My parents lived frugally, paid cash for everything and fully provided a college education for my brothers and me. To that end, we almost always ate at home.
So, for years, I thought home cooking was about saving money — which it definitely is! But I came to appreciate that homemade food really is the best. Now, when I want to treat myself, I take the time to cook and enjoy good food prepared well in my own kitchen. Recently, wanting a “luxury” brunch of seafood crepes, I stirred up a quick hollandaise sauce that provided the perfect accent to the shrimp and asparagus. Here’s how, along with an easy and delicious chocolate pudding for a cozy night at home.
Quick Hollandaise Sauce
This smooth, rich, tangy sauce is perfect with vegetables, seafood, Eggs Benedict, and more It only takes about 10 minutes, but the key is to whisk gently the entire time.
½ cup lemon juice
3 whole eggs
6 tablespoons butter
Salt, pepper, parsley, chive, marjoram, any other seasonings you like
- Whisk three eggs in a small bowl, set aside.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat or in the microwave. Set aside.
- Pour lemon juice into a medium saucepan and warm on stovetop over medium heat. Add eggs all at once and whisk until smooth.
- Continue heating lemon and egg mixture while very gradually pouring in a tablespoon or so of the butter at a time while stirring. Continue until all the butter is incorporated and the mixture is getting thick.
- Add salt and set aside to cool slightly.
Our Favorite 10-Minute Chocolate Pudding
So nice for those evenings when a warm, comforting treat sounds wonderful with a board game, movie or puzzle.
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate cocoa powder or bar chocolate (if substituting semi-sweet or milk chocolate, reduce sugar to ¼ cup)
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ¾ cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla
If using bar chocolate, melt in a medium saucepan over low heat, or in a double boiler, or gently on low heat in the microwave. If using cocoa powder, skip this step.
Put all ingredients into a medium saucepan and whisk slowly over medium heat until mixture is thick and creamy. Be sure to keep ingredients moving across the bottom of the pan to avoid scorching.
Serve warm or chilled.