Edible Eggs: A Strawberry Omelet

Fruth Farm EggsEdible Dallas & Fort Worth gave me free reign to do egg recipes for this issue. I ran with it. I love eggs. I love them scrambled, fried, hard-boiled, poached, deviled and just about any other way you can think of to make them. But doing recipes for Edible also meant that I got to procure some of the loveliest local eggs Dallas has to offer. The eggs in the photo above are from Fruth Farms. Conveniently, they sell eggs at the White Rock Local Market. Sarah Perry of WRLM was kind enough to put me in touch and I sent Taylor Ozarow, the son of my esteemed friend Meaders, who along with her husband Robert own Empire Baking Company…my go-to bread bakery, to grab a few dozen for me…as I was on the run elsewhere. A great young man, Taylor. His egg run yielded 48 of the prettiest earth and jewel tone eggs with which I’ve ever gotten to play, and they were of all manner of sizes, too. When you generally have access to store bought white eggs or even brown eggs, it is a joy to play with an assortment of eggs such as these from Fruth Farms. One must be careful, though, when baking with eggs of varying sizes and keep a scale handy. Some of these eggs weighed in at a whopping 4 ounces, whereas an average “large” egg, the size most often used in recipes is 2 ounces. In scrambled eggs this doesn’t matter, but in baking, it most assuredly does.

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Peach Toast

Peach Toast LeadI’ve spent the last two weeks praying at the altar of the High Holy Church of Texas Peaches. They are everywhere I turn. First, my friend Lori who owns land on the Brazos River tracked down a bushel of peaches from a neighbor’s orchard. She put up umpteen jars of peach jam with Jan and they even brought some to me. They ate peach this and peach that for an entire weekend.

Then my tribe and I wandered up to Clay County, a place of which I am increasingly enamored. Being there puts me a stone’s throw from my hometown of Wichita Falls. So on a Saturday morning I wandered over to the Wichita Falls Farmers Market and lo and behold, they were having a peach celebration. I was proud of this little market. It boasted about four produce vendors as there is apparently a strong clutch of farmers in the Thornberry/Charlie area, and the tables were laden with fresh Texas peaches. I bought a big basket of peaches, a watermelon and various other peppers and tomatoes, and went on my way. Sadly, I had missed the produce stand which pops up in Henrietta every Friday, I’m told. I’ll find all of them soon enough.

I love going home.

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Consider the Egg

Photo of EggsConsider the egg.  Eggs are fairly amazing. We use them in such an off handed way, really. But what they do is incredible. They are a building block of baking, a sky high dessert topping, integral to spreads such as mayonnaise, a perfect protein, great on top of almost anything as a little fried runny hat, a breakfast staple, and stunning in simplicity when hard-boiled and made into deviled eggs, egg salad, or chopped on a cobb. They come in a dazzling array of shades and sizes though we have come rather accustomed to the uniform white or brown ones at the grocery store. But they come in many sizes and grades too.

Every once in a while I look into all the information available about eggs…and promptly forget it all. I thought I might just write it all down here so I don’t forget again I also thought perhaps you might be curious too, but too busy to sit and ponder the minutiae of this reliable staple.

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Apple and Sausage Cinnamon Toast

Photo of Cinnamon Toast with Apples and SausageWe’ve been a bit icy in Dallas. Usually this is not an event, and one stays off the roads merely to avoid the bad drivers, but not really the ice. But this ice was formidable enough to keep me happily in the house with the kiddos. Pitts isn’t put off by ice driving even a little bit so I had him run to the store and grab some goodies for me.

There should be a love song about “I gave my love a shopping list and he brought me a basket of Honeycrisp Apples and sausage,” because when I unpacked my gifts, these were the offerings that got my brain ginning with ideas. He also brought me a carton of eggs (the chicken with no bone…as the folk song goes) but that is for a later recipe. Anyone who is still with me at this point either loves Animal House or folk music. I like both. And the song has been stuck in my head since my ice hero showed up with the groceries.

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Oat and Grain Waffles

oat and grain waffles leadLast week my son had achievement tests at school…you know the all-day standardized fun-fest. A note is always sent with the kids to caution parents to send their children to bed on time and to feed them a nutritious breakfast.

As though we don’t usually…

So, I figured I probably shouldn’t send the fella off with a snickers and a mountain dew as I do every other day of the school year. And, the cotton candy and beer didn’t seem to do the trick last year for achievement test week…so…what’s a mom to do?

My kids are not in an egg phase. Cereal doesn’t quite feel like the “healthy breakfast” they had in mind. Waffles sound great, but are sort of like cake and ice cream when you get right down to it. So I searched around for a whole grain waffle recipe with good protein numbers so that I could feel like I was giving them something delicious and something that might actually keep them going all day.

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