Robin Anish | The Table is Set: The wonderful, versatile egg ...

A dish of shakshuka with feta.

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Eggs bring out the foodie in me.

As long as I have eggs in my refrigerator, I know I can always whip up a delicious and satisfying meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.

No food is more useful than eggs. They are the basis of endless recipes. Eggs can be fried, scrambled, boiled, baked, poached or pickled. They are essential in providing rise and richness to pastries, cakes and cookies not to mention souffles, custards and meringues. And there would be no hollandaise with which to nap perfectly poached eggs for eggs Benedict or luscious, light as air Sabayon that requires nothing more than a bit of sugar, sweet wine and egg yolks.

My favorite cookbook is simply titled, "Eggs," by Michel Roux. It's a passionate presentation of information all about eggs and fabulous recipes with eggs as the main ingredient. I highly recommend it.

Eggs for dinner are my comfort food. They make for an inexpensive, quick meal with plenty of hearty, savory egg dishes that fill the bill.

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Often, a simple herb and cheese omelet and a green salad is all I require, but sometimes I go for saucy and spicy, like Mexican huevos rancheros or this version of Shakshuka, a classic North African dish.

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 large eggs, ideally farm fresh at room temp
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

One more recommendation: Jacque Pepin to me is a culinary treasure. If you are a cook who appreciates good technique, do an internet search for Jacque Pepin's famous omelet technique video and learn how technique can yield two different omelets, the classic French and a rustic type, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


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