Greg and I both enjoy motorsports and have always wanted to attend a live NHRA drag racing event. People sometimes ask me why I enjoy extreme sports such as drag racing and Hydroplane racing. For me, I enjoy the power, speed, and competition of the races. There is a level of discipline that is required for extreme sports that I admire. Working in the software field, our projects are dependent upon people from different departments bringing together their talents to turn out a top product for our customers. In the sports I enjoy, there is teamwork across the support teams and the driver to bring together their talents for a winning time!
I particularly like the top fuel dragsters and Greg likes the Nitro funny cars. So we planned a trip to Norwalk Ohio to attend an NHRA qualifying race on July 7, 2012 at Summit Motorsport Park. We stayed at a wonderful B&B called Alva Glen that is conveniently located about 9-miles from the racetrack. If you are in the area, we recommend that you stay at their B&B. John and Gail are wonderful hosts and are genuine people. Their house is situated in a scenic location that is restful, peaceful, and away from the main highway but yet close to the track and restaurants. Breakfast was wonderful with fresh fruit, juices, coffee, tea, an egg casserole, bacon, and homemade sticky rolls. I love breakfast and could easily get spoiled with such wonderful home cooking. I must admit it is a nice break from my daily protein shake and banana. Check out their website.
Once we fueled up our bodies, we headed off to the Motorsport Park excited to see the races. However, Ohio was having rare extreme hot temperatures. The Motorsport Park was over 100 degrees and was oppressively hot. Before leaving for our trip, we went shopping at a sports store to find a hat for Greg. He spent a half hour trying on hats with different colors. Finally, after much debate among a black, white, and gray hat, we settled on the black hat. We arrived at the Motorsports Park and did not make it into the stands, when we stopped at a NHRA souvenir trailer. Within a minute we had purchased a white John Force hat with green flames. It is amazing how fast $28 can fly out of your wallet when you want something bad enough. A southern gentleman working in the trailer asked if we wanted him to cut off the tag so Greg could wear it. He proceeded to tell us he tries not to wear black in hot weather. Good advice for us Yankees! What were we thinking! You might wonder what happened to the brand new black hat? At first we used it to cover our water from the hot sun. No idea if that was helpful or not. Then it got relegated to the bottom of our tote bag. So much for spending so much time agonizing over that hat decision!
We enjoyed the great food we experienced during our trip especially the B&B’s egg casserole. After researching many recipes, we took what we felt was the best from each recipe to create one we would enjoy. Our Scrambled Egg Bake will always take us back to Alva Glen B&B and our first NHRA race! For the next part of our story click here.
Ingredients I like to use….
6 – 8 ounces Sliced Mushrooms
1 Medium Red Pepper, diced
3 Green Onions, diced
2 Slices of Thick Cut Ham, diced
½ to 1 cup Lowfat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Skim Milk, about 3 tbsp
Salt and Pepper
½ cup Lowfat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
A few timesaving tips I hope will help you….
You can assemble this dish the night before. In the morning take it out of the refrigerator for about 30-minutes before baking. After I cook my mushrooms, I like to rinse them with cool water and dry them to remove the extra olive oil because I do not like it in my egg bake. Depending upon how strong your green onions are, you may add more or less.
This is a great dish to make ahead for your breakfast. It takes about a minute to microwave a serving and you have delicious breakfast before you head off to work!
You can substitute the vegetables and meat for what you enjoy. Try different combinations until you find your winning dish!
Here is how I prepare the meal… but feel free to experiment….
Spray an 8×12 dish with non-stick spray. Sauté your mushrooms and red pepper with a little olive oil over low heat until tender.
Make your egg mixture by scrambling your eggs with milk, salt, pepper, and cheddar cheese. Pour mixture over your vegetables and ham. Cover and place in the refrigerator or bake immediately at 375 degrees for 45 – 60 minutes depending upon your oven and if you are using a glass pan.