rain

Seattle or London would be nice places to live, I’ve thought many rainy days, what with the foggy, wet weather most of the year, the green, green grass and trees. When we have rainy weather here in Chicago, and this year we have had it a lot, I am the type to tell you, over and over again, how much I love rain and dark skies and the way everything looks like it’s getting cleaned off. I’ll draw in deep breaths of the air, sighing about how fresh everything smells, how just like spring, or fall, depending on the time of year. And when we stand near a window, watching a mighty thunderstorm, the continual dripping of water like music on the roof, I’ll clap my hands together like a child, as happy as I ever was.

This last weekend, Chicago received a record-setting rainfall. And the byproducts of this downpour, beyond my eager face against the window, were closed-off streets, cancelled plans, all kinds of flooding. I spent Saturday morning mopping up damage in the dining room, a bedroom, the den, just before my friend came over for brunch. Afterwards, I went in to work because I still could, covering for someone flooded into her town.

peppers and onions in butter

The other effect, and the reason I’m at the library right now, was that our Internet went out. That, and the phones, but who uses home phones anymore? And then tonight, the television. I’ve been a little beside myself, to be honest with you. No e-mailing? No Facebook? No blogging? I have small windows of time at work, but it’s not enough. {Incidentally, I have, once again, been reminded that I am a full-blown computer addict, and this week away is probably just what the doctor ordered.}

mixing the ingredients

So, I’m not happy about doing this to you (to me!), but Comcast says the service man can’t come until Friday, and I’m just going to have to wait. Because I hate to be away from you for so long and because I want to give you something in the meantime, I’m going to leave you with something fantastic, the egg bake I made for brunch Saturday. It’s an overnight bake, which is ideal for having friends over: do the work the night before, and the morning of, just pop it in the oven and take it out to enjoy! And even if you don’t like eggs (like I have been known to say, it’s true) you might want to still give this a try. To me, it tastes a lot like pizza, and, really, who doesn’t like that?

overnight eggs

I first had this when my best friend and her family (they of the new baby Beautiful Audrey) spent the weekend visiting, and my mom made this, among other things, for breakfast. It’s delicious. So good that I don’t know what else to say but YOU WILL LOVE IT! Really. If I were the betting type, I’d put money on it. In fact, even not the betting type, I might be willing to lay down a twenty.

eating eggs




Overnight Egg Bake*

Ingredients:
6 cups shredded cheese (I combined colby-Monterey Jack blend with shredded mozzarella)
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/3 cup sliced green onions
1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
8 ounces cooked smoked turkey, cut into thin slices
2 cups Egg Beaters, equivalent of 8 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 1/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup soy milk (*You can certainly use all regular milk, if you’d like; this choice was of necessity, based on what we had available in the fridge, but it didn’t hurt the flavor, so I’d recommend it)

Directions:
Spray a 13-by-9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle half of cheese evenly into sprayed baking dish.

Melt butter or margarine in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions, 1/2 medium bell pepper and mushrooms; cook until onions and bell pepper are tender. Arrange vegetables over cheese in baking dish. Top with smoked turkey strips. Sprinkle remaining cheese over meat.

Pour egg beaters into a large bowl. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add this flour, chopped parsley and milk/soy milk to egg beaters, and blend well. Pour over mixture in baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

To serve, heat oven to 350°F. Uncover baking dish, and put it into heated oven. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until mixture is set and top is lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. To serve, cut into squares.

*The original version of this recipe did come from a book, but my mom photocopied the sheet and stuck it in with her other things, so I’m not sure who to cite. We did alter several ingredients, subbing, removing, etc., but please, if you know who I should credit for inspiration, do let me know, and I will update as soon as I can. (Or, as soon as Comcast puts me back in the land of the living.)

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. amy

    i lived in london for 4 years – and the rain and fog are not as bad as people claim them to be. i actually loved it there – and i am proud to say i didn’t own an umbrella for the vast majority of my sojourn over there ;)

  2. Carrie

    Shanna, you know my love of London! The fist day I moved there, it seemed as though I was in a monsoon! However, soon after, most of the rainy days that followed were very light and manageable, but I did enjoy staying indoors and cooking up tasty meals. To be honest, I think the rain this weekend was worse! So thank you for giving me a new recipe to try! I’m sure there will be tons of snowy days in a few months – and I’ll be constantly checking your blog for updates!

  3. Shannalee

    Thanks for the comments, guys! Since you’ve both lived there, you know it better than I would–Amy, SO impressed you didn’t own an umbrella.

    Carrie, I’m loving your blog, too! :)

  4. Erin

    That rain last weekend was pretty crazy, but I love the excuse to cuddle up on the couch and stay inside. We had a friend in town, though, so it was bad timing to be so wet! I think I like it better when it’s cold and snowy… although the cold and snow here lasts longer than I like. I don’t know what climate would actually keep me happy ;)

    This egg bake sounds tasty. I need to do brunch with friends soon… it would be so fun! I hope your internet is fixed by now!

  5. Shannalee

    I am so with you about loving staying home on the couch. There’s nothing cozier than a rainy day at home! As far as snow–is it just me, or were the last two winters unending? I haven’t quite recovered from all our snowstorms last year (or the driving in them). Thankfully we’ve still got fall to enjoy. :)

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