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Frito Pie ... Where have you been all my life?

I grew up in the Midwest and swear I ate a casserole 5 out of 7 nights of the week.

Exceptions included when Dad fired up the Weber, Popcorn Night (an event punctuated by watching Love Boat and Fantasy Island) and Night Breakfast, when we'd eat (you guessed it) breakfast for dinner.

I was fairly certain I'd eaten every casserole known to man until I stumbled across a recipe for Frito Pie online.

I was intrigued, to say the least.

Frito Pie essentially is a beefy, chili-like mixture piled on top of Frito corn chips and topped with lots of cheese and more Fritos. So, on a recent cold, gray spring day decided to give it a whirl.

Um, wow.

One bite and I was smitten. It's not fancy or elegant. You wouldn't serve it when trying to impress company. Rather, it's classic comfort food at its best. Unapologetically simple. Undeniably tasty.

I researched Frito Pie and learned of its origins in the south. It gained popularity on concession stand menus where it's often serve…


It's funny how intertwined food is with certain family traditions.

For me, holiday brunch isn't the same without my mom's Bacon Brunch Casserole, a light, fluffy egg bake loaded with hickory-smoked bacon and sharp cheddar cheese.

I've been eating this casserole on Christmas mornings and at Easter brunches for as long as I can remember. And it's the first casserole my kids would eat without complaint. (Ew, Mom! Everything's touching!)

There are three things I love most about this casserole.

1) You make it the night before serving it. This gives me an excuse to take a break from wrapping Christmas gifts or putting jelly beans inside plastic Easter eggs, and also keeps me from being trapped in the kitchen Christmas and Easter morning.

2) It's fool-proof. Seriously, cube bread, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper and dry mustard and toss it all with a pound of bacon and lots of cheddar cheese. Let it sit 8-12 hours and bake for an hour at 350. Easy peasy.

3) It…

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