Happy Easter! I hope the Easter bunny brought you some chocolate almonds (Piedras de Chocolate from Spain). They came all the way from Wegmans in our case. (If not, malted chocolate eggs will probably work okay, too.) Pair them with a Twisted Sidecar by the fire (as it was snowing today!) for a relaxing and elegant ending to your Easter.
1 1/2 ounces Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac
3/4 ounce Cointrau
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce fresh orange juice
Demerara sugar for rim
Run a lemon wedge around the top of your glass, then dip it in a small amount of Demerara sugar to coat the rim. In a shaker over ice mix ingredients and shake well. Strain into glass and garnish with twists of lemon and orange (twisted together).
Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac is an awesome value. For $40 you’ll get a blended cognac aged, on average, 10 years. It’s smooth, light, and bright with flavors of vanilla, honey, oak, and a mix of citrus and flowers. It’s very nice on its own, and excellent in cocktails.
Don’t you just want to dive right into this…in all of its straight out of the oven fluffy cheese and egg glory??
I know I do…even though I just did, and I’m really full! But this wonderful egg bake that Heather made for Easter brunch will settle flat in about 15 seconds, so now is the time! Sliced up, it’s a great way to satisfy your whole Easter brunch crew, and it can bake away while the Easter egg hunt is going on.
Grapefruit and mimosas are a good pairing!
The recipe is super simple and is prepared the day before.
10 slices Pepperidge Farm white sandwich bread, cubed
1 lb. grated cheddar cheese
8 eggs, beaten
4 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Alternate layers of bread and cheese. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour mixture over layers. Refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 325˚ for 1 hour.
It should look like this before baking. Count flavor not calories! 🙂
A tip from my wonderful chef: the Pepperidge Farm bread is a key ingredient, and other bread doesn’t work as well. Heather kept this egg bake kid friendly, but don’t be afraid to add any pre-cooked ingredients such as ham, peppers, onions, sausage, or anything else you can dream up. You could also experiment with different kinds of cheese. Let us know what you come up with!
I know it’s a couple days early, but it seemed like a Good Friday to do a post. We just wanted to say Happy Easter to all our, um, peeps out there. We hope the Easter Bunny delivers some sugar-coated marshmallow bliss. Enjoy the time with your family!
I just wanted to offer up a few hard boiled Easter eggs that our 3 sons colored, as an Easter morning treat! We’ll be eating the egg whites shortly….sprinkled with salt and pepper and a touch of hot paprika. Here’s hoping you get a few of your own. Enjoy some time with your family!