Brown Eggs are Local Eggs and Local Eggs are fresh!

6 04 2009
Brown Eggs are Local Eggs and Local Eggs are Fresh!

Brown Eggs are Local Eggs and Local Eggs are Fresh!

Every time I encounter a brown egg a little song runs through my  mind. “Brown eggs are local eggs and local eggs are fresh!”  Really, it’s less of a song than it is a jingle.  To be more specific it’s a radio advertisement that ran in NH when I was growing up.  It’s catchy and without fail, I think of my brown egg song every time I see brown eggs.  I used to keep the singing of this jingle to myself, but have recently shared it with BF when we are grocery shopping.  🙂  He sings it too now. (exhibit A why I love him- 1. I felt comfortably enough to share this bizarre habit of mine and 2. he gets it.)

The irony?  I don’t eat eggs- have hatted them since I was little. I don’t like the taste or the texture.  I tried once as a teenager to eat them with disastrous results.  My mom swears that I ate them as a toddler- fistfuls of scrambled eggs eaten off my highchair tray.  I must’ve overdosed on them or something.  As you might imagine, this limits what I can eat at breakfast joints- and I love breakfast (yum sausage, bacon, home fries, corn beef hash… eggs yuck).  BF hates that I hate eggs, and has been encouraging me to try them another time as an adult.  I am not sure if I will ever be a full fledged egg eater, but this weekend I went out on a limb and we discovered something- I don’t hate eggs if you mix a whole lot of other stuff with them.

Our homemade egg scramble that can feed an army:

  • 1/4 lb breakfast sausage (bulk)
  • 1/4 lb Chorizzo sausage (bulk)
  • 1 package frozen hash browns
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk green onion chopped
  • 2 Anaheim pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 4 large brown mushrooms- sliced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup Mexican style shredded cheese
  • 8 brown eggs
  • Milk (a little more than you would use for scrambled eggs)

Brown the sausage in a very large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Remove and set aside. Add a couple teaspoons vegetable oil, pan fry the hash browns until crispy. Remove and set aside. Pan should have sufficient lubrication- no need to add oil. Saute garlic, onions, mushrooms and peppers until tender but not soft.  Remove and set aside.  Wisk eggs, milk and cheese, pour into skillet. cook until eggs start to firm but are still wet.  Fold in vegetables, sausage, and hash browns. Finish by adding cilantro and tomato. Serve while singing “Brown Eggs are Local Eggs and Local Eggs are fresh!”

For now this is as far into the egg eating world as i am willing to go… but who knows maybe I will work my way up to omelets.

Did you follow the recipe?

17 01 2009

2009-jan-01_0032Project: Organize BF’s loose recipes in a ‘manly’ recipe box.

Started and completed: During Holiday break, post Christmas

Cooking together has been a central part of our relationship and I dare say that BF has accumulated a good collection of recipes from various sources. What’s our favorite place to pick up recipes? Central Market the higher end grocery store in our neighborhood. Central Market recipes are printed on three hole punched half sheets which fit nicely into these mini three ring binders. So what’s the problem? Most of the rest of the recipes that BF has been accumulating are clipped from magazines, printed from the internet, or created by us and jotted down on any random scrap of paper. Me, I have a well stuffed recipe box, but he has nothing of the sort. So, while he was visiting his folks after Christmas I swiped the pile of loose recipes and got to crafting.

I started with a plain unfinished wood box, paint, decorative paper mixing bowls and cool metal discs stamped with letters. The end result- a personalized box that matches his kitchen. A funny personal touch- the inside (which I lined with decorative paper) poses the question “Did you follow the recipe?” inside the lid. What a silly question, recipes are merely a starting point. J Another funny tid-bit, it is imposible to find the preprinted dividers for recipe boxes by themselves. You can buy recipe cards or whole box sets (box, tabs, and cards) but not just the tabs.

Cost: $$ it cost about 3 times what the premade box sets cost- but I think it was worth it- especially because it was a lot of fun to do.