Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WWTK - Food!

Today for WWTK, Crazymama wants to know about food:

1 - What is your favorite go-to breakfast recipe for special occasions or company?

This breakfast casserole is hands down the best I have ever had, and we have it frequently for family breakfasts or brunches during the holidays:

Breakfast Casserole
10 eggs                                                 1 pint small curd cottage
½ cup flour                                              cheese
1 teaspoon baking powder                     ½ cup melted butter or marg.
½ teaspoon salt                                     ¾ lb Monterey jack cheese
1 4 oz can chopped green chiles (opt.)  1/3 lb swiss cheese
1 cup sliced fresh or canned mushrooms          
1 cup diced ham or fried bulk sausage

Grate all cheeses.  Beat eggs until light and lemon colored.  Add flour, salt and baking powder.  Beat in cottage cheese until smooth.  Fold in grated cheeses, butter, chiles and other ingredients.  Pour into buttered 9x13 baking pan.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until inserted butter knife comes out clean.  (Can be made ahead of time and refrigerated overnight.)  This is also good if you spread a can of cream of mushroom soup over the top before cooking.

It is seriously delish, y'all.

2 - What is your policy for kids that don't want to eat what you are serving?

Haha, you hit a sensitive subject for me with this one! I'll tell you why after I answer the question.  We have a policy that you eat what is fixed.  My kids are required to at least eat a small portion of the food that is prepared.  If they are willing to do that and they are still hungry afterwords, they can fix themselves a bowl of cereal or a sandwich.  But I don't fix something special for people who don't like what is being served.

It is important to me that my children learn to be able to eat most things for a couple of reasons.  First, I believe it is good manners to try some of everything that is prepared and served at someone's home when you are a guest for a meal.  Second, I married a boy who is his mother's "golden boy", and was (and still is!) doted upon.  Whenever his mom was fixing something he didn't like (and there are LOTS of those things), or that had a particular ingredient he didn't like, she would prepare something "special" for him to have that was just his own.  As a result, when we married, he was THE pickiest eater who had never learned to try, or re-try new things.  I don't want my kids spouses to have to deal with what I did when we were first married!  Luckily he has changed his ways.  He is still picky, but has learned to like (love, even) quite a few things that he used to hate, and even to eat some things that he doesn't like.

3 - Do you take treats to neighbors?  What kind?  

I do take treats to neighbors and friends.  I have 2 usuals:  My famous brownies, or good ole chocolate chip cookies.  I always make the cookies in bar form, because I'm lazy and stuff.

4 - What is your most used spice in your cupboard (besides salt and pepper)?  

Probably cinnamon

5 - What is your favorite fruit?  Do you have a favorite veggie?  

I actually like veggies more than fruit.  My favorite fruit is probably watermelon.  Favorite veggie is a tie between asparagus and summer squash.  At least today!

Bonus question:
6 - It was tax day here in the U.S.  Did you get a return?  How do you spend it?

Being  small business owners, we ALWAYS have to pay.

Want to play along?  Just click the button!  Also, to everyone whom I haven't visited this week - I'm sorry!  Things are crazy, but I hope to get caught up soon!



Randomlicious Memoirs said...

How many does that breakfast casserole serve? It seems huge?! But I definitely want to try. Sounds delish!
I've always LOVED breakfast casserole, isn't it funny I've never made the stuff?

I love your story. My husband isn't much of a picky eater but I can definitely understand the mommy babying and then they grow up used to it and the wife suffers. I'm glad your husband has slowly grown out of it. That would bug me to no end! My boy will be self sufficient and be able to take care of himself, just saying..his wife will be thanking me!

My husband usually says with dinner ..this would be great with this and this..he wants like 10 course meals or something. I asked did your mother make all kinds of food for you growing up...his response "No she couldn't even really cook, she always burnt stuff"...I don't know where all his expectations come from? It's a mystery to me.

Anyways sensitive subject for me too LOL
I'm going to have to start paying taxes, small business owners don't have a great life for taxes.

Unknown said...

My kids eat what I fix or nothing at all. I try to make what they will eat! My hubby nor my kids are picky!

Macey said...

My MIL swears she didn't treat my hubs special like that, but he is SO PICKY! He will pick mushrooms out of cream of mushroom soup. I can't use it because I get sick of him inspecting the food.
Make me breakfast casserole! LOL

Rebecca said...

love the sound of that casserole will have to try it sometimes and OMG I know what you mean about your hubby mine was the same way his mom would always fix him a seperate meal it was crazy thank goodness he is over it for the most part he is still very picky but better

Unknown said...

Green chiles- it has to be good, I LOVE those things. I think I am opposite of most and spoil the crap out of my kids, but... but... I have texture issues with food, so if they would try a couple of bites, I would let them have something else.

Jo said...

LOL my MIL dusted all my husbands food in biltong powder. (biltong is a cured dry meat) so he never learned to eat veggies ... He is still a picky eater :)

Rachelle said...

I do the exact same thing with our kids. They have to eat at least 5 really good sized bites, and if they still decide they don't like it then they can make themselves a sandwich or get some cereal.

Me, I'm a cauliflower (with ranch dressing) kind a gal. And avocado, or is that a fruit? And strawberries. K, I'm done now.

Thanks for sharing!

Ricki Treleaven said...

I would love to have a neighbor who bakes brownies and is famous for it! :D

Linking from Mamarazzi's,
Ricki Jill

Crazymamaof6 said...

your casserole sounds delish.

i was just like your husband. not that bad but close. i've gotten better as an adult.

bar cookies are good.

thanks for linking up. great answers

Karen M. Peterson said...

I am SO grateful to my mom for making me try new foods when I was a kid, and even for making me eat things I didn't like. She gave me and my brother each one vegetable that we didn't have to eat when she served it. We eat picked our own. Otherwise, we had to try everything she served. And it was very helpful when I served a mission and also when I started dating.

Your kids may hate it now, but they'll thank you later.

Emmy said...

We have the same rule with eating. But if they whine and moan and complain before trying it then they lose the chance to make themselves a sandwich.
Love the breakfast casserole!