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Irish Eggs May 14, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast,Comfort Food,Vegetarian — alaskafoodmom @ 11:26 am
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I was recently flipping through a Martha Stewart Living magazine at the dentist office and came across a beautiful picture of eggs with tomatoes and melted cheese. I glanced at the recipe very briefly and tried to make a mental note of the name of the recipe, which I thought was Eggs a la Kevin. However, when I returned home and searched the website I came up with a dish that was completely different from what I had envisioned. Either Martha is getting very good at hiding her recipes on her website or I had a complete mental block on what I thought I had read. Either way I came up with this version which turned out to be very good. My husband even gave it a shot and said he liked it. I gave it the name Irish Eggs because I used one of my favorite cheeses, Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese, which is imported from Ireland. You can locate it at your local grocery store in the imported/specialty cheese section. Feel free to play around with the types of tomatoes you use. Heirloom varieties from the Farmer’s Market would be delicious in this and would give it some great color. You also don’t have to use full size tomatoes, cherry tomatoes sliced in half would be yummy as well.

1 tablespoon butter (please don’t substitute margarine, it’s not the same)
2 eggs (see Thoughts for the Day on buying eggs)
1 tomato sliced
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Aged white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

Preheat oven broiler on high. Move oven rack to within 6 inches of heater element. In a small oven proof saute pan heated over medium heat, melt butter until bubbly. Add in whole eggs taking care to not break the yolk. Cook until the egg whites just start to turn white. Nestle the sliced tomatoes on top of the eggs between the yolks. Season with salt and pepper. Top with sliced cheese and place into the oven. Cook until the cheese is melted and slightly golden, about 2-3 minutes. Be sure to watch the eggs, as you don’t want to overcook them and you will want a runny yolk. Serve with sliced artisan garlic bread that has been toasted.

 

Banana Bread May 4, 2011

Filed under: Breakfast,Comfort Food,Dessert — alaskafoodmom @ 6:59 am
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When I met my husband, he went on and on about how great his Grandma Uthe’s banana bread was.  I asked for the recipe and tweaked it a bit as I always do with recipes.  I don’t use a mixer for this recipe; rather a sturdy fork does all the work.  Great exercise for your arms and you get a better feel for when the ingredients are done being mixed.  Serve bread with butter, cream cheese or cranberry-banana jam.

½ cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar together until a light yellow color with a fork or mixer.  Mix in eggs and whip until the batter begins to double.  Fold in mashed bananas and vanilla with rubber spatula.  Sift in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Fold in dry ingredients until just incorporated.  Pour mixture into a greased bread pan or 3 mini loaf pans.  Bake for 50 – 60 minutes until center comes out clean with a tooth pick.  If bread begins to brown too quickly, lightly tent with foil.  Cool and slice to serve.