar and 3/4 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle over the batter in the pan.

Carefully spread remaining batter over the cinnamon mixture.

Combine flour with remaining brown sugar, remaining cinnamon and butter and mix well. Spread evenly over the top.

Bake at 325º for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Happy Cooking!

Quick Strawberry Cream Danish

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Another yummy recipe from the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook!  To enter to win a copy of this cookbook, comment on THIS POST (click on the link) and tell me what your favorite thing for breakfast is!  Your comment MUST be on the post linked!

OK, I didn’t use strawberry preserves ~ I used blueberry preserves because that is my favorite and I happen to love recipes that I can use my favorite ingredient and still be faithful to the recipe.  These are great for breakfast or really any time of day!

I made half of the recipe and it is a little tricky to get the rolls folded correctly but otherwise are easy.

Quick Strawberry Cream Danish
Submitted by Beth Bundy of Long Prairie, MN

2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened ~ I honestly think this is too much cream cheese but it’s your decision
1 egg, separated
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp flour
2 (8 oz) tubes crescent rolls
1/2 cup strawberry preserves ~ or your favorite preserves

Beat together the cream cheese, egg yolk, vanilla, lemon juice and flour.

Unroll and separate rolls; place a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture in the center of each triangle. Fold over the edges of the rolls, leaving center open.

Brush with beaten egg white and place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350º for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

Top each with a teaspoon of preserves.

Makes 16 pastries.

Happy Cooking!