No one makes breakfast like my Dad. Sunday mornings are epic. Pancakes shaped like cartoons (before all the appliances came about that make that so much easier!), trays of toast, buns, fruit, eggs made to your liking and French Toast. Oh, the French Toast. While I'm not one to say no to chocolate chip pancakes, there's just something about French Toast that can't be beat. Whether it's the aroma it releases into the kitchen or the feeling of a warm, fancy breakfast - it's always been a fave.
I must admit, the first time I tried making French Toast I was beyond confused at how all of these elements were supposed to come together. I remembered there being a bowl of eggs involved, bread and a frying pan but my first few endeavors resulted in the egg not soaking enough into the bread. The final product kinda looked like scrambled eggs trying to break out of a slice of bread. Yup, disaster. Aside from having to do the dishes to start again, I was determined to get it right!
Same with egg salad. Who really wants to ask anyone how to hard boil an egg? I love my Mom's party sandwiches on weekend afternoons - and then y'know after you've eaten the equivalent of 10 full sandwiches you stare in awe at the empty platter and how deceiving those little sandwiches can be. Or maybe that's just me... Either way, egg salad was another totally confusing experience. I'll admit it. I'm proud of my itsy bitsy balebusta-ness because learning how to hard boil an egg didn't just mean I could make egg salad, it meant I could garnish Bacalhau too! Learning how to make french toast meant that making a dish with french toast, goat cheese and chocolate spread was a reality and not just an idea! When you learn the basics you gain the confidence and the ability to grow!
When I saw Leah, from CookKosher tweet regarding which basic dishes we actually needed a recipe for, I couldn't help but respond. I was honored at being given the opportunity to guest post on CookKosher and share a few of my favorites - yes, that means French Toast & egg salad! If you've never visited CookKosher before, head over there. ASAP! Not only is the layout beautiful and user friendly, the recipe search option is comprised of a comprehensive and extensive database, accessible by a detailed search option. You can add filters for everything from popular posts to course, preparation, ingredients, cuisine and so much more! The wonderful community atmosphere is an added bonus! Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Fresh and Easy cookbook by Leah, and currently, if you head over to the site, join the community and share some of your recipes, you'll be entered to win one of your very own!
You can find my guest post there, entitled, "Back to Basics"!
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