After the holidays, I got into this binge craving for lox and schmear, which is a mixture of softened vegan cream cheese mixed with fresh dill, spicy red onion, briny capers, a dash of pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Imagine chewy, fresh warm bagels, thick, rich, amped up softened cream cheese, and tender, slightly smoky, silky lox. Dang! There I go adding the ingredients to our grocery list again!
A few months ago I got into this kick of eating Rueben sandwiches, so ever since then, when an opportunity has come up where I’m out to eat, and the restaurant has a Ruben on the menu, I order it. When it came time to plan our Christmas day brunch this year, I knew my husband and daughter would want their traditional sticky cinnamon rolls, so for my treat, I decided to make a stripped down version of a Ruben in a quiche. Realizing both the sauerkraut and the thousand island dressing weren’t very good quiche ingredients, I focused the flavor profile on the meaty corned beef, the creamy, tangy Swiss cheese, and the spicy dry mustard to recreate the flavor. It was a treat!
Reese’s peanut butter eggs are delicious on Easter morning. However, a close second would have to be these bacon and date glazed sticky buns! And they’re so easy to make – you only need 9 ingredients and 30 minutes. Using pastry dough results in a much flakier and crispier crust than the pre-made cinnamon rolls you’ll get from a cardboard tube.
Forget about serving your family those over processed cinnamon rolls from a cardboard tube on Christmas morning. Bake up a pan of this sweet Hawaiian stuffed French toast instead! The warm ooey-gooey cream cheese layered between cubes of sweet Hawaiian bread covered in a custard filling of eggs, milk, cinnamon and maple syrup is the perfect holiday brunch!
Even more importantly, you can prepare it the night before and simply pop it in the oven the next morning. Less time in the kitchen means more time with your family!
Weekday mornings are most often very hurried, making sure our daughter ready for school, the dog is walked and fed and I’m ready to go at 7:30 AM. If I’m able to work in a quick healthy breakfast during that time, it’s been a successful morning.
The weekends; however, are more along my favored speed, where I can plan out and take my time preparing a nice flavorful, delicious breakfast like this caramelized onion, mushroom and Gruyere quiche. If you read my books, this recipe may sound familiar. It was featured in my second book, ‘The Enlightenment, Book Two in the Tori Cooper Novels’.