Lots of readers love recipes, and since we didn’t include any in the back of Sunny Side Up, here are some of our favorites. Any or all of these would make great additions to your Valentine’s Day menu. Enjoy!
Hammond’s Bacon and Egg Cake
This is a traditional Norwegian dish, great for any time of day or even an appetizer. The main ingredients of this heavenly meal consist of three-quarters of a pound of crisp bacon, six eggs, two-thirds of a cup of half-and-half, and a few secret herbs. Hamm likes to personalize his version with a generous portion of Jarlsberg cheese.
Total time: 30 minutes (Prep-10, Cook-20)
Ingredients: 6 eggs, ¾ lb. bacon, 2/3 cup half-and-half, 1 ½ T. flour, 1 T. fresh dill (minced), ¼ tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, ¼ cup chives, or ¼ cup green onion tops (chopped)
Directions: In a large, heavy skillet on medium heat, fry the bacon in batches until almost crisp. Set each batch on a plate covered in paper towels to drain off the excess fat. Place on a plate in the oven to stay warm.
Pour off all but 1 Tbsp of the bacon fat from the skillet.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs, flour, salt and pepper until just blended. Slowly add the half-and-half until ingredients are well blended and frothy.
Add the egg mixture, along with any optional ingredients, to the skillet. Reduce the heat to very low and slowly cook until the egg mixture has set to a firm custard consistency (check the bottom often to make sure it is not burning, but don’t stir the mixture). It should take about 20 minutes to set.
Top with the bacon slices and chives or green onions. Slice into wedges and serve.
Francie’s Secret Recipe Chocolate Martini
This drink is for real chocolate lovers. Most recipes call for vanilla vodka and/or half-and-half, but Francie has perfected the recipe, including chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Total time: 2 minutes (Prep-2, Cook-0)
Ingredients: 1 ½ ounces Godiva Original Chocolate Liqueur, 1 ½ ounces Crème de Cacao, 1 ounce Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Syrup for drizzling
Directions: Drizzle the inside of a pretty martini glass with the chocolate syrup.
Mix all other ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Pour into glass and enjoy.
June’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
This is a sumptuous pie, and if you like this combination of fruit as much as June does, you will love it! It never fails to get compliments. The filling can also be used for a cobbler and is very, very good however you choose to use it.
Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes (Prep-1 hour, 30 min; Cook-1 hour)
Servings: 6-8 (1 8-inch pie)
Ingredients: 1 (8-inch) pastry for double-crust pie, 3 cups rhubarb (sliced in ¾-inch slices), 3 cups sliced strawberries, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed, 1/3 cup cornstarch, ½ tsp. cinnamon, 1 dash nutmeg, 2 T. butter or margarine
Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Prepare pastry and prebake bottom crust for 8 to 10 minutes until cooked.
Mix together well all pie filling ingredients except butter in a large bowl.
Pour filling into prebaked bottom pie crust and dot with butter.
Top with remaining pastry crust and make air vent slits (you can also do a lattice crust which is very pretty with the rosy juices from the pie).
Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Drop temperature to 350 degree and bake another 45 to 60 minutes or until done and crust is nicely browned.
Since ovens vary a great deal, it is best to watch your pie carefully the first time you make this to determine how long it will take in your specific oven.
If you make any of these yummy treats, be sure to let us know!