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The Incredible, Edible Egg

The Incredible, Edible Egg was a jingle for the American Egg Board from the late 70’s through 2012. It has been replaced by the jingle, “”Wake Up To Eggs.”

While some say eggs are bad for a person’s diet, others say it is OK. I don’t care what ‘they’ say because ‘they’ are funded by special interest groups.  I like eggs and as long as my doctor says my health is OK, then I will continue eating eggs. I enjoy eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Of course, I don’t consume eggs in all three meals on the same day.

What is the most unusual way you have ever eaten eggs?

My most unusual is Breakfast Pizza. Yep, you heard that right, breakfast pizza. I hear you screaming – “What? Eggs and tomato sauce and pepperoni?” NO! It’s not like that at all. But why not? Tomato sauce is made from tomato and tomatoes are a fruit. (I’ll reserve that for another post.)

I can remember my first breakfast Pizza. It was 1984 in Dayton, Ohio. I was working for Sheffield Measurements as a software engineer. This was the first job I had that required working 4 hours on Saturday morning. The first Saturday I reported to work, I found the team gathered around a conference table. They were munching on something. I thought, cool, they have donuts on Saturday morning. I was wrong, I saw what looked like pizza boxes from Domino’s Pizza in the middle of the table; lids partially closed to keep the food warm. When I opened one of the lids, I discovered something like this.WOW, that was a tasty breakfast treat. According to an article in Entrepreneur On-line, Domino’s Pizza stores in Dayton, Ohio still serve it and it was recently introduced in Australia. Back in 1984, Domino’s would deliver this incredible breakfast pizza completed with a gallon of coffee and the USA Today newspaper. In 1984, the USA Today was a new national newspaper. The partnership with Domino’s Pizza was an early marketing campaign for the paper.

I have not been able to find it in other Domino’s Pizza locations away from Dayton, Ohio. I did add this cool breakfast idea to my personal cooking arsenal and fed breakfast pizza to my family and co-workers in other places.

What it the best way you like eggs prepared?

Back to the real story here. For me, there is no ‘best’ way. Too many options to pick one.

  • Hard boiled –whole as a side, sliced or diced in salad, deviled
  • Fried – over easy, over medium (preferred), sunny side up
  • Poached – served on toast or toasted English Muffin
  • Scrambled – with or without cream, with or without ingredients like ham, onion, jalapeno, etc.
  • Omelet – rolled or folded, minimal ingredients or stuffed with anything available, covered with cheese or ranchero sauce.

I like boiled eggs and have mastered the art of boiling eggs in the convection oven. (click image to enlarge)

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From left to right, place eggs, directly from refrigerator, onto a rack in convection oven. Cook for 30 minutes at 350. I do not preheat the oven. Eggs will be hot and slightly discolored. Plunge eggs in an ice bath for 10 minutes. Peel and store in refrigerator.

I’ve just recently master a technique of poaching an egg in the microwave. The ‘perfect’ poached egg has a runny yolk, with a hardening crust and no raw white remaining. This produces the best tasting egg.

IMG_2301 I usually put wilted baby spinach and ham between the poached egg and toast or toasted English muffin and I skip the hollandaise sauce. I learned this trick from  http://cookingwithbellson.com/2014/04/25/kitchen-hacks-poaching-an-egg-in-the-microwave/.

Hope I’ve inspired you to try something different with eggs. Now if I can only learn to peel a boiled egg.


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