EGGS IN PURGATORY (eggs cooked in tomato sauce)

August 31st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

I went to brunch recently with my husband and daughter. We went to a Italian restaurant in the West Village of Manhattan, NY called, “Rosemary’s.” It’s a “hot spot,” right now in NYC and rightfully so. It has a great energy and the food is next level. They have a roof top garden and make everything in house. You can’t get any fresher than that! Rosemary’s was a perfect spot for brunch that morning.

I’m not much of a breakfast person. Although, I will admit (please don’t judge) IHOP pancakes are one of my guilty pleasures. When we sat down, I scanned the menu and saw eggs in purgatory, which is simply eggs poached in tomato sauce. When I was a kid, my mother would occasionally make this for my father. I use to think it was so gross!! I couldn’t wrap my head around eating eggs in tomato sauce!! Now, that I’m SOMEWHAT older, I have eaten poached eggs on just about everything, salad, asparagus, steak, pizza, pasta and even a hamburger.
When the server sat the dish in front of me, I could smell the seductive aroma of garlic and tomatoes from the sauce. Looking up from the plate, were these two perfectly round yellow yolks that seemed to be winking at me. I picked up a piece of crusty Italian bread and scooped up as much as I could. It was pure pleasure! I enjoyed it so much, that I decided to make it at home and share the recipe with you. In Diva’s version, I added a few ingredients that Rosemary’s didn’t have, such as pancetta, thyme and lots of grated parmesan cheese. Even though eggs in purgatory may be my new favorite breakfast food, IHOP will still be my guilty pleasure.


May 6th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink


It’s time to honor Mom on her special day. Where father’s day is BBQ’s and power tools, Mother’s day is flowers and breakfast in bed. Here’s a deliciously easy recipe that’s good eaten in bed or at a more formal family brunch. Either way, it’s sure to impress.

I baked puff pastry rounds until golden. I then stacked a slice of fresh sweet pineapple, crispy country bacon, and topped it with a poached egg. To finish it all off, I drizzled the stack with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh thyme.


You may think this an odd mix, but trust me, it all works. When you cut into the stack and take a bite, you get a mouth full of sweet, salty creaminess that’s enhanced by the drizzle of fruity olive oil.
The puff pastry is there to soak it all up.

Turn this recipe into a special meal for an extra special lady.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Migas (eggs, cheese, peppers, jalapeno, & crushed tortilla chips

May 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve never heard of migas (pronounced mee-gas) until recently. Almost every Saturday morning my husband & I go to Raymond’s for breakfast. Raymond’s is a restaurant in the town where we live, that is crowed 24/7. It’s a place to see & be seen. Since we’re early risers, we get to the restaurant as soon as it opens.
A few months ago Raymond added a few new items to his menu; migas was one of them. One of the cooks in the restaurant made it for the staff one morning. Raymond tasted it & decided that it had to be on the menu. Since it was new, I had to try it…of course.
It’s scrambled eggs with green peppers, onions, tomatoes, jalapeno, cheese & torn pieces of soft tortilla. It was served with a red & green salsa.(salsa verde) From the first bite I fell in love with migas. Actually, I can’t decide what I like better, the migas or the salsa verde.
Salsa verde is a sauce made from tomatillos, jalapeno, lime juice & cilantro; all the flavors I love. It’s bright & refreshing & it’s good as a dip or a condiment.
In Diva’s version, I made a few minor changes to the traditional migas. I changed the pepper to a poblano pepper, I used pickled red Jalapenos & I used tortilla chips instead of soft tortilla. I too served it with salsa verde as well as beans. Diva’s version is not the same as Raymond’s, but his will do on those Saturday morning visits when I’m not in the mood to cook.

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Jack Tar Pie

December 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

One fall about 15 years ago, my husband John and I drove up to Booth Bay, Maine for a long weekend. We were staying in a B&B called the Witches Brew. When we got to Maine, we couldn’t find the B & B. All the side roads were unmarked, which made it difficult to find it’s location….plus we were driving at night. We stopped a few times to ask locals for directions. Every time we asked someone, we got the same response…Their eyes opened real wide and said, “Oh, you mean the old Dougherty brother’s place.” It was the eery way everyone said the name of the brothers that sent chills down my spine.

We or should I say “I” was beginning to freak out. It was all to weird. When we finally found the road, which took about a hour, it was pitch black outside. The only lights to guide us were from our car. We were both a little apprehensive and I was down right scared! When we reached the house, lights came on and there before us was the most charming and inviting cottage i’ve ever seen. Inside the house their was a fire in the hearth the made the place glow. It was warm, friendly and felt like home. The couple that owned the B&B couldn’t have been nicer.

The next morning we woke to an amazing breakfast, which this tart was a part of. The “pie” is similar to quiche. It has cheddar and jack cheese, Worcestershire sauce and breakfast sausage links placed on top that’s baked until golden. It’s cheesy and the sage and thyme in sausage made it taste like fall.

On our departure a few days later, I was handed some fresh baked pumpkin bread for our ride home. Along with the bread was an index card with little pinecones on the top that had the recipe for Jack Tar Pie. This pie has become a part of our Christmas morning breakfast since then.

Oh….All the mystery surrounding the “Dougherty brothers” was a sad one. The brothers set fire to their house killing themselves and their elderly parents. The spot were the Dougherty’s house was, is the spot were the B&B now stands. From what we were told, the towns people believe the land is now cursed. We’ll we stayed there 15 years ago, had a great time and left unscathed.
Enjoy the recipe.
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Breakfast Tacos

October 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Breakfast is not my favorite meal. I hardly ever make it at home.  During the week it usually consist of a Chobani pomegranate non-fat Greek yogurt. (my new obsession) or a cinnamon & raisin english muffin.  When the weekend rolls around my husband John & I go out for breakfast.
There are however, some occasions when I do make breakfast. Those are usually the times when I have an idea in my crowded little head that needs to be executed…like the breakfast tacos or the apple caramel pancakes & the fabulous breakfast pizza. These dishes are definitely worth staying home for, if only I can get someone to make them for me…and serve me in bed…with flowers…and champaign…open the drapes…rub my feet…draw my bath………………….
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