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Hey Grandpa – Easter Breakfast

897167E1-9E35-429C-8E06-DC89B3397BA8This is another recipe from our beach trips, but it works great as a make ahead for your Easter breakfast or brunch.  It is a great way to feed a crowd and still have time to enjoy the festivities yourself. Plus, it is yummy!

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Soufflé

1 large loaf (or 2 small loaves) cinnamon raisin bread cubed

12 oz. cream cheese, softened (16 oz. works just as well and no left overs)

6 oz. butter or margarine, softened

¾ c. maple syrup, divided

10 eggs

3 c. half and half

Cinnamon sugar

Place cubed cinnamon raisin bread into a well buttered 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish.  Mix the cream cheese, butter and ¼ cup of the maple syrup until smooth. Spread on top of the bread, leaving some openings through which to pour the egg mixture. 

Beat eggs, half & half and ½ cup of maple syrup. Pour over bread and sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve with additional maple syrup, if desired.

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Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper? – Homemade Mac and Cheese

F35691C0-F430-4164-B9CD-A3875A990A05This recipe takes a bit more time than the macaroni and cheese in the blue box but it is well worth it.  We always made this ahead and put it in the freezer to take on our beach trips, a big hit with kids young and old. 

To serve it in the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch way you need to whip up some stewed tomatoes (or open a can). If you have a smaller family you can split it into several pans as it freezes well, just adjust the baking time if you put it in the oven still frozen.  

Macaroni and Cheese

3 c. uncooked elbow macaroni

10 Tbsp. butter

6 Tbsp. flour

3 c. milk

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese (mild or sharp or a mixture)

8 oz. Velveta cheese, cubed

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

4 Tbsp. dry bread crumbs (may be omitted)

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain;  Place in a greased 3 quart backing dish, set aside. In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Once the butter has melted stir in the flour until smooth.

Gradually add the milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes; reduce heat.  Stir in the cheeses, salt and pepper and cook until the cheese is melted completely. Pour over the macaroni and mix well. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over top of casserole, if desired. 

Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. If you are splitting this into several pans I would suggest mixing everything together in a large bowl and then portioning out into your pans.  You can even make single servings if you like.

We’ll be creating a community cookbook.  If you want to submit your favorite recipe, just email us : tely@bellomoassociates.com

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Hey Grandpa – Ham & Cheese Sticky Buns

2438E805-7B70-4D78-B4A9-EF4432982D24This recipe is from a friend of the family who is no longer with us, Donna Strausser. 

This is great to take to a potluck or family gathering but it is a little messy.

And it sounds a bit strange to make a sauce to pour over sandwiches but give it a try and I think you’ll be surprised. 

The ladies at the Red Hat meeting always enjoyed these and they would make great sandwiches for a tea or for the little ones.

Ham and Cheese Sticky Buns

2/3 c. butter

1/3 c. brown sugar, or less, to taste

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. spicy brown mustard

2 Tbsp. yellow mustard

24 Martins brand Little Party Rolls – or other similar slider size rolls – don’t break them apart

½ lb. sliced ham

¾ lb. sliced swiss or American cheese.

Don’t break apart the rolls but do slice them in half (they aren’t cut in the package so you need to cut them to make 2 halves) and place the bottoms in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Layer cheese, ham and then cheese and top with the roll tops.

Heat the butter, sugar, mustards and Worcestershire sauce in a pan and boil for 2 minutes. Pour over the rolls and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.  Slice between the rolls to serve. These can be assembled a day ahead and when ready to bake pour the boiled sauce over them and bake as directed.

You can decrease the amount of brown sugar or use honey instead if you wish.  Donna also like to use more ham and cheese than the recipe called for because she “didn’t want a skimpy sandwich”.

Yummy with some dill pickles or cole slaw to get the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch sweet and sour effect.

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Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper? – Sweet and Salty Pretzel Treats

F4C6DFA0-0CFB-463F-9589-B4C5030C9405Not a meal but something you can make with the kids to keep them occupied and entertained for a few minutes since school is not in session. 

These also make great gifts to take to neighbors and family, just make sure to wait until they cool to package them and, of course, leave them on the porch for them until this nasty virus is under control.  

Sweet and Salty Pretzel Treats

Bite-size waffle-shaped pretzels (mini traditional pretzel shapes work too)

Hershey Kisses or Hershey Hugs

M&M’s candy

Heat the oven to 175 degrees.  Unwrap the Kisses or Hugs. Set a number of bite-size, waffle shaped pretzels (one for each treat) in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, then top each pretzel with an unwrapped Kiss or Hug.

Bake for 4 to 6 minutes (the white chocolate will melt more quickly), until the chocolates feel soft when touched with a wooden spoon (Ok, I use my finger 😊).  Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and quickly press an M&M’s candy into the center of each Kiss/Hug, flatten it down slightly. 

Allow the treats to cool for a few minutes, then place them in the refrigerator to set, about 10 minutes. Place handfuls of the candies in clear plastic bags and tie with colorful ribbon if using as gifts.  

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[Special Announcement] : To our valued clients and community partners:

28DF80F4-B52B-4A21-B2B4-519CCDDBAC05We are closely following updates from the CDC on their recommendations during this unsettling time.

First and foremost, the health of our clients, our team and our community partners are most important. If anyone who will be attending a meeting in our office has any symptoms of upper respiratory illness or fever, we kindly ask that you postpone your meeting or reschedule for a later date. Also, if you have traveled outside of the US or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please also reschedule your appointment.

We are offering all appointments with all attorneys or team members by phone call or video conferencing. We have a zoom video account and will make arrangements to do all meetings by video. You will need a camera equipped device such as a smartphone or laptop computer.

For anyone who wants to come in for a client meeting we are taking the following precautions: We are asking everyone who enters our building to immediately hand sanitize (we will provide). We are wiping down all handles, doors, toilets, tables before and after every meeting. We are spraying with Lysol in the air before and after every meeting. We are asking everyone to not shake hands. We are asking everyone to frequently and vigorously wash your hands before and after you leave the building.

We are requesting that all clients keep their pens and materials given by our office.

If you are meeting with someone in our office and you do not want to have to wait in the lobby, please call the office and let us know. You can remain in your car and we will send someone out to get you when the conference room is open and will walk you directly into the conference room.

Any clients who want to attend an estate planning or crisis workshop will be offered a link to watch the link at home or watch it live on a zoom webinar. 

We are asking everyone who enters our building to immediately hand sanitize (we will provide). We are wiping down all handles, doors, toilets, tables before and after every workshop. We are spraying with Lysol in the air before and after every workshop. We are asking all participants to not shake hands. We are asking everyone to frequently and vigorously wash your hands before and after you leave the building.

We are monitoring this closely. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jeffrey Bellomo, Esq.

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