Friday, April 18, 2014

How to Peel a Hard-boiled Egg & the Tick's Battlecry

Justin Chapple, Food & Wine test kitchen chef, demonstrates a brilliant trick for peeling hard-boiled eggs with a spoon. I would have loved using this technique after boiling dozens upon dozens of hard-boiled eggs for my signature creamed eggs on biscuits, which was served as one of our Bed and Breakfast's special selections.

Which reminds me of my favorite battlecry, "Spoon!"
- Arthur, the Tick's sidekick.

“Sometimes it's not the strength but gentleness that cracks the hardest shells.” —Richard Paul Evans

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Orange Millet Pilaf

My friend, Larry Fried, the owner of Natural Choice Directory, has shared his recipe for Orange Millet Pilaf. He's made it for years and is one of his favorite dishes to take to a potluck. I made it the other night for my family, including my five and three year old grandchildren. They gobbled it up, saying "I love it, Nana!" I bet you will too.

For those of you making the transition to more of a plant-based diet, I encourage you to read Larry's article "For My Heart: A Personal Perspective on Eating a Plant-Based Diet."



1 cup Millet (rinse)
4 medium Oranges
1/2 cup Cashews
1/2 Raisins
zest of 1 Orange (above)
1 tablespoon of Agave Nectar or to taste
Water (see below)

  • Juice 3 oranges
  • Add water to the juice for a total 2 1/4 cups total liquid
  • Put millet in saucepan with liquid
  • Cover pan
  • Bring to boil, then turn down to simmer, and cook until liquid is gone (about 20-25 minutes). DO NOT STIR
  • Turn off, let sit for about 5 minutes, then fluff lightly with a fork

While the millet is cooking, combine:
  • The zest of final Orange
  • The juice of that Orange
  • Cashews
  • Raisins
  • Agave
After fluffing millet, add the above mixture, stir in with the fork, and serve.

Pilaf can be eaten hot (best) or cold.

[Note: Before I cooked the millet, I dry-toasted the grain for 4 minutes or until slightly golden, on medium heat, for a nuttier flavor. Be very careful not to burn.]

For information about millet and it's many benefits. click here.