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The Perfect Scrambled Eggs

 

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scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives

 

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scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives

There’s a technique believe it or not to making Perfect Scrambled Eggs.

Years ago, Melissa and I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom and ate breakfast at their famous, Boma-Flavors of Africa, Breakfast Buffet. They are known for their scrambled eggs so, of course, I tried them. They were the most amazing scrambled eggs I’d ever had. The eggs were fluffy, but cooked through, and filled with goat cheese and chives. That’s when I made the decision to practice making scrambled eggs at home.

Beating the eggs for a longer amount of time and then cooking them low and slow is key to making the perfect scrambled eggs. The longer they’re over the heat will determine how you want your eggs to be cooked. Soft and fluffy will take less time than compared to dryer more well done scrambled eggs. My video for this recipe is available on my YouTube channel. www.YouTube.com/Linda Lou Hamel

 

 

 

Prep Time: 5 minutes (whisking the eggs is included in this time)
Cook Time: approx 10 minutes.
Total Time: approx 15 minutes
Equipment: 12-inch non-stick sautèpan, large mixing bowl, whisk

Ingredients:
1 dozen large eggs (cage-free)
1/4 cup of half-and-half (substitute heavy cream or whole milk is fine)
1/4 cup of whipped cream cheese, room temperature (substitute 4-ounces of goat cheese, 4-ounces of feta, or 1/2 cup of any grated cheese you choose)
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, half and half, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper together. Whisk for at least 5 minutes, allowing as much air as possible to be incorporated into the eggs. You want to see foam bubbles forming at the top of the egg mixture.

Preheat a 12-inch sautépan on medium heat. Once the egg mixture is ready to go, turn the heat down to medium-low. Continue whisking the eggs allowing the temperature of the burner to adjust. Add the egg mixture to the pan. As the eggs begin to set, gently pull the eggs across the pan, using a rubber spatula, forming large soft curds, continue cooking-pulling, lifting and folding the eggs, until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains.

Do Not rush this process, times may vary slightly, approx.10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat before folding in the cream cheese (goat cheese or feta) and fresh chives. Season with a light sprinkling of Kosher salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the eggs to a serving bowl. Best served hot!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bundt Cake With A Cream Cheese Maple Drizzle

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This cake combines the taste of pumpkin cheesecake with the texture of a moist and delicious cake. My new bundt pan gives an elegant touch that will have your friends saying WOW!. This is my Pumpkin Cheesecake Bundt Cake With A Cream Cheese Maple Drizzle.

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First is to butter and flour your pan really well. If you’ve been reading my blog you know that when it comes to making cakes, doing it from scratch is great, but can be super time-consuming.

Today I’m using a box cake mix. There are a variety of really good ones available today and with a few special ingredients, you can make it your own. The French vanilla brand is my “go to” and base flavor for all my cakes. I can take this cake mix in any direction I want.

The big advantage to a box cake mix is that all the ingredients are pre-measured out for you. I’m using 2 boxes for this recipe. You may not need to use all the batter that the two boxes yield, but 1 box is not enough for this bundt pan recipe.

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For the wet ingredients:
In a large bowl, whisk together pure pumpkin puree, ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon of a pure vanilla extract, and cream cheese emulsion (you can find this at any baking store).

In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Combine the bowl with the egg mixture together with the pumpkin ricotta mixture. Using a spatula, mix together until combined. Below is what the wet ingredients will look like once both mixtures have been combined.

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For the dry ingredients:
Add the dry cake mix and pumpkin spice blend (recipe for my pumpkin spice blend is at the bottom of this post), into a large mixing bowl, whisk those together. Add in a 1/3 of the dry ingredients, at a time, into the wet ingredients, giving the dry ingredients time to incorporate into the wet. Do this until all the dry has been incorporated into the wet. Do not overmix.

For the second box cake mix DO NOT add the pumpkin puree or the pumpkin spice blend until the wet and dry ingredients have been combined. At this point, reserve 1/3 of the cake batter and set aside. Next, add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend to the remaining cake batter, stirring until just combined. Again do not overmix.

The bundt cake is going to have the flavor of a cheesecake running through the center.

Fill 1/3 of the bottom of the prepared bundt pan with the pumpkin batter. Next, pour the reserved cheesecake flavored batter (that batter without the pumpkin flavoring), evenly around, on top, of the pumpkin batter. Finally, pour the remaining pumpkin batter evenly around, filling the bundt pan 2 inches from the top.

You want to make sure that you don’t fill the pan all the way to the top, giving the batter a chance to rise.

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At this point, you want to have your oven set to 350-degrees F. Follow the baking instructions on the box. The baking times may vary. More than 1 box of cake mix is required to make this cake. Keep checking the cake regularly after the box says it should be done. Use a cake tester or a long wooden skewer. When the cake tester comes out clean it’s done. This may take an extra 10 to 12 minutes.

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After the cake is done baking, place a large round plate over the top and invert the cake. You want that plate to be the one that cake remains on. Set the cake aside to cool completely in this position. This will make the later release of the bundt pan much easier. Next, move on to the cream cheese maple drizzle.

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In a mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Stir together until combined. Slowly drizzle real maple syrup into the cream cheese mixture until it has the consistency of a glaze (a little more than a 1/4 cup). The glaze to fall off the spoon easily when you tilt the spoon.

After the cake has completely cooled, carefully lift off the bundt pan. Using a spoon, drizzle as much or as little of the glaze letting it drip down all around the sides of the cake.

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Prep Time: 35 to 40 minutes (time includes, prepping the cake batters)
Inactive Prep Time: 3 hours
Total Bake Time: 45 to 50 minutes, (after 35 minutes use cake tester in center of the cake (toothpick) and watch closely, may need another 10 to 12 minutes)
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Yields: 10 to 12 slices
Equipment: Bundt pan buttered and floured, rimmed sheet pan, 2 large mixing bowls, rubber spatula, whisk

Ingredients:
1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 16.5-ounce boxes of Duncan Hines French Vanilla cake mix
6 large eggs, room temperature, divided
2 cups water, divided
2/3 cup vegetable oil, divided
1 cup ricotta cheese, room temperature, divided
1cup pumpkin puree, divided
2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract, divided
2 tablespoon cream cheese emulsion, divided
2 tablespoon pumpkin spice blend, divided

Ingredients For Cream Cheese Maple Drizzle
1 8-ounce bar cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup real maple syrup (amount may vary slightly)

Pumpkin Spice Blend:
1/3 cup of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Prep the bundt pan with butter and flour. Shake any excess flour from the bundt pan, set aside.

Directions For Wet Ingredients:
In a large bowl, whisk together pure pumpkin puree, ricotta cheese, 1 tablespoon of a pure vanilla extract, and cream cheese emulsion (you can find this at any baking store). In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Combine the bowl with the egg mixture together with the pumpkin ricotta mixture.  Using a spatula, mix the wet ingredients together, until combined.  Below is what the wet ingredients will look like once both mixtures have been combined.

Directions For The Dry Ingredients:
Add the dry cake mix and pumpkin spice blend (recipe for my pumpkin spice blend is at the bottom of this post), into a large mixing bowl, whisk those together. Add in a 1/3 of the dry ingredients, at a time, into the wet ingredients, giving the dry ingredients time to incorporate into the wet. Do this until all the dry has been incorporated into the wet. Do not overmix.

For the second box cake mix DO NOT add the pumpkin puree or the pumpkin spice blend until the wet and dry ingredients have been combined. At this point, reserve 1/3 of the cake batter, set aside. Next, add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend to the remaining cake batter, stirring until just combined. Again DO NOT overmix.

The bundt cake is going to have the flavor of a cheesecake running through the center.

Fill 1/3 of the bottom of the prepared bundt pan with the pumpkin batter. Next, pour the reserved cheesecake flavored batter (that batter without the pumpkin flavoring), evenly around, on top, of the pumpkin batter. Finally, pour the remaining pumpkin batter evenly around, filling the bundt pan 2 inches from the top. Place bundt pan on top of a rimmed baking sheet. Place into the oven on the middle rack. Bake at 350-degrees F.

Important Note:
According to the box, bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The baking time will vary because of the amount of batter (there may be a small amount of extra cake batter) used to fill the bundt pan. Allow for extra baking time, around 10 to 12 minutes. Total bake time may reach 45 to 50 minutes.

Note:
Keep checking the cake regularly after the box says it should be done. Use a cake tester or a long wooden skewer. When the cake tester comes out clean it’s done.

Carefully remove the cake from the oven. Place a large round plate over the top and invert the cake. You want that plate to be the one the cake will remain on. Set the cake aside to cool completely in this position, at least 3 hours. This will make the later release of the bundt pan much easier. Next, move on to the cream cheese maple drizzle.

Directions For The Cream Cheese Maple Drizzle:
In a mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese and powdered sugar. Stir together until combined. Slowly drizzle real maple syrup into the cream cheese mixture until it has the consistency of a glaze (a little more than a 1/4 cup may be needed). The glaze should fall off the end of the spoon easily when you tilt the spoon.

After the cake has completely cooled, carefully lift off the bundt pan. Using a spoon, drizzle as much or as little of the maple glaze letting it drip down all around the sides of the cake.

There you have it, my Pumpkin Cheesecake Bundt Cake With A Cream Cheese Maple Drizzle.

 

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Lumpy Mashed Potatoes

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When I was a growing up I despised mash potatoes, the texture, the taste, everything about them. As I got older, that all changed as I became a parent and cooked almost every night. I learned how to make some improvements to foods I didn’t like as a child. Honestly, I wanted my daughter to like and eat everything I made, especially all variety of vegetables. A mother can dream, can’t she?

I can remember, the texture of mash potatoes was just awful, NOW, I love their creamy texture. Funny thing, Steve doesn’t care for smooth mash potatoes, he likes them to have some texture like mashed potatoes with the skins left on, those he really likes. I came up with a compromise, I’m calling them my Lumpy Mashed Potatoes.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 6-quart stockpot, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
5-large Yukon Gold, cooked, peeled, and diced
1 garlic bulb, 4 roasted cloves
1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
4-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4-ounces Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 cups of half-and-half
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoon of fresh chives, minced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Peel and discard the papery out layer of the garlic bulb, leaving intact the skins of the individual cloves. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 to 1/2-inch from the top of the cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic. Set the garlic on top of a piece of foil. Drizzle a couple of teaspoons of olive oil over each exposed head, using your fingers to rub the olive oil over all the cut, exposed garlic cloves. Sprinkle each head with a pinch of Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  Wrap the garlic bulbs up in the foil. Place the foil packet on a rimmed baking sheet pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cloves are lightly browned and feel soft when pressed. Remove from the oven, carefully open the foil packet and set aside to cool.
Start with a large stockpot, add 5 large Yukon Gold potatoes. Cover the potatoes with cold water. Bring the potatoes up to a boil. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of Kosher salt. Continue boiling for around 10 to 15 minutes until just fork tender. Turn the heat off. Strain the water, return the potatoes back into the hot pot. Place a towel over the top so they will continue steaming for another 5 minutes or so. They will be perfectly cooked and the skins can be easily removed. Remove the skins and dice into approx. 1 1/2-inch size chunks. Place the diced potatoes into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In the same large stockpot on low heat, melt the unsalted butter. To the melted butter add the fresh chopped thyme, cream cheese, Mascarpone cheese, half-and-half, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, stirring occasionally. Continue to stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until everything becomes nice and smooth. Take the mixture off the heat, add the 4 roasted garlic cloves and diced potatoes right into the cream mixture.

With a potato masher start mashing. The warm potatoes start to absorb the liquid as I start the mashing. This potato recipe is kind of unique because it still has the creaminess of what you know mash potatoes to have, but yet because they are not whipped or put through a food mill they still have little bits of potatoes throughout. Finally, I add 4 tablespoons of fresh chopped chives. There you have it, my Lumpy Mashed Potatoes.

 

 

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