Country Cook News – January 29, 2016

Hi Everyone! January 29, 2016


crustless turkey sausage

My Crustless Turkey Sausage Spinach Quiche is my husband’s favorite workday breakfast. I make it on the weekend and then he pops a piece in the microwave for a quick and nutritious meal before he faces the early morning commute.

Prior to making quiche for hubby’s breakfast, he was eating a bowl of cold cereal before work. He was amazed how much better the high protein breakfast carried him through until lunch. Round out this meal by adding some fruit, sliced tomatoes or a toasted English muffin and you’re sure to think this breakfast makes waking up a whole lot better.

quiche muffin



Scroll down this Pinterest page and you’ll have breakfast ideas to last for years. With 25 HOT Breakfast Ideas, this Pinterest page won out over all breakfast blogs I could find. The Quiches Baked in Mini-Mason Jars and the Egg Baked in an Avocado are sure to show up on our breakfast table one day soon.


broiled cinnamon toast

Broiled Cinnamon Toast

Combine cinnamon and sugar together to desired taste; add cinnamon and sugar mixture to softened butter until it’s quite brown. Spread onto your favorite bread. Broil in the oven on high until cinnamon, sugar, butter mixture is bubbly. If desired, top with dried apple pieces or banana slices. This recipe gives everyday cinnamon toast an entire new meaning.



I will hand it to as they have more coffee cake recipes in one place than I’ve ever seen. Mt. Dew, Sour Cream, Lemon Basil, Cranberry Almond and Amazin’ Apple Raisin coffee cakes just to name a few of the 24+ coffee cake recipes they share on their site. There’s a Cherry Crunch coffee cake recipe that jumped off the page at me, which now has my name on it for breakfast one day soon.


peeling butter


Run a cheese plane or a vegetable peeler across cold butter for thin, quick-melting ribbons of butter; perfect for toast or bagel when the butter is too hard to spread.


dutch pancakes


Some families call them oven pancakes, puff pancakes or Dutch pancakes; to us they’re always Dutch Babies. The wonderfully sweet scent of Dutch Babies baking in the oven brings everyone to the table with sleepy smiles.



As December ’15 and January ’16 unfolded, we spent more than our usual amount of time at home, which inspired me to try some new recipes. An Idaho Sunrise: Egg-Stuffed Baked Potatoes from Sara@OurBestBites  and from comes Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Bread Boat are two of my experiments directly from the Internet. Both get rave reviews from hubby as well as me, and I won’t change one thing when I make them next time. Try them at home when you feel like fussing in the kitchen, it’ll be time well spent.



Apple Muffin Puffs are one of my favorite muffins. To me they taste like a cross between a muffin and a cinnamon sugar doughnut. They’re easy to make, and baked, not deep fried, so they’re much healthier. Once they’re baked, roll them in melted butter and then in cinnamon and sugar. This recipe also appears in my recipe book, Sweet Apple Temptations.

Cranberry Orange Muffins are a versatile muffin that I make quite often. I usually make them using fresh cranberries during the holiday season. The rest of the year, I replace the cranberries with blueberries. Frozen and fresh blueberries work equally as well and they’re available everywhere throughout the year. If you’re using frozen blueberries, I suggest adding them to the batter when they’re still frozen so the batter doesn’t discolor and the berries are more defined in the finished product.


baked eggs 2


If I served something other than Baked Eggs on Sunday morning, my husband, Ed, might think he came home to the wrong house on Saturday night. Baked Eggs are one of my signature dishes that I regularly serve to just the two of us as well as to a group for special occasions. I usually serve them with English muffins, hefty whole grain toast or toasted baguettes, along with sliced fruit or tomatoes, a simple fruit salad or a serving of cottage cheese with pineapple rings or pears.



beverlys baked french toast

Beverly’s Baked French Toast is a simply delicious way to make French toast for a group. So make it easy on yourself by preparing French toast (the night before) in one large casserole dish that’s ready for the table all at once. There are many renditions of this recipe with an addition of berries, sliced apples, chopped pecans or walnuts, etc. Cut the casserole style, French toast into circles and garnish with raspberries and fresh mint leaves as shown above to pretty it up for your brunch.



We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman


Here’s wishing you the best of everything in the New Year!


happy new year 2016

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