Friday, August 7, 2009

Guilty Conscience

Hope you all are having a FAB weekend!!!

So, this week, I cooked breakfast for the office in honor of a co-worker's birthday. When I was planning the menu, I'm ashamed to say that I went back to the thought of the common American. I wanted to make something fast, and something cheap. O-M-G where did this come from?! This is EXACTLY what Food, Inc. was talking about (didja see it yet???).

So I went to the store to find something fast, cheap, and something that would be enjoyed. So... here's what I picked up:

I was SHOCKED how cheap all this stuff was, and knew that it was all stuff my coworkers would eat, so I got it. I even looked at the ingredients in the store... and said to myself "well, it's something that I wouldn't want to eat, but my coworkers will like it"...

UNREAL. I called my sister on the way home in horror of what I bought. I felt so guilty even having the THOUGHT of making something for my coworkers that I would never think of eating. Ever. And this has nothing to do with CALORIES, people. LOOK AT THESE CHEMICALS!!!

Can you BELIEVE that High Fructose Corn Syrup is the SECOND ingredient in the drink?!

Well, to make a long story short, I decided to take back ALL OF THAT CRAP, and scour the internet for REAL FOOD recipes, made out of REAL ingredients.

I decided to make a crock pot egg casserole, made from scratch coffee cake, and cantaloupe. It made me feel better thinking that I wasn't feeding poison to my coworkers. Here are the recipes I used:

Egg Casserole
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 32 oz bag of frozen hashbrown potatoes -- partially thawed
  • 1 lb of bacon cut into small pieces -- fried and drained (I substituted peppers)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 3/4 lb diced or shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
Layer your ingredients as such (bottom to top):

1. potatoes
2. bacon (peppers)
3. onions
4. cheese
5. potatoes
6. bacon (peppers)
7. onions
8. cheese

Now, beat the eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour this over the whole mixture. Cook on low for ten to twelve hours.

Coffee Cake

  • Topping:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping--> In small mixing bowl, combine topping ingredients. Blend with fork until crumbly. Set aside.

Sift 1 1/2 cups sifted flour with baking powder and salt into a bowl. In a medium bowl, beat together beaten egg and 3/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter. Add milk and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.

Pour batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square or 9-inch layer-cake pan. Sprinkle topping crumb mixture evenly over batter. Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Partially cool in pan on wire rack. Cut coffee cake into squares while still warm.

The finished products!

I'm happy to say that everyone really enjoyed breakfast, and no one ate any DEATH ingredients.

Until next time- keep in mind what your priorities are. Don't waver from them.



Anonymous said...

Annie...that coffeecake had way too much sugar in it...what if one of your co-workers was diabetic...he or she could have gone into sugar shock!! Too many eggs in that casserole too...what if one of your co-workers had a cholesterol problem...good lord, they could have croaked right there and then!!! Perhaps you're trying to "eliminate" some of your that case, carry on.

Annie D. said...

I guess I should have clarified... I was feeding 25 people, so the portions were smaller. In all actuality, 12 eggs divided by 25 people is about half of an egg a piece, so cholesterol wouldn't be a huge issue. And I would imagine that anyone who has problems like diabetes would know about their health concerns and avoid foods that would trigger such adverse effects. Thank you, however, for your concern.

Scotty J said...

The comment from "Anonymous" brings up an interesting point. We have been led to believe that cholesterol (particularly in food) is bad for our health. This is a falsity!

Anonymous, you may want to read the following ( and see if you still think there were too many eggs in that casserole.