Basic Scrambled Eggs:
1. BEAT eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended.
2. HEAT butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. POUR IN egg mixture. As eggs begin to set, GENTLY PULL the eggs across the pan with a spatula, forming large soft curds.
3. CONTINUE cooking – pulling, lifting and folding eggs – until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly. REMOVE from heat. SERVE immediately.
Basic Fried Eggs:
1. For Over-Easy or Over-Hard Eggs: HEAT 2 tsp. butter in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
2. BREAK eggs and SLIP into pan, 1 at a time. IMMEDIATELY reduce heat to low.
3. COOK SLOWLY until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 5 to 6 minutes. SLIDE turner under each egg and carefully FLIP it over in pan. COOK second side to desired doneness. SPRINKLE with salt and pepper. SERVE immediately.
4. For Basted Eggs: COOK as for Over-Easy or Over-Hard Eggs, but use 2 Tbsp. butter. COOK until edges turn white. Begin BASTING eggs with butter from pan. COVER pan between bastings and CONTINUE COOKING until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.
5. For Steam-Basted Eggs: COOK as for Over-Easy or Over-Hard Eggs, but use 1 tsp. butter or a light coating of cooking spray. COOK until edges turn white. ADD 1 tsp. water to pan. Cover pan tightly. CONTINUE COOKING until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.
Classic Hard-Boiled Eggs:
1. PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. HEAT over high heat just to boiling. REMOVE from burner. COVER pan.
2. LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for medium eggs; 15 minutes for extra large).
3. DRAIN immediately and serve warm. OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.