Category Archives: breakfast

Poached Scrambled Eggs

This is the easiest and quickest way to make perfectly soft scrambled eggs. They came out as good as when I make them the fussy French way (in a metal mixing bowl with melted butter over simmering water). Since they are poached in water instead of fried in butter, they are lower in fat and calories.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe by Daniel Patterson on the PBS show The Mind of a Chef.

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Chocolate Sour Cherry French Toast

My wife, Karen, asked me to try making French Toast using La Brea Bakery’s Chocolate Sour Cherry bread. She had a great idea. If you are looking for something sweet on a Sunday morning, look no further.  This recipe is based on Alton Brown’s recipe for French Toast.

The Chocolate Sour Cherry bread is only available during the Thanksgiving / Christmas season so when I find it I freeze it and vacuum pack it 1/2 loaf (approximately eight slices) to a bag. When you want to use the bread, take it out of the bag and separate the slices to defrost.
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Ham and Cheese Scones

I found this Associated Press recipe in my local newspaper. You can make it in advance and cook it when you want to eat it. My wife thought it reminded her of quiche (although it has no eggs). I think it is good enough to order in a restaurant (which is the goal of recipes on this blog).
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Skillingsboller (Norwegian Cinnamon Buns)

Be careful. These Norwegian cousins of the American cinnamon roll are very addictive (and not low calorie). This recipe received a first place ribbon at the San Diego County Fair. It is adapted from a recipe in Serious Eats.

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Strawberry / English Muffin French Toast

Thanks to this year’s El Niño effect there is currently an abundance of strawberries on the market (I can get them for 88 cents a pound at Ralph’s supermarkets in southern California). So I was ecstatic when I received a Food Network e-mail with a link to the Food Network Magazine Strawberry Shortcake French Toast recipe. If you add a spoon of fresh whipped cream, this is a breakfast I would be happy to order in a restaurant. Continue reading

The Best Hash Brown Potatoes, Ever!

This recipe is from Michel Richard’s Happy in the Kitchen. It is a bit more complex and certainly has more calories than standard hash browns but is definitely worth it. The result tastes like something you would get in a restaurant. The best part is that you can make it in advance, put it in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator and finish it just before serving (it takes about 2 minutes under a pre-heated broiler). I like this with eggs over easy on top.

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

1 pound potatoes (2 large or 4 small), peeled
4 tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
1 cup heavy cream
1 clove garlic
¼ cup fresh Parmesan cheese

Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
  2. Lightly butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and line with parchment paper (the butter will ensure the paper adheres to the dish).
  3. Julienne and then dry the potatoes.
  4. Heat the cream, butter, salt and pepper to taste over medium – high heat in a large sauté pan stirring occasionally until the butter is melted.
  5. Add the potatoes to the cream mixture and mix / fold until completely coated. Cook just until the cream thickens (approximately 2 minutes). Remove from heat.
  6. Grate the clove of garlic into the potato mixture and stir. Again, season with salt and pepper to taste (potatoes need lots of seasoning).
  7. Spread the mixture evenly onto the parchment paper and flatten using a spatula. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over the top.
  8. Bake in oven 30 – 40 minutes until brown on top. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. If necessary, run a knife between the potatoes and the side of the dish so it doesn’t stick.
  9. Put in refrigerator until cold to set. Leaving the potatoes on the parchment paper take them out of the dish and cut into four rectangles with a pizza cutter. At this point you can store them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator until ready to eat (I don’t know how long they last in the refrigerator as I generally eat them within a day or two).
  10. When ready to serve, preheat the broiler on high. Put the potatoes brown side up in a baking pan and broil until the top is crisp and sizzling (about 2 minutes). If you want extra crispy potatoes, turn over and repeat.
  11. Drain briefly on a paper towel and serve.

Notes

  1. I love the taste, texture and color of Yukon Gold potatoes but it should work well with russets.
  2. I use a mandoline to julienne the potatoes but a box grater will work too.
  3. A salad spinner works great for drying the potatoes or you can lay them on layers of paper towels.
  4. If you use a rasp or microplane grater, the garlic will be nearly liquefied and able to be completely incorporated into the potato mixture.