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Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with (not quite) green eggs and ham

March 2, 2011 |  8:38 am


I don't know this for certain, but I am pretty sure that Dr. Seuss was a foodie. How else could he have tapped into such an reservoir of insight for what is arguably his greatest book, "Green Eggs and Ham"? As we pause to honor the late Dr. Seuss on his birthday Wednesday, let's reflect for a moment on that wonderful story about Sam, who tried every rhyme imaginable to convince Knox to take just a little bite of green eggs and ham. You'll love it, Sam promises. And when Knox finally does it -- well, you know the rest of the story.

First published in 1960, it became an instant classic and remains one of the bestselling children's books of all time.

I searched the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen archives for a recipe that would honor Dr. Seuss. And although I couldn't find a recipe for green eggs and ham (did you ever wonder what made it all green? I'm kind of afraid to ask) I can offer this as your recipe for the day: Scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms and ham (revuelto de setas y jamon).

I'll bet Dr. Seuss would try it -- and he'd like it.


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