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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Breakfast in Bed for an Early Valentine's Day

Food is romantic.  Food is sensual.  Sweating away in a hot kitchen in grimey clothes is NOT.  So, how do you have a romantic, sensual breakfast in bed wearing that sexy French lingerie without having to wake up at 4 am (therefore killing ANY mood) and not sustaining 2 degree burns to those scantily clad areas? Oh, do I have a solution for you!

First, let's talk lingerie.  I am a HUGE lingerie addict.  I can't feel well put together, much less sexy, in cotton granny panties.  In fact, I wouldn't own a pair if you gave them to me.  This doesn't mean you have to buy the European set from Jane's Vanity (although, I highly recommend it if you can!)  Target has some very nice things, not to mention Victoria's Secret. Throw your significant other a bone (pun intended!) and tap your inner sex vixen.  Start every day knowing that no matter what everyone else sees on the surface, you look HOT underneath!

Now, isn't this infinitely more alluring than a worn an tatty white bra? Now add a robe for the kitchen, and we are set to make breakfast!

Since nothing ruins the mood faster than sleep deprivation (okay, young children kill it faster.  oh, and mother in laws too-but I digress) I like a breakfast that is quick, easy, yet tasty.  Enter Baked Ham Cups.  I learned this recipe from another online foodie, Lindsay Tarquino.

Doesn't this look scrumptious? And, it's easier than scrambling eggs with an infinitely more sophisticated palette. This recipe is for a large crowd, but you can tailor it to suit just you and your honey.

Baked Ham Cups:
12 Eggs
12 thin slices of deli ham (round)
1/2 Cup of your favorite cheese (I used Parmesan)
1/2 Cup diced scallions
Fresh cracked Sea Salt and Pepper

Preheat the oven to 400.  Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.  Lay a piece of ham in each hole creating a little ham cup.  Crack one egg into each hole and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake the eggs for about 12 minutes…until the white is firm and the yolk is still nice and runny.
Carefully remove each egg from the muffin tin and top with grated cheese and scallions.  Serve hot!  Yield: 12

The best part of this recipe is the fact that all you do is pop the ham in the muffin tin with the egg and walk away until the timer goes off.  In the 12 minutes of baking you can make a pot of French press coffee, toast some crackin' rye toast, and pour the orange juice.  Add a fresh flower to the tray, saunter upstairs with your sexy self, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Cheers, my lovelies-and Happy Valentine's Day! 

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