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Well, now that we have the holiday season finished for another year, just about everyone has most likely had their fill of the holiday food. It's always fun to prepare and eat holiday treats, but most all of us reach a point when we've had a gracious plenty. We get to the point where we would like some good, regular food.

Let's have something very basic and very inexpensive to make, "Welsh Rabbit", or as it's sometimes called, "Welsh Rarebit". Before I continue, I'd like to emphasize that despite its name, there's NO meat at all used in this! The story goes that a cook was asked to find a rabbit to cook for a king's dinner. When the cook couldn't come up with a rabbit, he made a cheese dish, presenting it to the king and calling it "Welsh Rabbit". It's a simple recipe and a beginning cook could make this. This would be a good main dish to make that goes together fast.

This is how easy it is to prepare: you make a cheese sauce out of butter, flour, milk and some seasonings. You add grated cheese to the hot sauce and it's ready to serve over toast. That's that! This can be served at breakfast, too. If you wanted a more filling meal, serve this with crisp, cooked bacon, whether you serve this for breakfast or dinner. For dinner, you could serve a vegetable to go along with it. At breakfast, you could serve fruit with this. Sometime ago, I shared a recipe for "Layered Fruit Salad" that would be pretty to serve at anytime, but it would be very healthful to serve at breakfast. To get this recipe, here's the link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/layers-of-fruit-create-this-recipe

Another good food in the winter that's inexpensive and filling is potatoes and to get some good potato suggestions, here's the link to a video that tells you how:

http://www.examiner.com/article/comfort-food-delicious-potato-recipes

If your palate would like some regular food after the holidays, try this simple, down to earth recipe:

WELSH RABBIT (RAREBIT)

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 slices toast

Melt butter and add flour, along with the salt and make a smooth paste. Add the milk gradually while stirring. Cook over low heat until mixture thickens. Add the cheese, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce and continue cooking until smooth and cheese has melted. Serve immediately on toast. Serves 3 generously.

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