Dad + Mom
Matt(-Char) + (Fernando-)me + Jeff
Matt married Char, and she already had two daughters and several grandchildren. I married Fernando, and we have four young men now. Jeff is a bachelor.
So there you have it. Mom and Char and I are all very different, but we love to cook! Char says that Mom and I are the bakers (desserts, cakes, pies, etc.), but she is definitely a whiz in the kitchen. When you get us all together for a family gathering, and add food into the mix, you get a smorgasbord of delectable comestibles. :)
Recently, we had Jackson Family Night with "breakfast at dinner" as the food theme. Here's what we came up with:
Jeff's sausage/egg bake
Yeah, Jeff can cook, too. Well, he makes chili and the above dish, anyway. (What can we expect from a bachelor??) Both of his "signature dishes" are excellent.
I never got a picture of my mom's ham and egg bake; it was gone before I thought to pull out the camera! She is an awesome cook. (She's Italian, what can I say?)
I made the below--Apple French Toast Breakfast Crunch. I modified a recipe by blogger Antoinette, whose blog I've lost and can't find any more. :(
Then, I think Char hit a grand slam with her Waffles with Maple Brown Butter and Pecans. Just typing that made me gain a few pounds. :)
Seriously yummy. I love breakfast at dinner, and this meal was tops.
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