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Baked Hard “Boiled” Eggs September 3, 2012

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It’s difficult to know what to title this post. The pin didn’t have a title. When you say “hard boiled eggs” people know exactly what you’re talking about. You drop a shelled egg into boiling water until it’s cooked. Then you peel and eat. Yumm! In this case, “boiled” is entirely inaccurate seeing as I didn’t boil anything. I baked, but if I say baked eggs it loses the descriptiveness. So, for today’s post, my title will have to be slightly wrong to be sort of right. Or something like that.

The Pin: Baked Hard “Boiled” Eggs by imgfave

Difficulty: 2 (1 = Easy, 10 = Hard!)

I’m just going to go ahead and post the picture directly from this dude’s website.

They look so pretty.

And that’s all (s)he wrote. Literally. That’s all there is on the site about this “recipe.” We like eggs in our house and hard boiled eggs are great to have in the fridge. I’m all for eggs that are “tastier” and “easier to peel” so let’s bake some eggs!

Just about to go into the oven.

I baked them for the full 30 minutes because I’ve been told my oven is not super hot. 30 minutes later…

Well that doesn’t look like the picture!

This is the second time I’ve tried this recipe and both times my eggs have come out covered in brown spots. Since there is no information on the recipe’s site about this phenomena, I was uncertain what was wrong. Is it rust from the pan? Is there gunk dripping from the roof of my oven? Neither! After a few minutes of Googling I found out those brown spots are normal. Thanks Alton Brown (courtesy of Greetings From the Asylum) for clearing that up. Their page has a slightly modified approach to this recipe where you place the eggs into ice water immediately after they come out of the oven. Since this wasn’t part of the pin (and I didn’t read it until my eggs had been cooling for at least 10 minutes), I didn’t do this. Possibly because of this my eggs were slightly overdone. The yolks were a little dry. Next time I would either bake the eggs for the minimum suggested time (25 minutes) or cook them for full 30 minutes then put them straight into ice water.

This second website says, “Baked eggs are better because they are less sulfurous (smelly) and the texture of the finished eggs is creamier.” The pin says they are “easier to peel.” Are they right? Were the baked eggs better?

Mostly, yes. Let’s break it down.

  • Smell: The baked eggs didn’t smell as … well, eggy as their boiled counterparts. Sometimes I find boiled eggs stinky. The baked version wasn’t stinky at all.
  • Peelability: So far, I’ve found that all of the baked eggs are easier to peel. My husband said he found a difficult one, but I’ve yet to encounter a tough shell.
  • Texture/Taste: When I tasted the first batch I made a couple of weeks ago, I thought they had a slightly better texture and flavor baked than boiled, but with this latest batch I didn’t notice a difference. It’s possible they only tasted better because I was expecting them to. I’m not sure. Still, they were good, and I’ll probably continue to cook them this way.

Final Rating: 5.5123479827394712347982734 (1 = Egg, 10 = Egg)

It’s hard to rate an egg. I mean, it’s a hard “boiled” egg. You either like them or you don’t. Now go bake an egg!

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Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge August 11, 2012

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For this post, I was planning on telling a lovely story about how much I love chocolate, and how much my clearly deranged husband hates it. Hence, the peanut butter fudge instead of chocolate fudge. But instead I’m going to complain.

Before I pin a recipe, I always click on the link. I like to check out the ingredients and, when it’s a blog, I enjoy reading what the blogger has to say. So it annoys me greatly when I pin a promising recipe only to come back a week later to find this:

AMG REPORTED!

Really? Because I visited the site and found no spam or inappropriate content. In fact, I clicked on this particular recipe at least twice. Once when I discovered it, and once when I made it; however when I went to click on it just a moment ago, I received the grey Pinterest screen of death. This is the second time this has happened to me. I went in search of the original link and found it. I still couldn’t find any spam or inappropriate content. It’s just a forum with a recipe that I want. Because I hate having broken pins laying around on my Pinterest boards, I did a search and found the recipe at Allrecipe.com. It’s exactly the same as my inappropriate pin. It even uses the same image. I’m guessing the original link that I’d pinned was copied directly from Allrecipe.com. Is that a reportable offense or are  people just dicks who get their jollies reporting things for no real reason?

Okay, I feel better. Now that that’s out of the way. Let’s get to the foods!

The Pin: Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge by AllRecipe.com

Difficulty: 2 (1 = Opening Potato Chips, 10 = Baked Alaska)

Let’s get makin’!

Sooooooooo much sugar!

It’s simple to make. The instructions are super short. “Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8×8 inch dish. Chill until firm and cut into squares.”

Here is the the warm mixture freshly poured. It looks a lot like I dumped peanut butter into a pan.

The waiting is the hardest part.

I covered the pan and popped it in the fridge. It took forever to cool. Okay, it didn’t really take that long, but I was ready to eat it warm with a spoon. Eventually, it cooled and was ready to nom!

Left: Mine – Right: AllRecipe.com

There’s nothing like peanut butter flavored sugar. Just one piece and I think I almost went into a diabetic coma. Yeah, it’s just that good. I’m not certain, but it might be addictive. You have been warned, it’s super sweet, but it’s one of those sweets that’s difficult to stop eating. All day I’ve been popping into the fridge for a piece. Bottom line, if you’re on a diet, you may want to give this one a miss, but if you’re not and you like sweet things, make this! Make it now!

Final Rating: 9 (1 – Terribad, 10 – Mouthwatering)

 

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread August 5, 2012

Filed under: Baking,Cooking,Eating,Food,Pinterest,Uncategorized — MelGag @ 2:51 am
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If you follow my blog (yeah, all three of you) then you may remember this picture from last time.

See that biscuit? That’s my next blog, so stay tuned!

Good news. It’s next time!

The Pin: Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread by Une Deux Senses

Difficulty: 4 (1 = Easy, 10 = Way too effing hard to even try.)

Let me start off by saying, I miss Whole Foods. (This is going somewhere I promise!) My husband is in the military, and we were stationed at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, GA for a little over a year. There was a Whole Foods about 15 minutes from our house, and we did our grocery shopping there most weeks. I love Whole Foods for it’s selection of organic food. I also, love their pre-made foods. We’d usually pick out something for dinner that night. We loved the chicken skewers and the ribs. Aside from those, one of the best things we bought there was jalapeno cornbread. So good! It was just the right amount of spicy and sweet all rapped up in a tasty cornbread package. Pure awesome. When I found this recipe, I was really hoping for something similar to that awesome.

The ingredients:

Let’s cook!

The recipe says that it makes 18 biscuits. Since I was only cooking for two people, I decided to half everything. Strangely enough it made 10 biscuits instead of nine. The whole halfing everything business worked out just fine until I got to the eggs. The full recipe calls for three eggs. Halfing an egg is not easy, but I made it work. Here they are, pre-oven.

Left: Mine – Right: Une Deux Sense

Needless to say, I went with the muffin version. I put the appropriate amount of cheese in the muffins, but I forgot to put the extra on top. To be fair, I was running on about four hours of sleep that day thanks to a fussy teething baby. Plus, my son was not cooperating with my cooking plans. But we persevere! Even without the cheese on top, I’d say they came out looking pretty good.

Left: Mine – Right: Une Deux Sense

Just a warning, the recipe says if you’re making muffins it should take about 15 – 20 minutes. This is either wrong, or my oven is crap because mine took 25ish minutes. As for the outcome, I’m torn. This is another one of those Pins I really wanted to like. And I did… sort of. The taste was good. Just good. Maybe it was the ratio of flour to cornmeal, but they weren’t cornbread-ish enough for me. They tasted more like muffins with a hint of corn. The flavor was decent, but it wasn’t awesome. They were also too salty for my taste. Let me be clear. I enjoy salt. I nearly always cook with it, so when I say something is salty, it’s pretty salty. At first I thought that I had neglected to half the salt, but the original recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of salt. I know I didn’t put more than one teaspoon into the mix.

If I make these again, I’d half my halfed salt. But chances are I won’t make this recipe again, mostly because my husband didn’t like them. (He says he didn’t like the jalapeno flavor.) So there you have. A solid Good.

Final Rating: 4 (1 = Bad, 10 = Explosion of Yumm!)