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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Duplicating Famous Restaurant's Recipes....




You have probably seen cook books that are compiled of "secret recipes" from famous (or chain!) restaurants and food manufacturers, claiming to give you that elusive taste of whatever product they make and you crave... I have two such books, fun to read for the background info on these companies, but the recipes are hardly mysteries! If you have taste buds, you probably can figure out 90% on your own!
When our kids were young (under 6!), taking them to a place to eat where we wouldn't be barred or ejected was a challenge. We found early breakfast at Denny's in the non-smoking section really meant The Kiddieland Restaurant! Hi chairs abounded, jelly was the wall decoration, and there were other parents like us, trying to civilize their kids so they could go someplace really nice with them some day... I love Eggs Benedict, but Denny's had their version- The English Scramble. this was two English Muffins, open face, with scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, and Hollandaise sauce over it. This evolved into a deluxe version of a Ham and Egg McMuffin (Moons Over MyHammy- really!), where they took scrambled eggs, ham, and cheese- then put it between two toasted English muffins. This morning, I did that, except we left them open-faced, and used mild white cheddar instead of American(Nerd!)cheese....
Kind of fun to go Retro now and again,, isn't it?

16 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Your version sound the yummiest Buff!

Dana said...

Moons Over MyHammy is my favorite meal at Denney's!

BTW Buff, not sure if my mind is in the gutter this morning, but doesn't that bottom picture have a bit of a phallic feel??

Claudia said...

"Moons Over MyHammy" - - * snort * Beautiful.

buffalodickdy said...

Ake-Nice little breakfast- easy, too!
dana- Phallic? Well, obviously not to me it didn't.... Does your car have a stick shift? :)
claudia- I liked "English Scramble" better!

doggybloggy said...

looks good, I havent eaten at a dennys in eons....I dont even know where to find one around here...

Anndi said...

Looks yummy!

insane mama said...

Moons over my hammy rocks, but what is a Hammy?

buffalodickdy said...

DogB- I usually meet my investment guy for breakfast twice a year- and that's where we go.... Obviously, I'm not a big client!
anndi- Nice little breakfast, when you're in a hurry...
InsaneM- A Hammy should be an award given to William Shatner, Billy Zane, Paula Dean, and Emeril for being such Hams as actors!

TavoLini said...

believe it!! there is something so understated about the basic americana--its harder than one would think to replicate it. I will join you always on an ode to Lennys! (Denny´s)

Beth said...

I have that same book!!!! I'm trying to find the recipe for the broccoli/cheese soup at Panera...YUM!

Claudia said...

PS - I've never, ever been to a Denny's. Is that bad?

Odat said...

Well lookie you, Mr. Retro....:-)
Looks good, but I don't like Hollandaise sauce.
Peace

buffalodickdy said...

tavolini- We used to enjoy Sat. mornings, really early.. We'd be going golfing, and all the men & women who had found each other at the bar the night before would be in there getting breakfast and looking like they didn't believe they went home together last night!
beth- I'll see what I can find...
claudia- As a dining experience, you haven't missed anything. As a person who studies people, you might have....
odat- Mine didn't have any on it, but I wish it would have!

Urban Vegan said...

I love your description of Denny's...so visual.

I would love to be able to replicate certain restaurant recipe.

Bina said...

Oh my Gosh, I am starving and that looks SO good!

buffalodickdy said...

UrbanV- To remember when the placemats came with crayons just made me smile...
bina- Ham, egg, and cheese makes a good omlette, sandwich, etc... I'm having one of those days where I was hungry, ate stuff that didn't hit the spot- now what?