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Lazy breakfast: Eggs on a raft

I love eggs for breakfast. But sometimes (okay, often) I’m too lazy to make a big omelette or fancy-pants breakfast – or even just regular scrambled eggs.

So, that’s when I resort to eggs on a raft*. My dad used to make this all the time when I was growing up, and he’s still the best at it. And fine, it might not be that hard, but can you really beat your own dad’s cooking? Anyway, what it really comes down to is a simple breakfast: just eggs and toast, all buttery and runny and delicious.

All you do is butter both sides of a piece of bread, then cook it in a skillet on medium-low heat. When the bread starts to soften, use a spatula to cut a square in the center of the piece of bread. (The teeny square piece of bread becomes the best part!)

Then crack open an egg into the center – if you’re feeling ambitious (or just hungry) like I was, you can use two – and cook to your desired consistency. Flip and cook a bit longer so it’s browned on both sides, and there you have it – the lazy person’s eggs and toast.

*This is also known as “eggs in a basket” and I’m sure by a thousand other names, of which I don’t know/can’t remember.

March 30, 2012 Posted by | Breakfast, Recipes | , , , , | Leave a comment

A lunch fit for kings & queens

I work in the Fort Point area, and my absolute, all-time favorite spot to get a grab-and-go lunch is Sportello.

One of Barbara Lynch’s many esteemed restaurants, Sportello is located right above her bar, Drink, and next to the even more upscale Menton – which I haven’t yet been to as my budget doesn’t quiiite allow for such splurging. (And if you don’t know anything about Barbara Lynch, this New York Times article is fascinating.)

You can dine-in at Sportello and feast on all things Italian, but the best part is their lunch counter and bakery: for only $10, you can get a “lunch box” which comes with your choice of sandwich, homemade potato chips, a cookie, and a drink.

On this particular day, I was in luck – they ran out of all the chocolate chip cookies, so I was treated to what I consider their best cookie there: a bittersweet chocolate pecan cookie, topped with sea salt. (I realize the above photo doesn’t do it justice, but you have to trust me – this cookie is phenomenal and only $1!)

The rest of their bakery products are also amazing, and they even make a mean coffee. So if you’re in the area, stop in. Just be warned it’s always packed around 12PM with the lunch crowd – and they only make a certain number of lunch boxes/sandwiches per day, so your best bet is to get there before 1PM.

Now I’m craving their salty, homemade potato chips and a big dose of eggplant and cheese (like the pictured sandwich). Nom nom nom.

March 28, 2012 Posted by | Dining Out | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Feels like spring” pasta dinner

After a mini heat wave in March (a totally foreign concept in Boston), the weather returned to some sense of normalcy – which means cold, dreary, and rainy.

Since I was still craving the fleeting warm, sunny days, what better way to bring that back than with a fresh, brightly colored pasta salad for dinner?

Edamame & Cheddar Pasta Salad
(adapted from a Betty Crocker recipe)
Serves: 6-8

Dressing
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Salad
1 1/2 cup whole wheat rotini
2 large tomatoes
2 orange or red bell peppers
1 cucumber
10 oz. package of frozen edamame
5 oz. frozen corn
3 oz. sharp cheddar cheese

1. Combine all of the ingredients for the vinaigrette and whisk until blended.
2. Cook pasta, then rinse with cold water and drain. Meanwhile, cook edamame and corn according to package directions. When edamame and corn is done, rinse with cold water and drain.
3. Chop all of the veggies needed for the salad, then toss with the pasta, edamame, and corn in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette mixture and mix well.
4. Cover and keep in the fridge for at least an hour before serving/eating. The longer, the better, to let the pasta cool and marinate.

I probably ate mine too soon (I was starving), as the flavors could have been better mixed. But, it was crisp, refreshing, and packed with veggies. And with a huge bowl that’ll have me eating leftovers all week – what’s better than that?

March 26, 2012 Posted by | Recipes, Veggie Friendly | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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