Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

We are really excited to share this breakfast treat with you. It was our first attempt to make Eggs Benedict with homemade Hollandaise sauce.

Keep in mind this is a high protein breakfast, which will give you long term sustained energy. You should not find yourself snacking on junk food before you eat lunch around noon or 1 pm. Your body takes its time to digest protein, using every bit of it to give your muscles energy and making necessary repairs in other parts of the body.

What you will need to make Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce.

prosciutto

Prosciutto (Pork-Ham)

2 slices of 100% whole wheat English Muffin (per person)

2 medium to large eggs (per person)

4 slices of prosciutto (per person)

Warming meat and English Muffen for Eggs Benedict

Open the English muffin into two parts and place two slices of  prosciutto on each half. As you can see the front prepared muffins look nicer, and the back two look messy. I learned on the second attempt that there is a special technique to pulling the meat off the special coated paper between each slice of prosciutto.

Place them in a preheated 200 degree oven for about 5 to 10 minutes , or until the  meat and muffin are warmed. Here we used our counter top conventional Nu wave oven.

For the sauce to top the Eggs Benedict, this is what you will need.

This recipe is sufficient for 2 plates of Eggs Benedict.

4 egg yolks

1 stick of butter, no salt, melted

1 teaspoon lemon juice

sea salt and pepper to taste

You might have your own way to separate the yolk from the white, but this is our way of doing it.

Also the eggs should be at room temperature. Now that you have separated the yolks here is how you turn them into Hollandaise sauce.

preparing Hollandaise Sauce

In a 6 quart pot add water 1/4 way up. Bring water to a soft boil. Add yolks and lemon juice to either a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Place the bowl over the pot of soft boiling water and start to whisk the yolks over the simmering water until yolks become thick, about 2 to 3 minutes, removing from heat and putting back on. Do not stop whisking.

Remove from heat and add butter and whisk in. Next add sea salt and pepper to taste, whisk some more. If the sauce is to thick just add a few drops of water until you get a sauce again.

preparing to pouch eggs

Using the same pot of water add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar. Next crack an egg into a small glass bowl and gently drop egg into boiling water for 2 minutes. Do this with each egg. Remove pouched egg with a slotted spoon and place one egg on each slice of muffin.

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Once the pouched eggs are over the muffins, spoon on some Hollandisie sauce and enjoy!!

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Brown Butter and Brussels Sprout with Fennel

Brown Butter and Brussels Sprout with Fennel

 

The Worlds Healthiest Foods web-site has to say this about Brussels sprouts, ” Brussels sprouts can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will use a steaming method when cooking them. The fiber-related components in Brussels sprouts do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw Brussels sprouts still have cholesterol-lowering ability — just not as much as steamed Brussels sprouts…” (Worlds Healthiest Foods).

Brussels sprouts have also been found to protects your DNA. That is as cells die, it keeps the body from rewriting them back into your DNA, which is the first step to making tumors.

The health benefits as stated by Organic Facts is, “Fennel provides relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, menstrual disorders, and its benefits regarding eye care. Fennel for its essence is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, antacids and in various culinary applications” (Organic Facts).

With the facts about use in culinary applications, we bring you our featured recipe: Brown Butter and Brussels Sprout with Fennel.

Here is what you will need.

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2-3 tbsp. fennel, shredded

3 tbsp. slivered almonds, toasted *

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. dried dill, or 1 tsp. fresh dill, chopped

steaming Brussels sprouts

Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add Brussels sprouts, cover and steam until tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

toasting almonds till fragrant 2 to 4 minutes

Meantime, in a large skillet, toast slivered almonds till fragrant, about 2 to 4 minutes, and set aside.

browning butter

Next, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook, swirling often, until the butter turns a nutty brown, 1 to 3 minutes. Stir in oil and scrape into a large bowl with a rubber spatula.

Note we are using a ceramic coated pan, no Teflon. Read more here about the benefits of cooking with Ceramic here.

adding balsmic vinegar and toss to combine

Using a small serving bowl, add the fennel, toasted almonds, dill, Brussels sprouts, and balsamic vinegar and toss to combine.

Brown Butter and Brussels Sprout with Fennel served as a side dish with a main meal

Serve warm with your main dish meal.

 

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Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We all know that statement. But do we understand why it was coined or when it was coined?  History.com says it was first coined at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Missouri fruit specialist J.T. Stinson. But there is also the earliest known written use of the phrase, in a magazine edition called  Notes and Queries, printed and distributed in Whales around 1866. As to this fraise it is written, “A Pembroke shire proverb. Eat an apple on going to bed, And you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

In 1866 or 1904 they may have not known the reason why apples where healthy for you, they just knew they where. But in the 21st century we do.

Apples have flavonoids quercetin, epicatechin, procyanidin (B-2), and additionally, they are also good in tartaric acid. Together, these compounds help the body protect itself from the debilitating effects of free radicals.

The apple is also a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.

The fruit also contains a small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is important to cell and body fluids, as it  helps control heart rate and blood pressure, and in turn counter acts the negative influence of sodium.

Now for our featured dessert. Here is what you will need:

lineing with parchment paper a 8 inch sprin form pan

First preheat your oven to 350°F and line the bottom of a 8-inch round spring form pan with parchment paper. Then lightly grease the rounded sides with your choice of butter, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Coconut oil is neutral in flavor and will never add additional flavor to your cooked or baked goods. Be sure to cut off any excess parchment paper.

Topping for Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

For the topping:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 whole cloves
1 ¼ lbs. tart apples, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled and chopped into 1/3-inch cubes
2 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

First  peel, core and chop apples into 1/3-inch cubes. Mix together apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Make sure apples are well coated with the sugar mix. Heat butter in a large non-stick frying pan (even better if you have a ceramic coated pan) over medium heat until the foam subsides. Add whole cloves so they infuse the butter and then add the apple mixture.

butter infused with clove. Cooking coated apples in infused butter.

Toss apples about until they just begin to soften, but not mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer apples back to the bowl, discard cloves and set aside to cool completely while you prepare the rest of the cake.

Cheese cake batter for Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

For the cheesecake:
1 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. each freshly grated nutmeg and ground clove
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. flour

In a medium bowl and a hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until smooth and the sugar is mostly dissolved, about 40 seconds. Beat in the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until combined. Add egg yolk and flour and beat just until incorporated and batter is smooth. Set this aside while you make the cake batter.

Here is what you will need:

For the cake:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cardamom
¼ tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup evaporated milk

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. In another medium bowl, beat butter with both sugars until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla until combined. Add egg and beat until well incorporated and batter is fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add one-third of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until mostly combined. Beat in half of the evaporated milk until blended. Repeat this step by adding half the remaining flour mixture followed by the last of the milk, beating no more than 15 seconds between additions. After the last bit of milk has been added, beat on medium speed for 3-5 seconds to just make sure the batter is smooth. Fold in the last of the flour mixture by hand using a rubber spatula until evenly combined.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Spread cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Gently spoon cooled apples over the batter in an even layer.

prepared Apple Spice Cake to cook

Bake cake until the cake wobbles ever so slightly in the middle, 45-50 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely. Plate and serve.

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

For the cake:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cardamom
¼ tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup evaporated milk

For the cheesecake:
1 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. each freshly grated nutmeg and ground clove
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. flour

For the topping:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 whole cloves
1 ¼ lbs. tart apples, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled and chopped into 1/3-inch cubes
2 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Lightly grease an 8-inch round spring form pan with butter and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

To make the topping, fold together apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Heat butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat until the foam subsides. Add whole cloves so they infuse the butter and then add the apple mixture. Toss until they just begin to soften, but not until they’re mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer apples back to the bowl, discard cloves and set aside to cool completely while you prepare the rest of the cake.

To make the cheesecake batter, beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until smooth and the sugar is mostly dissolved, about 40 seconds. Beat in the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until combined. Add egg yolk and flour and beat just until incorporated and batter is smooth. Set this aside while you make the cake batter.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. In another medium bowl, beat butter with both sugars until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla until combined. Add egg and beat until well incorporated and batter is fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add one-third of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until mostly combined. Beat in half of the evaporated milk until blended. Repeat this step by adding half the remaining flour mixture followed by the last of the milk, beating no more than 15 seconds between additions. After the last bit of milk has been added, beat on medium speed for 3-5 seconds to just make sure the batter is smooth. Fold in the last of the flour mixture by hand using a rubber spatula until evenly combined.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Spread cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Gently spoon cooled apples over the batter in an even layer. Put cake into oven and bake until the cake wobbles ever so slightly in the middle, 45-50 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely.

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Caramelizing Onions in a Cast Iron Skillet

Caramelized Onions

 

Oh the sound of cooking and caramelizing onions. When prepared in a seasoned cast iron skillet, the onions will turn a dark caramel color that is next to impossible to achieve with a regular non-stick pan (read our article here How to Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware).

Caramelized onions can add great flavor to your favorite recipes. Try them on pizza, hamburgers or served alongside your favorite steaks and roasted vegetables.

Caramelizing Onions in a Cast Iron SkilletHere is how and what you will need to caramelize your own onions:

2 or 3 large yellow onions

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Pinch salt

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:

With a sharp knife, remove both ends of onion and cut in half lengthwise. Turn one piece of onion onto flat side and cut into thin slices, working from one end to another. Repeat until all onions are sliced.

Melt butter in cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion slices to skillet and drizzle olive oil over the top. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.

Slowly cook the onions down over medium heat for 45 minutes to an hour. (Total cooking time will depend on how many onions were used, the onions’ sugar content, and how old they are).

Stir the onions every 5 or 10 minutes while they are cooking to prevent scorching.

Once the onions are done caramelizing, add balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan. While the liquid is bubbling, gently scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate the fond or brown bits on the bottom of the pan into the onions.

Season onions with additional salt, if desired. Serve immediately, or cool and store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Caramelized onions can also be frozen and stored for a couple of months.

Enjoy caramelizing onions with your favorite dishEnjoy caramelized onions with your favorite dish!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Apple-Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake

Like to know more about what apples are for fresh eating, for baking a cake or pie or for just making apple sauce? Link here to our Cooking 101 to find out more. Click the title What apple to Use.

Here is hat you will need for the current recipe Apple-Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake:

ingredients for Apple Upside Down Cake

10 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup packed light-brown sugar
3 apples, Fuji or Gala (about 1 1/2 pounds), each peeled, cored, and sliced into 8 wedges
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1½ cups flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup whole milk

If you like you can use coconut oil in place of the butter.

prepare pan and apples

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat bottom and side of a 9-inch round cake pan with 2 tbsp. butter; sprinkle bottom with brown sugar.

In a medium bowl, toss apples with lemon juice.

arrange sliced apples in prepared pan in a concentric circle

Arrange the sliced apples in the prepared pan in a concentric circle.

mixing ingredients for the Apple Cinnamin Upside Down Cake

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat remaining 8 tbsp. butter, granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until incorporated.

adding flour and milk alternately in three parts

With mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture in three parts and the milk in two, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

pour batter over apples in pan

Spoon batter over apples in prepared pan making sure top is smooth. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack, at least 30.

Apple Upside Down Cake

To serve, run a knife around edge of pan, and invert cake onto a large dessert platter.

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Baked Apples Apple Pie

Baked Apples Apple pie

5 large apples; mix or match Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith

1 8-9 inch pie crust, pre-made or home made

½ cup of sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. nutmeg

1 tbsp. butter cut in 8 small pieces

Pre-heat 375 degrees

  1. Core and hollow out 4 apples.
  2. Dice the apple flesh from cored apples, plus the one remaining apple; peeled and cored first.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine diced apples, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Fill each of the 4 apples with the prepared mix. Place two small pieces of butter in each apple.
  4. Next roll out your pie crust cut into strips and create a lattice on top of each apple, slightly allow strips to lap over sides of apple opening.
  5. Place apples on a 13 x 9 baking dish. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.

Enjoy with a side of real vanilla ice cream

A Baked Apple Apple Pie with a side of real vanilla ice cream

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Bacon Wrapped Green Beans –video included-

Bacon Wrapped Grean Beans

1 lb. green beans, fresh and ends snipped

16 oz. bacon, hardwood smoked with maple flavoring

1 cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup butter (2 sticks), melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix brown sugar and melted butter in a small bowl.

Grease a 13 x 9 baking pan.

Cut raw bacon strips in half. Roll 3-4 green beans in bacon. Continue to roll beans until baking dish is full. Pour brown sugar mixture over wrapped beans. Place in oven 30 minutes or until bacon is done.

Video also includes: Brown Sugar Finger Wings…link here for recipe.

For more  information how food correlates to a healthy you view: Savor the Food and Your Health