Bringing Back Bennie

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mushroom spinach benedict with cilantro dill tatoes What do you do when you have tons of eggs and butter? Well, one option is eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce (which requires 7 eggs and 2 sticks of butter). Yum.

I can't tell you how many times I've tried different hollandaise recipes at home and come up short... mine either don't taste right or separate (it is an emulsion, after all). I finally found a recipe that rocks. (pictured with perftatoes 2.0)

Poached Eggs and Hollandaise

Ingredients (serves two):

  • Toast:
    • 4 slices of good bread (~3/4" thick)
    • pat or two of salted butter
  • Hollandaise:
    • 8 oz of unsalted butter (two big sticks)
    • 3 large egg yolks
    • 2 tbsp hot water
    • 2 tsp lemon juice (you can go as high as 3 tsp, but I find that a bit too lemony)
    • pinch salt
    • pinch cayenne pepper
  • Eggs:
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 tbsp white vinegar
    • 4 large eggs, each cracked into a small condiment cup
    • salt and black pepper


  1. Turn your oven's broiler on. Lightly butter one side of bread slices and place on foiled cookie sheet under broiler. Toast until just golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from broiler and set aside. (If you're making potatoes, you should make this toast before you start roasting the potatoes.)

  2. In saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Remove from heat.

  3. Fill 8" to 10" skillet with water to about 1/2" from the top; add vinegar and tsp. salt and bring to boil over high heat.

  4. In a small bowl, add egg yolks and whisk together until well incorporated. While whisking, add lemon juice, salt and cayenne.

  5. Very slowly add butter and two tbsp. of water to egg mixture. Continue to whisk constantly. Add mixture back to saucepan and place on low heat. Whisk gently occasionally until it thickens, then be careful that it doesn't get too hot (or it will curdle or separate).

  6. When you get a chance for a short breather while making the hollandaise, ask a friend to come over and help you drop the four eggs into the boiling water. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 3-5 minutes depending on how done you want the eggs.

  7. If you're adding cheese or bacon or spinach and mushrooms to your benedict, you should add that to the toast now and melt any cheese in the broiler.

  8. Place two toasts on a plate. Remove eggs from water with slotted spoon, drain over water and place on toast. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add any side dish like potatoes. Spoon hollandaise over eggs in an amount according to diner's taste. Crack pepper over it all and serve.

Ah, crap

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Well, I'm now on twitter as @joebeone (pronounced like JOE-bee-won).

I resisted for a while. I blame it all on Layer Tennis. You can't vote for a winner in layer tennis without tweeting.

I've loaded my crap up with a bunch of the usual suspects to follow. I expect to post once a day, so follow me if you dare. However, I maintain no airs about who I follow and don't follow... if you post too much, I'll probably drop you. But do let me know if I know you and you tweet it up.

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Connect to iPhone without network?

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I've found myself telling a few people how to either sync applications on the iPhone or SSH into your iPhone without an existing WiFi network.

I have two things that I regularly need to do and often they happen when I'm not near a wifi network (and I don't know how to connect in a network-sense to the iPhone via USB cable):

  1. I need to SSH or SFTP to my iPhone to mod something or put something on it.
  2. I need to sync certain applications (like PasswordWallet) between the iPhone and my computer.

The simple but, I suppose, not obvious answer is to use the Mac to set up an ad-hoc network... that is, have the Mac act as a base station for a brief period of time. Here's what you do:

  1. Turn your AirPort on in the menu bar if not already.
  2. From the drop-down menu in the AirPort menu, click "Create a Network..."
  3. Choose a name for the network and a password.
  4. Click "OK".

Your mac will then set up an ad-hoc network that your iPhone can see.

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