Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How to color Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes

I found this really cool chart on "How to color Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes" and thought I would pass it on. Found it just in time for Easter.

 How to Colour Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes
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Hollandaise Sauce Can Top other Foods

My last post was about Eggs Benedict in honor of National Eggs Benedict Day 
I rambled on about how it's my favorite thing to eat for breakfast because of the Hollandaise Sauce. Because of that I thought I would continue the topic and reiterate the fact that Hollandaise Sauce can top other foods other than Eggs Benedict. The picture above is a good example of that.

About my Photo
I love to grill out every chance I can get and this is a photo of the food I cooked on the grill and a prime example of how Hollandaise Sauce can be topped over other foods. As you can see in my photo, I have grilled chicken (see those lovely black grill marks) baked potatoes, asparagus and buttered garlic bread, all of which are perfect topped with Hollandaise.

Now I also like to serve it over really thick steamed or baked fish steaks. 
You know like you would serve fish florentine. I wilt a hand-full of fresh spinach in it just like florentine but instead of putting the cheese in the sauce (if I'm hungry for cheese) I just sprinkle it on top at the very last.

Hollandaise sauce  is rich rich rich and I always make a large pot of it when I make it. When I grill "it's a pig out day" for us so I make sure I have plenty of garlic bread so we can sop up all the Hollandaise sauce that we want. It's almost like a fondue without the cheese. Now I'm not that great at making the sauce. I do like it smooth and creamy and I do have my days where it's not as slick as I would like it.  If the heat is not just right the ingredients will seperate and the sauce breaks. If it's real bad I have to start over.

What is Hollandaise Sauce?
"Hollandaise sauce is an emulsion of butter and lemon juice using egg yolks as the emulsifying agent, usually seasoned with salt and a little black pepper or cayenne pepper. It is a French sauce, so named because it was believed to have mimicked a Dutch sauce. Hollandaise sauce is well known as a key ingredient in Eggs Benedict. The sauce is one of the five sauces in the French haute cuisine mother sauce repertoire."

Here's the Ingredients I used
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1½ sticks butter, (170g or ¾ cup) cut into small pieces
  • 1 tsp. parsley

Okie Doke yall- If your a lover of egg yolk and butter; I sure hope you try it and tell me how you liked it. If you have other ideas on how to serve it I would sure like to know. Have a great day everyone and remember Hollandaise sauce can top other foods.

Eggs Benedict is the Breakfast for me!

Ok what your looking at is a plate of Eggs Benedict-

Eggs Benedict is an American breakfast dish that consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or baconpoached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce. I'm blogging about eggs Benedict today because every April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day. This is one breakfast that hits my taste buds to a T. I love a poached egg because I like the yellow of my eggs runny and I could eat Hollandaise sauce by the spoonfuls. I can just taste that emulsion of egg yolk and melted butter with a touch of cayenne pepper right now. ha ha ha- I even like to squeeze a bit of lemon on top.

My favorite restaurant for Eggs Benedict is..........

(drum roll please.....) The Cheesecake Factory. What? You didn't know the Cheesecake Factory had Eggs Benedict? Well they do. In fact they have a lovely brunch menu on Sunday mornings and Eggs Benedict is always what I order. I know I shouldn't but I always order extra sauce. It's a good thing we only go for breakfast there once a month. We would go more often if we lived closer to the restaurant but .... woe is me it takes an hour and 15 minutes to get there.

Do you make your own Hollandaise Sauce?

I try and make it off and on but I'm not real good at it. I can never get it as smooth as I want it to be. I love it pored over baked vegetables along-side a grilled steak. Hummm I wonder what else it's good on?

Mark your calendar, Holidays to remember-

Links for you from my website
I hope everyone goes out for breakfast today and enjoys a plate of Eggs Benedict.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Use up leftover spiral ham for hot Croque-monsieur sandwiches

April 15
Today celebrates National Glazed Spiral Ham Day - an unofficial food holiday celebrated annually on April 15th.
So that means there's going to be a lot of people out there eating spiral hams today. (not to mention the fact that ham is a meat choice for many Easter celebrations.)
But what about the left-overs?
Well I like to make hot Croque-monsieur sandwiches with my left-overs. Instead of putting the cheese on the inside and toasting or frying it like a grill cheese sandwich... put the cheese on the top of the sandwich and melt it on top. Eat it with a fork and eat it hot! These sandwiches are just perfect for breakfast, lunch or supper because you can change it up so easy.
A croque-monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. From what I could find out it originated in French cafes and bars as a quick snack. Most people use Emmental or Gruyere cheese which is melted on top. Now if your going to eat this for breakfast and put an egg on top then the sandwich is called a croque-madame.
There's all kinds of versions:
  • croque provençal (with tomato)
  • croque auvergnat (with bleu d'Auvergne cheese)
  • croque gagnet (with Gouda cheese and andouille sausage)
  • croque norvégien (with smoked salmon instead of ham)
  • croque tartiflette (with sliced potatoes and Reblochon cheese)
  • croque bolognese / croque Boum-Boum (with Bolognese sauce)
  • croque señor (with tomato salsa)
  • croque Hawaiian (with a slice of pineapple)
Wikipedia says The sandwich's first recorded appearance on a Parisian café menu was in 1910. Its earliest mention in literature appears to be in volume two of Proust's In Search of Lost Time in 1918.

Glaze Recipes
For those of you who are glazing a spiral ham today there's 6 glaze recipes at the bottom of this cute little Easter fact sheet.
Mark your calendar... here's a holiday to remember

Robinson (Jackie) Day - April 15
Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated throughout Major League Baseball (MLB) in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play professional baseball in the MLB. In the first half of the 20th century, baseball was segregated. Robinson and other African Americans played in the Negro Leagues, but discrimination prevented them from playing in the MLB. On April 15, 1947, Robinson played his first professional game for the Brooklyn Dodgers... resource

If you have a ham glaze recipe tell me about it. If you have a great way to use up leftover ham then tell me about that too. I'm always interested in knowing how to use leftovers.

Monday, April 14, 2014

There's more ways than one to tie a tie

Easter is almost here and I always look forward to seeing all the new Easter dresses the ladies are wearing and the stylish ties the men will be wearing come Easter Sunday.

Well keeping that in mind I was wondering how many of you knew a mans necktie could be tied in more ways than one? Personally I've always thought a mans tie was so boring. How in the world the style of a tie has stayed in style for so many years is beyond me. But to my surprise I found out there are more ways than one to tie a tie. Because of this I though I would pass on info to those who have been in the dark like I have and would appreciate knowing there's a choice in the knot. I just love infographics.

How To Tie the New Knot
"While the Windsor or Four-in-hand knots are the all-time classics of tie knots, The Hudson's Bay suggest taking a look at a few new stylish knots that are sure to turn heads: the Eldredge knot, the Trinity knot and the Cape knot."

About / History / Origin : (wikipedia
The modern necktie spread by Europe traces back to the time of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) when Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians. Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, Hrvati, and the French word, Croates, the garment gained the name "cravat" ("cravate" in French).[2] The boy-king Louis XIV began wearing a lace cravat about 1646, when he was seven, and set the fashion for French nobility. This new article of clothing started a fashion craze in Europe; both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks. From its introduction by the French king, men wore lace cravats, or jabots, that took a large amount of time and effort to arrange. These cravats were often tied in place by cravat strings, arranged neatly and tied in a bow.

Mark your calendar... here's a Holiday to Remember:

International Necktie Day
is celebrated on October 18 in Croatia and in various cities around the world, e.g. in Dublin, Tübingen, Como, Tokyo, Sydney and other towns.

What else for today April 14
  • 4-14-14 is another Palindrome Day (when the date is the same forward or backward)
  • The Jewish Holiday Passover begins at sunset and continues through nightfall on April 22.
Well that's all I have for today. Feel free to comment about the necktie or give us a link to a pic of your new Easter clothes or favorite tie. Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all get a new outfit to wear for Easter


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