Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Snack-it Does Breakfast - Egg'spertly Baked Eggs with Lemony Asparagus

This recipe did not originate with me; I saw it at Kaylin's Kitchen, linked by a Facebook post.  Be that as it may, it sounded SO delicious, I had to talk about it here.  What drew me to it originally, however, was that she had used Corning Ware Snack-it plates (P-185), which have not been produced since 2000...  But those of us "in the know" about Corning Ware probably have several of these stashed around the house somewhere.

I did several experiments with the original recipe ('Cause, you know....  I'm me).  And have found that I enjoy the addition of a little lemon and that extra black pepper suits me JUST fine.   Something else of note; while this is possible in a petite dish (P-41) is really does work better on the Snack -It plate.  There is more surface area for the egg white to spread out, so that it cooks thoroughly and quickly enough to prevent the yolk from over cooking.  BUT, failing a P-185 Snack-It plate, the P-83-B Menuette skillet works like a charm; and has a significantly larger handle for removing from the oven. 

Egg'spert Baked Eggs with Asparagus & Lemon

For each serving you will need:

P-185 Snack-It plate or P-83 Menuette skillet or P-41 Petite dish
4 spears of Asparagus (possibly more if you have really thin spears)
Olive Oil
Black Pepper
Lemon Juice
2 large Eggs (Preferably at room temperature - Out of the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes)
more Black Pepper

Collect all your ingredients and implements.  Cause this actually goes pretty quick after the initial Asparagus roasting.

 Preheat your Oven to 400F degrees.

Cut your Asparagus into little 1 inch pieces (I usually just snap it) and arrange the pieces on your Snack-It Plate.

Drizzle with Olive Oil and season with Salt and Black Pepper.

Place the Snack-It plate in the oven for 10 minute, then remove from the oven and sprinkle with Lemon Juice.

Crack the Eggs over the cooked Asparagus and return to the oven for 5-6 minutes.

(or until the white just begins to set)

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano.

and more Black Pepper (or Lemon Pepper mix)

Return to the oven for 3-4 minutes to melt the cheese and finish cooking the white, then serve, piping hot, with toast points.

Because, this....

and this.......

and, of course, THIS....

Where is your Corning Ware??

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cracking the Cradle Code - Corning Ware Cradles

It was recently brought to my attention that I have not really discussed Corning Ware cradles.  To date, I have only touched on adding rubber feet to the bottoms of the Platinum cradles and run through the chrome cradles used for French White pieces, but that is about it.  So, I am going to attempt to clear up any potential confusion in translating the model numbers on the bottoms of some of the cradles.  Because the original Wire Cradles from the 1st & 2nd generation are not marked with model numbers, I will be skipping those and stating with the Platinum Cradles and the later A series cradles.

Platinum Cradles

Platinum cradle model numbers are located on the underside of the cross pieces.  "Corning Ware" is embossed on one side while the model number is embossed on the other.  

Sizes are as follows:
P-1-B, P-1 1/2-B & P-1 3/4-B Saucepans 

P-2 1/2-M-1 &
P-11-2 1/2-M-1
P-2 1/2-B Saucepan 

P-7-B Skillet 

P-9-B Skillet 

P-10-B Skillet 

P-16-B Chicken Fryer

P-119 & P-116 Stove top Percolators

Candle Warmer cradles were usually sold as sets with their corresponding dish ( Party Buffet and Royal Buffet) however, they were available separately a well.  These cradles made their debut with the Trefoil pattern in 1960 and remained in production through 1971, at least, since they were used with the 1971 gift line (Nature's Bounty)

P-1 3/4-W
P-1 3/4-B to create Party Buffet P-20

P-2 1/2-W
P-2 1/2-B to create Royal Buffet P-40

8 hour candles for use in Candle Warmer Cradles

There is a single woodgrain on plastic cradle used specifically for the 1st Edition Floral Bouquet Gift Line.  This cradle/trivet was available for the 1 1/2 quart and 1 3/4 quart (though the 1 3/4 quart was also available with the Candle Warmer cradle above)

P-1 1/2-B & P-1 3/4-B Saucepans

With the advent of the A-series, Corning released a new cradle style called the "New Dimensions".  Made of a thick black plastic resembling Bakelite...  These cradles were reversible thus one cradle could hold 2 or 3 different sized pieces.  

The cradle sizes are as follows:

A-1-B & A-1 1/2-B Saucepans

A-2-B & A-3-B Saucepans & A-8-B Skillet

A-10-B Skillet, A-5-B Dutch Oven & A-84-B Sauce Pot

Corning also released some wood cradles in the mid-late 70s labeled as "Wooden Accessory". 

These are clearly marked with their intended saucepan/skillet usage.

Sizes available were as follows:
A-1-B, A-1 1/2-B Saucepans

A-2-B & A-3-B Saucepans & A-8-B Skillet
A-10-B Skillet, A-5-B Dutch Oven & A-84-B Sauce Pot
P-81-B, P-82-B, P-83-B & P-89-B Menuette/Duette Pans
All Beverage Servers

There is another set of cradles that, though unmarked like the wire ones, should be mentioned, simply because they are often ignored.  The Buffet Server cradles.  

(front left)
B-1 & B-1 3/4 Saucepans

(back left)
 B-2 1/2 Saucepan & B-8 Skillet

(back right)
 B-4 Sauce pot & B-10 Skillet

(front right)
 for use with S-1 & S-2

Where is your Corning Ware??