How to Griddle French Toast

How to Griddle French Toast

There’s nothing quite like a perfectly crisped piece of French Toast to begin a relaxing Sunday morning. I recently re-discovered my love for French Toast after acquiring a griddle for my new house, and boy did I forget how much I loved it. However, I’m very much a minimalist when it comes to this breakfast delicacy. I don’t need mass amounts of sugary fruits or a half a bottle of syrup. I keep it quick and easy when making my French Toast, and below you’ll learn just how I do that.

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

This list is extremely small, yet your French Toast will still be exploding with flavor!

  • One loaf of bread (Your choice, but I prefer a medium sliced Brioche).
  • Eggs (I typically use 5-6 for an entire loaf of bread).
  • A splash of milk or half and half (again your preference, but I’ve found that the half and half produces a tastier French Toast).
  • Powdered/Confectionate sugar.
  • Cinnamon Sugar.
  • Syrup of your choice (My favorite is a small batch blueberry syrup that only needs a half spoonful on each piece of French Toast).
  • Butter.
Step 2: Turn on Griddle

The griddle should be on medium-high heat for the perfectly cooked French Toast, but don’t be afraid to heat it up to high for 10-15 minutes before lowering back down to the recommended temp. Be careful to not have the griddle too hot as it will quickly burn the underside of your bread!

Step 3: Preparation

As the griddle is warming to its desired temperature you may begin the prep on the bread.

  • You will crack however many eggs you require into some sort of container that easily allows for the dipping of bread (I recommend something square/rectangular rather than circular).
  • Next, add your splash of milk or half and half and whisk the concoction until most of the egg yolks have broke and are mixed evenly throughout.
  • Sprinkle in some cinnamon sugar and whisk some more.
Step 4: Griddlin’
  • By now your griddle should be at its ideal temp, so open your bread and begin dipping it into the milk/egg concoction.
  • After each piece has been dipped on both sides, gently place it on the griddle and listen to that sizzle that will make your stomach rumble!
  • By the time you have all of your bread on the griddle, it will probably be time to start flipping. So rotate back to your first piece and start to flip over your perfectly bronzed bread.
  • Let the other side cook for 1-2 minutes (maybe more if you’re more on the medium side rather than the high side of heat) before flipping one final time.
  • This last step is crucial, yet also all based on personal preference. In my opinion, the perfect French Toast is almost burnt on one side and perfectly golden on the other. So I typically let the toast sit another minute or two before taking it off.
Step 5: Final Touches

Once the French Toast has been crisped to absolute perfection, you will add the final touch of a minimal amount of powdered sugar that is topped off with your syrup of choice (I’m telling you, gotta try that blueberry one from above). ANd from here, plate your delectable French Toast and enjoy!


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My Weekly Review (#19) – Griddle Cooking

My Weekly Review (#19) – Griddle Cooking

Welcome back! I know its been awhile since I’ve posted one of my weekly reviews (you can thank the difficulties of home-ownership for that), but we will be getting back to our regularly scheduled posting now. This week, I wanted to discuss one of my absolute favorite things that I discovered on a mini vacation to Tennessee a few weeks back, and that is cooking on a griddle (Big shouts to Zac and Becca!).

A griddle is, essentially, a flat top stove. However, what makes the griddle special is that the “stove top” area is made of cold rolled steel (or at least mine is), which helps retain heat throughout the entire grilling surface. Most people associate griddles with breakfast foods such as pancakes, french toast, or bacon and eggs, but it can actually make so much more. I actually whipped up a heaping portion of hibachi for myself the first night I got mine going! Other than that, its great for cooking burgers, quesadillas, or insanely cheesy grilled cheeses.

So, 10 out of 10 recommend you dabbling in the art of griddling if you have the means to do so. They come in all shapes, sizes, and prices as well. I’d prefer the outdoor griddle just to keep all the smells from oils outdoors, but a tabletop griddle can do just as good of a job as an outdoor standalone. If you already knew about griddling, leave your favorite recipes/things to cook in the comments!


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My Weekly Review (#10) – Avocado Bombs

My Weekly Review (#10) – Avocado Bombs

Welcome back to another rendition of my weekly recommendation! This week I will be discussing avocado bombs, which I just recently tried for the first time. These green balls of heaven are typically something you will find at a Japanese or sushi restaurant. I’m sure they have different names depending on where exactly you go, but no matter what you must try one the next time you decide to eat sushi.

So these avocado bombs are essentially a rolled up ball of shredded crab encased in avocado slices. I’m not even sure how one would get an avocado to stay in a circular shape, but I do know that the combination of flavors this brings to the table is insane. They also will typically glaze the top part of the avocado ball with some eel sauce, spicy mayo, and crunchy flakes for additional flavor. It is somewhat challenging to eat with chopsticks, even for people who usually don’t have any problems using them, but it is well worth the struggle. So get up and head to your nearest sushi joint to see if they have these bad boys because they will literally change your life forever!

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P.S. if you google these images you’ll see the exact reason you need to go try them ASAP. I myself just found out that some places also will wrap the avocado in bacon… so I will be searching for a place near me that does soon. And for those of you who aren’t seafood fans, drop the crab meat and substitute with any other meat you’d like!

My Weekly Recommendation (#10)

My Weekly Recommendation (#10) – Avocado Bombs

Welcome back to another rendition of my weekly recommendation! This week I will be discussing avocado bombs, which I just recently tried for the first time. These green balls of heaven are typically something you will find at a Japanese or sushi restaurant. Im sure they have different names depending on where exactly you go, but no matter what you must try one the next time you decide to eat sushi.

So these avocado bombs are essentially a rolled up ball of shredded crab that is encased in avocado slices. I’m not even sure how one would get an avocado to stay in a circular shape, but I do know that the combination of flavors this brings to the table is insane. They also will typically glaze the top part of the avocado ball with some eel sauce, spicy mayo, and crunchy flakes for additional flavor. It is somewhat challenging to eat with chopsticks, even for people who usually don’t have any problems using them, but it is well worth the struggle. So get up and head to your nearest sushi joint to see if they have these bad boys because they will literally change your life forever!

P.S. if you google these images you’ll see the exact reason you need to go try them ASAP. I myself just found out that some places also will wrap the avocado in bacon… so I will be searching for a place near me that does soon. It can also be done without crab meat for those of you who aren’t seafood fans!

My Weekly Recommendation (#9)

My Weekly Recommendation (#9) – My Jambalaya Recipe

Good Morning Everyone! In this week’s recommendation I will be walking you through how I make one of my favorite meals, Jambalaya. If you go alllll the way back to week two (<– Hyperlink) of my recommendations, you can see that I am a huge fan of New Orleans/Cajun based foods. Upon returning from my first NOLA trip, I decided that I was going to start making my own Cajun inspired meals because I simply could not wait until my next trip to eat the delicacies of New Orleans. And with that came my first attempt at Jambalaya. It was pretty good, but over the last six months I have nearly perfected the recipe and decided that I would share with you all. I hope you enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • One Cajun Style Andouille Smoked Sausage (Preferably Hillshire Farms)
  • One to two pounds of chicken (breast or thighs, your preference)
  • One 32 oz. container of chicken broth
  • One 24 oz. container of diced tomatoes
  • One large onion
  • One pound of shrimp (preferably fresh)
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder or garlic salt (Can be substituted with fresh garlic as well)
  • Cajun/Creole Seasoning (preferably Tony Chachere’s)
  • One to four cups rice (depending on how many you will be feeding)

Process

  • Dice the Andouille sausage and brown in a pan until one side is slightly black/crisp.
  • Cut chicken to your desired size and brown in a similar fashion to the sausage. As its cooking, add in the oregano and garlic salt/powder to flavor the chicken.
  • Once both meats are finished, dump them into a large pot (should be at least 20 Qt’s, this recipe makes quite a bit of food!)
  • Turn your stove to a low-medium heat and add the onions and shrimp to the meat.
  • Place a lid on the pot and let steam for 15-20 minutes (This allows the onions to soften as well as the shrimp soaking up some of the flavors of both the chicken and the sausage).
  • Now the tomatoes and chicken broth can be added in.
  • Depending on how you like your Jambalaya, you will either use roughly one cup of broth or two to three cups.
  • For a thicker, more hearty Jambalaya, use only one cup.
  • For a more soupy, pour over Jambalaya, use two to three cups.
  • You may also begin cooking your rice now if you haven’t already!
  • After letting sit for roughly another 25 to 30 minutes on low-medium, you can remove from heat to let cool before you make a bowl.
  • This is typically where I add my creole seasoning as well. I will sprinkle just a touch over the rice right before the jambalaya is added.

And voila, you’re now in one of the many fine dining establishments located within the French Quarter! Thanks, and while you’re enjoying your scrumptious jambalaya be sure to let me know how it came out!

How to Make Jambalaya

A Deliciously Easy Jambalaya Recipe

Good Morning Everyone! In this week’s recommendation I will be walking you through how I make one of my favorite meals, Jambalaya. If you go alllll the way back to week two of my recommendations, you can see that I am a huge fan of New Orleans/Cajun based foods. Upon returning from my first NOLA trip, I decided that I was going to start making my own Cajun inspired meals because I simply could not wait until my next trip to eat the delicacies of New Orleans. And with that came my first attempt at Jambalaya. It was pretty good, but over the last six months I have nearly perfected the recipe and decided that I would share with you all. I hope you enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • One Cajun Style Andouille Smoked Sausage (Preferably Hillshire Farms)
  • One to two pounds of chicken (breast or thighs, your preference)
  • One 32 oz. container of chicken broth
  • One 24 oz. container of diced tomatoes
  • One large onion
  • One pound of shrimp (preferably fresh)
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder or garlic salt (Can be substituted with fresh garlic as well)
  • Cajun/Creole Seasoning (preferably Tony Chachere’s)
  • One to four cups rice (depending on how many you will be feeding)

Process

  • Dice the Andouille sausage and brown in a pan until one side is slightly black/crisp.
  • Cut chicken to your desired size and brown in a similar fashion to the sausage. As its cooking, add in the oregano and garlic salt/powder to flavor the chicken.
  • Once both meats are finished, dump them into a large pot (should be at least 20 Qt’s, this recipe makes quite a bit of food!)
  • Turn your stove to a low-medium heat and add the onions and shrimp to the meat.
  • Place a lid on the pot and let steam for 15-20 minutes (This allows the onions to soften as well as the shrimp soaking up some of the flavors of both the chicken and the sausage).
  • Now the tomatoes and chicken broth can be added in.
  • Depending on how you like your Jambalaya, you will either use roughly one cup of broth or two to three cups.
  • For a thicker, more hearty Jambalaya, use only one cup.
  • For a more soupy, pour over Jambalaya, use two to three cups.
  • You may also begin cooking your rice now if you haven’t already!
  • After letting sit for roughly another 25 to 30 minutes on low-medium, you can remove from heat to let cool before you make a bowl.
  • This is typically where I add my creole seasoning as well. I will sprinkle just a touch over the rice right before the jambalaya is added.

And voila, you’re now in one of the many fine dining establishments located within the French Quarter! Thanks, and while you’re enjoying your scrumptious jambalaya be sure to let me know how it came out!

New Orleans: The Experience You Didn’t Know You Needed (6/26/19)

[Originally published on 6/26/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

New Orleans: The Experience You Didn’t Know You Needed (6/26/19)

As I was crossing Decatur Street into Jackson Square, mere minutes after stuffing my face with beignets from Cafe Du Monde, I knew I was in love. Art was hanging off every square inch of fence that surrounded me, and as I admired all of the talented people in the square, I smiled to myself knowing that I had found my favorite place on this earth. If you haven’t figured it out yet I am describing New Orleans, Louisiana, or “The Big Easy” as many call it. My trip here was four days and mainly consisted of touring the French Quarter and Garden District, yet I felt as if I could’ve spent the rest of my life there. There must be something in the air because I felt at home, almost as if I was amongst my ancestors. It was a trip I didn’t know I needed, and it now is a trip you know you must go on.  

Nuzzled in the center of the French Quarter is The Court of Two Sisters, which was where my day three brunch transpired. The meal here was magical, and the architecture of the building added a level of comfort that I would have never expected. I unfortunately did not get to eat outside in the beautiful, tree covered courtyard, but if you can get a reservation here I highly suggest requesting to sit outside. The menu differs seasonally as well as between brunch and dinner, but either way be prepared for a buffet style meal you will never forget.  

As I briefly discussed earlier, the artwork in New Orleans is to die for. You can find it across the entire city, but my personal favorite was what surrounded Jackson square. Ranging from bright, multicolored abstracts to detailed landscapes and portraits, you can find just about any style of artwork here. One of my favorite pieces (by Crystal Obeidzinski) was a massive gator, painted on a broken shutter that had come from one of the houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was incredible, and to hear the way she described her process behind creating the painting was spectacular.

Next up, another item mentioned in the intro: Beignets from Cafe Du Monde. This may be one of the most popular reasons people visit the French Quarter. With a line wrapping around the building and probably four to five hundred yards down Decatur, I waited for almost 45 minutes before being seated. Now a little bit about myself, I’m not a huge fan of sugary morsels for breakfast. I’d much rather have a steak with two over easy eggs and some toast, but these beignets were absolute perfection. If I remember correctly, I ate four of these bad boys in roughly two to three minutes and was drenched in powdered sugar after, but it was 1000% worth the mess.  

Another thing that you absolutely must do in Jackson Square is have your fortune told by one of the tarot card readers. The artists typically begin leaving in the late afternoon, and as dusk sets in you will find a plethora of candle-lit tables surrounded by people waiting to have their fortunes read. I was very skeptical of this at first and was not anticipating taking it one bit seriously. As the older woman is reading my girlfriend’s cards, I start to notice a change in her facial expressions. She told me after that this lady was nailing things about her that not many people knew. Sure, they were somewhat vague in certain instances, but I was more than intrigued. So, I sat down a few minutes later and was stunned at how accurate everything she said was (plus she told me that I would stumble into a lot of money soon, who can complain about that!). Even though the whole charade is a teeny tiny bit cheesy, it will still be one of the more fun things you do in NOLA.

Last but not least, po boys. You’d be doing yourself the greatest disservice of all time if you went to New Orleans and did not have an authentic po boy from one of the hundreds of places that sell them. You can find them with fried gator or with roast beef smothered in gravy. Do you like veal? What about oysters? Well they have both of those options too. You can even have your po boy made with deep fried southern catfish if you so choose. Now I know I said there was no particular order to this list, but the po boys from New Orleans definitely sit atop my NOLA Throne.

I know I’ve said a lot about New Orleans over these last few paragraphs, but if there’s one thing I want you to take away from this guide it is this; you will never find a place with as much flavor, whether it be in the food, its culture, or in its jazz, and that is the true reason why you should visit.

New Orleans: The Experience You Didn’t Know You Needed

New Orleans: The Experience You Didn’t Know You Needed

As I was crossing Decatur Street into Jackson Square, mere minutes after stuffing my face with beignets from Cafe Du Monde, I knew I was in love. Art was hanging off every square inch of fence that surrounded me, and as I admired all of the talented people in the square, I smiled to myself knowing that I had found my favorite place on this earth. If you haven’t figured it out yet I am describing New Orleans, Louisiana, or “The Big Easy” as many call it. My trip here was four days and mainly consisted of touring the French Quarter and Garden District, yet I felt as if I could’ve spent the rest of my life there. There must be something in the air because I felt at home, almost as if I was amongst my ancestors. It was a trip I didn’t know I needed, and it now is a trip you know you must go on.  

Nuzzled in the center of the French Quarter is The Court of Two Sisters, which was where my day three brunch transpired. The meal here was magical, and the architecture of the building added a level of comfort that I would have never expected. I unfortunately did not get to eat outside in the beautiful, tree covered courtyard, but if you can get a reservation here I highly suggest requesting to sit outside. The menu differs seasonally as well as between brunch and dinner, but either way be prepared for a buffet style meal you will never forget.  

As I briefly discussed earlier, the artwork in New Orleans is to die for. You can find it across the entire city, but my personal favorite was what surrounded Jackson square. Ranging from bright, multicolored abstracts to detailed landscapes and portraits, you can find just about any style of artwork here. One of my favorite pieces (by Crystal Obeidzinski) was a massive gator, painted on a broken shutter that had come from one of the houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was incredible, and to hear the way she described her process behind creating the painting was spectacular.

Next up, another item mentioned in the intro: Beignets from Cafe Du Monde. This may be one of the most popular reasons people visit the French Quarter. With a line wrapping around the building and probably four to five hundred yards down Decatur, I waited for almost 45 minutes before being seated. Now a little bit about myself, I’m not a huge fan of sugary morsels for breakfast. I’d much rather have a steak with two over easy eggs and some toast, but these beignets were absolute perfection. If I remember correctly, I ate four of these bad boys in roughly two to three minutes and was drenched in powdered sugar after, but it was 1000% worth the mess.  

Another thing that you absolutely must do in Jackson Square is have your fortune told by one of the tarot card readers. The artists typically begin leaving in the late afternoon, and as dusk sets in you will find a plethora of candle-lit tables surrounded by people waiting to have their fortunes read. I was very skeptical of this at first and was not anticipating taking it one bit seriously. As the older woman is reading my girlfriend’s cards, I start to notice a change in her facial expressions. She told me after that this lady was nailing things about her that not many people knew. Sure, they were somewhat vague in certain instances, but I was more than intrigued. So, I sat down a few minutes later and was stunned at how accurate everything she said was (plus she told me that I would stumble into a lot of money soon, who can complain about that!). Even though the whole charade is a teeny tiny bit cheesy, it will still be one of the more fun things you do in NOLA.

Last but not least, po boys. You’d be doing yourself the greatest disservice of all time if you went to New Orleans and did not have an authentic po boy from one of the hundreds of places that sell them. You can find them with fried gator or with roast beef smothered in gravy. Do you like veal? What about oysters? Well they have both of those options too. You can even have your po boy made with deep fried southern catfish if you so choose. Now I know I said there was no particular order to this list, but the po boys from New Orleans definitely sit atop my NOLA Throne.

I know I’ve said a lot about New Orleans over these last few paragraphs, but if there’s one thing I want you to take away from this guide it is this; you will never find a place with as much flavor, whether it be in the food, its culture, or in its jazz, and that is the true reason why you should visit.

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My Weekly Review (#4) – MCT Oil

My Weekly Review (#4) – MCT Oil

This week’s recommendation will cover something new that I have been adding to my morning routine, MCT oil. MCT stands for Medium Chain-Triglycerides, and these fatty oils are easily digested by our bodies. I started adding MCT into my morning cup of coffee for a little extra kick to start my day, but since then I have learned that MCT oil has health benefits I didn’t even know about! These fats are great for fueling your brain in the morning but can also help burn extra fat, strengthen your immune system, and even help reduce Lactate for those of us with extremely active lifestyles.

I currently use a vanilla based creamer/oil that goes right into my coffee, but there are many other types and flavors that can be put in just about anything. Since adding this to my routine, I have 100% noticed more energy as well as increased clarity, which has been great for getting some early morning writing in. So, if you’re looking for an extra pick-me-up in the AM, I strongly suggest looking into adding MCT oil to your diet.

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My Weekly Recommendation (#4) (6/11/19)

[Originally published on 6/11/19 on my previous site, Bright-blood.com]

My Weekly Recommendation (#4) – MCT Oil

This week’s recommendation will cover something new that I have been adding to my morning routine, MCT oil. MCT stands for Medium Chain-Triglycerides and these fatty oils are easily digested by our bodies. I started adding MCT into my morning cup of coffee for a little extra kick to start my day, but since then I have learned that MCT oil has health benefits I didn’t even know about! These fats are great for fueling your brain in the morning but can also help burn extra fat, strengthen your immune system, and even help reduce Lactate for those of us with extremely active lifestyles. I currently use a vanilla creamer-based oil that goes right into my coffee, but there are many other types and flavors that can be put in (or on) just about anything. Since adding this to my routine, I have 100% noticed more energy as well as increased clarity, which has been great for getting some early morning writing in. So, if you’re looking for an extra pick-me-up in the AM, I strongly suggest looking into adding MCT oil to your diet.

Thanks for reading this weeks rec!