I Love Eggs…

*sings* ‘I love eggs, from my head down to my legs…’

Y’all remember that commercial jingle from a few years ago–okay A LOT of years ago?  Ya know the one *sings again* The Incredible Edible Egg? If so, you’re welcome for the song now stuck in your head. If not…well, whether you remember it or not, we’re moving on here–still talking about eggs, however.

I have always liked eggs but have not always had luck in cooking them. It’s a bit of a downer  for me to cook an egg only to have it not quite turn out like I expected and thus ending up as the dawg’s breakfast.

Good for him, not so much for me. (see cute dawg over there <<)

Still I cook eggs, usually sticking to scrambled since they're That Husband o’ Mine’s preference and not nearly as easy to mess up as say, my favorite, the over easy egg.

My personal favorite way to eat an egg is an Egg-In-A-Basket. I discovered this style once upon a time at a Cracker Barrel (yum) and have sorta kinda duplicated it from time to time. Rarely perfect, sometimes good enough, but still I persevere because  *sings*  I love eggs.

Thanks to Ree’s spot-on recipe, I now can make myself a right good egginnabasket and do so often–so simple and so delicious MMmm.

Picture from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

In the last few weeks I have endeavored to perfect my egg making skills, wanting to reduce the dawg’s egg breakfasts and increase my own enjoyment.

See, eggs are odd for me. I love them (sparing you the singing this time), but am funny about them. Over easy eggs must have lovely runny yolks but firm whites–NO slimy whites! *shudder*

This is a common problem for me, perfect yolk yet the white is not quite done…*bigger shudder*.

Alton Brown to the rescue with–I kid you not– A Guide to Eggs!  I saw this guide to eggs in the recent issue of Food Network magazine then sought out the link online to share–it’s life changing for those of us who love eggs, I tell ya!

photo by David Malosh/from Food Network

Thanks to Alton’s Over Easy Eggs tips and tricks, I have enjoyed the p-e-r-f-e-c-t eggs lately! I shall continue to enjoy said eggs many times in the future, of this I am certain.

For those of you out there who might be like me, lovin’ eggs with your cooking of eggs not quite measuring up to your perfect egg standards, trust me when I say these two links are IT! Go forth, cook perfect eggs and ENJOY my friends!

Program note** I have collected some DELICOUS ways to cook my beloved eggs in recent days. You must come back soon to tell me about your egg experiences and check out my latest egg adventures. ** End note

Happy Clicks

Pure fun, pure smiles are what I have to offer you today. There are plenty of heavy, sad things going on in the world–globally, nationally, in every person’s little corner of it all–so I want to offer you happy stuff to click.
Take a moment to do this: pick a moment, any moment in your day that brought you joy, and hold it close. There, doesn’t that feel good?

Out on the porch the first truly warm n sunny day
*contented sigh*

*On Falling In Love– a sweet post about an author’s letter to his newly smitten son.

*If You’re Happy and You Know It– amen.

*Playfulness As a Way of Life– think about fun, make it a habit!

*A Funny Tip About Sex for Moms– such a good one, too!

I hope the weekend was a glorious one full of whatever you needed to be restored and rejuvenated. Onward!

One Small Step for Home Cooking, One Giant Leap for My Kitchen

I sure do talk about food a lot in this space for someone who is not a food blogger, don’t I? As I’ve said before, I’m far from a gourmet chef, yet I AM a smitten home cook.

I so enjoy the craft and especially enjoy the results–not just eating them but sharing them with my family. I strive to make delicious foods I know they will enjoy and let their eyes roll along with the audible mmMMs.

My learning to cook mostly from scratch happened as suddenly as a popcorn kernel in sizzling oil *POP*  

One day about eight years ago( what is it about time flying so fast??) I realized I had everything I needed to get past a steady supper menu of Hamburger Helper and frozen chicken nugget type things (*cringe* I know). A job related move happened suddenly to our family and upon a wing and a prayer with two dimes in our pockets, we moved. In an effort to survive that period between paychecks with no planned moving savings at the time, it hit me that with the Internet and a couple of cookbooks already on hand I could feed my family not only better but so much cheaper.

I had to get past not having a Kitchen Aid mixer or a big kitchen with ample space to scatter, had to see that this type of cooking is organic and has been around since the very first meal on this planet–wwaayy before mixers and counter space.

Following that epiphany, I went to the Kmart (yep, I said Kmart) to buy a big mixing bowl and a wooden spoon, heralding my new venture.  It was an event, y’all, I kid you not–my kids still recall that evening eight years ago when I declared better cooking ahead in the aisle of Kmart. Thus began my kitchen adventure that has become a long term, amazing lifelong quest for simply good home cooking in my kitchen.

My son went through a period–okay it’s a lifestyle–where all he wanted to eat was frozen pizza. 

There it was right in front of me: my nudge to learn how to make a rockin’ homemade pizza that he now prefers over anything else most of the time.  Most Sunday afternoons we make a few pizza crusts for the freezer and he’s set for the week.

My girlie now loves homemade mac n cheese at least as much as she loves Kraft–that’s saying something, y’all. That Husband o’ mine thankfully simply loves good food and appreciates any and all efforts I make in the kitchen. Those are the things that matter to me above all else.

As I’ve grown and learned along my cooking healthier, better foods for us, I’ve become a huge supporter of home cooking. While a few less-than-ideal food do make it onto our pantry/into our fridge from time to time, I figure once in awhile isn’t so bad in comparison. I believe that with a bit o’ planning and some fun family time in the kitchen, we can eat healthy and delicious all while feeding our souls with some priceless memories of the family kitchen.

What’s cooking in your kitchen?

Armchair Travels : Venice

While I do enjoy traveling in person, I am often quite supremely content with armchair travels. Recently, this post I happened upon led me to read the memoir ‘A Thousand Days in Venice’ by Marlena de Blasi. (Thank you, Becca!)

I’ve had an enchantment with Italy for as long as I can remember–courtesy of my Italian heritage plus my adoration of aged buildings and villages with a long history behind them.

I’m smitten with things I can touch that have been around for generations, been touched and seen by people for decades upon decades. Aren’t antiques and old buildings and such full of unexplainable vibes? Sometimes I’m rather mystical about such, sure that I can feel vibes and warmth from whatever the object may be. What stories they must hold! Thus Italy, with so many ancient buildings and old things still in use today enchants me.

While I found this memoir to be just a wee a bit disjointed at the start, the telling smooths out into a compelling story of life and love in Italy. This book is experienced through emotions, the descriptiveness is more about feelings than about sights/sounds/smells/touches–although those are very present as well.

What I gained the most from this book were insights to a relationship–a man and a woman navigating the mazes of a relationship. Specifically,an Italian man and an American woman navigating the relationship amid cultural confusion based upon the simple desire to be together.

“Italians adore complication. A small farrago, some short agony, this they need everyday.” – this quote amused me greatly, as it applies to most members of my Dad’s side of the family–some less so than others, some to dramatic effects.

“We are the festival. Wherever we go, different backdrops, different people, always us.” – Fernando

“Living as a couple never means that each gets half. You must take turns at giving more than getting.”

Something about this book has me wanting it on my shelf where I can mark passages to wander to now and again–for me, that’s one of the highest marks of praise I can give a book.