Challah French Toast

This post should really be titled “Challah French Toast: After 28 years on earth I finally made French Toast that doesn’t suck.” During my entire life, up until at least age 22, I don’t think I ever ate any type of French Toast. Certainly not Challah French Toast. I am sure I tasted it at some point, but I honestly do not recall ever having it. It wasn’t on my radar at all. My parents made the most delicious pancakes and waffles, but French Toast just wasn’t on the radar. And I was perfectly happy that way. In fact, I probably would have happily gone through life never eating French Toast.

BUT, there’s always a but. But, I met the Taste Tester. And French Toast is very much on his radar. He loves it. And he is also very particular about it. His mom makes delicious French Toast. All the mornings I was at home eating food-colored pancakes or chocolate chip waffles topped with Hershey’s chocolate syrup (yes-my mom was that awesome), TT was at home eating French Toast. All of this would be well and good had breakfast not become one of our all time favorite lazy weekend activities. We love to sleep in then lazily have coffee while I make delicious brunch spreads. On some weekends it might be the only meal we eat all day. Read more

An Easy Quiche

There are approximately 100 million recipes for quiche on the internet (that’s a rough approximation). You don’t need another one. BUT, you need this one. More importantly, you need to know how this easy quiche can fit into your life. Specifically, you need to know exactly how this particular quiche recipe can make your life a one million times easier. Ready to have your mind blown? Okay here we go.

First, you need to know why I love THIS particular easy quiche recipe. I love it because it is so dead simple that it is impossible to screw up. This is coming from the person who almost served a RAW quiche to her entire family of in-laws. Even I can make this easy quiche. This recipe is so darned simple because I 100% made it up myself. The problem I continually have with quiche recipes is I never have the stuff on hand to actually make them. There is an approximately 0.003% chance I will have ham on-hand on any given day (that’s 1/365, because 1 day per year I WILL have ham in my fridge and that day is Dec. 26). I don’t keep my fridge stocked with fancy French cheeses. I occasionally have broccoli but I find that I don’t really care for the taste of broccoli in quiche. So, I made this easy quiche recipe out of necessity from never ever having the ingredients to make a proper quiche recipe on-hand. Read more

How to Save Burnt Baked Goods-Kitchen Fail Friday

When I shared my recent fish-related kitchen fail two Fridays ago, I indicated that kitchen fail Friday would be a semi-regular column. Who would have thought that I would have another hilarious fail only two days after that post? The Taste Tester, that’s who. I didn’t share last Friday due to the holiday weekend. I am back this week with a fail and it is a good one. First, I will share the story, then I will tell you how to save burnt baked goods, should you ever find yourself in that situation.

Last weekend, I was cleaning out my fridge and freezer in preparation for my parents’ visit over July 4th weekend. They always bring tons of fresh produce and farm fresh eggs, plus the addition of two people to the house means fridge space is minimal. During my clean-out, I noticed five cups of frozen zucchini bread from last summer. My standard zucchini bread recipe only calls for two cups of zucchini, so this discovery meant I could make my recipe 2.5 times over.

I pulled out three different zucchini bread recipes: my “standard” aka unhealthy recipe, my healthy recipe, and a chocolate zucchini bread recipe I wanted to try and give a healthy make-over. I decided to make a batch of the unhealthy bread so that the Taste Tester could take over a nice treat to his grandparents. I would work out the healthy recipes to keep at home. So, I set out three bowls and got to work. Read more

Easy Cheese Plate: Brie

It’s no secret that I love cheese! Who doesn’t? The Taste Tester claims that my answer to any recipe that goes awry is to #putsomecheeseonit. I don’t deny it. So you would think I would love a good cheese plate, right? WRONG! Well, actually I do love a good cheese plate, but I hate preparing them. Cheese is expensive. And it’s hard to know what cheeses pair well together. Plus, then you need toppings or crackers or accessories to go with each cheese. It can soon become overwhelming. Enter the easy cheese plate. Also know as the cheater’s cheese plate.

This easy cheese plate was totally inspired by my visit with the sample lady at Kroger. After I created that easy cheese plate, I thought-why couldn’t I do this over and over again? The key to the easy cheese plate is presentation. Limiting ingredients is what makes the easy cheese plate easy, so it’s important to make sure that you make those ingredients count. Another thing I like about this particular easy cheese plate? It’s 100% NSNG-friendly and totally carb-free. That makes this easy cheese plate also a healthy cheese plate. Read more