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Eggs Benedict: Breakfast Eggs with Charm

Eggs benedictIf you are tired of making scrambled eggs or fried eggs for breakfast, you might want to flex your culinary muscles a bit and try cooking Eggs Benedict. Although the dish sounds quite fancy, it is actually quite “doable” in any ordinary kitchen. You start by lightly toasting an English muffin, and then you top these with bacon and poached eggs. Just before the dish is served, the eggs get a generous dollop of Hollandaise sauce as their crowning glory. There you have a dish fit for royalty!

The History of Eggs Benedict

In “The History of Eggs Benedict, the magazine Kitchen Project – Food History gives several versions of how the dish may have started. One version says, “Eggs Benedict” – 1860s -Credit is given to Delmonico’s Restaurant, the very first restaurant or public dining room ever opened in the United States. In the 1860’s, a regular patron of the restaurant, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, finding nothing to her liking and wanting something new to eat for lunch, discussed this with Delmonico’s Chef Charles Ranhofer (1836-1899). [Read more…]

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Brunch and Wine Pairing Just as the Sun Rises

Brunch with wineDrinking at breakfast sounds odd, even bizarre. But during the weekends when your breakfast isn’t too early (or brunch), the right pairing with what is served – pancakes, eggs, burgers or some other breakfast concoctions  – can lend the morning meal some heartiness. Jim Clarke’s Drinking in the Morning at Star Chef’s Easter Brunch suggests it is great for Easter. Though anyone who loves having a great morning or weekend, can find the suggestion a welcome one. Clarke says,

“… We typically pay tribute to our breakfasty beverages by supercharging them—OJ becomes a mimosa; tomato juice, a bloody mary. Coffee remains unadulterated—the caffeinated counterbalance to your morning alcohol—but do we really need to cut our alcohol with fruit juice to make it socially acceptable?”

Light Choices for Egg-based Breakfast

No, vodka or whiskey or anything as hard is not suggested with eggs benedict or any light dish for breakfast. Rather, lighter stuff is suggested to make decent pairings at this time of the day; Champagne with orange juice, citrusy Chardonnay or any sparkling wine pairing with omelets, quiches and egg benedict. [Read more…]

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