Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Holy Breakfast Pizza

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RATHER THAN try to explain my penchant for breakfast, I'll just let the ingredients do the talking: veggie bacon strips which I lovingly refer to as fakeon (pronounced fay-ken),  a healthy handful of sliced tomatoes, a grip of fresh flat-leaf parsley, a sprinkling of chives, shallots, and onions, topped with a dusting of Parmesan cheese and... eggs?

Yes, eggs on a pizza. The result? Only one of the best pizzas I have ever had in my life. This recipe kicks all other "breakfast pizzas" to the curbtypically when someone says "breakfast pizza," I envision cold, soggy slices of pizza from the night before, but not this one. Getting a bite of eggs with bacon is sheer genius!



DIRECTIONS

1. Roll dough out into a 12" diameter. You can make your own, or you can buy premade dough (which is what I did).
2. Assemble pizza with thinly sliced onions, shallots, fake bacon, tomatoes, and cheese. You can brush some oil on the top if you're worried about burning.
3. Crack three eggs onto the pizza (You can break the yolk if you prefer,so that the egg isn't concentrated in one area--I definitely like it spread out), and bake at 375° for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
4. Remove the pizza from the oven, sprinkling minced chives and parsley on top.

Adapted from The New York Times.

xo,
margaret

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Pineapple Purse

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MY WEAKNESS for bags that resemble food and/or are sparkly  is pretty transparent, even to people who have only known me for a few months. Fortunately my raccoon-like nature is not lost upon them and makes gift-hunting for me a cinchmy presents usually involve some sort of shiny bauble or tasty morsel, and if I'm lucky, a combination of the two.

As you can imagine, I was pretty thrilled to see that I am not alone: I stumbled upon this fortune cookie coin purse made out of recycled leather last week, and most recently, this pineapple coin purse from Kate Spade.

 So shiny. So delicious. I want.

Available from katepsade.com for $95, this tropical sparkler is oh-so-cute. Did I also mention it is ready for purchase? My birthday is in November so you have a few months to save up. ;-)

xo,
margaret

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mini Golf

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BEFORE I MET him, I had already heard stories about Nick's uncle, one of which I had to see to believe. Appropriately nicknamed "Tiger" as in Tiger Woods, he had already proven time and time again that he was a Wii Golf champion. I was most disbelieving of the dessert fiend rumor until it was confirmed one night when he gobbled up a plate of at least 30 mini lemon drizzles.

Using this knowledge of his lemon fanaticism and unrivaled golf acumen, I decided to whip up some luxuriously rich lemon cupcakes modeled after a golf course.

The finished product was awesomewith green sanding sugar for the "grass", mini jawbreakers for golf balls, and golf flags made from yellow construction paper that I cut out and glued to toothpicks. I also used crushed graham crackers for the bunkers, but crushed vanilla wafers would work just as well.

Anyone want to play mini golf? ;-)

{Tart Lemon Cupcakes}

Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: 35 minutes preparation, 20-25 minutes baking
Yields: 15 regular-sized cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • mini jawbreakers

DIRECTIONS

Combine slightly softened butter with sugar, and cream together. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Combine all dry ingredients. Alternately add dry ingredients and sour cream into mixture. Bake at 375° F for 25-30 minutes. Remove, cool for 10 minutes, frost, and get ready for "tea time"!


xo, margaret