December Entertaining: Easy Potato Kugel

 

December brings endless parties and one family get together after another.  Christmas for my family ends up being spread out over several weeks.  After years of service with the Fire Department, my husband has enough seniority that he no longer has to work on Christmas Day if his shift happens to fall on December 25.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we get together at the fire station with all of the other wives and kids and share a meal, lots of laughs and the kids have an ornament swap.  This usually kicks off our holiday get together season.  Next, my sweet husband’s birthday is December 24 so at some point we get together with his mom and then his dad to celebrate his birthday and Christmas with each of them.  Then comes my family.  As the oldest of 9 children where 6 of us are married and there are now 10 grandchildren and we all live within 30 minutes of each other.  Christmas is a HUGE event for us.  My parents own their own small business and they have always closed their business for the entire week between Christmas and New Years and we spend that entire week playing board games and of course eating.  My sisters and I usually call my mom and find out what the food plan is for each day and then decide what side dish, dessert or bread we will bring.

The recipe I will be sharing with you today is so simple I almost didn’t share it with you but my daughter said it was a must.  This potato kugel can easily be a side dish or can be eaten like a hash brown casserole if you have a Christmas Brunch you are hosting.  My favorite part about this dish is that it can easily be made ahead, frozen and then reheated when you are ready to serve it.

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Back To School Breakfast: Sausage, Egg & Hashbrown Frittata Cups

 

Several months ago I came across a recipe while on a diet. I loved the idea of individual egg frittatas but wasn’t crazy about the ingredients called for in the recipe so of course I had to tweak it just a bit. Now with school starting for most kids around the country, I wanted to share a super easy make ahead breakfast I believe your family will enjoy as much as mine has.

All three of my kids absolutely love breakfast food and would and could eat it all day every day. Also, with all three of them being involved in sports, this particular recipe has been a hit during weekend tournaments when they need a quick fix of protein. I believe this recipe is the perfect base and you could add your favorite additional items like spinach, feta, tomatoes, herbs….etc.

I also love that I’m able to use two of my favorite Ankarsrum attachments for this recipe. Hash browns couldn’t be easier when you use the Vegetable Cutter Attachment and grinding my own meat for sausage allows me to completely control the foods that I feed my family. No more chemicals or crazy amounts of sodium for my crew.

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