Baked Apple French Toast

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Enjoy an extra special breakfast this weekend with this scrumptious French toast!
Instructions
  1. The night before: Melt butter in small skillet; stir in brown sugar, and corn syrup. Spread butter mixture into greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Arrange apples over butter mixture, top with bread slices.
  2. In large bowl, beat eggs on medium speed 3 minutes. Add half and half milk, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract; beat on medium speed 2 minutes. Pour mixture evenly over bread slices; cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next morning: Preheat oven to 350°, sprinkle nuts, and cinnamon over bread. Bake, uncovered, 40 minutes, or until bread is golden brown.
  4. Serve with warm syrup. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with cream cheese, if desired. Garnish with strawberries, if desired.

Tomato Bisque with Parmesan Crountons

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The ultimate "This is so good! What is this called?" dish!
Instructions
  1. In large saucepot, heat 2 teaspoons butter and oil over medium heat. Add carrot, onion, and celery, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato juice, thyme, sugar, and pepper. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat;
  2. Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Place bread slices on rimmed baking pan. Divide and spread remaining 1 teaspoon butter over bread slices, and sprinkle each with cheese. Broil 3 to 5 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
  3. In batches, transfer soup to blender and puree. Transfer pureed soup to large bowl before pureeing next batch.
  4. To serve, ladle soup into individual soup bowls. Top each with Parmesan croutons and garnish with thyme leaves.