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The Scrambled Egg Sandwich: Perfect for Leftovers

So - what if you one day you misjudged how hungry you were, and after eating breakfast, or breakfast-for-dinner, you were faced with a little mountain of leftover scrambled eggs. Okay, this probably wouldn't happen very often (if ever!), but just humour me. Say you were hosting a brunch or cooking for a small crowd (as I was a while back), and you ended up with some leftover scrambled eggs (as I did). Hmmm. What to do? You could feed the eggs to the dog or any other animals that happen to be around.

Looking for an afternoon tea sandwich? Look no further!

A few posts back, I promised to provide a recipe and tips for making egg salad tea sandwiches. Tea sandwiches are the dainty type. A few bites and you're on to the next one! They're perfect for an afternoon tea tray, a bridal or wedding shower, or graduation party. Pinwheel egg salad sandwiches are the ideal tea or fancy sandwich. They look much more fussy than they actually are to make. You'll need horizontally sliced bread to make this style of sandwich. Get the bread cut at the bakery or in the bakery department of your grocery store rather than trying to cut it yourself.

Lemon Curd for Scones

This week I taught a couple cooking classes on Afternoon Tea - that delightfully civilized and genteel affair resplendent with crust-trimmed finger sandwiches, scones with jam or lemon curd and Devonshire cream, and one or two-bite sweets and dainties. I'll write more in another post about making pinwheel and herb-crusted triangle egg salad sandwiches for just this type of occasion. (Sounds complicated? Not a chance!) Today I'm posting a recipe for lemon curd - a smooth, lemony spread perfect for slathering on warm scones. You can also enjoy it on toast or as a filling for tarts and cakes.

No, you're not crazy... Here's why your Omega-3 eggs may smell like fish

Occasionally I'm asked why omega-3 eggs sometimes taste or smell a little fishy. A little background first. Omega-3 eggs are produced by feeding hens a diet enriched with flaxseed. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, and these fats are transferred to the eggs the hens lay. Omega-3 fat is also found in fish. In fact, there is a brand of omega-3 eggs on the market in Ontario laid by hens whose diet includes flaxseed and fish oil. It makes sense that these eggs might smell a little fishy since the omega-3 in them comes from both fish oil and flaxseed.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the most common questions we get asked by consumers. I'll be adding more Q's and A's so check back occasionally. * How old are eggs sold in grocery stores? Eggs are delivered from the farm to your grocery store in about 3 to 7 days. As consumers continue to look for ways to buy food produced close to home, our egg farmers are proud to provide them with locally produced eggs that travel from farm to table (with a brief stop at a grading station where they are washed, inspected and weighed) in just a few days.

Do Eggs Need to be at Room Temperature for Cooking?

A reader asked a great question: Do eggs need to be at room temperature if you want to fry or scramble them? No, you can use eggs right out of the fridge for frying and scrambling as well as soft- or hard-cooking, microwaving, poaching, making omelettes, quiches, frittatas, etc. Baking recipes sometimes require eggs to be at room temperature if the whites are to be beaten to make meringue or if the eggs will be creamed together with fat and sugar to form a cake batter.

Mexican Egg Scramble

Mexican Egg Scramble (Makes 4 servings) 8 eggs 1/4 cup (50 mL) milk Seasoning Mix (see below) 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt (optional) 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped green onion (about 3) 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter or margarine 1 cup (250 mL) diced sweet peppers (red, yellow, green)

Leggo my Eggo! It may be the last frozen waffle I've got for awhile!

Panic at the grocery story! Eggo waffles are in short supply. For real?? This isn't some cruel April Fools joke? Oh wait, it's November. Yes, the Kellogg company - makers of the popular frozen food product - says there will be a shortage of Eggo frozen waffles. Until next summer!! Apparently two of the four plants that make the waffles are experiencing interruptions in production.

Herb and Mushroom Quiche

(Makes 6 servings) 1/2 lb (250 g) assorted mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake, oyster, etc.) 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced onion or shallots Seasoning Mix (see recipe below) 4 eggs 1-1/4 cups (300 mL) table cream (18%) or evaporated milk 3/4 cup (175 mL) shredded Swiss or gruyere cheese 1/4 cup (50 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley (optional) 9-inch (23 cm) unbaked pie shell (or deep-dish frozen pie shell)

Pizza Frittata

(Makes 4 servings) 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced onion 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced sweet green pepper 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) sliced mushrooms (8 oz/250 g) 2/3 cup (150 mL) sliced pepperoni (3.5 oz/100 g) 8 eggs 1/4 cup (50 mL) grated Parmesan cheese Seasoning Mix (see recipe below) Salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 cup (125 mL) pizza or tomato sauce 3/4 cup (175 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese Heat oil in a 10-inch (25 cm) non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are soft. Add pepperoni; cook for 1 minute.

Egg Salad and Devilled Eggs

Egg Salad (Makes 1-1/2 cups/375 mL) 5 hard-cooked large eggs, peeled Seasoning Mix (see recipe below) 3 tbsp (45 mL) mayonnaise or salad dressing Chop eggs in medium bowl using pastry blender or fork. Stir in Seasoning Mix (or 2-1/2 tsp/12 mL bulk Seasoning Mix) and mayonnaise. Stir in add-ins, if desired (e.g. minced fresh herbs, finely chopped onion, celery, pickles or sun-dried tomatoes, or bacon bits). Serve on lettuce leaf, or use as a sandwich filling or cracker spread. Devilled Eggs (Makes 20 devilled eggs) 10 hard-cooked large eggs, peeled

Herbed Egg Dip

Herbed Egg Dip (Makes about 1 cup/250 mL) 4 hard-cooked eggs, peeled 1/3 cup (75 mL) plain yogurt 2 tbsp (30 mL) light mayonnaise or salad dressing 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard Seasoning mix (see below) In a food processoror blender, puree or finely chop eggs. Blend in yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard and seasoning blend. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. Serve with raw vegetables, pita bread, baguette slices or crackers. Serve within 3 days. Seasoning Mix 3/4 tsp (3 mL) dried dill 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dehydrated onion 1/4 tsp (1 mL) dried basil

Herbed Tomato Omelette

(Makes 1 serving) 2 eggs 2 tsp (10 mL) water Seasoning Mix (see recipe below) Cooking spray 1/4 cup (50 mL) diced tomatoes 1/4 cup (50 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese Beat eggs with water in a small bowl. Stir in single Seasoning Mix (or 2-1/2 tsp/12 mL of bulk Seasoning Mix). Heat an 8-inch (20 cm) non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add egg mixture. As egg sets at edges, use spatula to gently push cooked portions toward the centre of the skillet; tilt skillet to allow uncooked portions to flow into the empty spaces.

Recipes

* Visit our web sites (www.getcracking.ca and eggfarmersofontario.razoredgelabs.com) for lots of great egg recipes! * These are the recipes in our popular series of recipe cards with attached packet of seasonings. Of course, the online recipes don't include the actual seasonings :), but we've provided the list of ingredients in the seasoning mixes. To make things simple, the ingredients are things you likely have in your kitchen cupboards already!

Today is World Egg Day! How are you celebrating?

Today is World Egg Day.  This annual event is a day for celebrating all things eggs and for considering the great reasons to eat eggs!

Although we don't make a huge deal of World Egg Day here in Ontario (we like to think every day is a great day to enjoy to eggs!), in some parts of the world there are special events planned including egg festivals and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs.

Your keyboard may be dangerous to your health?

Egg Salad Dip (Should I confess that I'm eating an egg salad sandwich at my desk while writing this? Probably not a good idea, so I'll just keep that to myself!) So! When's the last time you cleaned your computer keyboard? Apparently a keyboard can harbour more bacteria than a public toilet seat. Gross! Shared computers are the worst, since personal hygiene habits vary from person to person.

Omelette in a bag - Is it all its 'cracked' up to be?

It's a novel idea that has generated lots of online (and offline) buzz over the past few years, but unfortunately we don't recommend it. The idea? Cook an omelette in a plastic bag in boiling water! This unique cooking method is billed as a fun and participatory way to cook omelettes for a few people or a crowd so that everyone gets an omelette with the mix-ins they want. And it's all done with a minimal amount of fuss and dishes, and in buzz-generating style! (While you really aren't cooking an omelette, the result is eggs cooked in a rolled up omelette shape.) Here's how it works.

Events

Here's a list of some of the places you'll find Egg Farmers of Ontario sponsoring an event, or present with a display. You might find some of our farmers or staff members. Please stop by and say hi. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have about eggs. We love hearing about the favourite ways you like to eat eggs or any egg cooking tips you have. If you're looking for egg recipes or nutrition information, we'll have brochures at our display for you to take home. Sometimes we also sell microwave egg cookers and snack keepers. And, we may even have a few hens with us!