Sunday, September 26, 2010

Baked Eggs with Spinach and Bacon (Aka Happy Birthday Lou)

I don't cook breakfast. Well not usually.

But today is my husband's birthday and lately I've been cooking up quite a little storm in my house, so I knew I wanted to make him something special.  I got this recipe in Bon Appetit's September issue, and I'm just going to say that if I was able to make something that turned out this good the first time around, it is a major hit with me.  Very few ingredients, easy, quick, and impressive. 

I'll show you the end results first and then show you what I did. 

It's beautiful, isn't it?  And it tastes delicious.  This recipe and more can be found at the Bon Appetit website, so I think it's ok if I share it here.  I've been loving my Bon Appetit magazine!!  I think it's helping me become a cook, after all these years.

4 servings
  • PREP: 30 minutes
  • TOTAL: 45 minutes


  • 6 slices applewood-smoked bacon
  • 1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
  • 2 whole wheat or sourdough English muffins, split horizontally, well toasted
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


    4 1-cup ramekins


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook bacon in large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to paper towels. 

    Pour off drippings from skillet; reserve drippings. Add spinach to pan, sprinkle with pepper, and toss over medium heat, 1 minute. 

    Transfer to strainer set over bowl to drain. Brush four 1-cup ramekins with drippings. 

    Crumble bacon.

  • Place 1 toasted English muffin half, split side up, in each ramekin. Divide spinach among ramekins, then sprinkle bacon over, dividing equally. With back of spoon, shape well in center of each ramekin. Gently crack 1 egg into well in each ramekin, keeping yolk intact. Drizzle 1 tablespoon cream over each egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  • Bake eggs until whites are just set but yolks are still runny, 14 to 16 minutes.

    Bon Appetit, Birthday Boy!!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

10 things I want to remember about the summer of 2010

in no particular order...

Bill standing in his flip flops and tuxedo, watching and waiting for Ally to arrive at the altar to marry him.

Ally's little salon breakdown on the morning of the wedding and her needing Ben at that moment more than anyone else in the world -- and how he talked her through it.

Distracting Ally before her bridal shower--that endless cup of coffee while we waited.

Shadows and light at Horton House, HF Bar Ranch, Wyoming.

Dewey, Truman, Monty and Zulu in the early morning at the Hamptons.

NOT getting into the Nate show with Kim and Atsuko--but a great afternoon together anyway.

BBQs with Ellen and Frank-margaritas and always too much food.

Geocaching in Central Park and Greenwich Village.

Riding horses at dusk in the foothills of the Bighorns.

Hiking the banks of the Shell Creek with Cindy and the picnic ride to the South Fork.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fashion Week 2010 - Lincoln Center

Fashion week starts tomorrow at its new location - Lincoln Center instead of Bryant Park - NYC. I think everyone will be happy, as there is a dearth of good restaurants in the BP area. I used to live there and hated trying to find anywhere good to eat in the neighborhood. Now I live within a short walk of Lincoln Center and can always find a good place to eat. P.J Clarkes and Rosa Mexicana, both across the street, are doing a booming business today and will likely continue to do so for the next week.  There was lots of commotion this morning as the tents are up, photographers are milling about trying to catch a shot of the fashion somebodies, and construction crews are working on the frame you see behind me and that you'll soon see on the Project Runway finale (if you are a fan). So much excitement!!  

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I went into analysis today

...called I Write Like writing analysis.  My friend Ellie from Girl Got Poetry sent me the link, so blame it on her.

So my sample revealed that it was written in the style of Chuck Palahniuk.  I Googled him.  "American transgressional fictional novelist."  I'm guessing he wrote that about himself since, a) it's on Wikipedia, and b) nobody calls someone something like that and gets away with it.  Chuck is best known for the book-to-film missive, Fight Club.

I wasn't all that impressed with the comparison. I want to be Nora Ephron ... and I WANT IT NOW.

I wonder how many samples I'd have to submit to get the right answer?  Ellie said she's thinking of submitting repeatedly until she comes up with an author comparison that feeds her ego.

Hey, I'm just trying for accuracy here.

Let me know who you are if you go into analysis at  I write like

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

GPP Street Team Challenge 44-In a Scrape

The challenge was to use paint and nothing but a credit card to apply. No brushes, sponges, etc.  I often use a CC for some layers but finish with a brush, so it was interesting to see how much I could do with just one tool. Using stencils or masks was optional, so I used an animal skin stencil from Artist Cellar (I also love their metallic Byzantia paints). This could be a background, but in my case I was seeing it as a cave and temple of worship. It's called Houses of the Holy. (yes yes, I was a child of the Led Zeppelin era.)