Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Start The Day off Right!

Breakfast 002

I love breakfast! Afterall, it is the most important meal of the day. The only problem, I'm not a morning person, so when it comes to cooking breakfast, I fall short. My body is like a car left out in the cold overnight and has to be warmed up before it can properly function. That is where the coffee comes in. I need to wake at least an hour before I can eat anything, so I compensate my time by reading the daily paper and enjoying my morning java. Occasionally, and I requote "occasionally", I am able to cook a substantial breakfast. We all have our favorite breakfast food and mine is pancakes! I have had a hard time over the years making pancakes that tasted just right. I mean, a pancake is a pancake right? NO! You need the right fluffiness and taste. I have tried pancakes with just about everything but the kitchen sink added to them. Cottage cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream, whole wheat, flaxseed, and on and on... Alas, I discovered what I think may be the perfect pancake recipe. I was recently browsing the Pioneer Woman's website when I noticed a recipe for Perfect Pancakes. I really enjoy that woman's website! She has such great detail to her recipes. You must visit her website Click on the recipe section and you will find her recipe for Perfect Pancakes. Oh, and they are just that! They taste more like a cake, probably because you use cake flour instead of all-purpose. Mine were a little thinner than hers. Could it be I missed a step? Who knows and who cares, they were awesome! I give this recipe a five star rating (like my opinion matters to the food gurus, but we will pretend it does!).

Ok, now I have you started with your pancakes,(that you ARE going to make). You need something to go with those fluffy babies! I complemented mine with some sun-dried tomato and goat cheese scrambled eggs and bacon. The sweet and tart taste of the sun-dried tomatoes mixed with the robust tartness of the goat cheese just make your mouth happy! You will be singing my praises! (That is if you like goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes!) Now, I know you probably think that scrambling eggs is a no-brainer, but your WRONG! There is a simple way to cook perfect scrambled eggs. You do not just heat you skillet and toss the eggs in them swirling them around a couple hundred times and then viola!, your eggs are ready. No, my friend, there is a better way, and I will guide you through this nifty journey. You see, to get fluffy eggs, ( and you want fluffy eggs to go with your fluffy pancakes), you must heat your skillet over medium-low heat. Slowly cooking the eggs is the key to happy, fluffy eggs! Once the eggs are done, you need to transfer them immediately to your plate, because the eggs will continue to cook in the skillet. You learn something new everyday! Ok, here is my recipe for Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Chees Eggs:

3-4 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitue)
1/4 tsp. dijon mustard
2 basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

* mix eggs, dijon mustard, slat, pepper and sun-dried tomatoes into a bowl. Add to heated skillet and cook until done. Top with crumbled goat cheese. Bon Appetite!


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