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marbled eggs – just in time for Easter

marbled eggs made with beet juiceLooking for a fun way to serve hard boiled eggs?  Start with the eggshell.  Years ago when the kids were younger, I would make colored eggs for them as part of the Easter egg hunt.  I would also make marbled deviled eggs to serve to the adults.  Marbled eggs are a cinch to make and you most probably have the ingredients on hand.  I prefer to naturally dye the eggs especially since the eggs will be eaten.  Continue Reading →

Naturally Dyed Eggs – an Easter Treat!

naturally dyed eggsIf you were to tell me a rabbit could lay eggs, I would seriously have to check your pupils.  German folklore suggests a story about a rabbit laying eggs and hiding them in a garden.  It was pre-Christian Germany where people worshiped gods and goddesses.  Ēostre, the goddess of spring and fertility, chose the rabbit as her symbol.  The Springtime meant new life and rebirth and eggs were a symbol of fertility.  Continue Reading →

Braised Eggs with Pork

braised eggs & porkEggs for dinner?  You betcha!  This dish gently cooks the eggs while sitting atop a glorious, well-seasoned ground pork surrounded with dollops of yogurt and pan-seared cherry tomatoes.  Braised eggs take center stage.  This recipe is slightly adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi.  In the past I’ve cooked eggs in a chunky tomato sauce, sliced chorizo sausage with local cheese curds and baked in the oven – that’s a weekend breakfast treat for us.  Continue Reading →

Baked Avocado with Egg, Tomato and Bacon – Happy Mother’s Day!

baked avoI don’t think there’s an avocado recipe I haven’t enjoyed and this dish is so easy to make.  The avocado has been around for thousands of years and is rich in potassium (helps regulate blood pressure) and vitamin A (helps your eyes). Avocado paste can be applied to the skin to help with rashes and to smooth rough skin.  Looking for a new breakfast/brunch recipe for Mother’s Day?  This fits the bill perfectly!  Experiment with other toppings that mom will like.  If you’ve never tried a baked avocado, you’re in for a treat!

ripe avocado, halved and pit removed
chopped tomato
cooked bacon, diced
salt and pepper
cilantro, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 375c. Arrange avocado halves on a roasting pan. If they are on a slant, slightly trim the bottom. Depending on how big the egg is, you may want to scoop out some of the flesh to keep the egg from spilling over. Season with salt and pepper and then add an egg to the avocado half. Bake in the oven 20 to 30 minutes until egg is cooked to your liking. Remove from the oven, add chopped tomatoes and bacon.

avocadoThe Culinary Chase’s Note: You may want to cook the avocado halves for 15 minutes before adding the egg if the flesh of the avocado is firm.  Enjoy!

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