I love eggs. I like them hard boiled, soft boiled, fried or scrambled. I adore egg-based sauces like béchamel or hollandaise and desserts too like Crème brûlée or Creme Anglaise. I enjoy the richness eggs add to pasta, pies and cakes. I try to purchase the freshest and best eggs I can afford and find locally. When I travel, and have access to a kitchen, I enjoy trying eggs from different parts of the world. Somehow the eggs in Europe always taste rich and sweet compared to the ones from the United States. Eggs purchased from farmers markets are fun because the shell colors can be so varied. Do you know why egg shells come in different colors? Eggs come in different colors because eggshell color is based on the type of hen that leaves the egg. Apparently, there is a connection between the chicken's earlobe and the color of the egg the chicken will lay. Now there’s never any judging here at Mary’s Kitchen, but, if your hobby is studying chicken earlobes -you may need to think about expanding your horizons and getting out more...
The egg’s outward appearance makes no difference on how it tastes on the inside. Like many things in life, the way an egg looks on the outside has no effect on it's inside. On the inside, all eggs are basically the same. (It makes no difference if they’re brown, green, blue or white.) Obviously, the food the hen is given will effect the color of the yolk and how “clean“ the egg is, meaning the amount of steroids and so forth in the egg. (An eggs-ellent tip to keep in mind is giving chickens hormones is illegal in the United States so you don’t need to worry about that; instead, look for packaging that says “steroid and antibiotic free.“ )
My favorite thing about eggs is they make phenomenal emergency meals! They are affordable, keep for long periods of time and are easy to prepare. All these qualities make eggs perfect for those days when you get home late from work and need to feed your family fast. Try whipping up an omelette, strata or even a frittata. (My Frittata For Two cooking video can be found on my home page and it includes a recipe.) Most all of us keep eggs, cheese and bread in our homes and any combination of those things can be used to make a delicious and quick meal.
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