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It wasn't the postal worker, the cabbie or the diaper-bag-toting mom whose approving hollers surprised me. I heard all three (among a slew of others). I'd spent the better part of a week in a white Corvette 427 convertible — a sort of last hurrah before GM unveils a redesigned 'Vette for 2014. But it was the last observer, staring out the window of a passing SUV, who gave me pause. Or paws, as it were.

It was a dog.

Maybe he was eyeing every car, but I'd like to think he had eyes only for the 'Vette. Everyone loves the Chevy icon.

The surprisingly livable 2013 Chevrolet Corvette marks a fitting end to GM's sixth-generation icon: Enjoy the attention, grab a gear and let 'er rip — all shortcomings are forgiven.

Until now, Chevrolet had restricted its monster V-8 — 7.0 liters, 505 horsepower — to the Z06 version of the Corvette coupe, equipping the droptop Corvette with a normally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8 that made 430 hp (436 hp with an exhaust package). It was serious power, but it meant the convertible took third place in the lineup to the 505-hp Z06 and the $112,575 Corvette ZR1, which has a 638-hp, supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.

GM addressed that for 2013 with the Corvette 427, which combines the Z06's drivetrain with a droptop roof. Compare the variants here, or stack up the 2013 and 2012 Corvette here. I tested a Corvette 427, whose name comes from the engine's 427 cubic inches (i.e., 7.0 liters) of ... Read more

Granny would have had tea Cadogan, serving Afternoon tea since 1887.

It has been an interesting few days in the online world of Downton Abbey.  There is another  plot twist afoot in Season 4, so if you don’t want to know anything about Season 4 before January’s launch, I would strongly advise you stay away from social media for the next three months.

For all fans of Downton I thought you might enjoy travel back to episodes we have all seen and take a cooking lesson in memory of dear Lady Sybil.  Today we learn how to make creamy scambled eggs, fit for the Downton upstairs breakfast room, but easily made in your own Abbey.  Save your milk.  Properly made scrambled eggs are a simple mixture of eggs with a little butter, prepared in a saucepan, not a skillet.

Downton Dish

UK fans are now almost half way through Season 4, sharing both laughter and grief with our favorite characters.  In the US and Canada, we are now 89 days until PBS launches in January (see the countdown clock above).  Each week I share Downton news, but if you haven’t seen all seasons (1-4) beware of spoilers below.

What I will Say about Season 4

Since Downton fans span the globe I am watching along with the UK fans, but promise not to divulge major spoilers before January.  I did keep quiet last year (although it was really hard) so I think I can be trusted, mostly.

There are a few things I will say about Season 4E3:

  • Downton holds a grand house party and Alfred is provided with an opportunity to lend a hand in the kitchen.
  • Great Quotes:
    • “If I were to search for logic, I should not look for it among the English upper class.”
    • “Not everyone can be Oscar Wilde.” “That’s a relief.”
  • This episode ended on a dark note, revealing a darker side of life in service, causing quite the stir amongst UK media as I warned above.

Abbey Cooks Entertain: Order Now

With 220 traditional Downton era recipes with a modern twist, this is a great book to have on hand when planning a Downton cocktail party with fellow fans. Book sales from the 432 page ebook help offset my costs in food, equipment and time to keep bringing you new dishes.

While the book is available on Amazon, you can only get a signed copy here on my site. If you don’t have an eReader I would suggest the PDF version which allows you to print recipes as you go, if you wish.

Abbey Scrambled Eggs

The best creamy scrambled eggs are the easiest to make. Great comfort food.

from Abbey Cooks Entertain

I have fond memories of Season 2 when dear Lady Sybil asked Mrs. Patmore for cooking lessons.  While this is a little more advanced than making a pot of tea or boiling an egg, there are some dishes that everyone should learn now to make properly. Scrambled eggs is one of them.

Making scrambled eggs seems simple enough, but once you learn to make them like a professional chef, you will truly impress everyone with your cooking talents.

The Best Scrambled Eggs

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Prepared properly scrambled eggs are made in a saucepan, not your skillet, and are stirred, not whisked. The whole process should only take you about 7 minutes, but remember to keep mixing. If you are follow a ketogenic regime, this recipe will fit in well with both you and your non keto family or friends.

The Best Scrambled Eggs

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Prepared properly scrambled eggs are made in a saucepan, not your skillet, and are stirred, not whisked. The whole process should only take you about 7 minutes, but remember to keep mixing. If you are follow a ketogenic regime, this recipe will fit in well with both you and your non keto family or friends.

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Variations: use your imagination and whatever your ingredients you have on hand to create your own masterpiece:
Fresh Herbs: add 1 tbsp. each of herbs such as parsley, chives, chervil, tarragon.
Cheese: add 2 tbsp. each of grated gruyère and parmesan cheese to the eggs just after you first add the eggs to the saucepan and they have been beaten slightly.
Mushrooms: add 3 tbsp. cooked mushrooms at the end of the cooking.
For special guests place the finished eggs in individual dariole moulds (small metal cups) layering with other ingredients, such as cooked chopped mushrooms, shrimps, asparagus tips.

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