Fried Rice

This one is easy to personalize, but the bacon is mandatory.

12 ounces uncooked bacon
4 ounces leftover (cooked) chicken, pork, etc. – optional
2 eggs
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot
1 can sliced water chestnuts – optional
2 cups bean sprouts
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 cups cooked (2 cups uncooked) white rice
6 green onions


Start cooking the rice. I use a rice cooker because I love rice.

Chop the onion. Shred the carrot with a large grater. Rinse the bean sprouts. Slice the green onions. Keep all these ingredients separate.

Rinse and drain the water chestnuts. Chop the larger pieces in half. Save the empty can for the bacon renderings

Cut the bacon into one inch strips and fry in a big frying pan. I recommend a 20 inch pan with 3 inch sides. Remove the bacon and drain the grease from the pan, reserving it for cooking the next ingredients. HINT: Use the can from the water chestnuts to hold your bacon grease.

Fry the vegetables in a couple tablespoons of bacon grease. Start with the hardest vegetables. The bean sprouts are last on my list. Do not add the green onions in this step. TRY: add different vegetables or (yuck) mushrooms.

Gently mix, not scramble, the egg and fry it in a tablespoon of the bacon grease. I perform this step in a smaller pan. Cook the eggs over hard, then use the spatula to cut it into small pieces. The goal is NOT to scramble the eggs.

Add the cooked rice to the frying pan with the vegetables. Add soy sauce and mix. Add bacon and eggs and mix gently. Garnish with green onions. HINT: If there is any left, it tastes even better the next day. It microwaves well.


Heart Attack Fried Rice – Omit the other ‘meats’ and get a whole pound of bacon. How about three eggs?

New Jersey Fried Rice – Substitute all the meats for 8 ounces (1/2 package) Taylor Ham, cubed. It did not produce any leftover grease, which sounds good, but there wasn’t anything to cook the onions and other ingredients in. In this culinary emergency, I used sesame oil to fry the vegetables.

Arbitrated Fried Rice – Use 12 ounces (uncooked) think-slice smoked bacon from the butcher for this alternative. Thick cut bacon cuts more easily into 1 inch pieces, and tasted much better than the pre-packaged kind. They were even prettier when fried. Add 1/2 cup of semi-cooked green peas from frozen; canned peas are gross. “Use what you have,” is a good motto for this recipe

Dutch Babies (aka Pouf Pancakes)

Dutch Babies
from the kitchen of Brian

2 Tablespoons Butter, cubed
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1 lemon, for juicing

Preheat the oven to 325°.  Heat an 8 inch cast iron pan on the stove and melt the butter in the pan.  In a blender, blend the eggs until fluffy.  Add the flour, milk, and vanilla and blend again.  Pour the batter into the pan.  Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.

Top with lots of butter and powdered sugar, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Toaster Oven Baked Eggs

Let’s be honest, I like to cook using the toaster oven. It heats quickly, and the one I use at home also convection-bakes, which is a nice feature when baking. Finding cook and bakeware that fits is getting pretty easy as this style of micro baking is catching on.

I picked up a new piece of bakeware that I got to try this morning. Today I’m making baked eggs in a nest using a 5 inch round pie pan. It’s going to be 90 degrees today, and I don’t want to heat the house unnecessarily.


Preheat the toaster oven to 475 degrees.

Mix together:
1 1/2 cup pre-shredded hash-brown potatoes
1/4 cup egg substitute
Salt and pepper to taste

Spray the pan with some non-stick spray, even if using a non-stick pan. Use a fork and press the mixture into the pan gently making a bowl. Bake for 15 minutes.

While you wait, if you like, dice some breakfast meat and slice a small piece of cheese. Take the pan out of the toaster and add the filling pieces. Return to the toaster to melt the cheese.

Crack two eggs into the hash-brown bowl. I had leftover ham and cheese to add to the top. I crack each egg into a small bowl first to make sure I don’t add some shell. This also makes adding the egg to the basket easy too.

Bake the eggs for at least 10 minutes, depending how you like your eggs. If you cook them too long the yolk will turn to rubber.

Carefully remove from the pan after a few minutes. This splits easily into two portions.


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