I was supposed to make the strata for Christmas Eve morning but that's when I was just getting over my sickness and did not feel like doing anything! As it was I needed to make food for Christmas eve at the in-law's and then Christmas Day dinner so adding another thing to my list was not appealing to me. So it's 4 days after Christmas and I finally get the umph to make it for lunch! It turned out to be really simple and delicious. It's also a very good base for adding whatever kind of alternatives you'd prefer like Sausage or bacon, potatoes or tomatoes! I love the fact that it has eggs on top because it looks very cool and I really like the taste of the runny yolk with asparagus...reminds me of our New York trip when I ate Eggs Benedict every morning! That brings up another recipe I need to try again! I only did half of the recipe in an 8" square pan but I found I still needed to use about 8 eggs and almost all the milk I guess because the bread still absorbed a lot.