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Foodie news | Remembering Motherand#8217;s Day

Simone Grandmain
Special to the Sun
Photo courtesy Simone GrandmainPlump up Momand#8217;s pillows and tell her you love her with a breakfast in bed of Eggs Florentine with Fluffy Hollandaise Sauce. Toes by Terry Wilson, Infinite Nails, 530-277-2514.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Fess up. Yes you. You know who you are. Last yearand#8217;s Motherand#8217;s Day was a bust.

Remember when your wife asked you what you got her for Motherand#8217;s Day and you, having forgotten the occasion, got defensive and said, and#8220;Youand#8217;re not my mother?and#8221; Remember little Timmy making a Motherand#8217;s Day gift for his kindergarten teacher but not his own Mommy?

And how and#8217;bout sending a tacky email card to your Grandmother, the mother of all mothers, when you know she wonand#8217;t use a computer because it will give her cancer?

The point is: you forgot the day celebrating the matriarch of the family and#8212; the woman who spent nine months in labor (twice!) to give you the children who next month will be considering how to overlook Fatherand#8217;s Day if you donand#8217;t set a good example.

Relax. You are going to be better prepared this year. For starters, get the kids involved in the morning so Mom wonand#8217;t be waiting in bed (in full make up, no less) for a breakfast tray that never appears.

Nothing says and#8220;I love you, Mommy!and#8221; like a good hollandaise sauce, unless itand#8217;s a good one-way ticket to Cabo, but thatand#8217;s not going to happen. At least not before the laundry is caught up, aka never.

The following recipe for Eggs Florentine, a take on Eggs Benedict using spinach in lieu of Canadian bacon, is one of my favorites because A) you make the sauce in the microwave, which is super easy for the little guys wanting to lend a hand and B) the hollandaise is made with cream which really adds to its fluffiness.

Fluffy Hollandaise Sauce Ingredients

1and#8260;4 cup butter or margarine

1and#8260;4 cup whipping cream

2 egg yolks, well beaten

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1and#8260;2 teaspoon dry mustard

1and#8260;4 teaspoon salt

Preparation: Place butter in 1 quart bowl. Microwave on high one minute or until melted.

Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Microwave one minute to 1 minute, 30 seconds on medium, or until thickened, stirring halfway through.

Beat with wire whip or rotary beater until light and fluffy.

Eggs Florentine

2 cups fresh spinach, steamed

2 English muffins, split

2 teaspoons white vinegar

4 eggs

Salt and pepper, to taste

Fluffy Hollandaise sauce, recipe above

Fill a 10-inch nonstick skillet half full of water. Add white vinegar to the cooking water. This will make the egg white cook faster so it does not spread. Bring to a slow boil.

Gently break 1 of the eggs into the water, taking care not to break it. Repeat with remaining eggs.

Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook 31and#8260;2 minutes until the egg white is set and yolk remains soft. Remove with a slotted spoon, allowing the egg to drain.

To assemble: Place about one quarter cup of cooked spinach on top of each muffin half, followed by a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon hollandaise sauce over the eggs. Serves two.


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