Bring Your Favorite Whine

About a year and a half ago, I started a new job with a different company. In this role, I have an opportunity to work with a wide variety of staff members, but not an exceptional amount with any one of them. Early on, I knew I wanted to take steps to get to know my new co-workers to make the transition easier, so I started a tradition of Final Fridays.

The concept was to hold a 15-30 minute gathering later in the afternoon of the last working friday of the month. Nothing big, but a chance for everyone to come out of their offices and interact on a more social level.

The first theme I picked was Whine and Cheese. Everyone brought in a different or unique cheese and we stood around taste testing the cheese and sharing our favorite “whine”. Additional months followed and additional partners-in-crime took over the ownership of the event. We occasionally had a pot luck lunch, ordered in, tasted salsa and held a gift exchange.

A recent month, it was brunch time! We moved it to a 9am time and everyone brought in breakfast related dishes.

I decided to do a slow cooker breakfast potato dish, so I could prep it the night before and wake up to a nice hot side dish.

The recipe calls for corn flakes that you crumble. I had some corn flake crumbs in the pantry and used those. As I found, it was too fine of a crumble and really changed the texture.

It was an easy dish. Throw in the ingredients. The crumbs, being very fine, soaked up the liquids and ended up being more mushy than crunchy.

Cover with some of the crumbs.

It did brown up nicely. I set it on low for about 7 hours.

The taste was pretty good, but, again, the texture was a bit off. Crumble your own corn flakes.

Crock Pot Hash Browns Casserole

Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 3 hrs | Makes: 12-16


  • 2 (16 ounce) frozen hash brown potatoes
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup dried onions
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 dash black pepper
  • 2 cup corn flakes, crushed and divided


1. Stir together butter, onions, hash browns, soup, milk, cheese, pepper, and 1/2 of the cornflakes.

2. Pour into greased crock pot.

3. Top with remaining corn flakes.

4. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.

Nutritional Info:

Calories 356.7 Calories from Fat 231 Total Fat 25.7 g Saturated Fat 15.1 g Cholesterol 67.3 mg Sodium 619.4 mg Total Carbohydrate 24.2 g Dietary Fiber 1.3 g Sugars 1.7 g Protein 8.8 g


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Categories: Breakfast, Cheese2, kosher, Recipes, Side Dish, Slow Cooker, Vegetable2, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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7 Comments on “Bring Your Favorite Whine”

  1. January 26, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I love the “get together” idea that you had at the company. What a cool way to get everyone together.


  2. January 26, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    I love your tradition with your staff! Thank you for this excellent idea! ~Patricia


  3. January 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    What a great idea!


  4. January 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    What a fantastic way to bond! 🙂


  5. January 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    What a wonderful idea “Final Fridays” Very creative…..and the recipe…I’ll be trying this one. Sounds great for a busy weekday breakfast.


  6. January 28, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    What a great way to connect with co-workers. I have baked bread and brought it into work it was a great hit.



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