For her latest cooking show, “Cooking with Madjon and Friends,” Eileen Hutson, also known as Madjon, prepared a wonderful Christmas Day brunch with her sister Imogene Clark. Her creative twist on traditional brunch fair is sure to please the pickiest crowd.


You can watch her show on ASTV, channel 95 on Atlantic Broad Band, and on www.aikenstandard.com.


Christmas Brown Sugar Thick Bacon


15-20 minutes


Prep time: 5 minutes


Cook time: 20 minutes


6-8 servings


1 pound, sliced thick bacon


½ cup brown sugar


1 teaspoon cayenne


½ tsp black pepper


2 tsp Grill Mates mesquite flavor


Preheat oven 400 degrees. Mix the brown sugar, cayenne, black pepper and mesquite together, and spread on both sides of the bacon. Pace on top of a raised sheet. Place in oven for about 20 minutes or until browned.


Belgian Pumpkin Waffles


30 minutes


Prep time: 10 minutes


Cook time: 5 minutes


Makes 12, 4 inch waffles


2 cups Bisquick


¾ cup milk


1 egg, beaten


1 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup canned pumpkin


2 tablespoons vegetable oil


½ cup walnuts, chopped


1 teaspoon cinnamon


½ teaspoon nutmeg


Heat waffle iron until hot. Mix the Bisquick, milk, egg, oil, spices and vanilla until blended. Add pumpkin and walnuts. Cook on the waffle iron until the waffle stops steaming. Serve warm.


Christmas Fruit Salad


Total time: 20 minutes


Prep time: 20 minutes


Cook time: none


12 servings


1 fresh pineapple


2 cups whole seedless grapes


1 jar maraschino cherries, cut in half


3 kiwi, peeled and diced


1 can mandarin oranges, drained


1 pint blueberries, cleaned, whole


1 cup coconut


¼ cup lemon juice


Peel, cut and cube all fresh fruits, except the grapes and place in a bowl. Add canned fruits, grapes, coconut and mix with the lemon juice. Chill.


Imo’s Ham and Cheese Quiche


Total time: 1 hour


Prep time: 15 minutes


Cook time: 45 minutes


6-8 servings


Pie crust, unbaked


1 cup Swiss cheese


½ cup cooked ham finely chopped


2 green onions


1 cup fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped


1 can evaporated milk


3 eggs


½ teaspoon salt


¼ teaspoon pepper


¼ teaspoon flour


½ cup cheese, to sprinkle on top


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pie crust. Chop green onions, place in bottom of the crust. Spread 1 cup of shredded swiss cheese in the pie crust. Mix milk, eggs, flour, salt and pepper together. Place spinach on top of the cheese and pour your mixture on top of the spinach then top with another 1/2 cup of the cheese. Bake for about 45 minutes or until done.


Fried Christmas Cheese Grit Balls


20 minutes


Prep time: 10 minutes


Cook time: 12 minutes


Yield: 10 servings


4 servings, cooked grits, cooled


1 egg, beaten


1 teaspoon each onion and garlic powder


Salt and pepper, to taste


2 green onions, chopped


1 ½ cups white or yellow cheese, shredded


1 seedless jalapeno pepper, diced


1 ½ cups Panko crumbs


Cool the grits and place in a mixing bowl. Add spices, egg, onions, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add onions and jalapeno. Add the cheese. Mix and form into a 2 inch ball and roll into the panko crumbs. Fry in heated oil about 2 inch deep. Cook until brown on both sides.