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How to Make Eggs 4 Ways

Written by Chris -

Eggs are my favorite breakfast food! Not only are they a natural source for protein and other nutrients, they are so versatile. You could make eggs every morning and never have the same thing twice. I love my eggs poached, fried, hard-cooked, scrambled or in an omelet! How do you like your eggs?

Although they’re fun to make, eggs can be tricky to master. Here are some tips to help you make perfect eggs, no matter how you crack them!

Poached
Poaching can be the most intimidating method for making eggs, but have no fear! There is nothing wrong with grabbing a whole carton of eggs and practicing! My number one tip for poaching is to always use fresh eggs. Fresh eggs keep their shape, so it’s easier to form the perfect poach. I also like to add just a tablespoon of vinegar to the water – it acts as a catalyst, causing the egg whites to immediately start cooking which in turn speeds up the overall cooking time.

Fried
A non-stick pan is crucial for making any style of eggs, but most importantly when frying. Starting with a great non-stick surface will ensure your eggs come out perfectly, whether sunny-side up or over easy. Before cracking the egg, preheat a non-stick skillet with a little butter or oil over medium heat. Once hot, crack the egg gently into the pan and fry just until the outside edges turn white. Then cover the pan, lower the heat, and cook a few minutes longer until they’re cooked to your liking.

Hard-cooked
Hard-cooked (frequently referred to as hardboiled) eggs are great for a quick breakfast on the go or an addition to your salad at lunch.

My special tip is to start with the eggs in a pot before adding water and boiling. This allows you to add the perfect amount of cold water, just so it covers the tops of the eggs by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 12 to 14 minutes. Drain and then place eggs in ice water and allow them to cool completely. Once cool, you can peel and eat them right away, or you can refrigerate them for up to one week.

Omelets
My secret ingredient for fluffy, yummy omelets is evaporated milk. When mixing your eggs in a bowl before cooking, add one tablespoon of Carnation Evaporated Milk per egg. Mix well and then pour into your omelet pan. It’s an addition that really enhances the eggs’ texture and taste.

You can try out these tips on some “egg-cellent” recipes:

Eggs Benedict Recipe

Eggs Benedict Recipe

Creamy Deviled Eggs

Creamy Deviled Eggs Recipe

Spring Herb Omelets

Spring Herb Omelets

Easy Spring Pasta Recipe: Fettuccine with Peas, Leeks & Thyme

Written by Liz -

Fettuccine with Peas, Leeks and Thyme recipe

Spring has sprung in California – as well as most of the country. To me that means spring vegetable season; asparagus, leeks, peas, artichoke, fennel and fresh herbs are bountiful in farmers markets. Much of this produce is available year-round, but spring is the best time to get the freshest spring vegetables, whether at your local market, grocery store or from your own garden!

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And those fresh spring flavors really come through in this easy spring pasta recipe, Fettuccine with Peas, Leeks & Thyme. It’s a cinch to make and it’s packed with flavor and nutrients, plus spring is a great time to get hooked on the Mediterranean way of eating. Adding a bit of the pasta water instead of using sauce is a traditional way to make pasta dishes in Italy. This recipe is a sure way to eat more vegetables and wow your friends with your culinary savvy!

Wine Pairing

  • Italian wines can be hard to find, other than the super popular Pinot Grigio. If you can find a Soave wine, it’s a soft, fruity, clean wine with crisp lemon flavors and really complements this dish.
  • Grenache Blanc with its acidity and rounded flavors, or Sauvignon Blanc with its herbaceousness, would also be great wines with this pasta.

Fettuccine with Peas, Leeks & Thyme

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Ingredients for 3 servings:

Directions:

PREPARE pasta according to package directions, reserving ½ cup cooking water. While pasta is cooking, prepare leek mixture.

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HEAT oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek; cook, stirring frequently, until softened and golden. Stir in peas; cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper, as shown above.

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ADD reserved pasta cooking water, thyme leaves and cheese; stir in gently. Toss pasta with leek mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

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More spring pasta recipes:

Vegetable Tortellini Soup Recipe Butternut Squash Agnolotti with Fresh Herb Pesto recipe
Vegetable Tortellini Soup Butternut Squash Agnolotti
with Fresh Herb Pesto

Eating Fish on Fridays? Two Easy Fish Recipes

Written by Liz -

Fish Baked In Creamy Milk Sauce with Onions & Herbs recipe

Fish Baked In Creamy Milk Sauce with Onions & Herbs

Tender fish fillets seasoned with herbs are topped with sautéed onions and baked in a light, velvety creamy milk sauce in this classic dish from Colombia’s Pacific coast. Thyme, basil and anise give the sauce excellent flavor and will be a recipe you’ll want to try again and again.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, sliced into thick rings
  • 1 lb. white fish of choice, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

HEAT 1 tablespoon olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, until tender and golden brown. Remove from skillet; set aside.

SEASON fish with salt and pepper. Add remaining oil to same skillet and cook fish until browned on both sides. Remove from heat. Place fish in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with thyme, basil and anise. Top with reserved onion rings. Combine milk and water in small glass measure; pour over fish. If desired, season with additional salt and pepper.

BAKE for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe

Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole

Convenient comfort food at its very best. This Creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole is a comforting option for any weeknight or weekend meals.

Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 6 cups (about 8 oz.) dry medium egg noodles, prepared according to package directions
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans (9 oz. each) tuna, drained and flaked
  • 2 cans (10 oz. each) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 2/3 cup crushed potato chips

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

MELT butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in noodles, tuna, soup and evaporated milk; mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with potato chips.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until chips are golden brown.
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More oven-steamed fish recipes:

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Steamed Shanghai Black Cod with Summer Vegetables No Mess Summer Fish Packets with Pesto

My Ooey-Gooey Take on the Classic Comfort Food: Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Written by Chris -

Pesto Grilled Cheese recipe

The rich, sweet, nutty flavor of Gruyère cheese complements basil pesto and sourdough bread so well; it really takes this adult grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level!

Now that my family is back to somewhat of a chaotic weeknight schedule, squeezing in a few quick & delicious meals is a must. The beauty of grilled cheese is that you can cater to your family’s preferences. You just need to have a few different varieties of cheese and bread on hand. My kids still prefer the classic grilled cheese made with American cheese and white bread. However, they’ve been loving sharp cheddar and fresh spinach on wheat lately!

So if you are looking for a way to simplify dinner, give this Pesto Grilled Cheese a try. Then customize to your liking. Caramelized onions, thinly sliced Bartlett pears, peppery arugula or sliced tomatoes make great additions to this grilled cheese.

Pesto Grilled Cheese

Ingredients for 2 sandwiches:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil
  • 4 slices sourdough cracked wheat bread
  • 1 cup (about 4 ounces) shredded cheese (I like a combination of Gruyère, sharp cheddar and mozzarella)

Directions:

HEAT a heavy-duty, large skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Spread butter over one side of each bread slice. On two of the slices, spread the unbuttered side with pesto, just enough to cover the surface.

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PLACE slices of bread with pesto, butter-side-down, in the skillet. Sprinkle cheese evenly over bread in the skillet, as shown above.

PLACE remaining slices of bread over the cheese, butter-side-up. Cover skillet loosely and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden on bottom. Uncover; carefully flip the sandwich over. Cook uncovered for 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown. Slice in half and enjoy immediately (with a side of fresh veggies and fruit). If you like wine, I recommend a lightly sweet or dry Riesling.

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Be sure to check out Meals.com for additional quick & delicious recipes!

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More grilled cheese recipes:

Grilled Ham and Tomato Sandwiches recipe
Grilled Ham and Tomato Sandwiches
Smoked Turkey and Tomato Wraps recipe
Smoked Turkey and Tomato Wraps

Go Green on Cinco de Mayo: Green Jalapeño Margarita

Written by Liz -

Green Jalapeño Margarita recipe

Here’s a trend I’ve been seeing lately: adding spinach to smoothies, grating zucchini into brownies and stirring pumpkin into soup and pastas. This may sound crazy, but these are all good ways to get more nutrients into our diets, which most of us need! And, they really do taste delicious…or, rather, I should say they don’t taste at all. I can’t even detect the extra veggies added to these particular dishes, so I get to eat my favorite foods with one extra, effortless serving of vegetables.

So, I soon became a spinach-smoothie convert, throwing a handful of spinach into any combination of frozen fruit, yogurt and instant breakfast mix I was blending. As May rolled around, I realized I could easily incorporate this trick into one of my favorite cocktails: the frozen margarita! Plus, I love jalapeños and drinks with a bit of spice. Adding a few fresh slices of this hot pepper + spinach gives your frozen margarita some heat, as well as a gorgeous green color. And it still tastes like that awesome beach trip to Mexico.

Green Jalapeño Margarita

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 3/4 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup Tequila blanco
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 to 4 slices fresh jalapeño chile
  • 10 to 12 cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • Coarse salt

Directions:

PLACE spinach, Tequila, liqueur, Juicy Juice, lime juice, jalapeño slices, cilantro and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

DIP rims of glasses into water; dip into salt and shake off excess. Pour margarita mixture into glasses. Garnish each with a jalapeño slice, if desired.

Cook’s Tip: Increase amounts of jalapeño, cilantro and spinach leaves according to taste.

Whole Fruit Margarita

Another option for frozen margaritas is adding whole fruits to the mix, as shown by Better Recipes above.

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Related recipes:

strawberry margarita recipe
Strawberry Margarita
Limoncello Basil Cooler recipe
Limoncello Basil Cooler

Enjoy Hot Cocoa Three Ways this Winter

Written by Chris -

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa recipe

Are you ready for National Cocoa Day? These recipes will help. Hot cocoa is a perennial favorite, but a steaming hot mug of cocoa is especially nice during the holidays. And there are so many ways to spice it up! One day I may add ancho chili powder and cinnamon, another fresh orange peel and ground cloves. The additions really depend on one’s mood.

The other day I swirled a spoonful of Nutella into my hot cocoa. It was good, but not knock-your-socks-off good. I added a little cinnamon and a dash of salt and my socks were off! It’s dessert in a cup! This just happens to be a kid-favorite as well – or I should say – a triplet favorite.

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Ingredients needed for 1 serving:

  • ¾ cup lowfat milk, heated
  • 1 envelope Rich Milk Chocolate Flavor NESTLÉ Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hazelnut spread (such as Nutella or Carla Cream)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

POUR milk into large mug; stir in hot cocoa mix, hazelnut spread, cinnamon and salt. Enjoy!

Fresh Mint-Infused Hot Cocoa recipe

Not every hot cocoa recipe must be rich. This Fresh Mint-Infused Hot Cocoa above is light and polite. It calls for mint but rosemary is just lovely! If you aren’t a fan of mint or rosemary, give fresh orange peel a try. Citrus and chocolate are a match made in heaven!

Hot Cocoa Gift with Holiday Dippers recipe

Hot Cocoa with Holiday Dippers will make a perfect gift for teachers – and the best part – kids can make and assemble with a little guidance from a parent.  Large marshmallows, peppermint sticks and plastic spoons are dipped in chocolate then coated in sprinkles. To assemble, pile mini marshmallows into a large mug, add a few packages of hot cocoa, then add the coated sticks. Wrap securely in cellophane to keep fresh, and that’s it! Homemade gifts are the best!

How do you take your hot cocoa?

Happy holidays!

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More hot cocoa recipes:

Hot Cocoa Mix In A Jar recipe
Hot Cocoa Mix In A Jar
Mexican Hot Cocoa recipe
Mexican Hot Cocoa
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