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TIP OF THE DAY: Chilaquiles For Breakfast

Chilaquiles with avocado. Photo courtesy
Avocados From Mexico.

 

Still looking for something special for Father’s Day breakfast? How about chilaquiles (chee-la-KEE-lace), a traditional Mexican breakfast or brunch dish.

While there are numerous regional variations, here’s a typical recipe: Corn tortillas are cut into quarters and lightly fried. Next comes green or red salsa or mole sauce, then fried eggs.

Pulled chicken can be added; the dish is topped with shredded queso fresco and/or crema, Mexican sour cream. Sliced raw onion, avocado or other garnish can be added. A side of refried beans typically completes the dish.

Don’t confuse chilaquiles with the Tex-Mex dish migas, scrambled eggs mixed with chopped green onions, shredded Cheddar and crushed tortilla chips or tortilla strips.

This recipe is courtesy Avocados From Mexico, which has many delicious avocado recipes on its website.

 

RECIPE: CHILAQUILES WITH AVOCADO AND EGGS

Ingredients For 4 Servings

 

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 six-inch corn tortillas, quartered
  • 1-1/2 cups red salsa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and cubed
  • 2 small radishes, thinly sliced
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    Preparation

    1. HEAT oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tortillas. Carefully stir and turn tortillas to coat them with oil until crisp, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat.

    2. FRY eggs in a separate skillet. As eggs are finishing…

    3. RETURN tortillas to medium heat. Pour salsa over crisp tortillas, turning to coat until they are slightly soft but still chewy. Top tortillas with fried eggs, avocado and radishes.

     

    Avocados are a delicious breakfast food: plain, on toast or with eggs. Photo courtesy Avocados From Mexico.

     

    TIP: If you want the tortillas to remain crisp, hold the salsa and pour it over the other ingredients immediately before serving.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Waffle Bar

    Hold the maple syrup: This Mexican Sunrise
    Waffle is topped with a fried egg and salsa.
    Photo courtesy Peach Valley Cafe.

     

    Father’s Day excitement: Turn brunch into a design-your-own waffle bar.

    We adapted this idea from Peach Valley Cafe, which has a variety of tasty waffles on the menu.

    Make your favorite waffles (we go for whole grain) and decide on your toppings, sweet or savory:

    SAVORY WAFFLE TOPPINGS

  • Chopped fresh herbs (basil, chives, dill, parsley)
  • Chopped green onions (scallions)
  • Grilled vegetable strips
  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa
  • Sautéed cherry tomatoes
  • Sour cream, Greek yogurt or crème fraîche
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    PROTEIN TOPPINGS FOR SAVORY WAFFLES

  • Bacon
  • Cheese: crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese, shredded Cheddar or mozzarella
  • Chicken/turkey
  • Chili
  • Eggs: fried, hard cooked/sliced, poached, scrambled
  • Grilled shrimp
  • Ham
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    SWEET TOPPINGS

  • Candies: chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, toffee bits
  • Cottage cheese flavored with cinnamon sugar
  • Crème fraîche, mascarpone, whipped cream
  • Crumbled Oreos or chocolate wafer cookies
  • Cooked fruit: cinnamon apple slices, peaches, chopped oranges
  • Dried fruit: blueberries, cherries, cranberries
  • Fresh fruit: berries
  • Ice cream
  • Marinated fruit: fresh or dried fruit marinated in Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
  • Nuts: almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts
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    OMG: an Oreo waffle. Dad may pass on it, but kids will love it. Photo courtesy Peach Valley Cafe.

     
    MAPLE SYRUP ALTERNATIVES FOR SWEET WAFFLES

  • Brown sugar
  • Caramel and/or chocolate sauce
  • Chutney
  • Maple syrup and/or fruit syrup
  • Preserves
  •  
    Of course, you need to make a selection from all of these options. But if you have more to add to the list, let us know!

      

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    FATHER’S DAY RECIPE: Potato Chip & Beer Pancakes

    “Mancakes” are made with beer and potato
    chips. Photo courtesy SurLaTable.com.

     

    This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a breakfast featuring some not-so-traditional pancakes, made with BBQ potato chips and beer.

    Created by Chef David Burke (one of our favorite creative culinary artists) for Samuel Adams Boston Lager, these easy-to-make “mancakes” may become an annual tradition in your family.

    RECIPE:

    Ingredients

  • 4 ounces crushed BBQ potato chips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup of Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • 2 eggs
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    Preparation

    1. MIX flour, baking soda, Boston Lager and eggs in a large mixing bowl

    2. HEAT a skillet on medium and pour batter into large circles. Let bubble.

    3. SPRINKLE potato chips on top of pancakes and flip. Cook until lightly browned

    5. SERVE with bacon or sausage and maple syrup.

     

    WE’VE TESTED HUNDREDS OF PANCAKE MIXES. HERE ARE OUR
    FAVORITE MULTIGRAIN & WHOLE GRAIN PANCAKE MIXES.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Breakfast Salad

    If you haven’t been getting your recommended portions of fruits and vegetables*, how about starting your day with a breakfast salad? You can have one of these fruit-based salads with your regular breakfast foods—cereal, eggs, a bagel—or with a side of cottage cheese, ricotta and/or yogurt.

    This recipe comes from Lynn’s Paradise Café, Louisville, Kentucky and was sent to us by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.

    It makes 8 portions. Divide in half for 4 portions.

    BREAKFAST SALAD RECIPE

    Ingredients

  • 2 pounds mixed, torn salad greens
  • 2 cups granola
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 4 cups fresh orange sections
  • Blueberry vinaigrette (recipe below)
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    Breakfast salad. Photo courtesy BlueberryCouncil.org.

     

    *It used to be “five a day,” but now the government bases the portions on calorie needs for your age, gender and activity level. Calculate your portions with this Fruit and Vegetable Calculator from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

     

    Blueberries growing on the bush. Photo
    courtesy BlueberryCouncil.org.

     

    Preparation

    1. TOSS salad greens with 1½ cups of blueberry vinaigrette (recipe below).

    2. DIVIDE the dressed greens among eight large plates. Arrange ½ cup orange sections and ½ cup blueberries on top of each salad

    3. SPRINKLE each salad with ¼ cup granola. Drizzle remaining dressing on top. Serve immediately.

     

    BLUEBERRY VINAIGRETTE

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced shallot
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE ingredients in a food processor. Process until mixture is smooth.

    2. CHILL at least 30 minutes to blend flavors. Yield: 2 cups.
     
    FIND MORE BLUEBERRY RECIPES AT BLUEBERRYCOUNCIL.ORG.

      

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    RECIPE: Cheese Grits

    Hot and hearty cheese grits. Photo courtesy
    Tillamook.com.

     

    It’s so cold in the Northeast today, we’re warming up with a bowl of steaming cheese grits.

    If you’re not from the South, you might not totally “get” grits, a thick, creamy porridge. They can be bland in their traditional recipe, with salt and a pat of butter on top. (You can use sweet toppings instead: sugar, honey, maple syrup, jam, etc.)

    We like our grits in the classic savory preparation, seasoned with salt and pepper and garnished butter and/or cream for added texture and flavor (when we’re not on a cholesterol guilt trip).

    Cheese is a magical enhancer to grits; and Cheddar, Jack or Parmesan is an even yummier replacement for the butter and cream. This recipe is courtesy of Tillamook, one of the country’s best Cheddar producers. You can go heavier or lighter on the cheese, as you prefer.

    CHEESE GRITS RECIPE

    Ingredients

  • 4 cups (32 ounces) whole milk
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) water
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) grits (stone ground with lots of husk—the best are Anson Mills organic heritage grits)
  • ¾-1 cup (3-4 ounces) sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3-4 slices (3-4 ounces) sharp Cheddar cheese, broken into chunks
  • ¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • Chives to garnish
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    Preparation

    1. COMBINE milk and water in a large pan and bring liquid to a boil. Whisk in grits, making sure that they don’t clump.

    2. TURN HEAT DOWN to a simmer and stir constantly with a whisk. Continue to stirring with frequently and cook for approximately 45 minutes, until a porridge-like consistency is achieved.

    3. ADD shredded cheese to the grits when they are still a semi-liquid like consistency—they should still be creamy, but acting like they want to grab the ladle. When they stick to the ladle they are fully cooked.

    4. ADD the butter, salt, and pepper right after the cheese. Adjust accordingly with more milk if needed.

    5. POUR grits into oven-safe serving bowls. Add a few piece of sliced cheese chunks (or more if you’d like) to the top of each bowl and put under the broiler for about 30 seconds or until cheese is melty. Having the cheese in chunks assists with uniformity and melting the cheese in the grits.

    6. GARNISH with chives and serve immediately.

    TOO MUCH COOKING FOR YOU?

    Make instant grits in the microwave and add 1 table of grated Parmesan cheese per serving.

    MORE ABOUT GRITS…

    …and another cheese grits recipe.

      

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    PRODUCT: Crunchy Pancakes & Waffles

    Bunnery Natural Foods began some four decades ago, in a log cabin near Yellowstone National Park.

    Now in expanded quarters in Jackson, Wyoming, the company continues to focus on foods that provide both strength and satisfaction to the area’s bikers, hikers, fly fishers, mountain climbers, skiers and white water rafters.

    The company’s pancake and waffle mixes are well worth a look for their crunchy surprises and added nutrition. Called O.S.M., the mixes include wheat flour, oats (“O”), cracked wheat, sunflower seeds (“S”), millet (“M”) and bran. The line includes:

  • O.S.M. Pancake & Waffle Mix, the original flavor
  • Coconut-Vanilla Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Wild Blueberry Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Double Chocolate Pancake & Waffle Mix
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    Two healthier pancake choices from Bunnery Natural Foods. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

    We enjoyed all four varieties, but decided to add a tablespoon of cocoa powder and some mini chocolate chips when we made the second batch of chocolate pancakes. As is, they have slight cocoa flavor.

    Original O.S.M. is $5.95 for an 18-ounce package; the flavors are $6.95. They make delicious party favors, house gifts, teacher gifts and stocking stuffers.

    Buy them online at BunneryNaturalFoods.com.

      

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    RECIPE: Potato Hash For Breakfast Or Brunch

    Hash is a mixture of foods cut into small pieces. Corned beef hash is perhaps the best known recipe, typically made from cubed or shredded corned beef mixed with chopped onions and diced potatoes. If the potatoes are shredded or riced and pan-fried potatoes, they are often called hash browns.

    In less affluent households, when there was no money for corned beef, potato hash would suffice. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious.

    Here’s a vegetarian potato hash recipe with an optional strip of bacon for those who love their breakfast meat. Yield 4 servings, prep time 10 minutes, ready time 35 minutes, cook time 25 minutes.

    POTATO HASH WITH BACON & POACHED EGGS

    Ingredients

  • 4 medium eggs, poached
  • 4 slices lean bacon
  • 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 7/8 cup packed baby spinach
  • 2/3 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced (2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, diced
  • 3 tablespoon grapeseed oil
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    Potato hash for breakfast or brunch. Photo courtesy PotatoGoodness.com.

     

    Preparation

    1, BOIL the potatoes for 15-20 minutes in salted water until tender; drain and cool slightly. Meanwhile…

    2. HEAT 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and fry for another 3 minutes. Add the spinach and tomatoes and cook for a further 1 minute.

    3. COOK the bacon under a preheated grill for 4-5 minutes.

    3. ROUGHLY MASH the potato and mix into the onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the potato hash into 4 rounds.

    4. HEAT the remaining oil in a large frying pan and fry the hash rounds for 2 minutes on each side. Top with bacon and a poached egg; serve immediately

    VARIATION: If you don’t like mushrooms, tomatos or spinach, substitute diced bell peppers.

     
    WANT CORNED BEEF HASH?

    Try this corned beef hash recipe from Delmonico’s in New York City

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Last Minute Valentine Treats

    There’s still time to make something special for Valentine’s Day, even if you’re a non-cook. Here are two sure-to-please ideas.

    Start with breakfast: Make strawberry or raspberry cream cheese for the morning toast’s or bagels. You can also use it for tea sandwiches.

    STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE RECIPE

    Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup berries, hulled; or substitute 2 tablespoons
    strawberry or raspberry preserves and
    omit the confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • Optional:1 tablespoon orange zest
  •  

    Make pink cream cheese for Valentine’s Day. Photo courtesy Einstein Bros.

     
    Preparation

    1. COMBINE ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and well blended.

    2. REFRIGERATE until needed. Ideally make the day before to let flavors blend.

     

    Serve a mini-beer tasting with rose petals to
    a beer-loving Valentine. Photo courtesy
    CraftBeer.com.

     

    CRAFT BEER

    Some people would trade all the chocolate in the world for a good beer.

    It you know such a person, take a look at the style of beer in the fridge—Belgian ale, IPA, lager, pilsner, etc. (here are the different types of beer).

    Then, head to the market with the largest supply of craft beer and pick up four different brands in the same style.

    If you want to make it a beer-and-cheese pairing, here are the cheeses that go with beer.

    Toast to a happy Valentine’s Day.

     

      

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    PRODUCT: Waffle Pancakes Griddle

    Fusion food of a different sort: waffle
    pancakes. Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma.

     

    Pancakes or waffles: Can’t decide? This innovative griddle from Nordic Ware makes it simple to prepare delectable waffled pancakes—pancakes textured like waffles—in a jiffy.

    The innovative cast-aluminum nonstick griddle produces seven 3″ diameter, crispy golden cakes with deep pockets for syrup or toppings. We also used them to make dessert pancakes, topped with a scoop of ice cream, sliced bananas and chocolate sauce (fun and delicious).

    The riveted cast stainless steel handle stays cool; the nonstick finish ensures easy release and quick cleanup.

    Made in USA, the pan is currently a Williams-Sonoma exclusive, at retail stores or online.

    It’s yours for $39.95.

     

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PANCAKES & WAFFLES

    Pancakes are generally soft and spongy, while waffles are crispy. Historically, waffle batter has more fat than pancake batter; the extra fat contributes to the crisping.

    Most mixes we see today state that they can be used for pancakes or waffles. If waffles made from such mixes don’t turn out crispy enough for you, try a waffles-only batter, or make it from scratch.

    Check out our review of the best pancake mixes.

    Check out our Pancake & Waffle Glossary for all the different types of pancakes and waffles.

      

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    VALENTINE’S DAY: Heart Shaped Pancakes

    We [heart] heart-shaped eggs and pancakes. Photo courtesy Norpro.

     

    Yesterday we recommended some heart-shaped molds for hard-cooked eggs.

    But if you prefer your eggs fried or poached—or would rather have pancakes—try these Norpro Nonstick Heart Pancake & Egg Rings.

    Each ring holds 1/4 cup batter or 1 raw egg. A set of 2 rings is $5.61.

    Beyond Valentine’s Day, you’ll use them for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, brunches and perhaps a monthly “I [Heart] You” breakfast.

     

      

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