Posts tagged ‘holidays’

December 26, 2010

Holiday Breakfast Strata

This is very important, are you listening? I have eaten this strata for every holiday breakfast as long as I can remember and this recipe is near and dear to the Cushing’s hearts. My mother is an excellent cook  and never ceases to amaze us with this delicious  breakfast strata (and later, a giant dinner feast!). I love being home for the holidays…

and so does Rex.

The best part about this is meal is that you can make it the night before  and while your eyes are still half shut the next morning, just pop it into the oven and enjoy the savory aroma as you sip on  a cup of joe.

Breakfast Strata


  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 slices of rye bread
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups of sharp white cheddar (we like Dubliner)
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (My dad and brother pick these out but mom and I can’t give ’em up)
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 4 eggs

So just how in the world does this magnificent creation come together?

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spray square baking dish with cooking spray, 8x8x2. Heat oil in skillet and and cook the onions and mushrooms. Add the sausage to brown the edges and break it into 1/2 in. pieces.

Spread Dijon onto the slices of rye and arrange mustard side up in the  baking dish to cover the bottom. Layer a cup of cheese then pour half of the sausage, onion, mushroom mixture on top. Place the remaining slices of bread on top with Dijon side down. Add the rest of the sausage mixture and top with the tomato slices. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheese.

Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour it over the strata.

All layered up and ready to go.

Pop this baby in the oven for 30-45 minutes until it is cooked through in the center (it shouldn’t be jiggle). Let cool for 10 minutes. Finally, feed the fam a fantastic feast!

The perfect holiday breakfast.


Stay tuned because the benefit of two LYK bloggers means you will get the recipes for two Christmas dinners, Morris and Cushing families are at it again!

From The Little Yellow Cushing Kitchen,


December 25, 2010

Baked Brie Bites

Merry Christmas Eve!

Home for the holidays never felt so good! After a busy day of snowboarding and traveling home, it’s about time to kick back and relax with the family. Naturally, this means baking, cooking, and eating good food. As we are preparing our Christmas Eve feast, the crowds are getting hungry: time for appetizers. Good thing we stocked up on ready-made puff pastry sheets at TJ’s because they are perfect for a quick bite to fend off those pre-feast hunger pangs. We chose to make Strawberry Baked Brie Bites but there are many different flavor combinations, so get creative!

Don't be afraid of a little crisp!



Here is what you will need:

  • 1 Box of puff-pastry dough (it comes with 2 sheets at Trader Joe’s)
  • A hunk of Brie cheese (double cream, if you are feeling brave)
  • Jam (we used Organic Strawberry Preserves)

Here is how you make it:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Take dough out of freezer, cut into 1 in. squares.
  • Place onto greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper) and be sure to leave some space between them.
  • Pop the dough in the oven for a few minutes to get it baking.
  • Cut a hearty slice of Brie and place in the middle of each dough square; top with preferred flavor of jam (or preserves) and put back in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and nice and crispy.


Quick and easy puff-pastry: bake until puffy and golden brown


My sister, Jen and I, looking snazzy in our aprons

From the Little Yellow Kitchen Morris Kitchen,



Jesus is the Reason for the Season!