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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 9:21 am

Spinach Feta Croissant Strata

6 croissants, cut in half horizontally

6 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups milk

1 package chopped spinach, thaw and drain well

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper and nutmeg

6 ounces grated Monterey jack cheese

7 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Arrange croissant halves with sides overlapping in a greased 9x13 baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, spinach, and spices. Pour over croissants.

Sprinkle cheese over spinach mixture. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Uncover and bake 40 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

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Chocolate Fondue

7 ounces good semisweet chocolate

1/3 cup heavy cream

1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules

2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)

For serving: pound cake, doughnuts, long-stemmed strawberries, bananas or pretzels

Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Add the cream, zest, coffee, and liqueur and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a fondue pot and serve warm with pound cake, doughnuts, strawberries, bananas or pretzels.

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