Wednesday, June 13, 2012

CookKosher Back to Basics!

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"!

Do you have a most memorable "basic recipe" moment?

Is there one you're working on now?

Hope you've found this helpful!

9 comments:

  1. I love french toast! My favorite is using my leftover cinnamon sugar challah. It makes fancy french toast without any extra effort.

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    1. That's a great tip! Such a great way to add a little sweetness to it, without additional toppings! I love how many adaptations a basic French Toast recipe can take!

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  2. The basics are so important, hard boiling an egg was for sure one for me. One more unusual one is refried beans, I started making those a couple of years ago so easy and so delicious and now I can play with it adding cilantro or other flavors.

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    1. It's so nice to hear that you can relate to my hard boiling an egg adventures! :) The refried beans idea is so interesting! I've yet to try that out, but it would be such a great staple recipe!

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  3. My Dad used to make pancakes and French Toast too. Those were wonderful mornings and I miss them! Now I make that stuff with my grandchildren. They love the basic French Toast with (homemade) challah. But I must say that one of the best French Toast recipes I ever made was -- adults only -- French bread soaked in the usual eggs and milk PLUS orange flavored brandy and some orange peel. Still thinking about that! No syrup needed either.

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    1. That sounds incredible! I'll definitely have to try it out soon! I love that with a few simple additions, you can take french toast to a whole new level! Thanks so much for sharing your variation!

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  4. Some people snickered when I included a recipe for corn on the cob in my first book Quick & Kosher Recipes From The Bride Who Knew Nothing -- well you know what in the end more people ended up thanking me than making fun of me

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    1. I'm so confused by people who snicker at basic recipes! They're fundamentals in any kitchen and at some point everyone needed them! I think it's amazing you included that in your cookbook! It doesn't matter how far beyond basic, cooking abilities get, the basics are always great resources for developing new recipes! And who doesn't love corn on the cob or egg salad at a summer picnic? :)

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  5. I wonder if French toast is a dad thing? My father also made it often, though not with any fancy trimmings. When I wanted to make it for the first time after I was married, I turned to him for the recipe. No one's born knowing the basics!

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