How Eggs Benedict Helped Me Bust Out Of My Cooking Rut

Kitchen Diary: Kate in New York City

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It's easy to get in a kitchen rut. It happens to the best of us. Yes, even those of us who daydream about dinner party menus and squeal at the sight of a new artisanal mayonnaise in the grocery store. Personally, the rut hits me when my schedule is crammed to the max. Time is scarce, with less time to casually flip through my favorite cookbooks or bookmarked recipes for inspiration. With my brain hovering around the same five classic staples I'm utterly bored with, there's only one thing left to do: Cook something outrageous and spontaneous.

What's there to cook that's outrageous and spontaneous, you say? This past weekend, inspiration struck in the form of an elaborate, gorgeous brunch sure to make any city brunch-goer skip the wait and line up directly at our kitchen door. Ordinarily, I prefer strolling to the neighborhood breakfast joint, but time, well, weather.

Eggs Benedict is one of my favorite things to order in brunch, in part because it's full of so many moving parts I'd almost never endeavor to make at home. Sure, I was probably capable of making hollandaise. Sure, I could try to perfectly coordinate the timing of poaching the eggs and cooking the bacon and toasting the english muffin so that everything wasn't lukewarm. But why? File Eggs Benedict right alongside French macarons and croissants in the list of things I'd rather leave to the experts!

Feeling particularly keen to stay in pajamas this past weekend though, I made hollandaise on a whim. After watching various celebrity chef YouTube videos and cram studying a few recipes, voila! Call it beginner's luck or masterful whisk skills, either way it came out stellar and was just the perfect brunch to pull me out of the kitchen rut. Plus, now I know for sure why hollandaise is so delicious. I'm looking at you butter.

What do you cook when you're in a kitchen rut?

Have your own Eggs Benedict adventure this weekend:

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