Baked Eggs II

“These dogs have it made,” my husband declared, surveying three shaggy mounds reclining under and around our breakfast table. They could say the same about you, I replied, as I put a prosciutto-lined ramekin of eggs baked with cream on the placemat in front of him. One for B, and one for me. Freshly cut…

Raves and Faves 27

My daughters and I went on a wedding dress safari in Chicago last week, and UPS is delivering the lacy trophy in the next few days. The process couldn’t have been more pleasant at BHLDN‘s shop on East Walton Street. Last born and I settled on a velvet settee in a large fitting room, sipping…

Peach Caprese Salad

Do you have access to two sweet, ripe peaches, grown by a farmer within your area code? Rinse, dry, and quarter them, and then array them like a first grader’s idea of the sun on a plate. Is basil still growing in a pot on your backyard deck? No? Has the sun fried it? Can…

Pecan Waffle at Waffle House

10 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015, at the Waffle House in Sherwood, Arkansas ♦ ♦ ♦ Bon Appétit devotes 8 full-color pages of its March 2015 issue to the American southern wonder that is Waffle House. The magazine’s Restaurant and Drinks editor, Andrew Knowlton, worked the grill of one in Atlanta for 24 hours straight…

Avocado Toast

Humble avocado toast can be transcendent. Any food can, made with care, from ingredients of good quality. That’s not the emphasis contained within this restaurant industry 2015 Food & Beverage Forecast. Toast made with artisan bread as a menu item rates a diatribe this year, with special scorn reserved for avocado toast. That’s when the…

Snapshot: Toast, Peppered Ham, and an Omelet

Headlines with toast. Breakfast of semi-circles and ovals on January 12, 2015. Sometimes the photo is the story. My current favorite marmalade is ‘Tawny’ Orange Thick Cut Marmalade, made by Wilkin & Sons Ltd. in Tiptree, England. The last of my jar was slathered on the toast pictured here, and now I’m on the hunt…

After the Feast

Thanksgiving is over, and it was good. We started the morning with Pumpkin Scones, served with a little cinnamon butter on the side. These were tender and delicious, and I’ll make them again. (Note for next time: try freezing the unbaked wedges overnight, and adjust the baking time accordingly. Might hold their shape a little…

Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal

How do I love this recipe? Let me count the ways: 1. It’s delicious. 2. The oats serve as a lovely foil to the fresh fruit you toss on top. 3. Cooked this way, steel-cut oats have a mostly creamy texture with a little pleasant chew. I’ve tried steel-cut oats cooked according to directions on…

Breakfast Casserole

My breakfast casserole is delicious but not photogenic. So the photos here are of the roses that decorated my brunch table on Sunday, not the entrée. But, if you’ll permit a little indulgent metaphor, the real flowers in the bouquet were the faces around the table. This was a gathering of old friends, too-long absent…