Thursday, December 31, 2009

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind ?Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and days o'auld lang syne ?"Robert Burns Scottish poem written down by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294).

A luncheon invitation for a few good friends to my home turned into a 50th birthday celebration as well as a meeting of the minds of four creative women. After a toast to the New Year, Happy Birthday and Girl Power we enjoyed a Ham & Cheese Strata, Broccoli Rappini and a Fresh Garden Salad.
Since making this dish for over 30 years, always sure to please a crowd, I find it is perfect to make ahead so I can enjoy being with my guests. I never make it the same way twice so here is a one recipe to give you something to build on, your creation is limited only by your imagination.

8 slices whole wheat bread,cubed
6 eggs
1 lb. ham, cubed (or pork sausage, cook and crumble)
1 lb. fresh mushrooms sliced
add olives, chopped green, red, yellow peppers for color
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Layer all of this 3 times in greased 9 x 13 inch pan, with a final layer of cheese.
2 1/2 c. milk
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
Beat these 3 together and pour over casserole.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Next morning mix 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 1/2 cup milk. Pour over casserole. Top with extra grated cheese.
Bake at 300°F for 1 1/2-2 hours, until set.

Holly is a good sport.
She put on her crown as soon as she arrived. Party hearty Holly...

Signing off with wish for a very Happy Birthday to Holly
and Happy New Years 2010 to all of you ;~)

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