Blog Posts by Hisako Kucharski

  • Easy Poached Eggs

    Easy Poached Eggs

    Poaching eggs is one of the easiest, quickest, and lowest calorie ways of preparing eggs, as there is no added fat. Poached eggs make great additions to salads, such as the French salad Lyonnaise, or sandwiches, or just served simply with toast and a little salt and pepper. Here are a few of our methods for how to poach an egg.

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    • Cook time: 4 minutes

    Fresh eggs will be easier to poach (they'll hold together better) than older eggs. Vinegar is optional, it will help the eggs hold together, but if you don't like the taste, omit.

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    • Fresh eggs
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons vinegar (rice vinegar works well) (optional)

    Equipment needed

    • Shallow saucepan with cover
    • Slotted spoon


    1 First bring water in a saucepan to almost boiling. If the water is already boiling, lower the heat until it is no longer boiling. At this point, you can add one or two teaspoons of vinegar to the water, if you want. The

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  • Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Bacon

    Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Bacon

    Cauliflower lovers unite! I'm always looking for ways to dress up my favorite white vegetable. Here's a quickie, inspired by Southern Italian flavors. A little bacon (or pancetta), some roasted pine nuts, some garlic (of course), oregano, and red pepper flakes, and your cauliflower is ready for a debutante ball. Or a midweek meal. Enjoy.

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    • Cook time: 25 minutes
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    • 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts
    • 1/4 pound bacon or pancetta, cut into batons
    • 4-5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
    • 1-2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
    • Salt and black pepper to taste
    • Lemon juice to taste


    1 Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the cauliflower for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

    2 While the water is heating, toast the pine nuts in a dry sauté pan until lightly browned. Keep an eye on them, as pine nuts go from

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