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The Weeknight Gourmet's 100th Post!

I started this cooking blog one night in late January and really wasn’t sure how it would be received or if I’d enjoy writing it.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the positive reception from my readers and how much I enjoy communicating my culinary adventures.  I love when one of my posts inspires someone to cook a homemade meal.  I love noticing certain trends in what I cook and what ingredients I use.  I always knew I used a lot of garlic but never realized how many of my recipes rely on cumin!  I love checking my blog stats to see which recipes draw the most interest.  Based on my page views, people love curry and turkey burgers.

Most of all, I hope that, in some small way, the recipes I post can help create for others the special moments and conversations I experienced around the dinner table as a child with my mom, dad, and brother and as an adult with Tim, our friends, and extended family.

Here are my top 10 favorite posts (in no particular order). Would love to hear from you — please tell me your favorite recipes that you’ve cooked from the blog!

1) Summer Kickoff BBQ…RIBS

2) The Super Bowl Cake

3) Birthday Dinner for Angus

4) Black Bean Burgers with Guacamole Salad

5) A Must Make Dish: Mahi Mahi in Tomato Olive Sauce

6) My Gastronomical Discoveries in Northern CA

7) First BBQ of the Year: Grilled Herbed Baby Lamb Chops with Asparagus Salad

8) Dinner for Kaylin’s Parents: Turkey & Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

9) Tribute to Domino

10) Spice Rubbed Chicken Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Chipotle Cream

Tribute to Domino

Domino — one of my favorite magazines — has become the latest victim of the recession and decline in print advertising.  Domino artfully packaged decorating, fashion, and entertaining articles in one beautiful magazine.  An issue of Domino not only allowed me to escape for a little while, but also provided me with recipes I actually made and decorating ideas that have taken shape in my home (e.g., homemade playing card posters in our basement in the Berkshires).  As a tribute to “The Guide to Living with Style,” I thought I would profile one of the first recipes I made from the magazine, “Eggs Benedict for a Crowd”.

Tim’s favorite breakfast / brunch dish is Eggs Benedict.  For our first wedding anniversary I broke out the egg poaching pan, made hollandaise sauce, fried slices of Canadian bacon, and toasted English muffins.  Somehow my mother-in-law can time all of these steps perfectly but my hollandaise and poached eggs were a touch overcooked and the English muffins were cold.  Plus, I had lots of messy pots and pans to clean up.

Domino’s Eggs Benedict recipe provides a great alternative to the traditional method of making  this brunch favorite.  All you need are the ingredients below, a silicon muffin tray, and an oven!

Eggs Benedict for a Crowd
Domino Magazine, December 2005

Ingredients

  • no-stick cooking spray
  • 12 eggs
  • 12 slices Canadian bacon
  • 6 English muffins, split
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • bennie sauce (see recipe below)
  • snipped chives, for garnish

Bennie Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed

Preheat oven to 375 degree. Put two 6-cup silicone muffin trays on a baking sheet, and coat well with no-stick cooking spray. Crack an egg into each muffin cup.

Cover each egg with a slice of Canadian bacon.

Butter the English muffins and place them buttered-side down on top of the Canadian bacon. Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Cover the muffin pan with a platter; flip over. Squeeze each of the muffin cups to release the eggs, then carefully remove.

Top each egg with a spoonful of Bennie sauce (simply whisk together the ingredients above to make the sauce).

Sprinkle with chives and serve with simple watercress salad on the side.