Recipes and Tips

How to use an egg mold:
To mold an egg:
1.) Hard-boil eggs as usual, but try to roll them around (gently!) every minute or two to help center the yolks.
2.) Remove one from the hot water using a slotted spoon. Peel under cool running water.
3.) Return egg to the hot water. When they're all peeled and back in the water, wet the molds slightly with tap water.
4.) Insert each egg into a mold and close gently. Refrigerate a couple of hours or overnight, or up to several days. Remove when ready to pack.

To mold rice:
1.) Buy "sushi rice" and cook according to package directions (about 30 minutes). Let cool enough to handle.
2.) Wet the mold and your hands.
3.) Pack rice into the mold* and close it.
4.) Let stand in the refrigerator a couple of hours or overnight. They dry out if you let them sit more than a day or so.

* If you don't have an egg mold, use your smallest dry measuring cup. 1/8 cup works great, and 1/4 cup would also be a good fit for most containers. Pack the rice in tightly, invert, and then tap the measuring cup against something unbreakable until it falls back out. Then place in a slightly dampened plastic storage container with a lid--with slightly dampened foil (or what have you) as dividers--and keep closed in the refrigerator.

How to make yogurt:

How to make an Uncrustable-style sandwich:
1.) Make your sandwich as usual.
2.) Find two ramekins, custard cups, teacups, or whatever you have with one just slightly larger than the other.
3.) Use the smaller one to press the sandwich closed (as if using a cookie cutter, but don't push all the way through or twist).
4.) Finally, use the larger one to press down even harder, and then trim around it with a paring knife.

How to use cookie cutters on a bell pepper:
1.) Cut off the top and bottom of the pepper.
2.) Discard the seeds and the white parts from the inside.
3.) Cut down one side. Open it so that it's one long strip. (This part reminds me of the kinds of map projections in grade-school social studies.)
4.) Press your cookie cutter through the pepper. Veggie cutters are much easier than, say, fondant cutters. Plastic ones are unlikely to work at all.

"Double Dutch Baby" (Oven Apple Pancake) Recipe modified from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice two apples and set them aside.
  3. Melt 3 Tbs. butter in a glass pie plate in the oven as it is warming up.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together in a mixing bowl 3 eggs, 3/4 c. flour, 3/4 c. milk, and 1/4 tsp. salt.
  5. Remove the pie plate carefully from the oven. Tilt it so that butter reaches up the side all the way around (or put another thick pat of butter on the end of a fork and melt it around the sides) to prevent sticking.
  6. Sprinkle over the butter 1/8 c. brown sugar (lightly packed) and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
  7. Layer the apples on top of that.
  8. Pour the batter on top.
  9. Bake 35-40 minutes. IMMEDIATELY invert onto a heat-safe plate. Slice and serve.