Showing posts from August, 2008

Gold Cookies

A good way to use up extra egg yolks - tasty cookies, too! Does anyone else feel wistful about our old 3x5 recipe cards? I still love the intimacy of their quick notes, somehow personal in a way that the Internet is not, cannot, will never be.Take a hand-written recipe for Gold Cookies, one taken from my own huge 3x5 collection started when I was about age 10, continuing until I began blogging in 2005 and my recipe collection moved online. The corner reads 'VVG, code for 'very very good' and beneath it is the reminder why this otherwise simple recipe is so useful, 4 egg yolks. This was 'tagging' for the analog world of recipe cards. Yes, this recipe calls for four egg yolks, that's what gives the cookies a light gold color. For anyone looking for good ways to use up leftover egg yolks, this knocks out four at a time. (More recipes for using up egg yolks and egg whites.)The cookies are also - what's that code? - VVG, crispy on the outside and slightly chewy o…

Chilaquiles Recipe

A classic Mexican breakfast with eggs, corn tortillas and melted cheese. A concept recipe with many variations. To quote my Nana, never one to pussyfoot, "It sure looks like the dog's breakfast." Luckily, chilaquiles [pronounced chee-lah-KEE-lehs] taste better than they look because this is classic comfort food: easy, quick, cheap, nourishing. The 'signature' of chilaquiles is pieces of corn tortilla, fried first and then softened -- but just a bit, some 'chew' is good -- in a milk 'n' cheese sauce. It might have some plant crunch, onion and celery or especially tomatilla, say. Add a fried egg to the top and you've got a hearty breakfast or a quick supper.Did I mention delicious and addictive? That too. Chilaquiles might 'look' like the dog's breakfast but all the humans will be lapping them up, pronto. ALANNA's TIPS
Flour tortillas, even whole wheat tortillas, turn out more mealy than crispy.
Queso fresco is a crumbly slightly…

Easy Egg Recipes

Egg Night. While eggs are way up in price, eggs remain a great food value. Plan "egg night" once a week, then trade off making omelettes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, frittatas, and more. For inspiration, here is my ever-growing collection of basic egg recipes from Kitchen Parade, A Veggie Venture and my fellow food bloggers.Cooked EggsUncooked Eggs

see also my recipes to use leftover
Egg WhitesEgg Yolks Recipes Calling for Cooked EggsEspecially at Easter, we want to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs and need recipes for leftover hard-cooked eggs. But if you need to boil eggs first, here's how to make Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs.

Uncooked EggsThese recipes pair eggs with vegetables and other ingredients to make them hearty enough for supper. Many are special enough to plan ahead for, to make an 'occasion' out of farm-fresh eggs.

~ These recipes are collected for my five-part series,
How to Save Money on Groceries ~

~ Many thanks to St. Louis artist Jeff Kapfer for use …

Lemon Basil Shrimp

Many folks like to work out. Me, I like to work outside. And when my garden is thick with leafy ferns in the spring and tall with lily-scented hostas about now, it’s all worthwhile.But much of the time, a yard with a garden is more about hauling than tending or even weeding.You know. Hauling dirt. Hauling mulch. Hauling plants. Hauling empty containers. Hauling chemicals, cords and clippings. Hauling yard bags. And this time of year, hauling hoses. And all too soon, hauling leaves and gumballs.Awhile back, a man I’ll call ‘Bill’ started passing by my place often and regularly enough to recognize that he walked for exercise and Kirkwood streets were his gym. One fine spring day, I was working on the mulch pile in the driveway when Bill passed by, nodding hello in that certain Midwestern-male way. “Like to help?” I asked, only half joking. Without breaking stride, he shot back, “Just bought a condo,” as if his answer explained all. It sure did, Bill, it sure did. Keep walking. ALANNA&…

Thai Cantaloupe Salad

The Recipe: A refreshing summer salad, just cantaloupe balls with lime juice, fish sauce (yeah, I know, but you have to try it to believe it) , fresh basil and a touch of jalapeƱo heat.The Conversation: What's the word for August's food bounty? The last page of the Atlantic is my first read. It's a funny little column called "Word Fugitives" that conjures clever terms for conditions failed by the current lexicon. Example: If a husband is a packrat, what might we call his opposite? Readers suggested "wouldchuck" and "hurl squirrel" and the winning entry, "heave-homemaker". Ha!Me, my missing word would describe the food bounty that August's gardens and farmers markets deliver. It would suggest the satisfied moan that follows the first bite of fresh and simple food that just tastes so – not delicious, someplace past delicious. It conveys that there's simply no bad food right now, that everything that's fresh is wondrous, in…