Eggs Florentine for My Mom. Photos by Donna Turner Ruhlman

In honor of Mother’s Day two weeks hence, Mac has reduced the price of all our kitchen tools by 40% if you use the promo code “mothers” for this week only (ends Friday 5/2 at midnight eastern). Simply type that word in Step 2 under “Discounts” and Shopify will tabulate it. Mac Dalton and I created these tools to make cooking easier and more practical. Flat-edged wood spoons are an essential in my kitchen, as are the offset spoons and the deep all-purpose perforated spoon, aka Badass Egg Spoon (which has already changed many lives! or one at least). And I can’t keep your knives sharp for you but I can give you a place to put them. This in-drawer knife holder is one of my most valuable items—the second photo is of my knife drawer at home.

The following preparation is from my new book Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient. When my mom confessed that she was having trouble making a proper shirred egg with sautéed spinach, I decided to spell it out in the book and photograph all the steps. Shirred eggs are one of the best and easiest preparations. Simply put them in a oven and when you see they’re done, remove them. The critical step in my opinion is ensuring that the spinach and ramekin are hot. And any dish will do if you don’t have oval ramekins, so long as the eggs have a uniform depth close to what’s pictured below.

I sent the first copy of the book to my mom and she told me it fell open to this recipe for her—a small sign of what I like to think is divine providence. Happy cooking, Mom! Happy cooking, all! I can never say it enough: Our lives our better when we cook real food for our family and friends and share it together.

5/1/14 update:

Promo ends on Friday, May 2nd at 11:59pm EST.  Code: mothers


Shirred Eggs Florentine for My Mom

You can cook the spinach (plan on 1/4 pound/115 grams per person, if you want to increase or decrease the number of servings), either by blanching it and shocking it in an ice bath or sautéing it in butter with some shallots (my preference). Either way, wring it out before adding it to the ramekins. Serve these eggs with good buttered toast.

  • 2 teaspoons butter (or to taste)
  • 1/2 pound/225 grams spinach, cooked (as noted above) and thoroughly squeezed of water
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Several gratings of Parmigiano Reggiano
  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F/180˚C.
  2. Put a little butter in each shallow ramekin or shirring dish. Divide the spinach between the ramekins. Heat the ramekins in a microwave so that the spinach is hot but the ramekin is not too hot to hold, 30 to 40 seconds.
  3. Add to each ramekin 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon  cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle cheese over the eggs. Put the ramekins in the oven and cook until the whites have fully congealed, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with buttered toast.

Serves 1 mom and 1 son. Can be doubled or tripled as needed.


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16 Wonderful responses to “Mother’s Day Kitchen Tools Sale
(with Eggs Florentine for My Mom)”

  • Jackie

    Thanks. This looks so good and Donna’s photos are always stellar.

    • BJ

      I agree with you Jackie, Donna could make anything look delicious! Maybe if she took a picture of my wife’s meatloaf, it would taste better?

  • Amanda

    I just finished ‘Egg’ yesterday and have been inspired to tackle more adventurous cooking techniques, namely making Eggs Benedict. Thank you, Michael, for putting the Bad Ass Egg Spoon on sale right when I needed it!


  • Jason

    Just purchased the kitchen tool bundle, two pot scrubbers, the offset spatula and bench scraper, and the quiche ring. I will use them to make something nice for my wife on mother’s day. I’ll pick up a copy of Egg on Amazon soon (hopefully someone purchases it from my Amazon Wish List for my birthday).

  • Jen

    I’m totally buying myself some Mother’s day presents. Which I will totally use to cook something for my family. What’s wrong with this picture? Doesn’t matter, I like to cook and I like to eat food so I will take the ability to do both as a great Mother’s Day gift! Also, I might love eggs almost as much as you do and this dish looks delicious. I happen to have married someone whose culinary specialty is egg and cheese sandwiches, so I guess we’re well matched.

  • Adrian

    It hasn’t been a week yet, but the discount code doesn’t work. Is the sale over already?

    • Kate

      I am having the same issue. Have we missed the window to use the code?

      • Jason

        I also cannot get this code to work. Would love to grab a few things. Can someone help?

      • Ed

        I just tried to place an order and the code MOTHER did not apply any discount.

    • Ed

      just saw the code change. kind of sneaky since I had my order in before deadline when the code did not work. what are we supposed to do, stay on-line 24/7?

  • Caroline

    Everyone loves it whenever people come together and share thoughts.
    Great website, keep it up!

  • Allen

    Sub leeks for spinach, serves wife, mother in law and me. Happy Mother’s Day to all, especially the above two ladies and my mom.


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