Cinnamon Raisin Baked Breakfast

What could be more wonderful than the smell of cinnamon toast baking in the oven? Well, for one, Cinnamon Raisin Baked Breakfast is made in advance so you don’t have to do any prep in the morning. And secondly, you can serve this delicious breakfast or brunch to a small group or a crowd with this super easy recipe that won’t break the bank.

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Mushroom Toast with Poached Egg and Arugula

Not only is this recipe great for brunch, it’s also a delicious option for Meatless Mondays. Good quality mushrooms are mandatory for Mushroom Toast with Poached Egg and Arugula since they’re one of the stars of the show. The other star, a perfectly poached egg, when cut open oozes golden yolk to take this dish over the top.

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French Toast with Real Maple Syrup

When I say “real” maple syrup, what I mean is someone tapped their trees and turned it into maple syrup. Then you stop at a local farm, market or shop and buy some. Once you’ve had the real deal, the grocery store stuff just isn’t going to do it for you. So, the best way to enjoy this quality of maple syrup is to pour it over something that’s really just a reason to sop it up. French Toast is that perfect vehicle.

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Omelette Made Easy

I once submitted a recipe to Canadian Living Magazine. They had a contest sponsored by Egg Farmers of Canada so I sent in a recipe for Omelette Made Easy. It wasn’t chosen to be published but they did send me a cheese knife. That’s when I knew I’d made it big!

Have you ever watched cooking shows where contestants compete to make the perfect omelette? They make it look so complicated. I’ve always made mine a little differently, kind of a cheat that ensures the eggs are cooked, not overcooked. Eggs aren’t supposed to be brown. Total spoiler if you ask me.

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Monte Cristo

One of my first real jobs was at a tea room. When I say real, I mean I actually got paid. In money. It was the summer before high school and my friend Laurie and I served Devon Tea, iced sandwich loaf and quiche to (mostly) old ladies. We once talked a young man who worked down the street into coming in for lunch. We were silly and giggly and served him a Monte Cristo. If you’ve never had one, it’s kind of like a combination of grilled cheese and French toast. They were served with the crusts cut off and cut into 3 fingers. I’m pretty sure the poor guy left hungry. And embarrassed.

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