Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Tip Tuesday" and “Ham Asparagus Strata” Yummy!!

Welcome, to my blog… all my friends, family, and followers! I am finally back! I am taking it slow so I will only be posting on Tuesday for a few weeks, then I will be back on Friday as well. If you have noticed I have renamed, “Soupy Tuesday” for the Spring and Summer to “Tip Tuesday.” I will still be posting a fabulous recipe but then at the bottom of my recipe I will be posting some “Tips” for food, cooking, baking, household tips, etc. As I did with “Soupy Tuesday,” I am also welcoming your “Tips” too. So if you would like to share some that have helped you out just let me know by posting below or by an email to angellite13(at)optimum(dot)net and I will post them with your name in a future blog post. I think this will be fun and “Tips” are always a time saver. 

Next, I just want to thank all of you who have been sending well wishes and prayers to my mom, my dad, and myself. My mom was in a rehab center for her back from November to the end of February. Her condition is getting better. We did have a few set backs but she is trying to regain her strength. It is very slow going and my family thank you for your continuing prayers and thoughts. I was also in the hospital after my mom came home and so you can see things have been a little busy around here. So again thank you dear family and friends for your concern, understanding, and your prayers.

This recipe is taken from a cookbook that I have used before called, “Better Homes and Gardens Annual Recipes 2007.” I have the pleasure to participate in my food blogger friend Louise‘s, Months Of Edible Celebrations.” She is posting to her blog recipes that are taken from cookbooks, magazines, booklets, etc. on Wednesday as “Cookbook Wednesdays.” So stop over at her blog and tell her that I sent you.... 

“Ham-Asparagus Strata”

This cheesy breakfast or brunch recipe is a make-ahead special. Fix it the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. I have made this before and used only veggies, but you can add whatever you and your family likes. Enjoy!

Serving yield: 6

4 English muffins, torn or cut into bite-size pieces (4 cups)
2 cups cubed cooked ham (10 oz.) (you can also add Vegetables/no meat)
2 cups cut-up fresh cooked asparagus
4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup dairy sour cream
1 1/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

In greased 2-quart square baking dish spread half the muffin pieces. Top with ham, asparagus, and cheese. Top with remaining muffin pieces. In bowl whisk together eggs and sour cream. Stir in milk, onion, mustard, and salt and pepper. Pour over layers in dish. Cover; chill for 2 to 24 hours. Bake, uncovered, in 325°F oven for 60 to 65 minutes or until internal temperature registers 170°F on an instant read thermometer. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.



Clever uses for White Bread: These tips are the greatest things since sliced…well, you know. 

People eating white bread these days are shamed by the healthy eaters all around them. I happen to love white bread (peanut butter and jelly on soft white bread, there is nothing better!) but buy the multi-grain in an effort to eat healthier. If you find yourself with an uneaten loaf of white bread here are some creative household uses for it.

Clean the coffee grinder…put a couple of chunks of white bread in, pulse a few times and dump out. The grounds hiding in the corners will stick to the bread chunks.

Safely pick up broken glass…catch tiny shards by gently pressing a slice of bread down on the area where the glass broke. Toss immediately into trash to avoid scattering them.

Keep fresh baked cookies soft…before putting cooking into a covered container, add a few slices of bread to the bottom. The bread will become hard, keeping the cookies soft.

Degrease soups & sauces….soak up the oil that’s risen to the surface of your soup/sauce. Simply place a stale piece of bread on top, let it sit for a few seconds, then remove it.

Erase photo smudges….make a ball out of a few pieces of stale bread and swipe it across fingerprint-covered photos. The porous bread absorbs the oils without leaving scratches.

Stop foul smells….soak a slice in vinegar, place it on a paper towel and leave inside an empty trashcan, lunchbox, etc overnight. When you toss out, odors will be neutralized due to the acidic vinegar.

FUN FACT: Wonder Bread’s name was inspired by the “wonder” of the sight of the International Balloon Race of 1921.


Till Next Time………………………………............

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  1. Welcome back Dottie!!!
    It's wonderful to "see" you. I'm so happy to hear that both you and your mom are doing better. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers for a speedy recovery.

    I'm so surprised to see you are able to join us for Cookbook Wednesday! That Better Homes and Gardens Annual Recipes book is a real gem. I've never tried the Ham and Asparagus Strata. However, it's about time I do. It sounds delicious!

    I LOVE the notion of Tip Tuesday. What fun!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Dottie...It's wonderful to have you back. Please do take it slow though:)

    1. Dearest Louise,
      Thanks for stopping by and your words of encouragement! I am happy that I am back as well..I missed you all and my writing. Yes, I will take it slow and thanks for your prayers and thoughts for me and my family.
      I couldn't wait to join in on Cookbook Wednesday as I love this idea and it is fun to see all the other cookbooks from the food bloggers..I agree I love these cookbooks and the one that I used this week as you said it is a real good one. I love how they layout the recipes and the photos are brilliant.
      Yes, Tip Tuesday came to mind one day as I was going through some magazines..I noticed that they all contained tips so I figured why not include that in my post. It should be fun and everyone can use tips.
      Thank you again dear friend, for being there for me and I hope to have many more fun posts. Looking forward to your post Wednesday...
      Hugs and love Dottie :) xx

    2. Tip Tuesday is a wonderful idea Dottie. I hope you don't mind but I've added your link for Cookbook Wednesday:)

      Thanks again Dottie and welcome back!

    3. Louise,
      No problem, link me wherever you want to..just loved your post and Cookbook Wednesday..may have to share another one in the future. Tip Tuesday is a good one..hope that everyone enjoys the tips. Thank you Louise..talk to you soon...
      Hugs :) Dottie

  2. Welcome back! Sorry to hear you were in the hospital, but glad you (and your mom) are on the mend. Love the idea of Tip Tuesday! Really inspired, and this was fun read. Thanks.

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for your visit and the welcome...It feels so good to be back, but as I said I am going to take it slow. Yes, we are all on the mend. Glad that you like the idea of Tip Tuesday..Stay tuned to next Tuesday...also loved your post today...yummy..have a good one..
      Dottie :)

  3. So pleased you are back! I was missing your posts! I am pleased to know your mum is better and I hope you are too (you said you were in hospital as well?). Being healthy is the most important thing.
    I love your tip Tuesdays and your tips about how to use white bread are really handy!
    The ham asparagus strata looks interesting, a great way to use asparagus!
    Ciao Dottie and to the next post xxx

    1. Dear Alida,
      Thank you for your visit and your lovely words...I missed everyone as well. Yes, my mom is doing better and I was in the hospital as well. I was there for about a week and I just have to rest. Things caught up to me. So that is why I am going slowly..I will only post on Tuesday and then when I feel up to it I will add Fridays like I did before. You are correct my friend being healthy is most important.
      Yes, I think Tip Tuesday will be a fun post and as I have said, everyone can use tips that save time and money. Love asparagus and this recipe is another way to enjoy them. Glad that you enjoyed this post..have a good night..Ciao!
      Hugs :) Dottie

  4. I'm with you on the loving of soft white bread, and I tell my kids I'm too old for them to guilt me into changing my ways. Your make-ahead breakfast sounds great; now, all i need to do is figure out a way to get that sucker to hop out of the fridge and into the oven on its own. But I'm thinking this might be a good one to try this weekend when the kids are home!

    Glad to hear you're on the mend, and so is your mother. We had issues here, too, so I understand just how hard it is to get back in the swing of blogging. Happy Tip Tuesday and Cookbook Wednesday!

    1. Dear Marjie, Welcome..

      Thank you for your visit..I am happy that you enjoyed this post and you are correct there is nothing like soft white bread. I also love soft white bread with sliced tomato and mayo, with salt and pepper. The Strata is simple and it is very good! You can use really anything you like. Hope that you do try it!

      Yes, we are on the mend and it is hard to get back to blogging when you have so many other priorities that come to play. But hope to be back full time soon...Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend...

      Dottie :)

  5. Dear Dottie, I am happy to hear that life seems to be on the mend. I hope that you are feeling better and taking good care. The weather is getting better so try to sit outside and get fresh air and sunshine for a few minutes each day.
    I pray that all will be well real soon.
    Love the recipe with a nice side salad.
    The tips are ones that I would never think of. I like pbj on white bread too. It just does not taste the same on "healthy" bread! xoxo Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Thanks for visiting..yes, we do have our ups and downs but on the overall we are all trying to get back to normal. Yes, the weather is getting better and I have tried to get out a little more...Thanks for your prayers and your thoughts. Yes, I agree this dish is so yummy and a side salad is scrumptious with it. Glad that you enjoyed the tips. I love PBJ and also Cream Cheese and jam. Have a great rest of the week and a blessed night.
      Hugs Dottie :)