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quick fix by Julia Panko 1 2 3
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3 Egg-In-The-Basket
In my dream world, I live in an IHOP and eat breakfast for every meal.  Breakfast foods are not just for the morning!  One of my absolute favorite dinners is also one of my favorite breakfasts: egg-in-the-basket.

2 slices bread
2 eggs
brown sugar

Butter your bread on both sides (this is the secret to perfection).  Cut a square out of the middle of each slice.  Heat up your frying pan (use a low heat, between two and three), and put the bread on it when it’s hot enough to sizzle water.  Immediately crack your egg open and pour it into the hole in the middle of the bread. 

Cook it until you can nudge ggthe bread around without egg spilling out of the bottom, then turn it over and cook the other side.  (If you like your egg hard, you might want to break the yolk with a spatula so it cooks more quickly.) For best results (and less spilled egg yoke) cook one at a time.  When you’re done, you can even throw on those two squares of bread and cook them up.

Since I had space for two more ingredients, I decided I’d throw on a little side dish.  It’s all about details, after all.  Wash and slice the strawberries.  Either dip into or sprinkle on some fine brown sugar.

Now you have an entrée and a side dish, and you’re even getting your protein.  Your Mama would be proud.

4 Nachos

one bag tortilla chips
grated cheddar
1-2 vine-ripened tomatoes
1 can refried beans

Spread the chips on a baking sheet and sprinkle liberally (I mean liberally) with the cheese.  Evenly spoon on little piles of refried beans.  Chop up the tomatoes, and add these and a sprinkling of basil.  Cook between 350 and 400 degrees.  Keep checking every ten minutes until the cheese is melted to the consistency you prefer.  For a slightly different taste, use a bag of pre-grated mixed cheese—cheddar and mozzarella, for example. 

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None of these recipes are rocket science.  But the next time you’re hungry and have chef’s block, give one of them a try.


A year ago Julia Panko decided to relocate from Honolulu, Hawai'i to Dublin, Ireland. She's decided she can handle the rain after all, so she's staying on to get her Master's in Anglo-Irish Literature.  Julia is currently rereading Ulysses (for the third time) and mourning the passing of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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