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Nosh Your Pain Away
The last thing you’re going to want to do as a host is wake up extra-early the day of the party and cook. It would be too easy to stay underneath your warm covers and then get jolted to reality by the doorbell at 12 o’clock. Most stores have limited hours on New Year’s Eve, so plan to stop by your local bread store or bakery and pick up a few dozen muffins and a couple loaves of sweet nut or fruit bread. Don’t think healthy here. If you weren’t having your friends over, they would most likely be turning to some nice greasy eggs and bacon, or a frozen pizza. The cravings for salt and fat are at their height during a hangover, so arrange your goodies accordingly. Don’t have anything overly spicy or exotic. Think soft and non-threatening.

More munchies:

  • Try some flavored butter to go with your breads and muffins. Mix a stick of softened butter with 2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted pecans and about a tablespoon of honey.
  • Make a fruit salad enviable of any Grandma’s potluck secret: Mix one can drained crushed pineapple, a can of mandarin oranges, 2-3 sliced bananas, and ½ cup sliced maraschino cherries. Stir in a cup of Cool Whip and sprinkle with sweetened coconut shreds.

Brunch Casserole (makes 1 pan, serves 8-12)

12-14 slices white bread, buttered and crusts removed
2 c. either cubed ham, browned sausage crumbles, or mixed, sautéed vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, and green peppers
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
8 eggs
2 c. milk
Few dashes Tabasco

2 c. corn flake crumbs
1 stick butter

1. Melt butter in small saucepan and stir in corn flake crumbs.
2. Place 6-7 slices of bread in 9x13” pan, buttered side down. Sprinkle ham, cooked sausage, or vegetables and cheese on bread. Lay last 6-7 slices of bread on top of cheese over cheese and meats or vegetables buttered side down. 
3. Mix eggs, milk, Tabasco, and salt and pepper and pour all over the bread. Refrigerate overnight. Take out of refrigerator 1 hour before baking. 
4. Prepare topping and spread over top of casserole.
Bake at 325º F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until puffed and topping is lightly browned. Let casserole sit at least 5 minutes before serving.

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