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Shumai

Now that you have a lovely Asian Inspired Table, you need some food for it.  I have been working on Asian inspired recipes and I have three new ones for you.  Today, my take on a Chinese shumai, a steamed dumpling open at the top instead of completely encased in the wrapper.  I thought this was a good time to show a new recipe for Chinese New Year coming up on the 16th.  The shumai in Japan are made only from shrimp, while the Chinese use pork or different types of seafood.   The Chinese chop the filling, while the Japanese form is ground to a paste.  These are really easy to make, and this recipe is a good size for two.  It will take a bit of effort, but truly, it only takes about 15 minutes to make the shumai, and then another 20-25 to steam them.

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I found that chopping the ingredients made a little meatball out of the filling, which was fine except that the wrapper fell off as it was served.  These little bowls were perfect to serve, a great thrift store find last summer.  Set on gold square plates, they have an Oriental vibe.

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I went with the Japanese method of making a paste, and the addition of an egg solved the meatball problem. I have made these a half dozen times trying to get the recipe just right. These plates are melamine, another thrift store score perfect for outdoor meals on the verandah. The shumai are between the broccoli and the chopsticks.  This time I took a few extra wrappers and made some mushroom won-tons to go with the shumai.  The sauces in the divided dish are teriyaki, soy, and horseradish as I didn’t have any wasabi.  I used an ice cream scoop to serve the rice so it has the same shape as what you get in a restaurant.

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Using a 3-inch round biscuit cutter, cut your won-ton wrappers into rounds. One note here, I tried several different brands of oyster sauce, and this one was by far the best – Ka-me Oyster Sauce. Don’t be afraid of this, it doesn’t taste anything like oysters. It is a richly umami flavor more like a very thick beefy sauce, with a bit of a salty taste.

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Place about 4 ounces of ground pork and an egg in a food processor or blender, and process until you have a paste.

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Add the other ingredients and pulse a few times.  I then transferred the mixture to a bowl just for ease of working with it.

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Place a small amount of filling on a won-ton wrapper, moisten the edges with water, and begin pinching pleats into the sides.

Asian Inspired Meals at From My Carolina Home

I put five pleats in each one.  It sounds really labor intensive, but it really didn’t take that long.  Once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty fast – just spoon, pinch, place.  Place the shumai on a piece of parchment paper in a bamboo steamer.  You can also use lettuce leaves. Whichever you choose will keep the food from sticking to the bamboo.  I add a few frozen potstickers to the steamer to add another element to the meal.

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Steam the shumai about 20-25 minutes total, until the temperature inside reaches 170º-180º.

Asian Inspired Meals at From My Carolina Home

After about 10-12 minutes, add your vegetables in the second bamboo basket and place on top of the shumai basket.

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Cover and continue steaming about 7-8 more minutes until done.  I found this two level bamboo steamer at the thrift store too, LOL!!  Hint, use a deep pan for boiling the water, it goes quickly and you don’t want it to dry out before the food is done.

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Meanwhile, cook the rice as it also takes about 20 minutes.  I like to use Jasmine rice or sticky sushi rice.

Asian Inspired Meals at From My Carolina Home

Another tasty addition for the meal is mini-egg rolls found in the frozen section of the grocery store.  These bake in the oven while the shumai steam.

Asian Inspired Meals at From My Carolina Home

Using two frozen items plus the fresh steamed veggies, rice and shumai makes a lovely complex meal that looks like it took way more time than it actually did.  From the beginning of set up to end of cooking time was only 45 minutes.  On this occasion, I used my Oriental soup spoons to hold two sauces, one is soy the other is teriyaki.  These spoons really give an Asian feel to the plate, and they are only 99 cents at World Market (no affiliation, just a happy customer).

Asian Inspired Meals at From My Carolina Home

If you don’t have a bamboo steamer, a regular veggie steamer will do just as well.

Asian Inspired Meals at From My Carolina Home

The last batch I made were topped with the green onion rather than incorporating them into the paste. I liked this way the best.  The recipe makes about 15-16 shumai, enough for two with a few left over.  If you left off the potstickers you probably wouldn’t have any left over.

Shumai at From My Carolina Home

Shumai

15-16 won-ton wrappers
4 ounces ground pork
1 egg
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon grated carrot
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2-3 chopped green onions
Optional – 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder or 1 teaspoon sirracha sauce

Using a round biscuit cutter, cut the won-ton wrappers into rounds and set aside under a moist paper towel to keep them from drying out. Place ground pork and egg in a food processor or blender, process until smooth. Add oyster sauce, carrot, onion powder and mix well. Add optional ingredients if you like. Spoon small teaspoon of filling into middle of won-ton round, moisten the edge with water and pinch five pleats into the edge creating a little bowl shape. Place in steamer basket. Repeat for all wrappers using all the filling. Top with chopped green onion. Steam for 20-25 minutes until temperature reaches 170-180 degrees. Serve with rice and steamed vegetables.

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Appetizer Meals

Are you planning to watch the game on Sunday?  Certainly it is a good time for appetizer style meals and serving finger foods that are easy to eat with a variety to keep the menu interesting.  It is fun to just graze sometimes, and I have several favorite things to make for football games, racing days, and perhaps the Olympics and awards season too.  One problem about game day foods is that much of it is not very healthy.  Still, it should be tasty, so I try to figure out how to include veggies, and lower the fat content of the dishes while minimizing the carbs.  Having a crudité platter with a low fat ranch dip instead of chips is one way to do this, so we might have some blanched broccoli and raw carrots along with our hot apps. I like bruschetta too, with lots of fresh tomatoes, chopped basil and grated Parmesan cheese topping thin slices of French bread toasted and drizzled with just a bit of olive oil.  I have a new recipe for you to make for the weekend and save for future events, along with a link to one from last year and a tweak to an old favorite.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

So, let’s start with the chicken wings. I have made these several times now, trying different ways of baking, and things for coating to get the crunch of fried without the fat.

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Use a rack over a baking pan to allow the fat to drain off while they cook for less grease.  Flavor is essential, so I season with lemon pepper and garlic salt, you can use whatever you like.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Top the wings with some panko bread crumbs and shredded Parmesan.  Spritz with just a bit of no-stick spray to assist the crumbs in browning.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Bake one hour at 350º to golden brown, crunchy deliciousness.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Parmesan Chicken Wings

1 pound (or however many you want) Chicken wings cut into sections
Garlic Salt and Lemon Pepper to taste
Panko bread crumbs
Shredded fresh Parmesan cheese

Place wings on rack over a baking pan. Sprinkle with garlic salt and lemon pepper. Top with panko bread crumbs, spray lightly with cooking spray. Top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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Next, let’s tweak the old standby sausage balls, making a reduced fat version and only half the recipe for just us two. Instead of the full cup cup of full fat Bisquick called for in the original recipe for a pound of sausage, use only 1/4-cup of reduced fat Bisquick and eight ounces of sausage.

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I also use a 2% milk sharp cheddar to reduce the fat further, and reduce the amount in the recipe to 4 ounces for 8 ounces of sausage.  Using the sharp adds more flavor with less cheese.  Adding some chopped green onions kicks it up a bit too.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Mix well, into a ball, then use an ice-cream scoop to make the sausage balls uniform in size. This makes them a bit smaller as well, reducing portion size a bit, while increasing the number of appetizers.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Place on a baking sheet sprayed with no-stick cooking spray, and bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Remove from the baking sheet immediately, or they stick to the pan. Drain on paper towels.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Another favorite hot appetizer is one I frequently use as a side dish, Baked Spinach. This is my recipe from National Garlic Day in 2015 using Roasted Garlic.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

It works really well as an appetizer served on crackers, and is wonderful to take to pot luck parties.  I revised the recipe to use just chopped garlic for this hot spread.

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Baked Spinach Hot Appetizer

1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp chopped garlic
4 medium-large mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp olive oil
small pat of butter
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon-pepper
1 10-oz pkg chopped spinach
3-4 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese
2-3 oz shredded Parmesan cheese

Saute onion, chopped garlic and mushrooms in olive oil with a small pat of butter until onions are translucent and mushrooms are softened. Remove pan from heat, add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add next two ingredients stirring until well blended, then stir in spinach and onion/mushroom mixture. Pour into baking dish, top with mozzarella. Bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Serve with crackers as a hot appetizer, or as a main meal side dish.

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The day I did all three of these for the divisional playoffs, I put the wings in first for one hour, then the sausage balls and spinach dip went into the still hot oven together for 30 minutes. I kept the wings warm covered with foil.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

For Super Bowl Sunday, I have several books on Small Plates and I think I’ll try something new. I put some Amazon affiliate links below if you want to check out some of small plate books I have, and the next recipes I am thinking of trying.

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Mushroom and Marscapone Tartlets and Thai Lettuce cups from Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Small Plates

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Bundles,and Cheese and Herb Batons in Small Plates: Appetizers as Meals

Lime Drizzled Shrimp and Crab Tartlets from Tapas: 40 Delicious Traditional Spanish Recipes (Contemporary Cooking)

More small plate ideas Small Plates – Appetizer Meals

What’s your favorite appetizer for party time?

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Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti

In full on cooking mode earlier in the month, I needed to take a dish to a meeting for a pot luck lunch.  The problem was I needed to leave the house for another meeting at 9 am in the morning, and lunch was at noon.  I usually like to take savory foods to pot luck lunches, but this time cookies made the most sense from a storage point of view.  I needed something that would be fine at room temperature, or the slightly cooler air in the car for over three hours.   I remembered that I have mentioned my Amaretto Biscotti before, but alas, I polished off the last of the Amaretto at Thanksgiving.  But I did have an idea for a new biscotti recipe, and set about developing the recipe on paper.  Then I made it, and was so happy with the first attempt, I am not going to play with the measurements.  The cookie tray was full, with the Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti along with Chocolate Covered Oreos and my Christmas Vanilla Sugar Cookies.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and next three ingredients, and set aside.

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In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light in color and fluffy for a few minutes. Next add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half-and-half, vanilla, and rum flavoring, mixing well.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Stir in the flour mixture using low speed on the mixer, and mix just until incorporated, finishing by hand. Stir in cranberries.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

On a lightly floured surface divide the biscotti dough in two equal portions. Form each portion into a log approximately 9 x 2 x 1 inches and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Bake until light brown around the edges, puffed up and set in the centers, about 20-22 minutes.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

They won’t be brown all over, don’t overbake at this point.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees while biscotti are cooling.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

After 10-15 minutes, slice crosswise into 3/4 inch pieces.  I use a serrated knife for this to get straight sharp cuts.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Place on the baking sheet, allowing space between the slices, and return to the oven for the second bake.  Slices should be standing up the same way as they were in the loaf to allow both sides to be exposed to the oven heat. Bake for 15 minutes.

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Cool on a rack until fully cooled off.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Melt candy melts in a glass cup in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. When mostly melted, add 1 teaspoon shortening to thin the candy enough for drizzling. Using a fork, dip into melted candy, and rapidly whip back and forth over the biscotti to create long lines of melted vanilla topping on biscotti, or dip one end into the melts.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Place on a rack to set up. Store in a covered container. These freeze well too.

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti at From My Carolina Home

Cranberry Eggnog Biscotti

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter,   softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup vanilla candy melts
1 teaspoon shortening

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. In a medium sized bowl, mix flour and next three ingredients, and set aside. In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed with an electric mixer until light in color and fluffy for a few minutes. Next add in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half-and-half, vanilla, and rum flavoring, mixing well. Stir in the flour mixture using low speed on the mixer, and mix just until incorporated, finishing by hand. Stir in cranberries. On a lightly floured surface divide the biscotti dough in two equal portions. Form each portion into a log approximately 9 x 2 x 1 inches and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden brown, about 20-22 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees while biscotti are cooling. Once cooled, slice crosswise into 3/4 inch pieces. Place on the baking sheet, allowing space between the slices, and return to the oven for the second bake. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack until fully cooled off. Melt candy melts in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. When mostly melted, add 1 teaspoon shortening to thin the candy enough for drizzling. Using a fork, dip into melted candy, and rapidly whip back and forth over the biscotti to create long lines of melted vanilla candy on biscotti or dip one end into candy. Place on a rack to set up. Store in a covered container. These freeze well too.

Download the pdf – CranberryEggnogBiscotti

Two full cookie trays for two events in one day. Not too shabby.  I came home with only a few cookies left.

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I thought you might like to have this one now rather than in January just in case you need a sweet for New Year’s Eve.  I wish you all a very Happy New Year!!  Oh, and save the bones and leftover meat from your standing rib roast in the freezer, for my Beef and Barley Stew for Two.  It is a tasty, hearty soup for a cold day.  One last thing, don’t forget to hide your money outside before midnight tonight – Good Luck In The New Year.

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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, gardening, reading, and blogging are fun and I do not want to turn it into goals and deadlines. But last year, I did just a short overall goal list as part of an linkup for the new year. Here’s the list from last year with links to the some of the posts and projects from this past year too, and an overall plan for 2018, subject to adjustment, LOL!!

My goals and progress  for 2017 were –

Goal 1 – Do a mystery quilt for 2017 – Scrap Dance Two Step done.  Photo above.

Goal 2 – Plan another event during the 2017 year with giveaways from my favorite sponsors for readers – this was encompassed into goal #5.

Goal 3 – Be a stop on a Christmas in July blog hop, not a 12 day event this year like I did in 2016 – done.

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Goal 4 – Publish Scrap Dance Waltz – done, now on Craftsy.

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Goal 5 – Do another Autumn event, encompassing a wide variety of projects heavy on the quilting and sewing, with gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, card making, thrifting and recycling, and more thrown in for fun.  – done, Autumn Jubilee took the entire month of October in the second year of this event.

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There were prizes almost every single post which included a quilt-along free pattern for Stars on Autumn Lane, …

Stars on Autumn Lane Quilt Along for Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

sew along with a free pattern for this Tablet Cover, …

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

wool stitch along for the Pumpkins and Leaves Penny Rug, …

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

tablescapes, a new recipe for Mushroom Meatloaf, …

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

stamping Thanksgiving Cards,…

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gardening with Saving Seeds and Crafting.

November cards at From My Carolina Home

For the coming year, I do have a few goals.  First, I want finish writing the the Scrap Dance Two-Step pattern, get the final testing done and publish the pattern.

In the middle of last year I decided to do a special charity event, with donations and cards made for the Safelight domestic violence shelter.  The response to The Safelight Project from readers was truly inspiring, and the bags we made together were so appreciated.  More cards and small gift bags were done for Christmas, you can see HERE.  I have an idea for a Summer Fun bag for this year’s project that will need Sunglasses cases made, if you can use up some scraps and sew a few.  If you are a card maker, I’ll need a lot of summer fun cards with inspirational messages inside.  More on this a bit later, as I am still in the process of working out some details.

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There will be a new Scrap Dance mystery, and I am working on that design now.  I want to do something different each year, help us learn a new skill or way of doing elements like last year’s quarter-square triangles.   This next one will have something new too!  I have figured out how to do it easier than anything I found in online tutorials, and how to integrate it into a step process for the mystery.  I will promise that it will again be scrappy, as my thing is to use up the bits and pieces you have left over.  No cutting into new fabric with the anxiety of maybe not liking the end product.  After all, just using up scraps doesn’t require a huge commitment, and you can give it to charity if you end up wishing it was different.  This picture is the finish of Scrap Dance Tango from 2015, now available in my Craftsy store.  Links to the patterns are on my sidebar (smartphone users, scroll down past the comments to see the sidebar info and links).  I would like your input as to which day of the month you like best for the posts, last year it was the third Friday.

In February, I am planning to do several posts in an event that will be Japanese inspired.  I have been a bit obsessed with Japanese things lately – food, gardens, quilting and sewing, origami and more.   This beautiful meal was served to me at Sora’s in Pisgah Forest.  If you think you wouldn’t like sushi, know that there wasn’t anything raw in this one other than avocado.  I figured out that salad too, very different and delicious.

Japanese Food inspiration at From My Carolina Home

So I’ll be sharing some projects and recipes along with garden visits.  I have some beautiful Japanese print fabrics to play with, and several ideas on how to use them.

Japanese Fabrics at From My Carolina Home

Lastly, I hope to be able to do the third annual Autumn Jubilee.  I actually already have a couple of commitments for prizes for the event, now I just need to come up with three new designs (1 quilting, 1 sewing, 1 wool stitching), a new recipe and more crafting projects.  The Autumn Tablescapes are the easy part.

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I am joining the link up going on at Quilting Jetgirl’s 2018 Planning Party with some fun prizes to win. I am delighted to be a part of that, and will have two patterns to give away as part of Yvonne’s event.  Her link up is open for a few more days, and I have my eye on the Aurifil thread.  As much as I have been privileged to be a blog where Aurifil sponsors giveaways, I’ve never won any for myself.  I do buy a lot though, LOL!!!  Plus I’ll be linking with Cheryl’s Best of 2017 Linky.  Buttons on the sidebar.

Beyond that, we’ll see.  I promise to continue showing the variety of subjects you have come to know as part of my blog, quilting and sewing, free patterns and quilt alongs, tips and tutorials, travel and mountain living, crafting and stamping, cooking and gardening, tablescapes and decorating, reading and more.

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Won’t you come with me for fun next year at From My Carolina Home?  You can follow by email by using the sidebar sign up, or Bloglovin using the sidebar link.  If you are a Facebook user, follow From My Carolina Home Facebook page.  I like interacting with readers too, and you can put your pictures on our Flickr Group for the quilt alongs and projects, and on my new From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group too.  This new group is for anything and everything inspired by my posts, sharing of projects and quilt alongs, sew alongs and stitch alongs, your tablescapes and gardens, and any project inspired by my blog.

What day of the month would you like to see the steps for the Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt steps next year, for example third Friday, or another week and day, or a specific day like the 10th of each month no matter what day of the week it falls?

Are you a planner?  What are your goals for next year?

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Christmas Breakfast – Tablescape and Recipes

I have another tablescape today and two special breakfasts for the holiday.  This is really the most fun time of year for special meals and pampering those we love.  Starting out with the stoneware Christmas plates, I set a table with a plaid tablecloth.  These plates are used a lot this month, and each one is different.  This one has the tree with the word Hope.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A sleigh is pictured with the word Love.  My Christmas Cardinal bowls are at each place for cereal.  Crystal glasses for water or juice and coffee mugs complete the setting.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A gift package with the word Joy is at another place.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I use my little tree spreaders as knives for the breakfast table, great for butter on toast or biscuits.  The fourth plate has a stocking with the word Peace.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

These adorable Santa napkin rings were a thrift store find.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is a simple red and green basket, with greenery and a candle with a topper of Christmas figures.  It is surrounded with my little glittery birdhouse ornaments.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I mentioned on a previous post that I was going to make some blueberry turnovers, and here they are. Simple, just puff pastry and blueberry pie filling.  There is enough pie filling for two batches of 8 turnovers in one can.  So a few days later I make a second recipe and freeze them.   I thaw the puff pastry in the frig overnight so I don’t have to wait for it in the morning.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Open up the puff pastry sheet, and cut into four squares.  Top each one with two tablespoons of blueberry pie filling.  Dab the edges with water using your fingers.  Fold into triangles, enclosing the filling.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Crimp the edges with a fork to ensure a good seal.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, until lightly golden brown and puffed.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum!  DH likes his without any glaze as he doesn’t like really sweet things (other than me, that is).

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

But a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract makes mine a bit sweeter and more delicious.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum, a special breakfast for a special day, Christmas eve perhaps?  Yes, I know that Pepperidge Farm makes these, but the problem is none of my local grocers carry the blueberry.  They have apple, raspberry, cherry, and peach, but I like blueberry the best.  So, I have to make my own.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Tonight, Christmas Eve, I’ll make my baked eggs for Christmas morning since you have to start the recipe the night before serving.  Breakfast on a holiday calls for something special, but not a lot of time. There are literally hundreds of recipes on the internet for this baked egg dish, and I really don’t think you can get it wrong. But, I mention it every year, and every year some readers ask for the way I make it. So, this year, here it is. I wanted to show this to you today, as you need to make it tonight to serve tomorrow morning.

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The great thing is that the measurements are not precise, they can take a bit more or less of this or that, add something in, leave something out, it doesn’t matter. In fact, I don’t think I have made it exactly the same twice. This time it was sausage, mushrooms and onion. But you could use bacon, leave out the mushrooms, add in peppers or something else, whatever you like.  I like this Buttermilk bread so I used that, along with about 1/2 a roll of sausage, two large mushrooms, and 8 ounces of Cheddar Jack shredded cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned.  Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

That looks about right.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Whip your eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites.  Add whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Some people just layer the sliced bread with the extra goodies (sausage, bacon, onion, etc) and pour the egg-cream/milk mixture over the top, but I find the casserole just works better using cubes. It is easier to get the other ingredients mixed into the bread this way. For the purpose of scaling up the recipe to feed more, use 1 to 1-1/2 eggs and 1 to 1-1/2 pieces of bread per person. I like a bigger breakfast on holidays, so for the two of us I used three slices of bread and three eggs.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray.  Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Top with the remainder of the cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Now, go have some coffee, take a shower, or enjoy your family for about 30-45 minutes. I run downstairs and pop this in the oven when I first get up. By the time I have finished my morning routine and had some coffee, it is ready.  Sometimes I get into my Christmas stocking while waiting for it to finish baking.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Hot and bubbly from the oven.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Dig in to cheesy, eggy deliciousness. If there is any leftover, just refrigerate and reheat for breakfast the next day.  Enjoy!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

4 ounces sausage, or four strips bacon (or both)
two large mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 ounces shredded cheese – Cheddar Jack or your favorite
3 slices bread
3 eggs
1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half)

Start the night before you want to have this for breakfast. Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned. Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened. Whip the eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites. Add about a 1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well. Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray. Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly. Top with the remainder of the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until casserole is set in the middle, and lightly browned. Enjoy!

Download the recipe pdf – Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I made another one just this week so I could photograph it on our Christmas plates. It is even better served on the quilted Nine Patch Star table runner from our quilt along! More quilting coming up, and the mystery design is almost done!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Do you have a special holiday breakfast recipe?  Do you set a festive breakfast table for the holidays?

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Cheddar Onion Mashed Potatoes

The perfect accompaniment to the Standing Rib Roast for holiday dinner is my easy Cheddar Onion Mashed Potatoes. These don’t need gravy, or even butter at the table, just serve them hot.  Great alongside beef, or my Mushroom Meatloaf, Panko Turkey Breast, Dijon Pork Loin Roast, or the Butterflied Roast Chicken.  Easy to make, these are essentially your favorite mashed potatoes, with cheese and chopped green onion added right before serving.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

I made this particular dish to serve four, so I used 6-8 potatoes.  Little bitty ones count as one.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Rough cut into chunks.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Boil potatoes in lightly salted water until done, about 10 minutes.  While they are boiling, get the rest of the ingredients ready.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

I put butter in the bottom of the bowl, and dump the drained potatoes on top.  Using the mixer, break up the potato chunks manually, then begin on slow speed to whip the potatoes.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Add more milk if needed to get a good texture, but keep the mixture a bit on the thicker side, rather than completely smooth.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.  If the potatoes are still too thick, add a splash of milk.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Whip to a nice texture, smooth or a bit lumpy as you like.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

When ready to serve, toss in the cheese and green onion, stirring lightly with a spoon or spatula.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Leave streaks of yellow where the cheese is melting..

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Serve hot and enjoy!!  In the past, I have added some cooked crumbled bacon too, and sometimes a bit of sour cream too for variety.

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Perfect alongside prime rib, chicken, pork chops, meatloaf or really anything.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Cheddar Onion Mashed Potatoes

6 medium size russet potatoes
1/2-3/4 cup milk
3-4 tablespoons softened butter
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped green onions
4-6 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Peel and boil potatoes until fork tender.  Drain and place in a large bowl.  Add about 1/2 cup milk and three tablespoons butter, allowing the heat in the potatoes to melt the butter.  Using the mixer, break up the potato chunks manually, then begin on slow speed to whip the potatoes.  Add more milk if needed to get a good texture, but keep the mixture a bit on the thicker side, rather than completely smooth.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.  Add green onions and cheddar cheese, gently folding in with a spatula, leaving streaks of yellow where the cheese is melting.  Serve hot.  Yields four servings.  For scaling up or down, plan on about 1-1/2 potatoes per person.  Wonderful as leftovers, so don’t be afraid to make more.

Download the pdf recipe – Cheddar Onion Mashed Potatoes

Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home

Yum!  Do you like mashed potatoes?  What special ingredients do you put in yours?

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Cheddar Onion Potatoes at From My Carolina Home


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Special Holiday Dinner – Standing Rib Roast

Over the past few years, I have become a convert to the English tradition of serving beef for Christmas dinner.  Growing up we always did turkey, but just having finished off the Thanksgiving bird, the idea of something different and really special was appealing.  I have done a goose before too, but I like a standing rib roast the best.  Also known as a prime rib, the ‘prime’ actually refers to the grade of meat, not the cut.  Yes, this is an expensive cut of meat, so cooking it takes some special care.  I promise, the results are worth it.  You could also do some Yorkshire puddings with it, which are more like popovers than what we Americans think of as pudding.  I am told by my local grocer that this cut will go on sale for Christmas this week, so I’ll look to your local grocer for one.  Just one rib will serve two with leftovers.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

This is just a single rib section, as you can see it is a big roast even with just one rib. Let it sit out on the counter (covered with plastic) for about an hour before cooking.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

I season only with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Cook the roast on a raised rack, so it doesn’t sit in its juices as it cooks and the air can circulate around the roast.  For a single rib, this is the only way I have to keep it upright.  If you have two or more ribs, it will likely sit on the ribs without any additional help.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Roast slowly, on a low oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.  You really will need a digital read thermometer for this.  Take the roast out when the proper temperature is reached for your desired degree of doneness on the scale below.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Roast to a temperature of 120-125 for rare, 130-135 for medium, and 140-145 for well done.  Know that the temperature will rise at least 5 degrees as it rests, so take it out at the proper time for the doneness you want.  Err on the cautious side, you can always put it back in the oven if it isn’t quite done enough, but you can’t turn the clock backwards if you overshoot the mark. Let it rest at least 15-20 minutes covered with foil for the meat to reabsorb the juices.  Don’t worry, it will stay warm.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

I roast to 125 in  the center before the resting period, when it will rise to 130 degrees.  This will yield a medium rare center that I like, and a medium edge that DH likes.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Slow roasting at 300 degrees gives an evenly cooked slice, without the overdone edges.  This may be too pink for you, but just follow the temps I gave you above for a bit more done.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Heaven on a plate, a wonderful main course for Christmas dinner.  The top has that nice crust too.

Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Nothing like a prime rib sandwich with horseradish sauce on sourdough bread for lunch on Boxing Day.  With the leftovers and the bones, I’ll make a Beef and Barley soup that I’ll show you after Christmas if I remember to take pictures, LOL!!

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

Merry Christmas dinner!  I have so many recipes to share with you this year, I’ll give you the recipe for the Cheddar Onion Potatoes to go with it next time.  The Spinach Bake with Roasted Garlic will be on the menu again this year too.

Holiday Dinner Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

What do you do for your holiday dinner?

Standing Rib Roast at From My Carolina Home

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