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I’m just going to go off half-cocked on eggs. Sorry, I can’t help myself. Eggs are awesome. They have been described for their cooking properties as being a miracle in a shell. And I love them to pieces, in all their forms.
I love them poached, fried, hard boiled, soft boiled, deviled, scotched, baked, scrambled, shirred, and basted. I like them both in sandwiches and on top of sandwiches. A beautiful poached egg (and some warm bacon dressing) can even get me enthusiastic about a salad. For savory dishes you can drop one in some soup, use it to bind fried rice, or salt the yolk and use it to batter whole fried shrimp.
And then there is the glory of the egg and cheese sandwich which will be vastly different depending on where you are in the country. Breakfast burritos, while they are not sandwiches, certainly count as a regional variant of the form.
But I hate what has happened to eggs. Our eggs are a national tragedy.
There is the issue of ethics. The disgusting and squalid living conditions of animals stacked in cages, enduring their days so that we can have inexpensive breakfasts. There are some sordid details about these practices that we can leave out for now.
Because ethics aside, these eggs taste disgusting.
“Well, wait, Daniel. That doesn’t make any sense. If conventionally raised eggs tasted disgusting, why would anyone buy them, much less everyone buy them all the time.”
Aha, great question! And it’s really got a fairly easy answer. People have simply forgotten what real eggs taste like, and what they look like.
I was reminded of all this after staying with ADS who has a very modest coop of backyard chickens, and every morning we ate some of the best poached eggs I’ve ever had. The whites were tender, and the yolks were rich and a deep golden orange. ADS told me that he could no longer order eggs out even at nice breakfast places, because they were just flat, dull and wholly unappealing.
Backyard eggs are the best. Farmers market eggs come next. Then come the local and more humanely raised ones available at some supermarkets. But it’s tricky to untangle claims and separate marketing from fact.
So what’s an egg lover supposed to do when they want an egg and cheese sandwich?
Their egg sandwiches are served with R&G’s smoked mozzarella or palatine cheddar. Britin recommends having them on a bialy because, “The savory onion and bialy consistency are perfect together with the egg and cheese..seriously.” But it is also avail on hearty multigrain, honey wheat, rye, country french sourdough. You can now get one there Wednesday to Friday from 8am to 11am, and all day weekends for five bucks.
Oh, and the eggs come from their friend Joanne who does yoga upstairs from the bakery. She has a flock of 30 hens that have a diet free of GMOs, are allowed to roam, and are fed other nutritious scraps. These sound a lot like how ADS raises his birds, and how the eggs I get from my new friend E get produced. E’s eggs are amazing.
Now here’s where I get to play Oprah.
Irisira, you are getting an egg and cheese sandwich! And YOU are getting an egg and cheese sandwich! AND YOU are getting an egg and cheese sandwich!
Actually, that’s all I’ve got to give away. Three. And irisira just gets one of them, because dammit, it was her idea. So congratulations to her. Now what to do with the other two? Well, they can be yours. Just tell me in the comments about where you bought your last dozen eggs, who made them, and why you got them.
Here’s are two examples:
Hannaford, Giroux Poultry, because they are local and not too expensive.
Price Chopper, Organic, because I hate the idea of GMOs and antibiotics with my eggs.
But to qualify, you need to give me all three pieces of information. Feel free to explain as long as you like. I’m not going to judge. Really I’m curious about who is buying what when it comes to eggs. And remember it’s your LAST DOZEN. So if you always buy eggs from the farmers market, but you just couldn’t make it last week, and you went to Stewarts, the answer is Stewart’s.
You’ve got until Saturday at Midnight to enter. Two winners will be selected at random, and they will each get one of these egg sandwiches.
Now get cracking. Ha!