December 2010

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A holiday wish for you:

May your life always sparkle and shine,

Be sweet to the senses,

Surrounded by beauty,

And filled with love.

What’s in There?

Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.

Gustave Flaubert


We spent yesterday afternoon making the house festive, with holiday songs on the hi-fi, candles burning, and the sweet scent of pine and fir wafting about.  Tonight, the hubster and I will be spreading a little holiday cheer with cherished neighbors, and tomorrow I’ll be whooping it up with the ladies.  It’s that time of year…

I hope you and yours are enjoying this beautiful season!


Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world.



To be more precise, the preparation of what is left of my egg.  Raised by our friends’ hen, I might add.  I should also mention that I am not engaging in hyperbole.  This simple recipe knocked my socks clean off (now that is some hyperbole!).  I don’t know if you, like me, sometimes have a struggle with egg preparation, specifically, over-easy.  It can be over-difficult and not at all pretty.  Maybe there’s not quite enough butter or oil in the pan; maybe I let it go a tad long; maybe the turn of the wrist isn’t just right, and out oozes the yolk.

Well, my friends, this solves all of those problems, is beyond easy (no flipping!), and the final product looks like something served at a restaurant.  Here’s the score:

butter or olive oil – enough to lightly coat the bottom of the pan

Egg (s)

1 tablespoon water for every egg

Heat oil or butter in a small fry pan over medium heat.  Have a lid or a plate large enough to cover the pan on the ready.  When the butter bubbles somewhat briskly but does not burn, add an egg or two.  I haven’t tried three but am pretty confident it would work fine.  Once the bottom of the egg has cooked, meaning it is no longer translucent, add the water.  Immediately cover with the lid or plate, and wait one minute.  Remove the lid and slip the egg out of the pan. It will look gorgeous, and the texture, almost creamy, definitely delectable.

I should note that I found this method over at Duckspoon, (in the breakfast category – basted eggs) a terrific and very informative website focused on home cooking.  They have a quick video if you want to watch the magic!  I would also like to mention that Daniel, the man behind Duckspoon, is an ever so kind and skilled bartender at one of our favorite restaurants, the Country Cat.  He does good things with whiskey.

It’s actually sunny here, so I better get it while the getting is good.


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