You Can't Throw an Egg at a Restaurant These Days without Hitting an Egg

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Sara Kerens
Last week's Union Bear review had me thinking about eggs. I was taken by a chicken-fried number: a salty crusty treasure chest filled with liquid gold. Next thing you know Side Dish is gushing about yolks.

It was Graham Dodds that seduced them, with eggs from Yellow Prairie Farm in Caldwell Texas, the same farm that supplies Union Bear through Urban Acres in Oak Cliff. Dodds poaches eggs for salads and wraps them is sausage for snacking. We liked his eggs, too.

Now The New York Times is talking eggs, this time from the smallest types of farms: the ones in urban backyards.

The trend picked up a few years ago, when conscious eaters became curious about where their food came from. After everyone got done arguing with their municipalities about whether or not chickens can be farmed in cities without creating a nuisance (they can), urban farmers started farming eggs.

Even Observer columnist Jim Schutze got himself some chickens. If you haven't read his story about his struggles with the maggotometer, you should do so now.

The best thing about the Times article is all the delicious recipes embedded in the text. How does poached eggs served over thick yogurt with toasted pita bread and a trickle of hot, herb-infused butter sound? Or beets and eggs, pickled together in a hot-pink brine -- could there be a better bar snack? "I put sliced hard-boiled eggs in banh mi," said one subject. I'm down with that.

Egg recipes are endless, but my favorite egg preparation is perfectly poached, on a slice of well-buttered white toast, and something acidic on the side, like a tangle of greens dressed in bright vinegar. I also love them slowly scrambled in an absurd amount of butter and finished with fresh herbs. Chives, thyme, cilantro, any of the soft, mild ones (fine herbs) will work fine. Curry leaves are good, too.

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teachergirl23
teachergirl23

I agree with you, Scott.  One of my favorite uses of the egg is in Asian food.  When the chef start frying the rice and throws an egg in, I'm thinking "More!  More!  More!"  I really think eggs are under-valued and under-appreciated in our food culture.  

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Why would put such an unappealing pic with a story?  That is just flat out gross.  And just when I was coming back around on eggs!  If I wanted something deep fried, I'll make homemade cheese sticks; the last thing I am deep frying is an egg.  SO DEEP SOUTH.  No wonder my nephew thinks we where coon skin caps, and chase "injuns". 

twinwillow
twinwillow

Kerg's, if you keep spelling badly, people ARE going to think you're from the "deep south". It's, "wear" coon skin caps. Not, "where". Where is, where it's happenin!

Mervis
Mervis

I'm throwing an egg at the Cubs. Dempster K's 10 or 11 in 7.2 IP and no hit after bloop single to lead off game. Wood gives up 1 to finish 8th tied, Marmol just gave up run in 9th. Glad I have a local American League team to root for.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Love it, been watching Baseball all day!  All is right again.

ps-Are they still playing the basketball?

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