Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

I am happy to have had a few days off before the new year began as it meant more time to do the hings I love including cooking. On most weeks I find myself settling for scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast but whenever I have time I like to make something a little more special than scrambled eggs. These Toaster Oven Baked Italian eggs are a great way to up your breakfast game. Eggs baked in a garlicky marinara sauce topped with melted cheese. Its absolute heaven!

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

This recipe sounds like a lot of work but is actually super easy. The ingredients speak for themselves i this dish. I am a big believer that good quality ingredients are what makes a meal great. You could be using the most advanced technique to cook but if your ingredients are not the best quality your final result will just be ok.

I like to make this dish with leftover homemade marinara sauce but you can use a good quality store bought sauce if you don’t have time to make your own. The Rao’s Homemade brand makes one of the best sauces as far as I am concerned, I highly recommend. Next thing is to make sure you are using nice fresh eggs. I think free range organic eggs always taste a little better but regular eggs will so work. Last but not list make sure you have some fresh basil and good quality cheese to finish the dish. 

You can make this recipe in the oven however I like to use my Ninja Foodi toaster oven for something like this. Advantages of a toaster oven is that it is right on your countertop for easy access, it doesn’t require long preheating times, uses less energy and has less clean-up. 

How to Make Italian Baked Eggs in a Toaster Oven

Step 1: Place Marinara Suace in a Ramekin dish. 

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Step 2: Add Eggs. You can gently remove the white string attached to the york at this point if it bothers you. 

Step 3: Add milk and top with cheese. 

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Step 4: Bake in toaster over at 325 degrees for 12 – 15 minutes till egg is set to your liking and cheese has melted. 

Final Result is perfectly cooked eggs in a delicious garlicky sauce. Top with fresh basil and toast your favorite whole grain bread to dip into the eggs. 

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs

Toaster Oven Baked Italian Eggs Recipe
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
13 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Eggs (Organic, free range preferably)
  2. 1/2 cup Marinara sauce
  3. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian cheese mix
  5. 2 tablespoons milk
  6. 1/2 cup fresh basil
  7. 1 tsp olive oil
  8. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Rub inside ramekin dish with olive oil then place 1/4 cup marinara sauce in each ramekin.
  3. Gently crack 2 eggs in each ramekin, followed by a tsp of milk in each then top with cheese.
  4. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees and cook for about 12-15 minutes till eggs white is set and yolks are set to your liking.
  5. Remove from oven, top wth fresh basil and serve immediately with whole grain toast.
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Good Eats Boston: Mooncussers Fish House

The holidays are here and what better way to celebrate that with some fun drinks and delicious food. Mooncusser Fish House announced the restaurant will substantially expanding their beverage program with the acquisition of a full L’Espaliers liquor license. You can now have cocktails, spirits, wines, and beers  at this award-winning Back Bay seafood spot!

Mooncusser Fish House will also have a Happy Holidays After Work Food & Beverage Menu that will be available from 4PM- 6PM Monday-Saturday all December long which is awesome. Recently named Best Seafood Restaurant I highly recommend checking them out if you are in Boston.   

mooncusserfishhouse.com

304 Stuart St., Boston, 617-917-5193

Photos by Brian Samuels Photography

Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe

Looking for an easy appetizer for your next holiday party? How about these delicious smoked salmon roll-ups. They are super easy to make and look beautiful on the plate which will make you look like a kitchen Goddess. If you have guests that do not love seafood you can use anything from thin cold cuts of meat or even veggies only. The possibilities are endless with this recipe. 

smoked salmon roll-ups

The key is to use the best quality salmon and my brand of choice is Blue Circle Foods because their smoked salmon is free from antibiotics, GMOs, growth hormones, sugar and synthetic pigments. I used full cream cheese but here you can go with a low fat cream cheese if you like. Spinach can be substituted with lettuce, arugula or any soft green leaf. The dill, capers and lemon zest elevate the flavor of this appetizer really well. 

Blue Circle Foods Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe

Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe

Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups Recipe
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 block (4oz) cream cheese, softened
  2. 16 oz Blue Circle Foods smoked salmon
  3. 3 flour tortillas
  4. 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  5. 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onions
  6. Juice and zest from 1 small lemon
  7. 2 tbsp. fresh dill leaves chopped
  8. 2 tsp capers
  9. 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, stir together the cream cheese, lemon juice, zest, dill, capers, red onions and black pepper.
  2. Lay tortillas down flat on cling wrap. Spread the cream cheese mixture on the tortillas, leaving about 1/2 inch edges.
  3. Line with a layer of spinach, followed by a layer of smoked salmon.
  4. Roll tortillas up, wrap tightly in cling wrap and chill until ready to eat.
  5. When ready to serve, remove from cling wrap, place on cutting board, and trim off the ends. Slice each roll into 1 1/2 inch pinwheels and serve.
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What is your favorite appetizer? I am always looking for new ideas and would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Hot Boots of 2019: The Daisy Lace Up Bootie

It’s boot season and let me tell you each year I am always in search for a new boot style to wear during the cold months. I always end up going for the classic black riding boot or taupe color bootie as they always go with everything. This year I did something different and went with another taupe boot, lol! I’m sure some of you can relate, sometimes we just can’t help but get ourselves the same thing. 

This particular bootie is a little different from my regular booties because of the pointy toe. I am a big pointy toe fan but for some reason I always get the round toe style when I get boots. This boot known as the Daisy Lace Up Bootie is from Shoe Dazzle. For those not familiar with Shoe Dazzle, it is a online shoe shopping site for members were you get a new pair each month at ridiculous prices. A shoe membership may sound a little too much, but for shoe fanatics like me who buy shoes regularly this is a no brainer and saves us money. 

What I loved about the Daisy Lace Up Bootie besides the style, is the comfort of the shoe thanks to the chunky heel. I spent the day walking in the cobble stone streets of Beacon Hill which can be nightmare in heels but I survived. I would not recommend wearing them if you are going to be on your feet for a long time but a 2 hour walk in them was fine for me. They come in black, brick and taupe which is perfect and the laces add a simple yet stylish look to them. 

What is your favorite boot style? Where do you buy yours? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below and don’t forget to find me on instagram for more style and foodie content. 

These shoes were given to me for free however I was not obligated to write about them. All opinions and content in this post are completely mine. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe

This vegetable curry is super simple and awesome for meatless Monday. You can add any veggies you have on hand which is good especially if you are trying to use up vegetables that are getting bad. Initially I wanted to make Aloo Gobi which is an Indian dish with cauliflower and potatoes but realized I did not have enough potatoes so decided to do a mix of cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes. It came out great and was exactly what the doctor ordered for a fall dinner. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry RecipeWhen is comes to vegetarian dishes Indian food has some of the best dishes from saag paneer, Malai kofta to Daal and more. There are just so many options. I have met a few people that do not like curry and I have never understood why as the flavors are amazing. I for one love super flavorful food and Indian food is one of the cuisines at the top of the chain in that regard. The food doesn’t have to be overly spicy and can be cooked to your liking so I recommend trying it.

I was mad at myself for forgetting to add the peas I had in the freezer however I still loved the end result. Some spinach too would have been a great addition but the beauty of this recipe is that you can use any ingredients and it is delicious either way. We served it with herbed basmati rice and the meal lasted the hubby and I 2 days which worked out great for the busy week night. 

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe

Hearty Vegetable Curry Recipe
A delicious vegetable curry perfect for a cold fall dinner
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cauliflower head, chopped into large florets
  2. 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into half
  3. 2 medium sweet potatoes cut into large cubes.
  4. 2 large carrots sliced into large pieces
  5. 1 cup frozen green beans chopped
  6. 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  7. 2 medium yellow onions chopped into medium sized pieces
  8. 5 cloves fresh garlic minced
  9. 1 large piece of fresh ginger, about 2 tablespoons minced
  10. 1 lime, juiced and zested
  11. 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  12. 1 tbsp ground coriander
  13. 2 tsp teaspoon ground cumin
  14. 3 tsp curry powder
  15. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  16. 2 tbsp coconut oil
  17. 2 cups chicken broth
  18. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot.
  2. Add onions and cook for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add the garlic, ginger and cook for another minute.
  3. Add the curry, cumin, turmeric, coriander, cayenne and stir for half a minute. Add diced tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the chicken broth and potatoes. Cook for 10 minutes till potatoes are halfway cooked
  5. Add the remaining vegetables, season with salt and pepper and reduce the heat to medium low. cover and simmer until the vegetables are cooked but still firm about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the lime juice and zest; cook for 2 minutes more. Turn heat off, let stand for 5 minutes before serving and garnish with cilantro.
Notes
  1. This dish is perfect served with Basmati rice or naan bread
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What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? Do you like curry? I would like to hear from you in the comment sections below!

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