Are you in the holiday mode? Have you started shopping yet? Is your Thankgiving dinner menu ready? Something about Thanksgiving gets me in the holiday spirit. It might be all of the food, the cooking, gathering together with family. My original Thanksgiving plans have been put on hold and I may be going home next week. Being home for Thanksgiving got me thinking about family, fellowship and food.
As I prepare for a weekend filled with fun, food, family and friends I can’t help but think about certain aromas of food that put me in the holiday spirit. The picture above is from Christmas a few years when I surprised my dad and went home to Massachusetts. I was baking a sweet potato pie and peach cobbler (both of my dad’s favorites and the memories of holidays started coming back. Do you get flashbacks when you smell certain foods? I know I do. A certain smell can bring all types of memories to mind.
The smell of bread pudding reminds me of the many moments I spent in the kitchen with my gramma. She taught me so much about life, marriage and taking care of your family. I’m excited about going back to Massachusetts for the holidays.
Every year my cousin Tiara and I try to make it home for Christmas. This year she won’t be there but I will eat her portion of yams Christmas day. LOL Something about my gramma’ yams that gets us all together in one place. The smell of the sugar, butter and nutmeg reminds us all the time we spend with our grandparents.
What about you? Are there certain foods that get you in the spirit? Tell us about them, we would love to hear it.
Easter is on its way and dinner isn’t the only meal we have to plan. Sometimes people choose to have brunch either on Saturday or on Easter Sunday. Having brunch gives you the opportunity to have a variety of light dishes without the intense cooking process. This casserole dish can be served by itself or with a fresh fruit salad. We tried it out on some friends and family and they loved it.
Ingredients (Serves 6)
- 4 slices of bacon
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
- 1/2 loaf (8oz) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)
- 1 cup (8oz) shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Mustard, Ground
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Nutmeg, Ground
- 1/8 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground
- Preheat oven to 350°F.Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp.Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Add onion to drippings in skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.
- Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in 13×9-inch baking dish. Layer with 1/2 each of the onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly with cottage cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.
- Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Add milk, mustard, nutmeg and pepper; beat until well blended. Pour evenly over top. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes.
- Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.
Thank you so much to McCormick for providing us with these seasonings and recipes. Be sure to check out their site for more recipes and ideas not just for holiday cooking but for everyday use.