by Sybil PrattMarch, 2006
Rise and shine
Carol Gordon, a successful innkeeper on Cape Cod, quickly learned that to survive, she'd need a batch of timesaving recipes; it's no fun getting up at 4:30 a.m. to start baking the morning muffins. So, she began to collect ideas from other small inns, B&andampB's, and family and friends for dishes that can be prepared the night before. The result is Sleep On It, 150 recipes that delectably demonstrate how a little premeditation (the good kind) allows you to serve up fabulous breakfasts, brunches, lunches, appetizers and more with little fuss and lots of flavor. You do all the prep the night before, then pop the dish in the oven and, voilˆ, there's a breakfast/brunch of Apple Oat Cakes, Easy Wild Rice Quiche or CrÂme Br&anducirclÅ½e French Toast. Quick-to-fix Mushroom Rolls that bake in 10 minutes make an elegant augmentation to the cocktail hour, then you can treat guests to Spinach Lasagne, Salmon Mexicana or Vidalia Onion Corn Casserole with an Almond Pear Clafoutis for the finale. A great way to entertain without strain.