Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mrs. North Carolina International is a Celebrity Chef at Golden Living Senior Center

MMM....My Stuffed French Toast to share!
I am wearing an apron that Joseph's Grandmother Mamma made....


Volunteer, June, Bryan, Natasha Braden ~ Regional Director
Me, Monica ~ Marketing

Byan Rife ~ Activities Director Golden Living

Golden Living Nurses

Mary ~ Central Supplies

The Certificate they presented to me for my time

Signing Autographs for residents and staff

Our photo and my BIO on Calendar Wall

An event had been included on July's Calendar for the residents at Golden Living located on 5th Street in Charlotte. I was to be their Celebrity Chef! Bryan Rife, who is the Activities Director invited me to prepare my favorite recipe to share with the residents. I of course chose my Stuffed French Toast!

This recipe has been enjoyed by my family for the past 17 years! When I was pregnant with my first son Andrew; Joseph and I stayed in a local B&B before he was born. The hostess of the B&B served us this dish for breakfast. Stuffed French Toast has become a Griner Family Tradition to enjoy on the Holidays especially Easter and Christmas! It is a recipe that can be made ahead of time to enjoy the next day. I usually serve it with maple sausage, fresh fruit, syrup, and whip ceam.

Two of the residents were able to help me. One counted and cracked all eight eggs then another so intentently whisked the egg batter. Due to privacy reasons there are no photos of all of the sweet residents in their chef hats. I was touched when Bryan gave me a certificate as appreciation of my time. I have an open invitation and next time will bring PP4Alz Teens to the Golden Living Senior Center. Natasha Braden has also invited me to make a visit at any of the other Golden Living Centers! ROAD TRIP!

Golden Living is a family of healthcare companies committed to enriching the lives of its residents and patients. Our comprehensive approach ensures our patients receive the most innovative and expert care possible, while our compassion and dedication keeps our focus exclusively on the individual.

Golden Living Senior Center ~ 2616 5th Street, Charlotte

I have included the recipe below! ENJOY!

Stuffed French Toast

If you can, mix the ingredients the night before, then bake it the next morning.

1 Loaf Egg Bread (also know as Challah Bread)
8 Eggs
1-8oz Cream Cheese
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
6 tbsp butter melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 X 9 baking pan with Pam Butter Spray. Cube bread and layer 1/2 in baking pan. Cut cream cheese into pieces and place on top of bread. Cover with remaining bread cubes. Whisk milk, eggs, maple syrup, and butter and pour evenly over bread in baking pan. Press bread cubes to soak up egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight if possible. Next day, sprinkle with Cinnamon. Bake with aluminum foil “tented” over the baking dish in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Bake uncovered another 15 minutes (times are estimates, based on oven temperatures), until it is toasted brown on the top and "puffy". Serve with warm maple syrup, assorted berries, bacon or sausage balls, and fresh whipped cream.

Mrs. North Carolina International
Cynthia Griner

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