Just a little something I whipped up after reviewing all my posts in 2015… (Turn on the speakers and settle in, because it’s about 4 1/2 mins long!)
no videos these years but… 2013 & … too busy wrapping up my thesis at the end of 2014!
It all starts with a Kringle in early December.
That delicious Nordic treat of pastry dough and filling shaped into a ring. And apparently Racine, Wisconsin is the epicenter of such a treat!
Next the fancy box of chocolates, with an edible “logo” chocolate bar of course! These folks know how to plan ahead!!
By the time we entered the week leading up to Christmas, the office was receiving treats practically hourly! (not that I am complaining one bit!) There was a box from New York’s little Italy – full of authentic meat, cheese and cookies! oh those cookies were good! The whole thing was so good that I couldn’t even get a picture snapped before we were descending like seagulls attacking. It was 10:30 in the morning.
After that… more candy!
( you notice many are already missing!)
And basically onto full “holiday carnage” as the deliveries reached a fever pitch…
And finally on Christmas eve (yes a few of us are working today!)… the last of the pastries that came the other day….they won’t last the morning!
When I considered the restaurant brunch options for Mother’s Day in my mom’s hometown I couldn’t think of any place nicer then her porch. Besides I know her likes and dislikes better than any chef and I love to cook!
We had a full day ahead of us, opening up the porch to ready it for summer, changing out storm windows for screens and getting the hoses out in the extensive yard.
So breakfast on Mother’s Day was not going to be an elaborate, leisurely affair but rather a quick, nourishing start to our busy day.
And lucky for everyone her garden chives are already up so I paired that with the “corn and tomatoes on the porch” leftovers from the night before to make tasty omelets!
So fresh and yummy – even if I do say so myself! and of course it’s never really too early for a decadent dessert made with early strawberries, warmed slightly and sweetened with just a touch of honey, served over the best vanilla ice cream! (crumbled chocolate brownies optional!)
I actually graduate tomorrow (yippee!) and I am looking forward to new and more frequent blog entries now that I can have my life back! Stay tuned….
Well really just eggs because although I made lamb I didn’t photograph it.
Today – a week before Easter/Passover, a foot of snow in the backyard, the Bruins struggling to stay afloat towards the playoffs and the Red Sox 15 days away from their season opener, I decided to try vintage recipe.
I decided to try this weird egg dish that I came across in the pages of an old Better Homes and Garden publication. (circa 1970’s) A “Swiss egg bake” that was listed under the “budget-stretching cheese and egg dishes” section.
Admittedly my husband straight-up told me he wasn’t going to try it if I made it.
I said I wouldn’t force him. :)
Sometimes you see something that is so wrong that you think “it must be right.” Prudently I decided right away to cut the recipe in half. That way I wouldn’t feel so bad if “no one” ate it.
Basically you mix and heat onion, canned soup, yellow mustard, Swiss cheese and milk together till hot but not bubbling and pour into a sprayed casserole dish and crack eggs into (onto?) the hot liquid. Line the edges with buttered toast and bake for 30 mins or so at 350 degrees until the eggs are set. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley before serving. ( oh and I would suggest letting this one cool off from the oven for a good 20 mins or so before sticking in your mouth – cause its HOT!)
So I pretty much followed directions – although I decided to saute fresh minced onion in a little butter first instead of using the dried instant minced onion called for. I think it was good but it did make it a tiny bit greasy perhaps. I also used an organic, gluten-free cream of mushroom soup instead of regular canned cream of chicken. And maybe my ratio of dairy ( I used full fat half and half instead of milk) was off because I didn’t feel this wasn’t as thick as it could have been coming out of the saucepan and into the baking dish.
Did I succeed? you be the judge…
Looking back I think perhaps if my sauce was much thicker to begin with the eggs might have been cuddled in better and maintained their shape. But coming upon the hard egg yolk swimming a sea of sauce was kinda fun. But really I just think they photoshop’d the crap out of the picture.
Production notes: if you like this dish and you could get it to be all pretty and such with the eggs and their yolks in all that glory – you could easily make this gluten-free and serve with veggies dippers instead – think artichoke spears and roasted slabs of carrot!
An indulgent dessert from last year’s sunnier holiday!
Happy Fourth of July weekend!
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I have emerged from a semester of researching my thesis and as I reflect back on my spring of research and very little cooking, one day stands out for me…(in Massachusetts this day is three holidays in one)
1. “Patriots’ Day” – A day commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution (battles of Lexington & Concord)
or perhaps it was a day of meaning for you as…
2. “Easter Monday” – The second day of the octave of Easter Week and/or second day of bright week. (not quite sure what all this means but wikipedia says it true, so it must be, right?)
or perhaps for you it was…
3. “marathon monday” – This is the day that the Boston Marathon is run and of course a Red Sox game is always scheduled around 11am.
Or maybe it was simply….just a Monday.
For me it meant a rare whole day off without having to report into work or attend a class. And that gave me a day to actually cook. Since my husband and I both worked the day before on Easter, I decided to make a delayed Easter dinner.
And what’s more delicious than a leg of lamb? Plus my local butcher was having a sale on lamb. Of course when I arrived at the store I forgot that a “leg of lamb” is actually quite big – like “feed 20 people big.” So I had to settle on a 4 lb de-boned top portion of a leg that the butcher mercifully had for me.
I took it home, rinsed it and patted it dry and ended up flapping it out flat, coating on all sides with the wonderful lamb seasoning from Penzey’s and rolling it back up and tying it with string. (kinda like a porchetta)
I stuck to the classics and roasted cut potatoes and onions with fresh rosemary and sage and served sautéed asparagus along side. No mint jelly here but if you need it, serve it.
Late update: Apparently May 7th is “National Leg of Lamb” Day so next year I will cook my leg and do homework on that day instead!
Happy Easter and Happy “National Pineapple Upside Down Cake” Day!
yup its a real day and you can read all about it here.
While I didn’t make cake, I did make muffins. With one simple substitution to basic corn muffin mix I was able to turn something ordinary into something special.
Simply substitute the oil called for in your cornbread recipe/mix with equal amounts of pureed pineapple. This gives a nice citrus zing to the muffins. If you want it a little sweeter, add in some honey or brown sugar to the batter – or better yet serve with honey butter!
Please forgive my lack of blogging/cooking lately as I am finishing up a crucial semester in grad school and thesis deadlines are making it almost impossible to cook at all! Be done soon and looking forward to more cooking!