August 21, 2009

Simple French Toast

I grew up in the Midwest, where there is no such thing as a diner. The closest thing I can think of is Perkins or Denny's. So, after I met My Husband and I made my first few trips to visit him in New Jersey, I was introduced to the wonder that is the diner.
If you've never been to a diner, and if you haven't been to the East Coast that is very possible, then you would be amazed at the size of the menu. At any time of the day you can get a full breakfast, lunch or dinner. Depending on your mood or what you are craving it's on there. I think some diner's pride themselves on the number of items on their menus.
I would always get so overwhelmed by what was on the menu when I first came out here, that I often went with simple French Toast. I knew I would enjoy it, and never really made it at home so it was a good choice. I have since figured out that I prefer diners for breakfast over other times of the day. Getting a plate of eggs any way you like them with some crispy hash browns and any type of toast you want is what often appeals to me. My Boys, on the other hand, are pancake purists and just want a side of sausage with them.
So, when I received a cookbook to review for The Voice of Mom, I ended up choosing a simple recipe for French Toast to test from it. You can check out my review of the book over HERE.

Now, I chose this recipe for a couple of reasons. First, it was one of the few in this vegetarian cookbook that immediately appealed to me (I knew all the ingredients and didn't have to buy anything "special" to make it). Second, I also figured if it was as easy as the recipe made it sound, then I might actually be able to do this on one of my busy weekdays when school starts back up in September.

The French Toast came out perfectly using the recipe in the book as a guideline (you can find the recipe on my post at The Voice of Mom). Nice and crisp on the outside, but soft on the inside with the perfect amount of sugar and cinnamon. It was as simple as I had hoped, so when school starts back up I might actually make a homemade breakfast a couple times a week.

Over the next week, you will notice some "new" voices here at Family, Friends and Food. I'm off to enjoy a much needed family vacation, and several of my Food Blogging Friends were nice enough to write some Guest Posts for me to keep my little blog a "happening" place. So, please stop back by and see what they have to share, and leave a comment so they feel welcome! I'll be back with some restaurant reviews from our trip and hopefully, some other fun tidbits to share as well!

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Michele said...

I love french toast! It's one of my favorite breakfast foods!

Have fun on your vacation!

Oh and I'm finally trying Reservoir Tavern Pizzeria tonight!

Mary said...

Patsy, enjoy your vacation. We'll all be here when you return.

Jamie said...

I always ordered French Toast when my family went out to breakfast restaurants growing up. I still love French Toast.

Have a wonderful vacation!

Lynda said...

I love french toast too; it's a kind of comfort food for our family.This one looks great!
Have a great vacation, Patsy!

Jan said...

I live in MI... the best 'diners' of the kind you're talking about here are the restaurants that open 'way early' and close around 2pm. Nothing fancy and near farm country. Recently I've discovered a new diner offering. 2 eggs, meat and a big pancake instead of toast that's often a cold afterthought.
I love French Toast!

HoneyB said...

I much prefer french toast over pancakes but I rarely eat it. This looks delicious - I'm on my way to check out the recipe and your review! Enjoy your time off!

thebrunettebaker said...

Nowadays, you'll find diners owned by Greeks, hence the influence in th food. We ate at The Majestic Diner in Atlanta recently. We split a Baklava Sundae for dessert...I said "Why haven't I thought to make this?" :)

Christy said...

French Toast is one of my favorite breakfast items and this looks delicious!!

Enjoy your vacation!! Can't wait to hear about it when you return.

Girl Japan: April Marie Claire said...

French toast always hits the spot- it is one of those fabulous weekend brunch dishes that I have grown up on.. and LOVE!

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