Tag Archives: eggs

Simple Pleasures: Rainbow Chard Egg Scramble in a Garlic Scape Nest

Cranes Beach, one of my favorite places on earth.

Have I mentioned I’m in paradise?

Of course, there’s no such thing. But when we allow ourselves to believe this simple fairy tale, bookended with no schedules, no responsibilities, no To-Do list, and no meetings, we can almost disappear for a minute into days of endless possibility, indulgent foods of my youth, afternoons dozing on the beach, and wearing PJs until noon.

The pile of flip-flops abandoned, only to be retrieved by the end of the day, sometimes yours is still there, if not, you just take another.

We also find ourselves suddenly able to recognize and enjoy those simple pleasures, the things that in our haste to be on time, and maximize output, and multitask to the hilt, we miss. To me, there is perhaps no greater pleasure than uncomplicated meals, served outside, with friends new and old.

The view from dinner, served simply on a door and saw horses, with dogs running under foot, hoping for a nibble of some sort of deliciousness.

Each season has its ingredient “Darlings”; the things that restaurants and farms alike fall in love with and celebrate across their menus.  This year it seems to be Garlic Scapes. They are everywhere, and such fun to cook with given their beautiful shapes, savory flavor, and VIP status.

This season’s Culinary Darling: Garlic Scapes (incidentally these are beautiful in flower arrangements too).

This breakfast was the ultimate in simplicity, nothing more than some sautéed garlic scapes, wilted rainbow chard, eggs, and good sharp cheddar cheese, but eaten while looking out over the cove, and barely finishing by noon, it was, at the moment, all I wanted.

Rainbow Chard Egg Scramble in a Garlic Scape Nest
Serves 2

Rainbow Chard Egg Scramble served in a Garlic Scape Nest

1 TB Olive Oil
1 Garlic Scape, thinly sliced, avoiding the light green bottom and bulb plus 2 more for garnish
10 leaves rainbow chard, washed, dried, and coarsely chopped
4 eggs, vigorously beaten
1/4 cup extra sharp cheddar, the best you can find, loosely diced

  1. In a cast iron skillet, over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the garlic scape and cook stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes, until pungent.
  2. Add 2 TB of water to the pan and cook until water has evaporated and garlic is softened
  3. Add the rainbow chard and cook until wilted, and all liquid gone.
  4. Reduce heat to low, and add the eggs.
  5. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the cheese, and stir well to combine.
  7. Cook until desired doneness is achieved.
  8. Serve with toasted English Muffins, nestled in a Garlic Scape nest for garnish.
Advertisements

23 Comments

Filed under 15-Minute-Meals, Breakfasts, Cheap Eats, Entertaining, Health Conscious, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Slim and Trim: Baked Eggs with Sauteed Spinach, Garlic, Artichoke Hearts, and Cheddar

Mr. Martini, you know I love you, but we need to take a break.

I told you how amazing the last month was, right? And it was, truly amazing. Lots and lots of precious time with friends and family, and many a good meal shared. In fact, perhaps too many a good meal shared. It was days upon days of epic eating and drinking, and with bikini season looming, the harsh, cold reality came crashing down that I tragically no longer have the metabolism of a prepubescent teen, and unfettered weeks of “wine, bread, and cheese, repeat” can take its toll.

A blissful, and much enjoyed, weekend away in the San Juan Islands.

I’ve never been one of those people to go on crash diets, I like food too much for that, but I do appreciate the merit of recalibrating things with a bit more exercise, a few less calories, and a general increased commitment to health and wellness.

Eggs are one of my favorite teammates to eating well…high in protein, low in calories, massively flexible, and utterly satisfying. These little baked eggs are made in muffin tins, so they are just so neat and tidy (yes, I’m evenly hideously Type-A in my food presentation preferences), and when served with some light mixed greens and a piece of multigrain bread, make the perfect way to begin or end your day. I made this combo because they sounded good, and they supported what leftovers I had in the fridge, but feel free to add, delete, and subtract as your cravings, and pantry, dictate.

Baked Eggs with Sautéed Spinach, Garlic, Artichoke Hearts, and Cheddar

Serves 1

So delicious and cute to boot.

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Divide 1/2 TB butter between two non-stick muffin cups in a 6 cup tray.
  • Pop into the oven, and allow butter to melt, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from oven.
  • Set muffin tin in a larger baking dish, filled with 1 inch water. Make sure that the water isn’t going to splash into the muffin tins when you move it. (although it’s not the end of the world if it does)
  • Sprinkle a little salt and pepper in each cup.
  • Add about 1 TB sautéed spinach with garlic to each cup
  • Add one artichoke heart to each, coarsely chopped
  • Crack one egg into each, taking care not to break the yolk.
  • Top each with 1 tsp heavy cream, and a little grating of cheddar
  • Baked until white is firm, and yolk is thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • Gently pop out of tin and serve with mixed greens and buttered multigrain toast.
  • Note: If a little water does splash on, not to worry, simply pop out of the tin and allow to rest on a paper towel for a minute to absorb the moisture.

14 Comments

Filed under 15-Minute-Meals, Breakfasts, Cheap Eats, Health Conscious, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Great Escape 2011: Bucatini Pasta with garlic and anchovy, tossed with radish bulbs and greens and finished with a fried egg

Picture this. Four months before you mail in a check. Soon thereafter the emails start arriving with clues such as:

  1. Over the course of the weekend we will be visiting TWO states.
  2. Frills and fancy…there’s nothing too good for my girls.
  3. At some point on the trip we may be wearing helmets.
  4. Indulge

A week before a packing list arrives and 24 hours before you get your destination, itinerary, and plane tickets. Such is “The Great Escape” a trip that I take each year with my amazing, wonderful, incredible, and yes, highly modest and dearest friends. Each year there is one planner and they are responsible for everything. Where you’re going, what you’re spending, what you’re doing, where you’re staying, and of course, what you’re eating.

This past weekend the lovely Meghan planned our trip and off we went to Blue Ridge, Georgia for a weekend of cute accents, Southern charm, and yes, the occasional confederate flag. It was a weekend of cuddling, boozing, bonding, laughing, hot-tubbing, and of course mandatory goal setting (we didn’t get the reputation for being the nerdy kids in high school for nothing.)

 

 Weekend highlights included white water rafting, a charades championship where Madeline successfully acted out Tupperware, Rachel’s declaration that we should wake up “organically” (read 11a), and lots and lots of food.  This pasta dish wasn’t actually made on the trip, but I think I talked about it enough that the girl’s probably feel as though they had it. Don’t be worried about the interesting collection of ingredients and flavors.  This recipe came about from me combining two of my favorites and I promise you…it’s more than delicious.

Make this for an oh-so-good weeknight dinner when your summer CSA box or garden is going wild. And begin the countdown for next year’s Great Escape.

Bucatini Pasta with Garlic, Anchovy, and Olive Oil tossed with Radish Bulbs and Greens sautéed with Green Garlic and Chives and finished with a Fried Egg

Bucatini Pasta (adapted from Cozy Delicious)

1 lb bucatini (or spaghetti)
1/4 cup good olive oil
3 tablespoons sliced garlic (do slice it versus crushing or mincing..it’s better this way)
2 tablespoons anchovy paste
two shakes red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until just al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water before draining the pasta.

Meanwhile, over medium-low heat, heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the garlic and anchovy paste and cook, stirring, until the garlic begins to brown. Add the pepper flakes if using. Add in the pasta, reserved water, and cheese and toss well to combine, cooking another minute or so.

While you’re making the pasta, in a separate pan put together the radish portion of the dish.

Radish bulbs and Greens Sautéed with Green Garlic and Chives (Adapted from Hand-Farmed Organics)

2 bunches radishes
2 -3 cups ovation greens mix
1.5 Tbsp butter
1.5 Tbsp chopped green garlic
1.5 Tbsp chopped chives
salt and pepper

Clean radishes and coarsely chop the greens. Trim and quarter the bulbs.  Heat the butter in a skillet, over med. Heat.  Add radishes and cook, stirring often for 2 min. 

Stir in greens mix, radish tops, chives and garlic  until wilted.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the pasta base with the radish dish and combine well. Quickly fry up an egg and serve. So good!

4 Comments

Filed under Pasta, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Saturday Musings: Kale, Sausage, and Gruyere Frittata

Kale, Sausage, and Gruyere Frittata

This morning, was the first morning since May 7, that I didn’t wake up and have something to do. The first morning I didn’t wake up with a work and Google calendar full of meetings, and lunches, and coffee, and walks, and rides, and yoga. The first morning I didn’t need to look at a clock…and damn…it felt good.

Admittedly the past month has been extra busy, complete with a jam-packed extracurricular calendar and bi-coastal family bonanza that I could only keep thinking about while humming that “Partridge and a Pear Tree” song. You know the one I mean.

Thoroughly enjoying a lazy Saturday

So with a weekend stretching in front of me…and a life maintenance list waiting to be checked, I did the very first thing that came to mind; that I wanted to do: I Shut Up and Cooked.

This frittata is very yummy and is a great way to use up what’s in your fridge. It’s quite forgiving, so don’t be afraid to experiment or tweak it slightly to suit your taste.

Kale, Sausage, and Gruyere Frittata

Serves 4, Perfect for a lazy, Saturday morning brunch

Fresh out of the oven

1/2 lb loose Italian sausage

3 tsp olive oil

1/2 cup diced onions

1 bunch of kale, rinsed and coarsely chopped (avoiding thick part of the stems)

8 large farm fresh eggs

2 TB low-fat milk (hemp milk worked fine)

Dash of black pepper, salt, and nutmeg

3/4 cup grated Gruyere

  1. Cook the sausage in a 1o-inch ovenproof skillet until cooked through and no longer pink. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add 1 tsp olive oil to pan and cook the onion over medium heat until soft and slightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add the kale and saute until wilted about 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat the broiler. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, pepper, salt, nutmeg, sausage, and 1/2 cup of the gruyere.
  4. Return the skillet over medium heat and add remaining 2 tsp olive oil. Swirl to coat pan and edges. Pour in the egg mixture, stirring just as necessary to distribute the sausage. Arrange kale and onions over the top. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, without stirring, until the eggs begin to set, about 3 minutes.
  5. Cover and continue cooking 4 minutes longer or until eggs are almost set.

    Allowing the egg to set

  6. Sprinkle remaining gruyere over the top and place the frittata under the broiler until eggs are set and top is golden and lightly puffed, 2-3 minutes. Remove from broiler. Run a knife around the edges to loosen, and then slice into wedges.
  7. Yummy warm as well as cooler later for leftovers.

5 Comments

Filed under Breakfasts, Cheap Eats, Health Conscious

Neighborhood Loving: Turkey Sausage Egg Bake

Cane Corso Mastiff

Onca assisting at the neighborhood clean-up.

By now you’ve probably guessed that I can be a bit of a food snob. I rarely eat fast food, I don’t think twice about spending $20 on a hunk of cheese (but am appalled at how expensive the car wash is), and whenever I do get something pre-packaged at the grocery store I find myself offering a long, bumbling, drawn out excuse to the check-out teller, who frankly couldn’t care less, about why I’m buying Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese (to donate to the food bank obviously).

This weekend our lovely neighbors and neighborhood were planning a Spring Cleaning to get the streets a bit spruced up post-Winter, throw away the cans of Steel Reserve that had accumulated in the drains, and generally continue to signify to our transitional neighborhood that somebody does now actually care about it.

Mr. Wesley...taking care of business. With mittens on of course.

Our friends Brent and Ila Sole (don’t you wish that was your last name?!) offered to host a post-cleanup brunch featuring Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Fresh Baked Scones, and a few egg dishes. Ila did an amazing Artichoke Strata which I’ve already put in my bid to get the recipe for, and I decided to do a Turkey Sausage Egg Bake that been sitting in my inbox for years, helpfully labeled as “Recipes to Try”.

This recipe came my way via one of those Recipe Exchanges and is inspired from Chile, Corn & Croissants: Delicious Recipes from New Mexico Inns by Joan Stromquist. I have to admit that when I saw it called for shredded, bagged hash browns my snobby meter went off, but I pushed through…and boy am I glad I did.

This thing is delicious! A wonderful brunch addition, you can assemble it in advance, and use it as a base to throw whatever leftovers you have into. It is quite heavy, and not altogether healthy, so I wouldn’t suggest it all the time, but for a sunny, Sunday brunch with good friends, and happy dogs romping in the background, it was just the ticket.

Cane Corso Mastiff

A girl can only have so many mimosas...

Cane Corso Mastiff

And you don't want to get a sunburn.

Serve with Mimoas, Bloody Mary’s, and a side of Neighborhood Activism.

Turkey Sausage Egg Bake
Serves 8

Turkey Sausage Egg Bake

Turkey Sausage Egg Bake

3/4 pound Italian spicy turkey sausage
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red chile pepper, roasted, peeled and chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 pound package frozen hash browns, thawed (if you forget to thaw them until the morning of, like I did, just pop in the microwave for about a minute until broken apart)
1 tsp seasoned salt (or to taste)
1.5 cups cheddar cheese, grated + extra for topping
8 farm fresh eggs

Preheat oven to 350

In a large skillet, place the sausage and cook it on medium heat so that
it is brown. (Do not drain the grease). Add the bell peppers, red chile
peppers, onions and tomatoes. Saute them for 5-7 minutes, or until the
onions are tender.

Add the hash browns and saute them for 5 minutes. Add the seasoned salt
and stir it in.

Add the cheese and heat it for 2 minutes, or until it begins to melt.

Place the mixture in a lightly greased medium baking pan. Make 8 divots
in the mixture with a spoon. Place one egg in each divot. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese.

I thought this looked so cool before you baked it.

Bake the casserole for 30 minutes, or until the eggs are done, and the cheese on top is bubbling.

**Darling doggy photos compliments of the lovely Nadia Flusche.**

6 Comments

Filed under Breakfasts, Cheap Eats, Entertaining, Make ahead

Vote for the Underdogs: Beet Salad tossed in an Anchovy Infused Balsamic Dressing

Beet Salad tossed in an Anchovy Infused Balsamic Dressing, served on a Bed of Baby Arugula and topped with a Farm Fresh Soft Boiled Egg

Beet Salad tossed in an Anchovy Infused Balsamic Dressing, served on a Bed of Baby Arugula and topped with a Farm Fresh Soft Boiled Egg

Beets and anchovies. The undeserving red-headed step children of the culinary world.

I’m not really sure why. Beets are delicious when done right, a beautiful red or gold, with a firm bite and an earthy, buttery flavor. Granted, I was never forced to eat canned beets as a child so perhaps no negative associations were formed.

And anchovies offer such wonderful depth and flavor to sauces and dressings, and yet people shudder at the thought.

So I realize that by making a beet salad with anchovy dressing I’m giving them slim chances of being voted Prom King & Queen (and I know my friends Henk and Angela are cringing in horror), but hopefully at least a few of you will try this because it really is quite good.

Because of the dye transfer of the beets this is best to plate individually, although all the components save for the soft-boiled egg could be made the night before making this an elegant start to a dinner party.

Serve with a dry bubbly.

Beet Salad tossed in an Anchovy Infused Balsamic Dressing, served on a Bed of Baby Arugula and topped with a Farm Fresh Soft Boiled Egg

Serves 2 as a main, or 4 as a small starter

4 medium red and/or gold beets, washed and trimmed
2 tbsp good red wine vinegar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp anchovy paste
salt and pepper
4 farm fresh eggs
4 cups baby arugula
4 baby anchovies (optional)

Preheat oven to 400.  Add scrubbed beets to a small baking dish such as a bread pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add 1 1/2 inches of water.  Cover tightly with foil and cook for 45 minutes or until a knife can easily pierce and the beets are started to release a yummy smell. Let cool enough to handle and slide off skins. This can easily be done by simply rubbing the beat with a paper towel to get off the skins, and minimize the red fingers.

Add to blender red wine vinegar, balsamic, oil, dijon mustard, and anchovies – blend for 30 seconds until the dressing emulsifies. Taste for salt, pepper and add more anchovy paste if you want a stronger flavor.

Boiling Eggs

Add four eggs to an empty pan and fill with water until the eggs are just about 2/3 covered. Remove the eggs from pan and bring to a soft boil. Add the eggs back in and cook uncovered for 7 minutes exactly. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath in a medium-sized bowl. After seven minutes remove the eggs and plunge into the bath until cold, about 3-4 minutes. Peel (running under cold water if shells are hesitant to come off) and set aside.

To assemble toss the arugula with half of the dressing in a large bowl. Add to plates.

Add the beets to the bowl you used for the arugula, add the remainder of the dressing, toss well, and add to plates.

Arugula_Beets

Carefully cut the eggs in half and top the salad.

If desired, put a small anchovy on each egg.

Finish with salt and pepper.

Voila


8 Comments

Filed under Entertaining, Health Conscious, Lactose Free, Make ahead, Seafood, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Carbonara Made with Farm Fresh Eggs, Topped with Pork Belly

Farm Fresh Eggs

Eggs Glorious Eggs

What is the opposite of a green thumb?

Whatever it is…I’ve got it.

A reluctant gardener at best I’ve been known to kill even the hardiest of plants. We’re talking mint…rosemary…bamboo.

That’s right. For the daughter of an award-winning landscape designer, I am a total failure in the garden.

Which is why when our friend and neighbor, Casey, told us about his new CSA, Hand Farmed Organics, I immediately panicked it would sell out (we are talking about neurotic, type-a me after all), signed up for a half-share, and started pestering him about when it would start-up.

Hand Farmed Organics

The View from the Farm

Potato Planting Party

Potato Planting Party

Well…were just weeks away now from weekly deliveries of broccoli, cauliflower, and beets fresh from the ground, but what he does already have is the world’s very best eggs.

If you buy eggs at a grocery store, stop immediately. Find a farm near you and get the real thing. There is simply no comparison.

Beautifully varied, speckled white and brown shells, these eggs (whose yolks incidentally are neon orange) are the most delicious, velvety treats you’ve had in a long time.

Chicken

Hot Chick

Subsequently, I’ve been trying to think of recipes that include eggs. This carbonara topped with slow-roasted pork belly is definitely a decadent treat, but a perfect dinner for a cool spring night with friends and a good bottle of Pinot Grigio. Don’t let the Pork Belly intimidate you. Just think of it as Bacon’s wilder,  older brother.

Carbonara Made with Farm Fresh Eggs, Topped with Pork Belly
Adapted from two Food & Wine Recipes

Serves 8

Pork Belly

2 pounds boneless, skinless, meaty fresh pork belly, fat trimmed to 3/4 inch and scored
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
1 celery rib, chopped
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups chicken broth

Preheat the oven to 325°. Heat a large, deep ovenproof skillet until hot. Add the pork, fatty side down, and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, 8 minutes. Scatter the garlic, onion, celery and carrots on either side of the pork belly and cook until softened slightly, 5 minutes.

Belly Braising

Add the wine and boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover and braise in the oven for 2 hours, turning every thirty minutes, until the meat is very tender but not falling apart. Transfer the pork to a platter and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut the meat into two-inch cubes and set aside.

Carbonara

12 ounces bucatini or angel hair
1 shallot, very finely chopped
1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
4 large egg yolks, whipped
Salt
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped parsley
Freshly ground pepper

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking water.

Meanwhile heat a large skillet until hot. Add the pork belly and cook over moderate heat until most of the fat has been rendered and each side boasts a nice crisp outside, 7 minutes. Remove from pan and set on paper towels to drain. Add the shallot and garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened and beginning to brown, 3-4 minutes. Add the cream and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the hot pasta to the skillet and stir to coat, 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water, the 1/2 cup of grated cheese and then slowly add the egg yolks tossing constantly so they don’t cook onto the pasta. Season with salt. Divide the pasta into bowls, top with pork belly, and sprinkle with parsley and pepper. Serve, passing more cheese at the table.

Carbonara Topped With Pork Belly

Carbonara Topped with Pork Belly

**All photos compliments of Hand-Farmed Organics’ Kim Sklar**

5 Comments

Filed under Comfort Foods, Pasta, Uncategorized