Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sunday morning Breakfast

I was cleaning out the freezer yesterday and discovered that I had some hash browns and breakfast sausage and decided to make a breakfast casserole this morning. Since Ryan and I are not huge egg fans I was so happy to have found a casserole that wasn't loaded down with eggs. I made it for 6 servings since there was just 2 of us and it was just enough. If you're serving more people, just double or triple the recipe.

Amish Breakfast Casserole

Sliced sausage or bacon
Onion chopped
Green pepper chopped (the recipe didn't call for this but I had one fresh from the garden and threw it in)
2 cups thawed frozen shredded hash browns
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup of another flavor of shredded cheese (I used Colby Jack)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook meat, onion and pepper
Combine the remaining ingredients
Add the meat mixture
Put in a greased baking dish
Bake 35-40 minutes
Wait 10 minutes to cut

This was quite enjoyable and would definitely be good for company or holidays!

A tasty summer meal

Ryan and I are always up for finding new things to eat for dinner especially in the summer when we can utilize the grill. We decided that some fish on the grill sounded really good and started our adventure at the farmer's market. After reading a recipe in Rachael Ray magazine for some grilled asparagus we decided on grilled cod sandwiches with grilled asparagus for dinner. There were very tasty! Here's what we did:

2 lbs of fresh cod fillets
Fresh rolls (we used basil focaccia rolls we found at the farmer's market)
Tartar sauce
Fish seasoning
Grilled red pepper
Fresh onions and lettuce

We seasoned the cod and just grilled it until it was done
We also grilled the red pepper so it was soft and had a smoky taste
Slice the rolls and put the tartar sauce, pepper, onions and lettuce on it with the fish.

For the asparagus we just cleaned it and rubbed it with olive oil before putting it on the grill. While Ryan was grilling it, I made some changes to this Rachael Ray recipe:

Asparagus with Parsley and Orange Butter

chopped parsley
chopped chives
1 whole stick of almost melted butter
Orange marmalade (the recipe called for grated orange peel but I thought the marmalade would give it more orange flavor)
Lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients in with the butter
Put the grilled asparagus in and mix together

The grilled asparagus will melt the butter more and make more of a clear liquid sauce.

This was a great recipe, I could have used a little more marmalade (I only used a spoonful) but all in all what a tasty summer meal.

Quiche by Katie

One of my mom's recipes that I've seemed to have mastered is the dinner quiche. I've become so good at making it that I've doctored up the recipe to include other things such as Italian sausage, red peppers, feta cheese, and spinach. Most recently I made a ham, green onion and feta cheese quiche that came out pretty tasty. Here's the recipe:

1 frozen pie crust
diced ham
onion sauteed (I actually didn't saute it and it was just as good)
3 eggs beaten

16 oz cottage cheese
1 container of feta cheese
Green onions

8 oz shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix meat, onions, eggs and cheeses in a bowl
Pour in a pie shell and put on a cookie sheet

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes
Turn oven down to 350 degrees for 45 minutes
Let cool 15 minutes before cutting

Let me know if you try this, you can do many variations of it!