French Cheese Soufflé

While soufflés have a reputation for being challenging to make, following a few simple techniques can deliver you a beautiful soufflé each time. This is one of those recipes that encourages the exact right kitchen tools for an accurate result. In case you were thinking about getting rid of that old wooden spoon, think again!

1. Start with a spotlessly clean bowl and balloon whisk (an electric mixer with a whisk will work too)
2. If you don’t have a copper bowl, a pinch of cream of tartar is the secret ingredient to stabilize the egg white foam
3. Use a rubber spatula to fold (sweeping over & under motion) the egg whites into the soufflé base. Your goal is to keep the egg whites as puffy as possible

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French Cheese Soufflé
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Sausage & Egg Bake

I was looking to clean up some items in the fridge and freezer when my husband suggested an egg bake for breakfast. We had 1/2 bag of hashbrowns that needed eating in the freezer and some left over sausage from a round of pigs in blankets. So, I took stock of the veggies on hand and put together the following recipe in time for breakfast. It’s one thing I love about cooking breakfast – it’s so quick and easy! Enjoy…

Sausage & Egg Bake

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4
Author: Tina Cusker

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green or orange pepper, chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 large handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 4-5 sausage links, cooked & chopped
  • 3 cups frozen hashbrowns
  • 5 oz Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare 11×7 pan with non-stick spray.
  • Whisk together eggs and milk. Set aside.
  • In a small skillet, saute onion and green pepper in olive oil until softened. Mix in chopped sausage and spinach, cooking until spinach is wilted. Add tomators, salt & pepper.
  • Layer hashbrowns in the baking dish. Top with the vegetables. Pour eggs over the top. Add cheese over all before sprinkling paprika.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until eggs are done. Serve with muffins or toast.

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Chicken & Egg Salad Sandwich

Chicken & Egg Salad

Servings: 6
Author: Tina Cusker

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 20 grapes, halved
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp tarragon
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 cup pecan peices

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Serve equal portions on bread of your choosing. Add a pickle or baby cucumber as a garnish.

Showering the Bride

There are few things in life as memorable as a wedding or bringing a child into a family. I had the privilege to host my niece’s bridal shower this past weekend and wanted to share how we decided on a theme and carried it through from the invitations to the decor and especially into the food. In other words, we took our theme seriously!

Theme: Champagne Glitter Brunch
Wedding Colors: Lavender & Silver
Wedding Date: March 28
Shower Date: February 22
Shower Guests: approximately 25
Supporting Vendors: Party Time Plus, Allegra Printing, La Chatelaine Chocolaterie, Alex Nguyen (aquariusds) on Etsy, WeDoHoney on Etsy, Staples Office Supply and Rae Rae’s Bakery

With a little inspiration from a Google search, selecting a shower theme was really pretty easy. The bride to be has always been in love with glitter, shiny crystal things, pretty in pink things. It’s a celebratory time so you have to have Champagne, and brunch offers a fun menu that doesn’t require a lot of last minute cooking. A short planning session over lunch helped us divide up the tasks, and it didn’t hurt to have the bride’s mother be an owner in a party rental business. She provided the extra tables, white chairs and table linens, along with an easel for the welcome sign, water goblets, flatware and a few other minor supplies.

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Autumn Apple Harvest

For over two weeks I have been slicing and peeling apples by the dozens thanks to some very generous colleagues with a bounty to share. I’ve already made 5 pies, 3 dozen apple cinnamon muffins, apple cake, apple onion & yellow squash gratin, AND two dozen caramel apple cinnamon rolls. What’s next on the menu?

You’ll be the first to know when I finally decide… and hopefully I’ll get them finished before the pears and plums show up.

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A Skillet Breakfast

A trip to the grocery store is definitely in order, but it is time for Sunday morning breakfast and I feel inspired to be a bit more creative today. I could have settled for some quick eggs and called it good, but I do have some additional ingredients that can be put to use, so I decide on something a bit more stylish.

First of all, I dig out a skillet. I chose one of my newer cast iron skillets thinking that for what I have in mind, it is skillet worthy. I’m going to make a potato bottom egg frittata, or something like that, packed with proteins, a bit of carbs, and some extra flavors to make it pop.

 

Hash Brown & Egg Skillet Breakfast
serves 4

olive oil, EVOO or your favorite infused blend
1/4 onion, diced
1/3 package of bulk sausage, browned and drained
1/3 package of frozen, diced hash browns
4 eggs, whisked with 1/8 cup of milk
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
sprinkles of fresh herbs (choose from thyme, rosemary, basil, and/or parsley)

Heat the skillet over medium heat with a a tablespoon or two of olive oil.  (I used caramelized garlic olive oil)  Saute the onion in the oil until tender and slightly browned, while in a separate skillet, browning the sausage. Drain the sausage on a paper towel until ready for use. Read More