Omelet Lessons with the Short Order Cook

Thumbnail image for iStock_000005800784XSmall.jpgI don’t know about you, but when it comes to the topics of eggs, every single member of my family likes them prepared a different way. For me, I do the straight up hard boiled version (I’m not a big fan of yolk), my son opts for scrambled, my daughter is interested in cheese omelets and my husband, is the adventurous type and can go for a mexican style creation one day and nova lox and cream cheese selection the next.
No matter their preferences, I’ve come to discover that cooking omelets can actually be fun and good for you too. Since I’m a proud member of the Eggland’s Best Pink Dozen, I’m happy to let you know that EB eggs contain high levels of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E, and are a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin B2. They also contain 25 percent less saturated fat and 19 percent less cholesterol than regular eggs. And they were recently featured in Women’s Health as a healthy option for egg lovers.
If you’ve got the right pans (we’ve got a fabulous omelet and poached egg maker that I bought this year) and you use butter or a butter substitute, you’re well on your way to making a great breakfast. While hard boiled and scrambled eggs are pretty easy to master, I happen to love experimenting with different ingredients and have found the perfect omelet recipe to satisfy my sweet tooth – yes you can make sweet omelets too. Check out my recipe for granny smith omelets and enjoy!
Granny Smith Apple Omelets
Two Eggland’s Best Large eggs
2 tablespoons of milk
1 sliced granny smith apple
1/2 cottage cheese (you can also try cream cheese or goat cheese)
Dash of cinnamon sugar
1 tablespoon of butter or butter substitute
Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in pan.
Add granny smith apple slices and saute in pan
Whisk eggs, milk and sugar in a bowl
Add mixture to frying pan
After 3 minutes, add cheese
Fold the omelet or flip it over in the pan (that one is totally your call).
You have a granny smith omelet!
And now a bonus recipe for those of you with a hankering for something spicy…
Mexican Omelet
2 Eggland’s Best Large eggs
2 tablespoons of milk
2 tablespoons of salsa
1-2 slices of cheddar cheese
Dash of ground pepper
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon of butter
Whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Heat pan with butter.
Add egg mixture
Add salsa
After 2-3 minutes, add cheddar cheese.
Fold your omelet in half.
Serve with nacho chips.
And there you have it…two delectable omelets in under 10 minutes. If you’d like to find out more information and ideas for delicious and healthy recipes, please visit: Egglands
A reminder for those supporting breast cancer awareness month. Eggland’s Best is a proud sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the fight against breast cancer and has committed to donate $50,000 to support Komen for the Cure in its promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. From now until to mid-November, Eggland’s Best will add the official “Pink Ribbon” to their iconic “EB” stamp and both stamps will be pink to celebrate this partnership. Look for the Eggland’s Best at your local supermarket.
*Disclosure: This compensated post was sponsored by Eggland’s Best.

Chuck E. Cheese Costume Extravaganza

Chuck E. Cheese's - Chuck E.jpegLooks like I know where I’ll be taking my Michael Jackson wannabe this weekend. The place “Where a Kid Can be a Kid” is turning into “A Real Ghoul Place to be a Kid” during the month of October as it invites ghosts, goblins, Spider Mans and Michael Jacksons (I added that one) to all of its 500+ locations throughout the nation.
For the entire month of October, parents are invited to bring their kids in their favorite costumes and take pictures with the nation’s biggest costumed character – Chuck E. himself. Look at that – you’ll get your money’s worth by having another place to take your kids in their costumes this month!
In addition, after taking their photos, parents can send them in to memories@cecentertainment to participate in the Chuck E. Cheese’s Chucktober Facebook contest. Accepting submissions through Nov. 1, Chuck E. Cheese’s guests can submit their favorite costumed photos from their times at Chuck E. Cheese’s for a chance to win a free guest pass (good for 1 large pizza, 4 drinks and 30 tokens) to their favorite Chuck E. Cheese’s location. All photo submission will be post to the pages’ Facebook photo albums on November 1 for Facebook fans to begin voting by “Liking” their favorite photos. The 5 photos with the most likes will be chosen to win the guest passes.
Visit Chuck E Cheese to check out the deals.

Chocolate Caramel Treasures Recipe

P1050465.jpgSometimes you just need a good cookie to perk up your week. Try these awesome ones I modified from the Cookie Party Cookbook. So worth the melting of the caramel.
Chocolate Caramel Treasures:
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup finely chopped hazelnuts ( we didn’t use nuts)
for Caramel Filling
10 plain caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons heavy cream
for Chocolate Drizzle
3 ounces fine-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened) finely chopped
1. Beat together butter, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla with an electric mixer until blended well OR just mix with your hands like my daughter did. Sift in flour, cocoa, and salt and beat on low speed until mixture forms a dough-or mix with your hands. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 30 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
3. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls, then roll in nuts to coat if you are using them. Arrange balls, as coated, 1 1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheets and press your thumb into center of balls to flatten, leaving a depression. Bake in batches in middle of oven until puffed slightly but centers are soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press centers of cookies again (we used handle end of a wooden spoon). Transfer to racks to cool.
Make filling while cookies cool
Heat caramels and cream in a small saucepan over moderately low heat OR in a microwave like we did, stirring occasionally, until melted and mixture is smooth. Spoon into centers of cookies and cool completely.
Make chocolate drizzle one hour before serving
Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, OR melt in a microwave, stirring until smooth. Cool to warm and pour into a heavy-duty sealable plastic bag. Seal bag and snip 1 corner to form a small hole. Drizzle chocolate over the cookies and let stand until set, about 30.
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.

Striking a Balance with Truebalance Sneakers

Recently, the team at New Balance had me to try out their latest creation – truebalance – a new toning shoe with “hidden” toning technology allows women to tone their bodies without calling attention to themselves or their footwear by using a special balance board technology — completely proprietary to New Balance. The technology design forces the body to maintain a natural balance with every step, activating muscles in the legs, glutes, and core.
While I typically wear boots on the weekend, l decided to ditch my sherpas, slipped on my New Balance kicks and got ready for a marathon weekend that did not include a visit to the gym. The truebalance foot wear (I’ve got the blue pair) actually looks kinds of snazzy with my jeans and, here’s the bonus – they’re toning sneakers so when I’m on the sidelines cheering my son at his soccer game, or running errands in the supermarket, or racing to get to my daughter’s double header, I’m actually toning my thighs, calves and glutes – gotta love that! Of course, a visit to the gym wouldn’t hurt and I have worn them there too, but at least it’s a start that I’ve got them on all day instead of for that one hour when I’m watching “Live with Regis and Kelly” on the elliptical machine.
As I attempt to shed some fall foliage lbs. in time for the holidays, I’m going to put my fashionable truebalance sneakers to good use and plan to even slip them on during my commute into Manhattan. Considering I do my best speed walking while texting to and from meetings, my calves and thighs should be slimmer in no time.
If you’re on the lookout for a way to tone your body while you’re going about your daily routine, give New Balance truebalance sneakers a try and let us know what you think!
Disclosure: I was provided with a free pair of New Balance truebalance sneakers as part of this review.