Category Archives: Breakfast and Brunch

Baked Blueberry Cream French Toast

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I have been MIA from my blog for almost a month!  Yikes!  I am so sorry.  But the good part for me is that this summer we have spent time with almost all of our children, grandchildren, and one great-grandson!  We have only missed seeing one granddaughter (miss you Abbey) and one darling little great-granddaughter, who we will see this fall.  This has been quite exciting for us because our kids and grandchildren live in Alabama, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, and California.  Can you see how hard it is to see all of them each year?

This summer has been full of family and fun!  My blog has taken a backseat to all that excitement, but on the flip side – I have a stack of awesome new recipes to share! 🙂

I am starting with this one because hands down it is one of the best overnight french toast recipes I have ever made.  I adapted it from a recipe I found on Taste of Home.  I changed the bread, adjusted the cream cheese added some vanilla and voilà – here you have it!

Bread for french toast

One loaf of soft Italian or French bread works perfectly.

blueberry french toast panful

Fresh berries are in season in the USA and plentiful from our berry bushes, so I used fresh, but frozen will work also.
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Sticky Biscuits

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Sticky Biscuits
Sticky Biscuits

Here is the problem … these pictures don’t do these sticky biscuits justice. I have tried on several occasions to take just the right picture to make you want to pluck the biscuit right off the page and gobble it up. Well, let me back up ….

Beersheba Vesper Point Cross

Last spring I was at a Community Bible Study leadership retreat at a beautiful conference center in middle Tennessee called Beersheba Springs Assembly.   Besides the stunning site of serene beauty and peace, the kitchen staff is really friendly and prepares delicious  and nutritious meals for the guests.

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Sticky Biscuits layering

As I approached the breakfast bar one morning my eye caught a huge tray that looked like cinnamon rolls or some kind of gooey delight.  As I soon discovered Sticky Biscuits are a morning staple at Beersheba and the cook was more than willing to give me the recipe. In fact, when I approached the kitchen window to ask about the gooey, sweet, yummy biscuits, the cook smiled, moved to a drawer where she extracted the recipe and handed it to me.  She keeps multiple copies on hand because I wasn’t the first or the last to ask for the recipe! But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Buttermilk Biscuits & The Chief’s Legendary Gravy

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The Chief's Biscuits and Gravy
The Chief’s Biscuits and Gravy

My step-son Bryan was coming for a visit and he sent me a picture of a mile-high biscuit from a restaurant in California, commenting about the “best biscuit” he ever ate.  To a slightly competitive cook that was basically throwing down the gauntlet!

Whenever the kids come home the Chief’s biscuits and gravy are always on the breakfast menu.  My Chief gravy maker use to make the entire breakfast of biscuits and the gravy.  But for many years now I have been the biscuit maker and he makes the gravy.

I only just realized I have never posted the Chief’s gravy recipe.  He says it takes his special touch.  I agree.  However, I am going to share his recipe with you and you can add your special touch to make it your own!

I decided since I needed to crank my biscuits “up a notch” I would go looking for a good ol’ southern buttermilk recipe.  I found the one I wanted on Food.com.

Buttermilk biscuits basting

I chose it because I like the idea of basting the biscuits in buttermilk before baking.  I hadn’t ever done that before.  I used my food processor which helps crumble the dough and butter together to resemble course cornmeal.

I added the other ingredients and the buttermilk just until combined.  The secret to soft, flakey biscuits is to not overwork the dough.  The tendency is to roll it around, pat it, turn it over and keep mixing. However RESIST that temptation and just mix until it holds together.

Buttermilk Biscuits Hot Out Of The Oven!
Buttermilk Biscuits Hot Out Of The Oven!

These biscuits were not mile-high but they are some of the best I’ve ever made! Flaky, soft, buttery, delicious!

Buttermilk biscuits plateful

The Chief's Biscuits and Gravy
The Chief’s Biscuits and Gravy

Topped with homemade strawberry jam or The Chief’s gravy … either way you won’t be disappointed.  I’ve included both recipes  below.

Happy Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast!
~Catherine

Psalm 119-64 Smokey MT

The Chief's Legendary Gravy
 
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My husband was a cook in the navy and he perfected his gravy years ago. Today this gravy is legend in our family!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. favorite breakfast sausage (We use Williams or Jimmy Dean)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic salt
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 cups of milk
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat cook sausage until well done, crumble fine or leave a little lumpy to suit your own style of gravy.
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of flour stirring well to soak up pan drippings.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Stir well over medium heat, mixing everything together.
  5. Start adding milk – a little at a time stirring as you go. You can add 4 to 6 cups milk depending on how much gravy you want to make.
  6. Turn heat down and let simmer on low. We simmer for about 1 hour to meld flavors together. During this time add milk as needed to keep gravy consistency. The longer you simmer the gravy the browner it will get. Keep adding milk to keep gravy texture.
  7. Serve over biscuits or try slicing some fresh garden tomatoes and top with gravy.
  8. You can stretch this recipe out adding more flour and more milk. The end result will be less sausage in the gravy but the flavor will be there.
Notes
* The garlic salt and Worcestershire sauce can be increased to suit your taste. Be sure and use a sausage that contains enough fat to give off some grease. Do not use a fat free or low fat sausage.

 

 

Buttermilk Biscuits Southern Style
 
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When your gravy calls for the best biscuits possible, these flaky, soft, buttery biscuits won't disappoint!
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the board
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
  • 1 cup buttermilk (approx)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
  4. Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined. If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be slightly wet.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board. Adding flour as necessary, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it's about ½" thick. Fold the dough a couple times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
  6. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but handle as little as possible.
  7. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
  8. If you like"crusty" sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together. Brush with buttermilk.
  9. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
  10. Do not overbake.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Food.com
Note: The key to great biscuits is in the handling of the dough.
The dough must be handled as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits.
The food processor produces superior biscuits, because the ingredients stay colder and there's less chance of overmixing.
You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly.
Rolling with a rolling pin is a guaranteed way to overstimulate the gluten, resulting in a tougher biscuit.
FREEZE: You can make these biscuits, cut them, put them on cookie sheets and freeze them. After frozen wrap in airtight container for up to a month.
When you want fresh biscuits, simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes.

Summer Weekend and Holiday Breakfast Ideas

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Summer weekends and holidays are often times filled with family and friends visiting.  Today I am highlighting a few of my favorite breakfast recipes I enjoy making when we have company.

Pralines Cream French Toast
I always start with this Praline French Toast.  This is a very simple recipe and your family and friends will flip over it.  This makes a fairly sweet dish so you may want to serve something like Apple Sage Sausage along with it. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

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