Monday, June 15

Necessities and Temptations

A little annoucement: We will be celebrating ONE YEAR OF Tempt My Tummy Tuesday on July 7th. Woo hoo! One year of wonderful recipes and foodie tips. To Celebrate TMTT's Anniversary, Lisa and I are hosting a giveaway. It will be for our FAVORITE cookbook!! I KNOW you all LOVE cookbooks. So, join us on July 7th to enter for a chance to win! Below is a post I made regarding my love for this cookbook!

***This was originally posted Jan. 5, 2009, but thought it was appropriate to re-post due to our Give Away listed above!***

Hello everyone and welcome to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. My sister, Lisa, and I co-host this blog carnival. We share recipes, kitchen and cooking tips, restaurant reviews, and anything food related that you want to share. You know the rule of a blog carnival, please mention the blog or TMTT in your post and link back to us. Don't forget to use Mr. Linky, he lives at Lisa's blog.

Lisa has a great post today featuring our Mother's very old cookbook. It brings back so many memories for me to see those pictures. I hope you enjoy reading about it. It inspired me to tell me about one of my favorite cookbooks. It was given to me by a dear family friend 15 years ago. Actually, it was a wedding gift... that marriage did not last, but the cookbook is still one of my favorites! It is called
"Necessities and Temptations" it is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year. It is from The Junior League of Austin.

It not only has great recipes, but it offers variation on many of the best recipes. It also has a fantastic kitchen reference guide. I can not tell you how many times I have gone to it to convert measurements or for things like... "what do you do if you need buttermilk, but do not have buttermilk?" It has all sorts of things like that.

I used it Christmas Eve to make our family favorite Brunch Egg Casserole (on pg 166). I have had a recent request for this recipe (
sorry Chrissy for taking so long to post this) so I'm posting a family favorite, I always make this for Christmas morning or whenever I need a great brunch dish.

Brunch Egg Casserole

6 slices white bread, crust removed
1 pound ground sausage
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
2 cups half & half

  • Lightly butter each side of bread and place in a 9x13 glass baking dish
  • Brown sausage, and drain. Sprinkle sausage over the bread
  • sprinkle cheese over sausage
  • Beat eggs. Add salt, dry mustard and half & half, beat again
  • Pour egg mixture over the bread, sausage and cheese
  • Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight. At this point you may freeze it until ready to use.
    If you freeze, thaw overnight in refrigerator.
  • Remove foil. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until casserole is bubbly and lightly browned on top.
Now as I said before, this cookbook offers different variation... and they have two more that go along with this. But, you'll have to get the cookbook to see them :-) BUT the above variation is my all time favorite... I don't like to mess with perfection.


Linda said...

I have used a similar recipe that is actually called Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole. I like breakfast recipes that I can put together the night before. Thanks for the recipe. I'll give yours a try next time.

Deanna said...

I have one very similar to this. You are sooo right. It is DELICIOUS!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I love my yellow cookbook, too. I had a kick posting about mom's cookbook.

Abby said...

My mom always makes a similar casserole for Christmas. Yum!

Lynn said...

I make a casserole similiar to this and we love it. Thanks for sharing your version.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Yummo! I had heard of this one before but never tried. Am going to have to now. ;) I love the idea you and Lisa have of doing this.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Sounds good. I've been trying to find a good breakfast casserole recipe, but I've only eaten it 2 or 3 times ever, so it's kind of hard to remember what it was like, in order to find a similar recipe. All I remember is that it had bacon & sausage in it, and I believe it had biscuits rather than white bread. It's hard to believe there could be so many versions of this casserole.

Lisa said...

I love breakfast casseroles. I make a similar recipe, except it uses hashbrowns in place of the bread.

Brenda said...

I make this recipe frequently, even for dinner.

~LL~ said...

I LOVE THIS COOKBOOK!!! It is one that I will NOT give away ;)

(My password is "chickd"....I wonder what that means?)

Sherry said...

I just posted a dish for my weekly menu that is similar. :D It has to be good! :D

Mel Fraase said...

Ooh! This look perfect for a potluck brunch at church I have coming up!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have yet met a brunch casserole that I don't like!

Wifey Dessert said...

that sounds super yummy!!!!! i am saving this..

Carolyn Mom said...

You know it's my favorite for breakfast when company comes. It always seems to be a winner.
Carolyn Mom

Mocha with Linda said...

I love my Necessities and Temptations cookbook!

Brenda said...

I love that casserole but I never thought of freezing it. Looking forward to the contest!

Faith said...

What a great recipe, I like that it's freezable since there's no way my kids would eat this in one sitting!

Nanna said...

this looks simple & good making it double good lol

Hoosier Homemade said...

That looks really good! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the cookbook giveaway!

jsprik said...

congrats to you guys on your one year annivesary!! what a great idea and such a blessing to so many, i am sure!! love the sound of this recipe!! have a great tuesday!!

Pami said...

looks yummy, and I collect cookbooks so I can't wait!!!

AudreyO said...

I wonder if bacon instead of sausage or even ground beef would work. I'm just not a sausage eater. But I love breakfast casseroles.

Sherrie said...

Great recipe! I'll have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!