Hotdog Fried Rice

Fired rice can be made with almost any ingredient. I like to have at least 1 protein and 1 veggie along with the rice and eggs. I like to use leftovers in this dish. I used new hotdogs, but the potatoes are my salt potatoes I made days ago, and the peas were leftover too from another meal. This was a huge meal and makes 5-6 servings. Add salt to taste.

  1. In a medium sauce pan, make 4 cups of rice.
  2. Thaw half a package of hotdogs, 5 dogs. Slice your hotdogs into 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. Heat a wok over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup oil and heat till shimmering. Add the hotdogs and cook till both sides are fried. Add any other ingredients that need cooking time (potatoes, fresh carrots, diced onion, anything that can handle stirring).
  4. Cook until additives are hot. Add 4 cups rice, and 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce, stir and heat.
  5. Once rice is hot, add any of your softer veggies, and add 2 eggs in a well in the center. Heat until eggs are fully cooked, about 1-2 minutes. Serve.

French Toast With Homemade Bread

French toast is a filling and sticky breakfast. I used a third loaf of white bread to make this french toast, and I cut the slices to be about 1/4 inch thick. The mixture didn’t penetrate the bread very far, but the flavoring was fantastic. The vanilla extract was absolutely fantastic. I made another batch of this again and this week we’ll be doing that for breakfast. To reheat french toast, heat in a skillet for 1-2 minutes per side, or microwave for 1 -2 minutes.

  1. Heat a skillet to medium heat, of 250 F. In an open faced dish whisk together 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. Add 1 tsp nutmeg, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp sugar.
  2. Cut your bread to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Butter your hot skillet. Dip each side of your bread for about 30 seconds for firmer breads, then immediately transfer into hot skillet. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes. Serve with butter and syrup. Makes 8-12 pieces.

Macaroni Salad with Egg

Macaroni salad is a picnic staple. This recipe has many servings that can easily feed 6-8 people as a side. I also make another version of this recipe with tuna or imitation crab meat that excludes the egg and mustard. Spring is coming, and a light refreshing salad is always welcomed. Macaroni salad is also great to fill you up after a long day of work!

  1. Hard-boil 3 eggs, (recipe here). Boil 4 cups of water. Once boiling, add 2 cup macaroni. Cook until al dente, then strain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Transfer pasta to serving dish. Add 2 cups of mayo, and 3 Tbsp mustard. De-shell and crush the hard-boiled eggs with a fork until the eggs are in small pieces. Add the 3 eggs to the macaroni, and stir. Once mixed, serve or refrigerate until serving.

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are a great and healthy snack and are a common ingredient in many dishes. My husband and I love eggs and have been going through them very quickly as we are excited for better weather to come. I boil my eggs until the yolks are completely cooked. Some people prefer their eggs some soft- or medium-boiled, but I prefer my hard-boiled eggs to be hard, and that’s why I boil them for 15 minutes.

  1. Get 3-4 cups of water to a full boil. Pull out desired number of eggs to hard-boil.
  2. Once water is fully boiling, use a large spoon to gently add the eggs to the boiling water. Once all are added, set a timer for 15 minutes.
  3. After 15 minutes, take your pan to your sink and add cold water for 2 minutes. Then, turn off cold water and refresh the cold water every few minutes for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add to a bowl and store in the fridge.
  4. If you eat hard-boiled eggs as a snack, remove the shell, rinse with water, salt generously, then enjoy.

Egg in a Nest

This was my first time trying to make eggs in a nest. I had initially heard of this from Binging with Babbish when he made them several years ago, but I don’t follow him as much now that his personality has changed. It took me 3 attempts before I was able to make this dish. I didn’t make them as sunny side up either, because everything burnt when I tried that, and I really don’t like sunny side up eggs anyway. I always try the make my eggs over easy, though I do occasionally go for scrambled.

The biggest hints for this dish are to make sure the heat is low, like making a slow grilled cheese, and to make sure you have enough oil in the pan to make a seal with the bottom of the bread. This is to try and limit how much egg leaks out. My egg came out as over-medium, but it was still delicious and super easy/fun to eat. I also garnished with chives, but it’s not necessary.

  1. Heat a small frying pan over low heat. Spray the pan with a generous layer of non-stick spray/oil. With a toaster, toast enough bread for your desired number of servings. You only need one piece of toast per egg in a nest.
  2. Once toast is cooked, use a 2 inch round cookie cutter, or cup to make a hole in the center of the toast. Once done, transfer the bread with the hole into the pan, and crack an egg into the center. Let cook until the bottom is no longer opaque. Shake pan to release from bottom of pan, cover and let cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Once the first side is cooked, gently get the toast and egg up onto your spatula. Keeping you bread and egg parallel with the burner, tip your pan to be almost 90 degrees to the spatula, then flip your spatula’s contents into the pan and place the pan back on the heat. Cook for another 3 minutes. Flip the egg in a nest as you transfer it onto your serving plate, and serve with the hole of toast and salt.