Start your day off right with one of Mama's great breakfast recipes. It'll warm your heart and soul.
So, what's for breakfast?
Before we get into the recipes, let me give you some tips on not only how to cook eggs but cooking the perfect breakfast just like the
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It's not hard but it will require love and patience. Don't hurry the food. Cooking is supposed to be fun! Take your time! Enjoy preparing it and you'll enjoy eating it!
How To Cook Eggs
No matter how you like your eggs, don't cook them over too high heat. The iron in the yolks will react with the sulfur in the whites and your eggs will turn a green color and become rubbery. "Green Eggs and Ham" makes for good reading but not so good eating.
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**Make your scrambled eggs soft and fluffy by cooking them over low heat and adding a tablespoon of milk or water.
**When adding cheese to scrambled eggs, put the cheese in the eggs as soon as you put the eggs into the pan, this way the eggs won't lose there moisture and become dry before the cheese melts.
**Over-easy eggs are cooked on one side until just firm, flipped over and cooked just long enough to put a coating on top of the egg but the white will not be done.
**Over-medium eggs are cooked the same except when you flip them over, you remove them from the heat and let them sit in the pan until the white is completely cooked but the yolk is still really runny.
**Over-medium-well eggs are cooked just like over easy eggs except that after you flip the eggs, they are left on the heat until the white is completely done and the yolk is barely runny.
**Over well eggs, you break the yolks as soon as you put the eggs in the pan and cook until they are cooked half way through then flip and continue cooking until they are completely done.
**Always use fresh eggs.
** Use a custard cup or large spoon to put the eggs into the water.
**When using a non-stick skillet cook in no more than an inch of water. If you don't have a non-stick pan, use a deep saucepan with at least 3 inches of water.
**Use 1 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice for each cup of water you use.
**Bring water to a boil, add eggs, getting them as close to the water as you can without burning yourself. Remove from heat and cover.
**How long you cook your eggs really depends upon how many eggs you are cooking and how you like them done. If you like your yolks barely runny, it will take 7 to 8 minutes for 4 eggs depending on there size.
**Remove eggs with a slotted spoon.
**You can refrigerate eggs in ice water for up to 8 hours, and then reheated them in hot (not boiling) water.
**Let me start by saying that "No, boiled eggs are not supposed to have a green ring between the yella and the white!" So, don't overcook them!
**Put eggs in a pot with enough cold water to completely cover the eggs. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover and let stand in hot water for 20 minutes. Makes the perfect hard boiled egg.
**To make your eggs easier to peel, drain the eggs as soon as they have finished sitting for the 10 minutes, shake them around in the pot to crack them and then cover the eggs with ice water and let them sit for a few more minutes. This will shrink the eggs away from the shell and make them easier to peel.
**Why is everyone in such a hurry to cook their bacon?
Smoked meats such as bacon and ham contain a lot of sugar which burns easily. So, cook your meats over medium heat.
When cooking bacon, turn it several times during cooking to keep the bacon from curling to much. And remember, there's no hurry...the daily rat race hasn't begun yet!
** If you're making a lot of pancakes, you can keep them warm on a towel-lined baking sheet covered with a towel. Hold in a warm oven (200 degrees F.)for up to 20 to 30 minutes.
Remember that great breakfast recipes start with good, fresh ingredients and a little bit of time and a lot a bit of love.
**Breakfast casseroles are great breakfast recipes and most can be put together the night before and kept in the refrigerator and baked the next morning. As a matter of fact, most are better if you do. So save yourself some time and fix it the night before, pop it in the oven in the morning and enjoy that much needed cup of coffee.
The Next time you're wondering "What's for breakfast?"... I hope you'll try one of these great breakfast recipes from traditional southern favorites to breakfast casserole recipes, to breakfast crock pot recipes!
Mama hopes you enjoy all of these great breakfast recipes!
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Breakfast...It really is the most important meal of the day!