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Eating Well: Easiest route to go for holiday brunch

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Holiday brunch time should be easy and relaxing and no two recipes fit the bill better in this regard than my favorite Egg and Hash Brand Casserole, paired with the ever-popular Monkey Bread.

After all, nothing says it better than a satisfying egg bake, and fresh-out-of the oven caramel rolls.

Accented by the hash browns, onion and green pepper, the egg bake doesn't get any better, unless you can think of other ingredients you'd like to include. Mushrooms would be good as well as other meat or cheese choices, use whatever you like, just make sure you have enough liquid from the egg to make for a moist, tender end product.

The gooey Monkey Bread is melt-in-your mouth delicious, relying on the canned baking powder biscuits as its base topped with equal amounts of sugar, butter and ice cream, resulting in rich, wonderful rolls that only are a little more perfect when topped with a little more softened butter.

Complement the egg bake and rolls with varied fresh fruit or a couple of different pitchers of well-chilled fruit juice, i.e. orange, pineapple, tomato, or whatever you prefer, and you have the ultimate brunch dining experience with minimal preparation time the morning of.

Until next time, from my kitchen to yours, happy baking!

Egg and Hash Brown Casserole

6 eggs, well beaten

1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

1 pkg. (30 oz.) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 medium onion, chopped fine

1 small green pepper, chopped fine

1 cup diced ham, or any other kind of meat (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 inch baking dish. Beat eggs in large bowl until well blended. Stir in milk, salt and pepper. Add potatoes, cheese, onion, green pepper and ham. Mix well. Pour into dish and bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until set. Serves ten easily.

Monkey Bread

3 pkgs. Buttermilk refrigerator biscuits

Cut each circle into four pieces. Put in greased 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle over ¼ cup white sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon mixed together.

Melt in microwave:

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup butter or margarine

½ cup vanilla ice cream

Pour above mixture over and bake 20-30 minutes in 350 degree oven. Tip pan over on tin foil right after they are baked.