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…

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…

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…

Baked Eggs

Amanda Hesser’s foodie cred and writer bona fides fill me with awe and reverence. Specifically, she’s the author of several excellent books, a former New York Times reporter, and co-founder of a terrific blog called Food 52, to name just a few of her achievements. In her spare time, she’s on a mission to bring…

BLT Sandwich, egg and arbitration optional

BLT with egg. Heaven. Scene from a marriage. Wife offers to make a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich for her husband’s lunch. He’s just back from a four-mile run and is on his way to the shower. Husband: Sure! Wife: Do you want an egg on yours? It’s really good! Husband: No, thanks. (Heads to shower.)…

Cherry Scones Fit for a Prince

A cherry scone, with tablecloth embroidered by my British Aunt B. ♦ ♦ ♦ Welcome to the world, little Prince of Cambridge. At my house, we celebrated your arrival with cherry scones and a pot of Earl Grey tea. I happen to like scones for breakfast, which means getting up early to have them baked before a…

Dining Table Etiquette (and French Toast)

Grace before eating. No hats. Only two feet allowed on the dinner table, never three. ♦ ♦ ♦ Bo claimed his spot at the table a few months ago. He’s there for the conversation, since his own kibble is served in the laundry room. Most mealtimes, he beats the rest of us there, taking up his position…

Carrot Cake

I’d rather call this Carrot Bread until Lent is over, if you know what I mean. It’s baked in a loaf pan, it has no frosting, and it’s full of fruit, nuts, and vegetables. It’s practically a baked salad. Okay, that last part’s a stretch, but if you get a hankering for a lushly textured…