Golden Cheese Bake may not appear on a typical breakfast menu, but that’s what I had for breakfast. I like it; in fact, I like it very much, but I ate it for breakfast because it was a leftover from last night, and the Norwegian does not eat leftovers—especially for breakfast. For over 40 years, that has been one of my commitments to the marriage-- eating all the leftovers. We are like the nursery rhyme couple of Jack Spratt and his wife.
“Jack Spratt could eat no fat, His wife would eat no lean
And so between the two of them, they licked the platter clean.”
There are many breakfast guidelines at our house. The food of preference is oatmeal. (Oatmeal every morning and sometimes again in the evening when nothing else sounds good.) Coffee cake is fine, but not regular cake. Donuts, with the exception of chocolate ones, are ok, but not pies. Bacon is acceptable, but not ham or pork chops. The ideal breakfast would be one that featured a bacon appetizer, a bacon side dish and a bacon main dish. Oh, perhaps, I exaggerate… It would be a bacon appetizer, a bacon side dish and oatmeal. I think if they ever biopsy any part of the Norwegian’s body, his cellular composition will greatly resemble an oatmeal flake. (Did I know these things before we were married? Of course not)
I have, however, in the cause of self-preservation, and with the occasional absence of leftovers, made up my own recipe for oatmeal. Take a cereal bowl and layer, in the order listed, the following ingredients: 2 Tbsp of cooked oatmeal; 2 Tbsp of raisins; 2 Tbsp of brown sugar; 4 Tbsp of applesauce with cinnamon; and, 6 Tbsp of hazelnut flavored coffee creamer. It tastes best if you put your spoon straight down into the mixture and bring up some of each layer in every bite. Note: I have sometimes had the problem that the spoon is only big enough to go down into the first four layers. I am considering revising the recipe to alleviate this problem. The logical thing would seem to be to eliminate the bottom layer. Let me know any variations you may have perfected.
Just in case you do not have any large spoons, here is the recipe for Golden Cheese Bake.
(Oven 350) Combine 2 cups cooked rice, 3 cups shredded carrots, 1½ cups shredded cheese, ½ cup milk, 2 beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons minced onion, 1-teaspoon salt, and 1/4- teaspoon pepper. Pour into greased 1 ½-quart casserole. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Bake in moderate oven 50-60 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
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Posted by The Editor for Gigi.