- Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer and add enough water to cover by about an inch.
- Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once boiling lower the heat to a gently simmer and put the timer on for 12 minutes for large eggs.
- When the timer goes off immediately drain the eggs and run cold water over them to cool them quickly.
I always have hard boiled eggs in the fridge for a snack or to add to my salad for lunch or dinner.
The key to making perfect hard boiled eggs is, not to boil them. This is an easy method to make perfect eggs. Eggs are good for you and if you are on a diet they are a great snack that will fill you up without the sugary treat your body or at least mine is craving.
Who doesn't love something delicious made with love from the kitchen. To make the holidays easier, simply making up a few small gifts that you can use at the last minute.
Cranberry Cherry Chutney
My first suggestion is my Cranberry Cherry Chutney. We use this as a side with our turkey during the holidays, but it's also great on waffles, pound cake, and ice cream. You could also pour it over cream cheese and serve with small cookies for a dip at your holiday party. This is easy to make and will keep in the fridge for 3 weeks. For long term storage simply can it using the water bath method. Make sure you double or triple the recipe for future use.....Link to Recipe
Whole Grain Baking Mix
This whole grain baking mix is an adaptation of the Master Mix developed by the school of Home Economics at Prudue University. This mix can be made in advance and kept for 3 months in the fridge and be used for biscuits, cornbread and dumplings. In my cookbook I give more details on how to adapt this recipe for use in muffins or coffee cakes. Once you make up the mix you only need to add water, some herbs and cheese to make biscuits like they have at Red Lobster.... Here is the Recipe
The most important meal of the day is breakfast and we always eat a large meal. You can plan ahead and buy blueberries when they are in season and can them ahead of time. I know most of you are not thinking of Christmas in the summer but the frozen blueberries will work just as well. Two quarts of blueberries makes 6 (8oz) jars which you can use for drizzling over your waffles or pancakes at breakfast. It makes a great topping on cheese cakes or over cream cheese with crackers for an appetizer... Link to Recipe
I always say good tools makes life easier in the kitchen. Just ask your husband when he needs a special tool for a project. Muffin top pans are a specialty type pan that have a very shallow indentation perfect for baked items you want to stay perfectly round when baking. I bought mine for hamburger buns, but I can already see so many other uses.
The price is around $15.00 to 20.00 and has free shipping from Amazon. CHICAGO METALLIC is a really nice brand, heavy duty and non stick, so they are a breeze to clean. I will be trying mine out with my Strawberry Shortcake recipe. I usually use a muffin tin, then cut the muffin in half on the plate and top with the strawberries and whipping cream. This would allow of a much better presentation. One simple perfectly round cake that I can top with the berries. Try the Strawberry Shortcake recipe on my recipe blog. The cakes are very light even with 100% whole grain. The recipe is easy but quite different. The milk is heated before adding it to the batter.
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