This week is Aaron's birthday week. Birthday week doesn't have to mean a gift each day, it could be a movie night, foot massage or special breakfast.
I asked Aaron what he wanted for his special birthday week breakfast and he came up with baked eggs. I made a version with sliced tomatoes, bacon, swiss cheese and eggs. The recipe also called for something I didn't have... smoked paprika.
Things have a way of popping up for me multiple times until I pay attention. There was a chapter in Amanda Hesser's book "Cooking for Mr. Latte" where she sings the praises of smoked paprika. Then I was looking for a recipe for corn fritters like the ones I had at dinner in San Jose and what I found was this recipe for Double Corn Fritter Cakes with Smoked Paprika Glazed BACON!. Finally this morning was the last straw when I was looking at recipes for baked eggs and the one I found called for... you guessed it... smoked paprika.
A little research revealed that the paprika I am used to, the paprika that I sprinkle on deviled eggs comes from Hungary. Smoked paprika comes from Spain and is traditionally smoked over oak fires. Apparently it can go on practically anything and tastes amazing.
I need to get some now of course.