#Breakfast

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Waffles with carmelized apples and Black Forest ham. The apples are New York State macintosh from Terrance Mountain Orchard in Middleburg. I core, peel and chop the apples. Then they are tossed into a pot with brown sugar, maple bourbon and a little water. They get cooked over a low heat until a nice syrup startes to form. I cheated a bit here using me favorite frozen waffles, Aunt Jamima straight from the toaster oven. A little butter is applied then i spoon on the apples. You can kick up the ‘Autumn ‘ factor by sprinkling a little cinnamon sugar over these.

Now, I like mine with a side of meat. In this case I pan fried a nice thick piece of black Forest Ham. I pick this up at the deli counter when it’s on sale. I ask the clerk to slice it thick adding that he should get only four slices on the half pound. That’s usually a good thickness to use for breakfast.  And you can get a weeks worth of breakfasts out of that.

#Breakfast

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A nice warm omelette with ham, and Swiss cheese just at its melting point so that it still has the stringiness as you bring a fork to your mouth. I mix a pinch of herbs de provance into the mixture and then sprinkle a pinch on top as a garnish.

I usually get the deli ham at Cherry Valley Market and have the clerk  slice it in the thick side. Slicing it thick makes it much easier  to pan fry. As a personal point of reference, I also like the cheese sliced thicker.

In a mixing bowl I combine two eggs, herbs, and small-diced ham. I whisk these together with a splash of milk. Then I pour this into a non stick pan over low heat and cover. As this firms up I place a slice of the Swiss cheese along half and the using a thin non stick spatula I fold the omelette over and hold the pan off the stove but still over the burner. This gets the cheese melting without over cooking the omelette.