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2014 4th of July Plans?? - cjs - 06-15-2014

How fun, the 4th is on a Friday this year!

Anyone made plans yet??

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - Mare749 - 06-15-2014

No, not yet. What about you?

Why did I suddenly think of "Where in the World is Waldo"???

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - cjs - 06-15-2014

That's us..... Waldo & Waldo, Inc.

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - Trixxee - 06-17-2014

Oh we will be at home for sure on the actual 4th. Too crowded by the shore (but that's ok as we will have RV'd there for the three prior weekends). Actually, what I need to do that whole week is clean and organize this house. My cousin (who I haven't seen in 20 years) and her daughter are coming to visit. Though they aren't actually staying here- they are staying at my brother's house in Emerald Bay. Gee, can't imagine why....

On the 6th my new SIL's baby shower will be at said Emerald Bay park - hopefully the traffic will have died down by then.

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - DFen911 - 06-17-2014

We had plans, we cancelled plans. Starting a new project so funds are going to that. We'll probably just BBQ or go over to friends and BBQ.

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - Gourmet_Mom - 06-17-2014

Our neighbor usually does a cookout with burgers and dogs. I haven't thought about what I'll take over. I'll be anxious to see if he does fireworks this year. He didn't last year.

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - karyn - 06-18-2014

We're having our annual get-together at the lake. I have some standard dishes planned--smoked baby back ribs, potato salad, orzo with everything--but am trying to figure out breakfast and some healthier options to add to the basic menu. I'm loving pinterest as a way t gather ideas right now.

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - cjs - 06-19-2014

Oh Karyn, you made me think of my favorite brunch dish - and most requested while I was catering. But, it certainly does not meet your criteria..... (cheese, heavy cream ). But, I just may make this one soon and if we do have company, I think I'll make this for brunch.


Recipe By :a Chef's Journey via Bon Appétit
Serving Size : 8 Categories : Brunch dishes

2 cups milk
1/4 cup EVO
8 cups 1" cubes sourdough bread, crusts removed
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black. pepper
1/2 teaspoon grd. nutmeg
12 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled (~3 cups)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
12 ounces smoked ham, chopped
3 6 1/2-oz. jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, halved lengthwise (~ 2 1/2 cup)
1 cup packed grated Fontina cheese
1 1/2 cups packed grated Parmesan, 6 oz.

Preheat oven to 350°F
Butter a 13X9X2" glass baking dish. Whisk milk and oil i a large bowl.
Stir in bread; let stand till liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Whisk cream and next 5 ingredients in another bowl to blend.
Add goat cheese.
Mix herbs in small bowl to blend.

Pace half bread mixture in prepared dish.
Top with half the ham, artichoke hearts, herbs and cheeses.
Pour half of cream mixture over.
Repeat layering with remaining bread, ham, artichoke hearts, herbs, cheeses and cream mixture;
(Can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill.)

Bake uncovered until firm in center and brown around edges, about 1 hour.

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Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - Trixxee - 06-19-2014

Another winner, Jean. Sounds so good.

Re: 2014 4th of July Plans?? - karyn - 06-19-2014

Jean, the healthier options are to feed the hoards between breakfast and dinner on the 4th, so a breakfast casserole sounds awesome! It hits so many of my favorite flavors--artichokes, goat cheese, herbs--and John's--anything pork--so it's now been added to the menu!