Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ina's Herb Baked Eggs

So I have a confession. I love Ina Garten. I love her simple and no-fuss style of cooking. She makes food that is delicious, gorgeous, and best of all, easy! I TiVo her every day, and I have 65 episodes currently saved. Out of all of my cookbooks that I have, I can honestly say that I reach for hers the most.

I've been meaning to try a recipe that I saw in her "Barefoot in Paris" book a few months ago. It's a recipe for herbed baked eggs, made with fresh herbs and parmesean cheese. It looked simple enough for a Sunday brunch for myself, so I decided to give it a whirl today.

Some things you'll need:
Shredded parmesean cheese
Herbs (I used parsley, chives, rosemary and chopped garlic)
Heavy Cream
Eggs (duh!)

Go ahead and turn your broiler on and set the top rack about 6 inches away from it.

First you'll need to crack your eggs into a bowl, taking care not to puncture the yolk. You won't be cooking them in this.

Next, you'll need to take 1 tsp of butter and 1TBS of cream and put them in the ramekin you'll be cooking your eggs in. Pop that in the broiler for 3 minutes so it can get melted and bubbly.

Next you'll be mixing about 1.5 TBS of Parmesean cheese, a sprinkle of each of the herbs, as well as a sprinkle of salt and pepper into a bowl. This will be your topping for your eggs.

After the 3 minutes in the broiler, take out the butter/cream mixture. Carefully pour the eggs into the ramekin and sprinkle your cheese/herb mixture over your eggs. Put back under the broiler for 5-6 minutes. After that, remove from the oven and let set for 1 minute. This is best served with some toast, because who wouldn't want to dip their toast into this delicious mixture? It's a wonderful breakfast, full of flavor. And it only took about 15 mintues, MAX.

As Ina would say, doesn't THAT look good?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Even though I'm a non-believer.... Happy Valentine's

Well technically I abhor Valentine's Day, but I love all the sweets that come with it. I normally spoil my co-workers with some great treats and since some of them won't be here on Saturday, I decided to bring them in on Thursday.

What kind of goodies are here you may ask? Let's see.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese icing:
I cheat and use the red velvet mix from a box, God Bless Duncan Hines! But the cream cheese icing is so easy enough to make, and it tastes SO much better when it's homemade!

All you need is:
1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
1 16oz box of powdered sugar
2 tsp Vanilla extract

Add all ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy!

And the next treat for your enjoyment would be.....

Red Velvet Cake Balls, Bakerella style.

And last but certainly not least we have:

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

I hope you all enjoyed these Valentine goodies, and if you love or hate the holiday, please make them!!!