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TheEat: A love letter to eggs that love you right back

By Lindsey Hollenbaugh, The Berkshire Eagle​ ​ ​

If you open my fridge on any given weekday, you will almost always find a dozen hard-boiled eggs and at least one (if not two) cartoons of uncooked eggs. 

If you read this newsletter regularly, you know I love a kitchen workhorse — and for our family with a growing 5-year-old who needs new Batman underwear faster than I can order it on Amazon because he keeps growing out of them, eggs are one of my favorite flexible ingredients. 

Now that David is back to in-person preschool (do you hear that? It's the sound of silence in my house ...) I'm back on the pack-a-lunch-two-snacks-a-day beat and I need to get some kind of breakfast in him 15 minutes after he wakes up in the morning. Hard-boiled eggs to the rescue! I use my trusty Instant Pot for this and enjoy the 6-6-6 method: cook your eggs in 1 cup of water for 6 minutes on high pressure, let it naturally release for another 6 minutes, then release the valve and plunge the eggs in ice-cold water for 6 minutes. They come out perfectly every time. 

Hard-boiled eggs are also thrown into my salad at lunch (it makes me feel like I'm eating at the deli salad bar again — remember salad bars, back when we didn't think anything of breathing on each other? And sometimes, I'll throw together a small batch of deviled eggs, or egg salad to make lunch somehow more exciting. 

TheEat: A love letter to eggs that love you right back

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If left on his own, my husband will happily grab three packages of Little Debbie snacks as he's running to work in the morning and call that breakfast. Usually, I can swat them out of his hand and instead replace those empty carbs with an egg-and-cheese sandwich. I pan-fry one egg just on the done side of over easy, top with a slice of deli ham and American cheese and put between buttered English muffin slices. I then quickly wrap it with foil while it's still hot. By the time he gets to work, it's still warm and the cheese is melty and the egg is just a tiny bit runny — it's the closest thing I've found to those egg sandwiches I used to get from my corner deli when I lived in Manhattan. The moisture from the heat of the foil makes it the right kind of soggy. 

On Sundays, I'll also scramble a few extra eggs and set them aside for Monday morning breakfast burritos: slightly warm a tortilla in the microwave under a damp paper towel for 10 seconds; fill tortilla with scrambled eggs, any leftover veggies you have in the fridge and a little salsa; wrap the burrito tightly and then wrap it in wax paper. To reheat, microwave the burrito in the wax paper for 10 to 15 seconds. Works like a charm.

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