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We gave Dad a choice this Father’s Day ~ go out for brunch or brunch at home.  Brunch at home won hands down and so it was declared….We shall have Eggs Benedict!  Works for me.  This was also a chance to cook with my kid, who I adore and am inspired by on so many levels.  Her 2012 #1 resolution was “to learn how to cook and enjoy doing it.”  To date her What’s for Dinner, Jr. album on fb has 99 food related pictures reflecting her vegetarian & healthy choices mingled with amazing muffins & cookies.  I hope she’ll guest post for me some day soon!

Eggs Benedict gives you so many options:  choice of bread or other platform ingredient, a favorite protein or veggie middle, a gorgeous egg cooked your way, all topped off with a splendid sauce.  We stayed fairly true to the original version using an English Muffin, in our case crisp bacon (option #1) or homemade crab cake (option #2), topped with a poached egg, and finished with Hollandaise sauce.

For the Hollandaise sauce…

4 egg yolks

1 Tbl. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick ya’ll)

2 Tbl. hot water

Pinch cayenne & pinch salt

While I have made Hollandaise many times before (some that turned out great and others that turned out to be scrambled eggs) this would be the first time for my daughter.  And so I recommended to her and I do to you as well, gather all ingredients and have them ready.  Once you get started it happens quickly.

Bring water to boil in small saucepan then reduce to lowest setting (not simmering).  Whisk egg yolks and lemon juice in small stainless steel bowl until thickened and light yellow in color.  Then place bowl over saucepan and continue to whisk egg yolks briskly while pouring in a slow stream of the melted butter.  Add the 2 Tbl. hot water and whisk until nice and thick.  Remove from heat stir in cayenne & salt.  Serve immediately (keeping warm can be tricky – but if you need to, do so slowly over hot water bath).

While those that know my husband would not be surprised by his choice for home cooking over restaurant fare, on this occasion I’m certain his decision was influenced by his pride in his daughter’s shared love of cooking.  It was a great Father’s Day and Eggs Benedict was the perfect choice.

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