A New Year

My dear friends, Happy New Year! We rang in the new year, like many of you(????), at home with family, friends, good food, kid-friendly games, a manageable 300-piece puzzle, watching the ball drop in NY and finally, a movie…I may have caught a wink or two during the flick, but I can’t remember!

New Year’s’ Day breakfast ~ perhaps brunch would be more accurate(?)~ has become a bit of a tradition here too…Holiday Morning French Toast. The recipe requires that it be prepared the night before, but it’s definitely worth it! 

RECIPE:

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1 cup brown sugar

1 loaf French bread ( ends removed)

6 large eggs

1 tsp. cinnamon (opt.)

1- 1/2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 apple (optional)

HOW TO: Melt butter in saucepan and add brown sugar and cinnamon; cook until bubbly. Pour mixture into 9X13-inch glass pan. Arrange thinly sliced apple in pan. Slice bread into 12 slices (about 1-inch thick) and arrange in glass pan (over sugar mixture). Beat eggs, milk , vanilla and pour over bread. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. In the a.m., remove plastic wrap and bake in preheated 350 degree F oven for 45 minutes. Sprinkle w/powder sugar and serve with fresh maple syrup and a few pork sausage links on the side. My father-in-law always said the first meal of the new year should be PORK – because pigs root forward~~~ and chicken was to be avoided because they ‘scratch’ back!

The rest of the day will be layed-back and lazy…football games in the background, knitting and fiber’n away, more cooking, eating and perhaps a little nap somewhere in-between?

Wishing you new beginnings in 2011!

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