Weekend Breakfast for Two

I used my Cuisinart Griddler to make some breakfast…recipe is found in the manual that came with it.

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The inserts can be changed to use both as grills or both as griddles…for this recipe I used one of each.

While the Griddler is closed, choose “griddle” and preheat to 350 degrees.

Then add bacon, ham, or sausage. I chose bacon!

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Cook for about 7 to 8 minutes before turning. Cook time may depend on how thick the bacon is, though!

While the bacon (or ham or sausage) is cooking, take 2 slices of bread and brush both sides of each slice with unsalted, melted butter. I used sourdough bread.

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Melted butter

Melted butter

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The recipe says to use a 3-inch round or square cookie cutter to cut a center out of each slice of bread. Well, I don’t have either of those, so I just used a knife 🙂

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After the meat has cooked for the 7 to 8 minutes, turn.

Then arrange the bread (including the cut out part) on the griddle side. Let that cook for 4 to 5 minutes and then turn.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of unsalted butter to the griddle plate in the open center of the bread.

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Break an egg into the center of each slice of bread. Cook until the whites are firm (about 4 – 5 minutes). If you want, you can carefully turn the bread with egg over.

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Sorry about the shadows on this pic!

Season to your liking…salt, pepper…get some jam…whatever you like.

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It was a good breakfast on this rainy day.

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This guy agreed as he waited to see if there was anything left over 😉

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Quick Flatbread Pizza

This is something quick when you just want to make a snack for a few people or for a quick lunch / dinner. I picked up some flatbread mix at the grocery store the other day and used it tonight to make a couple small flatbread pizzas. Flatbread Mix

It only takes 7 to 11 minutes in the oven and the prep was easy!

I put some marinara sauce on there along with some Pizza Seasoning I ordered from My Spice Sage (I really love that store!).

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I also added some shredded Paremesan/Asiago/Romano cheese and then topped that with some shredded Mozerella.

Very tasty and very quick!

Use any toppings you want!

Use any toppings you want!

Poached Pears in Honey, Ginger, and Cinnamon Syrup

So, this is the dessert I made New Year’s Eve. It is from “Giada at Home” by Giada de Laurentiis. I only used 2 pears (the recipe calls for 6), so I adjusted the amount of ingredients for the sauce accordingly. Mine looked nothing like the photo in the cookbook, but it was still delicious!

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 (750ml) bottle Moscato wine or other sweet dessert wine

2 cinnamon sticks

2 teaspoons honey

1 (3/4 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

1 vanilla bean, split lenghwise

6 small, firm, ripe Anjou or Bosc pears, peeled and cored

Vanilla ice cream or gelato

In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine the sugar with 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the wine, cinnamon sticks, honey, and ginger. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean and add the bean to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the honey has melted.

Add the pears and simmer over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning occassionally until the pears are tender when pierced with a small knife. Remove the pears from the liquid and allow to cool. Continue to simmer the liquid until it thickens and is reduced by half, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Discard the cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean.

Place each pear on a small serving plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with the poaching syrup. Serve immediately.

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A couple of pears…waiting to be poached.

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Some cinnamon, some ginger…

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Vanilla bean…smells wonderful…

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The wine that goes into the saucepan…

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And the gelato!

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Cookin’ it up.

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It doesn’t look pretty like in the cookbook, but it was great (taste-wise)! Need to practice with the presentation 🙂

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I’m telling you, it was some work, but it was good!

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Happy New Year!!!