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Bacon and Cheddar Scones

3 cups all purpose flour

1 T. baking powder

1 t. salt

2 tsps. Freshly ground black pepper

½ c. chilled unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese

4 green onions, thinly sliced

10 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces

¾ to 1 ½ cups buttermilk

1 large egg

2 Tbs. water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Using mixer with paddle attachment, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper in large bowl on low speed.  With mixer running, gradually add the butter until the mixture is crumbly and the bits are about the size of peas.  Add grated cheese and mix just until well blended.

Add the green onions, bacon and ¾ cup of buttermilk to the flour and cheese mixture.  Mix by hand until all ingredients are incorporated.  If the dry is too dry to hold together, use the remaining buttermilk, adding 1 T. at a time, until the dough is pliable and can be formed into a call.  Stir as little as possible to keep the scones as light as possible.  Place dough on a lightly floured flat surface.  Pat the dough into a ball.  Using a well-floured rolling pin, flatten the dough into a circle about 8 inches wide and ½ inch thick.  Cut the dough into 8 to 10 equal wedges, depending on the size of the scone you want. Whisk the egg and water in a small mixing bowl to combine.  Brush each wedge with the egg wash.  Place the scones on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and no longer sticky in the middle.  Serve warm.

Baked Blueberry Pecan French Toast with Blueberry Sauce

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 baguette
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2teaspoon freshly, grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecans (about 3 ozs.)
  • 112 stick (114 cup) unsalted butter.

Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Cut 24 I-inch slices from baguette and arrange in one layer in baking dish. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, vanilla and 3/4 cup brown sugar and pour evenly over bread. Chill mixture, covered, until all liquid is absorbed by bread, at least 8 hours, and up to 1 day. Preheat to 350 degrees.

  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups blueberries (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 cup blueberries (about 6 ounces) 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

In a shallow baking pan spread pecans evenly and toast in middle of oven until fragrant, about 8 minutes. Toss pecans in pan with 1 teaspoon butter and salt.

Increase temperature to 400 degrees.

Sprinkle pecans and blueberries evenly over bread mixture. Cut 112 stick butter into pieces and in a small saucepan heat with remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar, stirring until butter is melted. Drizzle butter mixture over bread and bake mixture 20 minutes, or until any liquid from blueberries is bubbling.

Make syrup: In a small saucepan cook blueberries maple syrup over moderate heat until berries have burst, about 3 minutes. Pour syrup through a sieve into a heatproof pitcher, pressing on solids, and stir in lemon juice. Syrup may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat syrup before serving

Cherry Tomato Frittata with Corn, Basil and Goat Cheese

Combining fresh cherry tomatoes, sweet corn and aromatic basil, this frittata showcases summer ingredients at their peak of flavor.

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh basil 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 11/4 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black 'Pepper; to taste
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter .
  • Kernels cut from 1 ear of corn (about 1 cup) 1/2 pint small cherry tomatoes

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, 4 oz. of the goat cheese, 2 Tbs. of the basil, the lemon zest, the 11/4 tsp. salt, the red pepper flakes and black pepper. Set aside.  

In the deep half of a frittata pan over medium heat, melt 1 Tbs. of the butter. Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the egg mixture and cook, gently scraping the sides and bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula to allow the uncooked eggs to flow underneath, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, place the shallow pan upside down on top of the deep pan and cook until the frittata is partially set, about 5 minutes. Remove the shallow pan and arrange the cherry tomatoes and the remaining 2 oz. goat cheese on top of the frittata. Cover with the shallow pan and cook until the eggs are almost completely set, 7 to 9 minutes more.

Remove the shallow pan, set it over medium heat and melt the remaining 1 Tbs. butter. Place the shallow pan upside down on top of the deep pan and flip the frittata into the shallow pan. Cook, covered, until the eggs are completely set, about 3 minutes. Flip the frittata back into the deep pan, remove the shallow pan and gently shake the deep pan to loosen the frittata.

Slide the frittata onto a cutting board. Top with the remaining 1 Tbs. basil and a sprinkle of salt. Cut into wedges and serve. Serves 8.

Sweet Italian Sausage Custard Quiche

  • 1 1/4 cups shredded potatoes, found in the grocery refrigerator section
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided and melted
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large or 2 small scallions and tops, chopped into rounds
  • 4 large eggs, certainly free-range if available
  • 1 1/2 cups half and hal
  • 1 tablespoon instant potato flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg (fresh is always better)
  • generous 1 cup grated Jarlsberg or good quality Swiss cheese
  • paprika

Preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Grease a straight-sided 8 inch round baking dish*(see note below). Mix the shredded potatoes with 1 tablespoon melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the Parmesan cheese. Press into the bottom of the round baking dish. Bake for 35-45 minutes (or longer) until the potatoes start to brown. Remove from oven. ~

Cook the sausage in a medium-sized skillet until almost done. Remove the sausage and drain on paper towels. Cook the bell pepper in the sausage drippings with the canola oil added. (I have found that the Italian sausage I use is not greasy). Remove peppers from the pan and drain. Lightly cook the scallions. Remove scallions from pan and drain.

Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Whisk the eggs and the half and half together. Add the potato flakes, 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the nutmeg. Whisk again. Sprinkle the Jarlsberg (or Swiss) over the cooked hash brown crust. (You cannot substitute cheddar-it is too greasy). Sprinkle the sausage, red pepper and scallions over the cheese. Pour gently, filling the dish with the custard mixture. Place in the oven with the rack in the middle. Pour more of the custard mixture into the dish until the dish is as full as possible. Sprinkle paprika over the top. Cook for 35-45 minutes, or until the edges have started to brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Coolon wire racks. Can be served hot or room temperature.

Yield: 5-6 pieces of quiche.

Country Strata with Sausage, Fontina and Rosemary

Serves 8

  • 8 ounces turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 loaf egg or country bread (preferably 1 to 2 days old), cut into 1/2-inch-
  • thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 12 ounces Fontina or Swiss cheese, grated (4 cups)

Butter the bottom and sides of a 9" x 13" or 8'; x 12" baking dish.

In a large skillet over medium heat, break up sausage and saute with olive oil and onion until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Meanwhile, if using fresh bread, lightly toast and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk rosemary. cream, half-and-half, eggs, salt, and pepper, and set aside.

Lay half of bread in buttered baking dish, sprinkle with half of sausage mixture, half of tomato slices, and half of cheese. Repeat layering with remaining bread, sausage, tomato, and cheese. Slowly pour egg mixture over top. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Uncover and place baking dish on a baking sheet to catch overflow. Bake 40 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving.

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