Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Maple Toast N' Eggs!

My sister-in-law shared this recipe (by the looks of it, she got it from Taste of Home) and it's really tasty!  Anyone who owns laying hens knows what it's like to be constantly on the lookout for good egg recipes and this one doesn't disappoint.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 12 bacon stripped (cooked and broken into pieces)
  • 1/2 C. Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 C. Butter
  • 12 slices of white bread 
  • 12 FARM FRESH Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper
Cook your bacon and break into pieces.  In a small saucepan, warm butter and syrup until butter is melted and mixes well with the syrup -set aside.  Trim the crust off the bread & feed it to your chickens (if you don't have chickens, just toss them) and use a rolling pin to flatten the bread.  Generously brush one side of the flattened bread with the syrup & butter mixture and press into ungreased muffin tin syrup side down.  Divide bacon evenly among cups and break one egg over the bacon.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, cover with foil, and bake @ 400° for 15-20 minutes or until eggs are cooked just how you like 'em.  If you've got a sweet tooth like mine that just won't quit, use the leftover syrup mixture to drizzle over the top. Enjoy!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Before, After, & Egg Salad...

Before coloring...

After coloring...

Egg Salad!! 

The HUGE golden yolks from our chickens make a beautiful egg salad!  I'm not much for measurements; I add a little of this and a little of that until it's just right.  My husband and children will let me know if it's edible or not.  This went over well -the only thing I fear is the poison gas that is sure to fill the walls of our little ranch home this evening!

Here's what I added to about 20 eggs:

  • Light Mayo
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Lemon Juice (The juice of 1 small lemon will do-Add some zest too)
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Dill
  • Onion
  • Mustard
  • Love

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter Tradition!

I thought I'd share one of my favorite Easter traditions!

Looking at me, you probably wouldn't guess that I'm part Greek.  My great-grandparents came to America, arriving through Ellis Island, from Greece. Growing up, one of my fondest memories of Easter was the egg-cracking game.  As an adult, I've learned more about the symbolism of this tradition and have enjoyed continuing the tradition with my children. The fact that this tradition wouldn't be possible without the incredible, edible egg, makes it even better! 

In the Greek Orthodox Church, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ— the cracking of the eggs symbolizes His resurrection from the dead.The egg is seen by followers of Christianity as a symbol of resurrection; while being dormant it contains a new life sealed within it.

The Rules:
The game is called tsougrisma (prounounced TSOO-grees-mah & means clinking together or clashing) (τσουγκρισμα in Greek) and it involves two players and red eggs.  Each player holds a red egg, and one taps the end of her/his egg lightly against the end of the other player’s egg. The goal is to crack the opponent’s egg. When one end is cracked, the winner uses the same end of her/his egg to try to crack the other end of the opponent’s egg.  The player who successfully cracks the eggs of the other players is declared the winner and, it is said, will have good luck during the year.  You just keep going until there's one person standing with at least one end of his/her egg still intact! 

In our family, the first person would say, Christos Anesti "Χριστός ἀνέστη!" - "Christ is Risen!" before clinking eggs with his/her opponent and the opponent would respond, Alithos Anesti "Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!" - "Truly He is Risen!" or "He Has Risen Indeed!

It's a fun way to remember why we celebrate Easter and a great learning game for children.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Happy Easter!

Who needs to color eggs when you have chickens that do it for you?!?  We'll still be coloring so the kids can have some fun, but I absolutely love their natural colors.  Do you color your eggs or do you just enjoy their natural color?