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Entries in Food & Drink (38)


Mother’s Brunch Casserole

Mother's Brunch CasseroleEvery Christmas at our house, my wife makes an awesome egg casserole dish for brunch with family and friends. Gail's mom found this recipe years ago in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, passing it along to Gail a few years ago.

This dish requires some pre-planning the night before, but wow, it's so very worth the extra effort. It's also handy to have prepped the night before, for a gathering the next morning.

Here's the recipe for your enjoyment:

Mother’s Brunch Casserole

8 slices white loaf bread
1 pound thinly sliced Virginia baked or other good quality deli ham
6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. Onion salt
1/2 tsp. Dry mustard
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
3 cups cornflakes

Phase 1:
18 minutes, plus 8 hours refrigeration time
Cut bread and ham into bite sized pieces. Break eggs into medium mixing bowl and whisk well. Whisk in milk, onion salt and mustard.

Coat 13 x 9 inch glass or ceramic baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Scatter pieces of bread evenly in dish. Scatter ham pieces and cheese evenly over bread. Pour egg mixture over ham and cheese. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Casserole can be refrigerated, covered, at this point for up to 24 hours.

Phase 2:
5 minutes, plus 45 minutes unattended baking time and 5 to 10 minutes resting time.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place butter in 2 cup or larger glass measure, cover with paper towel, and microwave on high until melted, about 45 seconds. Place cornflakes in large, freezer weight, zipper top plastic bag and crush cornflakes using your hands or rolling pin.

Add half melted butter to bag and shake vigorously. Add remaining butter and continue to shake until most of cereal is coated. Sprinkle cornflakes evenly over casserole. Bake casserole, uncovered, until lightly browned on top and eggs are set, about 45 minutes. Let casserole rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serve. Makes 8 servings.


2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar: Top Spot on Google

cp-sketchtoon-calendar.jpgHappened to search at Google on the term coffee calendar yesterday, and it turns out my little 2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar owns the top spot of the natural search results.

Holy smokes!

Turns out that Ricardo Levins Morales' very cool 2008 Coffee Calendar is in second position on the first Google results page.

I'm not quite sure how this happened—I'm not complaining—but it's surprising.

Actually, it's not that surprising in one sense. in my research I've found very few coffee calendars available. There are a couple, but far fewer than I imagined ought to be out there, considering how many coffee fans there are in the world.

This is also a good reason for putting in regular effort, day in and day out, to build and maintain a quality blog. When it comes time to share or sell something (especially yourself) all that work can pay off.

Buy It Today: 2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar: $19.99 + shipping.


Square Sketchtoon Coffee Wallpapers for Palm & iPod

Latte (320x320 Wallpaper)

It seems the vertical 320 x 480px coffee sketchtoon wallpapers for the iPhone, iPod touch and Palm OS devices with vertical screens are quite popular!

Since square-formatted screens on Palms and iPods can also make use of wallpapers, I've created a new set of twelve 320 x 320px wallpapers.

Each coffee wallpaper is a 320 x 320px color JPG file, available as a free download from Flickr, for personal use.

Coffee Calendar
If you like the wallpapers, please consider picking up a Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar for yourself or a coffee-loving friend as a unique gift as a way to say thanks.

Not a calendar person? consider a PayPal donation, and I will be happy to send you a complete set of 12 JPGs as a ZIP file:

Thanks, and have a great weekend! :-)


Sketchtoon Coffee iPhone/iPod touch Wallpapers

Espresso (iPhone/iPod touch Wallpaper)Now that the Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar is complete and available for sale, I've been considering ways to make other interesting items with these illustrations.

Today I was inspired by Les & Ian's comments on my last post to create a custom 12-pack of sketchtoon coffee wallpapers, designed especially for iPhone and iPod touch screens.

Each sketchtoon coffee wallpaper is a 320x480px color JPG file, available at Flickr as a free download for personal use on your iPhone or iPod touch.

If you like the wallpaper art, consider picking up a Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar for yourself or a coffee-loving friend as a unique gift.

If you'd like to send a donation for these wallpapers via PayPal, I'll be happy to send the complete set of 12 JPGs as a ZIP file:

Thanks! :-)

Update 2007-11-28: I've uploaded Flickr, having adjusted the images to fit properly within the clear window on the iPhone/iPod touch login screen. If you have an older version, check out the updated images and get a new version.

Palm and Windows Mobile Users: Please drop me a line and let me know if you're interested in wallpapers for your devices. I'm currently gauging whether I want to produce these in a few more sizes, like 320x320 and 240x320. Let me know what sizes you might prefer.


2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar is Available!

cp-sketchtoon-calendar.jpg2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar now complete and up for sale! You can buy it for $19.99 plus shipping at CafePress, with US and international shipping available.

Last year, I started drawing sketchtoon style coffee illustrations in my Moleskine sketchbook in ink, scanning each illustration into the Mac for colorization in Photoshop.

Each month's illustration features a different coffee drink, with several unique drinks from various areas of the world, like the Flat White from down under and the Greek Frappe. Check out the cover and 12 illustrations at Flickr. I'm very pleased with how the calendar turned out.

Sketchtoon Photos
I've posted several photos of the original ink sketchtoons to Flickr:

Espresso Sketchtoon (Close-up)Latte & Espresso SketchtoonsCappuccino SketchtoonMacchiato Sketchtoon

It's a great gift idea for coffee lovers who would enjoy a unique coffee calendar.

Buy It Today: 2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar: $19.99 + shipping.

Related Links
Check out Ricardo Levins Morales' very cool 2008 Coffee Calendar too!