Daily Archives: July 19, 2007

Two lists, from two hundred

Looking through the year, it’s hard to imagine making some of the recipes I made in January – who wants to eat pot roast right now?

But that’s how he works, Father Time: strangely. At one hundred, I listed my favorites. In light of my recent hankering for repetition, I flipped through the (now) two hundred entries in my recipe journal to make you two lists:

Recipes from 2007 that I’ve made more than once (more than I thought, and mostly quick ones):

1. Vodka Tonic with Pomegranate and Pernod
2. Parmesan-Garlic Breadsticks
3. Variations on No-Knead Bread (more times than I can count)
4. Goat Cheese with Kalamata Olives and Sundried Tomatoes
5. Butter-Titrated Brownies
6. Mixed Seafood Roast with Fennel and Sorrel
7. Chicken Stock
8. Hot Tangy Beans
9. Sari’s Tuna Salad (at least five times)
10. Shallot Cream Dressing
11. Rhubarb-Apple Crisp
12. Eggs Carlos
13. Olive Oil-Vanilla Cake (four times, I think)
14. Creamy Chopped Salad with Chickpeas and Cucumbers
15. A Different Kind of Guacamole (don’t ask about the time a friend added a cup of lime juice instead of a tablespoon)
16. Roasted Pepper Vichyssoise
17. Apricots with Blue Cheese, Pistachios, and Honey
18. Lambic Float (try peach!)

Recipes Tito wants me to make again (I told him to pick three):

1. Rustic Salty Cashew Shortbread
2. Andouille-Green Chili Hash
3. Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Spice Rub
4. Gnocchi with Morels and Mascarpone Cream
5. Baked Trout with Peppers, Tomato, and Capers


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Flat Eggs with Fish

The other night at Cafe Presse I ordered Oeufs Plats, Jambon, Fromage . In French that translates roughly to “flat eggs , ham, cheese,” which explains why French restaurants and bistros serving real renditions of French food keep the menu items listed in French. Flat Eggs with Ham and Cheese does not sound sexy. Oeufs Plats (which sounds roughly like hoopla) sounds at least a little better.

And when it came to the table, a hot oval ceramic dish lined with the Parisian version of American sandwich ham and topped with baked eggs (with still-gooey yolk) and a thick pool of melty gruyere, my fondue food memory flashbulbs went off. My salivary glands kicked into overdrive. It was sexy. It was also delicious.

I’m not sure where to find that same kind of ham, which bears very little resemblance to what people put on sandwiches here. It’s not proscuitto; it’s less cured and much lighter in color. But when I’m craving a ham and butter sandwich (which happens more than I should admit), or in this case Flat Eggs with Ham, there is no substitute.

Unless, of course, you’re willing to try smoked salmon. We had some left, and it created its own mini breakfast miracle, which Tito will undoubtedly demand again soon.

I wonder how smoked salmon tastes on a baguette with thick slabs of salted butter from Brittany.

Oeufs Plats au Saumon et Chevre 2

Recipe 200: Oeufs Plats au Saumon et Chevre (or)
Flat Eggs with Fish and Goat Cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Wipe or spray the inside of a creme brulee dish or small ramekin with butter or olive oil. Arrange slices of smoked salmon in a single layer along the bottom and sides of the dish (it should reach up the sides of the dish like a tart crust). When the oven is hot, crack a large egg into the salmon and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the egg white is set but the yolk is only set at the edges. (Timing may depend on your baking vessel of choice.)

When the oeufs come out, sprinkle with goat cheese and chopped chives, and serve with a toasted hunk of good bread.

Hint: If you’re making multiple servings, it’s easier to put all the ramekins on a baking sheet and transport them that way.

Café Presse in Seattle


Filed under Breakfast, fish, French, recipe, Seattle


I just read in the August issue of F&W that Emeril’s kids are named E.J. (as in Emeril John) and Meril (as in Emeril, without the E, which must have been chosen over Emerilla).

Sick. Sick and wrong.


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