Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Cooking for Real Sunday! Diner Breakfast!!

Hey there! Well, I just got back from a little vacation and it was actually just in time for the quick blast of winter we got here in NYC. Real quick, before I tell you about the new episode this week, one of our blog buddies in comments used the chilly spring weather to make one of my season-straddling meals. Check out Holly's post on Random Cravings about my Beef and Barley Stew with Crusty Pepper Bread.

Ok, so tomorrow's Cooking for Real is called Diner Breakfast. Check out this episode's dessert first (shout out to Anne Thornton!!)
I'll tell you about those buns in steel in a sec ... teeheehee, but yeah the I titled the show Diner Breakfast, because there is nothing I love more than a greasy spoon breakfast. Sometimes I take the morning off from cooking and walk to my local one here in Brooklyn called George's. They have the biggest mimosa's I've ever seen at a diner, but that's another blog post.

Really, there are many diners I go to in many states and all over Brooklyn, so my inspiration is not specific to a place, but totally specific to the dining menu. Sometimes there's something perfect about a diner steak and some scrambled eggs for breakfast! I love it after a good hour of shoveling zig zags into the snow. I actually conceived the idea and subject for this episode when I was on vacation with friends last September. I ended up making breakfast everyday for everyone and felt like a short-order cook. I loved it and one of the things I kept hearing about after the vacation was how perfect everyone thought my eggs were. I thought, it's pretty easy and that's what I do on the show. Sure, you more than likely scramble eggs and have your own technique, but the cheese added can sometimes mess up texture. I do have a technique for scrambling I've used over the years I love, so I thought ... why not share it on the show? So the recipe is pretty simple, but the technique can take a few times to get right. That's something to think about when making a meal from a recipe. You pretty much have to have all the elements right; ingredients, temperature, tools, equipment, etc. and then the technique has to be there as well. So, if you ever have a problem with a recipe, don't stress. There are so many elements. Things can happen and they do. Just relax and give yourself time. No big deal. Cooking is like trying to get to Carnegie Hall, keep practicing and sooner or later your food will perform like an orchestra in your mouth! If not, try another instrument, ahem, recipe ... not everyone is great at everything. I will admit, it takes me a few times to get sushi rolled pretty. Totally uncoordinated at times. Ok ...

For the Diner Breakfast menu I have my Perfect Scrambled Cheesy Eggs, then I do the diner steak, but dress it up a bit because if I'm at home, I'll treat myself a bit better than the diner. To please that, I offer one of my go-to steaks that is so simple and really flavorful, my Grilled Rosemary Steaks (totally perfect for a pan-fry or broil if you want). Then, I sweeten it up with the easiest way to homemade cinnamon buns, my Easy Glazed Cinnamon Buns. This is all about behind the scenes here so if you want to see the cinnamon buns before the show or how they were developed in my home kitchen, I blogged about them in a post back in Nov. '10 called Buns, Apps, Cravings, Fun and More!

Ok, a big thanks to Darius Williams for his guest blog while I was away! Check out the newest episode of Cooking for Real: Diner Breakfast, tomorrow at 11AM and Monday afternoon at 4PM on Food Network!

Also, starting Monday Cooking for Real begins to air weekdays at 1130AM EST, in addition to the 4PM EST show. Two different episodes each day and this Monday's 1130AM airing of Cooking for Real is the most recent episode I call Easier Than It Looks with Darius Williams, owner of The Cupcake Gallery in Chicago.

Ok, so don't forget your chance to watch, for real :-) ...

Cooking for Real on Food Network
Sundays @ 11:00AM
Monday - Friday @ 11:30AM & 4:00PM

All times are eastern. If you ever want to look at the Food Network schedule for your time zone, bookmark this link

10 comments:

Holly said...

Thanks for the shout-out Sunny - that stew really was SO yummy, and the bread was the perfect finishing touch! I am really looking forward to tomorrow's episode - but first, I'm heading to the store first thing tomorrow morning to buy the ingredients for the cinnamon rolls :-) By the way..remember that awesome brunch at Prune? I'm reading the chef/owner's bio right now - "Blood, Bones and Butter" - it's a great read! If you ever have time to read (which would be amazing, considering how busy you are!), I would definitely recommend it!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Grrrl... you know I Tivo ya! Wouldn't wanna miss a thing. Sounds like things are going well, yay! Love that you have apples in the cinnabuns too. Have a beautiful Sunday.

Anonymous said...

The food looked amazing! But I have to know where you got that green top! It's beautiful!!

Jen @ OneCurlyFry said...

I LOVE a good diner breakfast, so of course after watching the new show this morning I'm craving one!!! I'll definitely have to try your scrambled eggs - I've never tried using a whisk in the pan! And those Cinnamon Buns look so delicious!

I made the Sweet Glazed Butterflied Chicken for dinner last night and it was definitely a hit! I'll have to put a few pics up on my blog this week! It was C's birthday and he didn't want to go out so I figured this was the perfect birthday meal for him!

I hope you enjoyed your vacation! This weather has me needing a vacation ASAP! :)

Charles said...

"I got hips & thighs & all kinds of stuff to fill out-and a man to feed"! Lol you kept me chuckling throughout the whole show. And liked the Biggie reference-I caught it mmmhmmmm. :)

Christine said...

Can you tell me where to get that amazing orange trivet that looks like jax? You used it when you cooked with Darius.

Laura Roth said...

I've only been watching you for about 6 months...You are awesome! You are by far my favorite food network cook. I love watching your show and seeing old episodes...you have inspired me to try new dishes that I wouldn't normally try but you sell me on it each and every time! My husband and 2 two year old son thank you as well...my husband says my food has improved since watching and learning you :) By any chance do you have a cookbook out? I would SO buy a copy or two!!!

Anonymous said...

Loved your Diner Breakfast episode. It was the first time I've seen your show, and I am excited to try some of your recipes. I won't miss the next episode...Hooray!

Mrs HoneyBun said...

I loved this episode. My husband and I will be trying the cinnamon roll recipe this weekend!! I absolutely love your show!!

Dolphinfanhg said...

Sunny, where have you been all my life? I DVRd this episode but just got around to watching it and now I am hooked on adding water to my eggs! I tried it immediately, and WOW! The fluffiest eggs I have ever made! Between the water, the wisk and adding the cheese halfway through...I will never make eggs any.other.way.
Thanks girl!!!!!
Heather