Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Season: An All Day Event for Our Taste Buds

Good afternoon and welcome to a shiny, new edition of Everyday Meals! I'm your ecentric hostess, Mandie. Christmas is practically on top of us. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. What is your family planning on eating come the 25th? Well, for my family, we like to start out with a nice breakfast. We keep what we eat at minimum, knowing that we will be snacking throughout the day. For some families, they like to have 3 meals a day. That is what we are going to accomplish. I have 3 delicous meals planned out for you all: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's going to be a long day, so grab your "kiss the chef" aprons and let's meet in the kitchen!

Christmas Morning Croissant Casserole

You will need:

  • 4  plain croissants 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Split the croissants in half and place the bottoms cut side up in one layer in a rectangular casserole.
  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan.
  3. Saute the mushrooms and green onion until tender and until the liquid has evaporated, then set aside.
  4. Beat together the eggs and milk.
  5. Pour half of the egg and milk mixture over the croissants, layer the mushroom mixture and cheeses on top, then pour the remaining milk and eggs on top.
  6. Position the croissant tops over the bottoms, cut side down.
  7. Let stand over night in the refrigerator.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until set.
  9. Cover with foil if it browns too quickly.
  10. Plate and enjoy!

Now, for our brunch special...

Cinnamon Flop Brunch Cake

You will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1.25 cups sugar
  • 1.25 cups milk 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • 1 large egg 


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 1/4 cup melted butter 
  • chopped walnuts

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a greased 13x9 inch baking dish.
  3. In a bowl mix the 2 cups flour, 1.25 cups white sugar, milk, vanilla, baking powder, pinch of salt and egg until just combined.
  4. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  6. Generously spread brown sugar and cinnamon on top.
  7. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top.
  8. Drizzle melted butter on top, as well.
  9. Bake for about 30 minutes.
  10. Cut, serve, and enjoy!

Are you ready to make Christmas dinner? I am!

Garlic Prime Rib

You will need:

  • 10 pounds prime rib roast 
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 2 teaspoons salt 
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper 
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

  1. Place the roast in a roasting pan with the fatty side up.
  2. Loosen the fat from the meat by cutting with a sharp knife.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme.
  4. Spread the mixture under the fatty side and all over it as well.
  5. Secure the roast with kitchen twine.
  6. Let the roast sit out at room temperature for no longer than one hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  8. Bake the roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue roasting for an additional 60 to 75 minutes.
  9. The internal temperature of the roast should be at 145 degrees for medium rare.
  10. You may cook the roast longer if medium rare does not suit your tastes.
  11. Allow the roast to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before carving so the meat can retain its juices.
  12. Carve and enjoy!

Well folks, I thank you for joining me for this pre-Christmas celebration. I hope you and your families enjoy the holidays. Be sure to over-eat, sleep on the sofa, and unwrap your fair share of presents! I'll be back either tomorrow or Monday for the beginning of our New Years Feast! Happy blogging to all! <3