Too Many Cooks: Breakfast Edition

January 11, 2013

You'll be hearing from the staff at FOOD52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.

Breakfast can be underrated -- or, more often than not, forgotten about altogether in exchange for getting to work on time. But today, we're giving breakfast -- the most important meal of the day! -- the VIP treatment with this question:

If time wasn't a factor, what is the one breakfast that would make your weekday mornings a little better?

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Christina: Bacon, Egg, Lettuce and Tomato on toasted sourdough with a steamy cup of joe and fresh orange-carrot juice. 

Lindsay-Jean: A daily delivery from Milwaukee of the best breakfast burrito I've ever had. Jalapeño cheddar tortilla, scrambled eggs, chile rojo, cheddar cheese, rosemary potatoes, sweet corn, green tomato pico de gallo, and sriracha sour cream. 

Michael: Huevos rancheros.

Jennifer: Breakfast strata with sausage and lots of cheese!

Karl: I'm with Jenn on the breakfast strata.

Maddy: A freshly baked croissant or pain au raisin.

Brette: Pho!

Marian:Perfectly fried eggs, sourdough toast, sweet potatoes (and ketchup!), and endless cappuccinos.

Lauren: Bean, egg and avocado burrito and a LARGE latte!

Jennifer: I love me a poached egg on an a (brace yourself) butter- or cream cheese-smeared english muffin with salt.

Amanda Li: Could really go for some steaming hot congee with pork and preserved egg.

Amanda: Soft boiled egg with soldiers.

Gheanna: 2 slices of perfect, crispy bacon and Merrill's maple cinnamon toast. I dream of sweet and savory.

Kristen: Homemade cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. We made them one Christmas morning when I was about 10 and I think I've been dreaming of them ever since.

Kenzi: This might upset a few people, but I really love cereal. Like, love it.  

James: A warm ham and Swiss cheese croissant with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. That would just about make my day.

Merrill: Add a cappuccino, and I'm on that train.

Allison: Eggs Florentine a la Allison -- spinach, feta and a poached egg -- but skip the hollandaise and english muffin, and go straight on top of some hash browns or skillet potatoes. I personally like to complement this with with an iced tea.

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Kenzi Wilbur

Written by: Kenzi Wilbur

I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.


Louisa K. April 10, 2013
Lindsay-Jean, where can this burrito be found in Milwaukee? Please advise!
Komal February 21, 2013
Soft low and long cooked scrambled eggs with salmon, on buttered sourdough toast.
If I'm feeling healthy then an exotic fruit salad with thick creamy greek yoghurt and maple syrup.
When I was in China, we'd walk through the breakfast market and a woman had a stall making thin pancakes, filled with a umami rich brown sauce, a crispy square and greens. That was a welcome change from red pork and rice!
Gene W. January 15, 2013
I have two: 1. Oatmeal with crasins and honey. 2. Fry bacon or sausage in a cast iron pan, break them into small pieces and put them back in the pan. Break two eggs into a bowl, add salt and pepper them and whisk. Pour the eggs over the bacon or sausage and cook to your preferred doneness. In a separate sauce pan cook grits. When everything is ready, put the eggs on a plate and cover with the grits. Serve with a good cup of coffee.
Shannon M. January 15, 2013
this was very pleasant to read
chubosua January 14, 2013
Such great breakfast ideas! Especially the congee, shakshuka, croissant, eggs florentine.
fhp January 13, 2013
Uh Oh, New Favorite!
Last night we had spinach ricotta gnocchi with a simple tomato sauce. This morning we cooked up the last of the Gnocchi batter and ate the little, billowy pillows with sage leaves and brown butter, parmigiano and a fried egg sunny side up. I think Ill try shirred eggs and gnocchi next.
Jennifer M. January 13, 2013
Acai bowls with mounds of fresh-cut seasonal fruit!
foodluvdc January 12, 2013
Such great breakfast ideas! Especially the congee, shakshuka, croissant, eggs florentine.
Marian B. January 11, 2013
Kenzi, I love cereal too! I dream of never-ending bowls (and a matching, never-ending stomach)