Buying Eggs

May 11, 2011

photos by Paul Ferney

Remember when I wondered if we could buy eggs from our neighbor? Well it turns out that yes, we most certainly can. And it’s an errand my kids are always delighted to volunteer for.

We start with an empty basket.

Then, any of the kids interested in this little field trip head next door…

…passing grazing cows on their way.

Madame Lucienne helps them pick out the eggs. Two euros per dozen.

In this case, we were buying 4 dozen eggs for the Easter Party.

Then, we head home.

The eggs are so delicious that we look for recipes that require lots of them — things like omelettes and egg salad sandwiches.

Have you ever bought eggs from a neighbor? Did you feel like they tasted better than store-bought ones? What other sorts of egg-y recipes should I try?

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1 Maria Ortiz-Cintron May 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

Oh how wonderful! Great pics!

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2 kate May 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

They are also much higher in nutritional value if the chickens are ranging around. We eat quiche, and poached eggs over rice with kale a lot. (101 cookbooks has an amazing recipe for poached eggs over rice)

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3 Angie May 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

Quiche
Flan
Frittatas
Deviled Eggs
French Toast
Eggs in a Basket (Fried egg in a piece of bread)

Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be yummy with the farm-fresh eggs! YUM!

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4 Meridith May 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

Hooray for fresh eggs! My husband gives our friends’ child piano lessons in exchange for fresh eggs and chickens from their farm. Not only do they taste better, but we get to see for ourselves that the chickens live very chickeny (that’s a word, right) lives happily roaming and pecking all over the farm.

The yolks are so firm and fatty that they make for a really rich wonderful souffle.

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5 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:16 am

Piano lessons for fresh eggs sounds wonderful. That’s a win-win for sure!

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6 mrspeacock May 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

try tortilla espanola its so yummy like an omelet with potatoes!!

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7 Jan @ Family Bites May 11, 2011 at 9:15 am

Maybe try finding a lovely yogurt cake recipe that will really show off the eggs.

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8 annabelvita May 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

I love eggs in a basket with spinach and cheese – so good ! http://annabelvita.com/breakfast-of-champions

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9 Kathy Weier May 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

When I was little my family used to do this all the time from a neighboring farm. We even got to pick the eggs (chickens are rather nasty is mostly what I remember about that portion). The eggs were excellent.
I would have to recommend quiche and custard pies as they were always better with fresh eggs. I also recall that meringue was better too so get out the recipe for meringue cookies and pies too! Delicious!

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10 Jennifer May 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

Believe it or not yes! Right here in Brooklyn! My neighbor just two blocks away sells eggs from her chickens in her back yard. It doesn’t get more local than that! There really is something special about fresh eggs. A few weeks ago two dozen of these eggs were auctioned off at our school auction for more than $200!

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11 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

Eggs in Brooklyn? I love that !

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12 Kristen E May 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

I often toss eggs in stir fries or on top of pizza to add some extra protein – a good idea if you have a surfeit of eggs! And it’s absolutely true – farm fresh eggs (and meat, and veggies, and herbs, and milk, and cheese) all taste much better than the kind you buy at the store here in the US! And most of them are more healthy for you because they’re raised better. :) I’m getting some farm-made bacon from my food co-op today and it’s going to be SO DELICIOUS!

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13 jana @ the summer house May 11, 2011 at 9:26 am

We get eggs from a woman in the canyon. The chickens run free and the yolks are dark orange. My favorite is crustless quiche. 5 eggs in a blender with 1/4 cup cream poured over leftover vegetables (or green chilies) and cheese. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Yummy hot or cold.

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14 Kerry May 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

You live in some kind of fairy tale world! Your pictures always make me so jealous!

You could make your own hollandaise sauce with some of the eggs. It would be good over asparagus with a poached egg for dinner. Or you could make a quick hash with bits of onion, bacon, potato, asparagus (can you tell I have asparagus on the brain lately now that it’s in season?), and then put a fried egg on top.

Or, Ina Garten’s baked eggs are amaaaaaazing. It’s fun for kids too, you bake them in individual ramekins and then cut pieces of toast into little strips to dip and scoop up the eggs with. Delicious. Here’s the recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/herbed-baked-eggs-recipe2/index.html

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15 Michelle B. May 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

Never bought them from a neighbor but my husband’s parents in Australia had chickens the last time we visited – fresh eggs definitely taste better. Here’s my favorite multiple-egg recipe:
http://everydayfoodblog.marthastewart.com/2010/05/todays-recipe-family-style-rolled-omelet-with-spinach-and-cheddar.html
We often add cooked bacon or chopped ham. It’s delicious!

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16 McKenzie May 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

Fritatta. It’s great with pasta, parmesan, and arugula. hmmmm.

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17 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag May 11, 2011 at 9:38 am

I LOVE EGGS!!!!!!! I love them, love them! And my daughter Julia won’t touch them! Maybe if I try out some of the yummy tips here, she might!!

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18 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:18 am

Oh no! Maybe your daughter will come around some day and you can bond over eggs. : )

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19 JourneyBeyondSurvival May 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

You could make…custard.

Or, since it’s warming up you could make…custard ice cream.

But, the quiche is something you must attempt in France. Unless your crust skillz are lacking. Then you could do a fritatta. Onion pie is divine, it’s just onion/garlic quiche.

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20 Sarah May 11, 2011 at 9:47 am

we were always the neighbors selling! it was so much fun to have chickens growing up. here’s one of my fav breakfeast egg recipes, it’s on my food blog. http://coinerdinner.blogspot.com/2010/04/baked-eggs-in-maple-toast-cups.html
from a fav cookbook “The 150 Best American Recipes.”

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21 Tanie May 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

When I was a kid we lived in the country, just down the street from a farm. The farmer’s wife also happened to be our mail carrier, so when she brought our mail she’d also bring fresh eggs and milk.We also kept our own chickens and ducks sometimes, but never got many eggs from them- they were more like pets for us.

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22 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:18 am

Mail delivery plus eggs plus milk sounds pretty darn country charming.

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23 Mills May 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

Orangette just posted a good-looking egg recipe today. http://orangette.blogspot.com/2011/05/pile-it-on.html
Happy cooking!

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24 Meagan May 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

I haven’t tried it yet, but I saw a recipe online for an egg curry that sounded amazing. Unfortunately I don’t know what I did with it, but I’ll bet googling egg curry would bring up some interesting (and different) foods. Personally I’m also a fan of simple fresh hard boiled eggs (still hot and not QUITE hard). Runny eggs with bacon and fried tomatoes… runny egg on a hamburger…

I do love eggs. :)

Out of curiosity… why are you using a basket with no handle? Does that lower the temptation to swing the basket (and break the eggs)? It just seems like it would be harder to carry. Maybe a basket with two little handles on the sides, so at least there’s something easy to hang on to? My hands are aching just looking at that photo and thinking of walking past cow pastures with 4 dozen eggs!

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25 Ashlea Walter May 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

No comparison – farm fresh are immeasurably better. We’re lucky enough to get a weekly delivery from Grandpa and Grandma. So. Much. Better.

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26 kelleyn May 11, 2011 at 9:51 am

You could make a quiche that requires lots of eggs or even a dessert of egg custard. Yummy!

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27 Lori May 11, 2011 at 9:54 am

Quiche and crepes. Yummy!

I’m jealous.

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28 Tamara May 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

I fell in love with these little chicks this week at the farm store here and briefly contemplated having chickens.

How about souffles? There are healthy and decadent options for those. I just realized a year ago how simple they are to make really. And when in France… Crepes use them too and are also nice for that healthy or decadent thing. They even freeze well, though I know that is kind of an anathema across the pond.

Asparagi all’ouvo is also really, really pretty and delicious in spring.

Enjoy!

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29 Marina {Yummy Mummy} May 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

Oh this is so funny… I am just writing a blog post about chicken coops, backyard chickens, and making an Oeuf Cocotte recipe. Oeufs Cocotte must be the simplest egg dish around, but it’s delicious and healthy. I should have a recipe up for it by tomorrow.

Nothing beats farm fresh eggs…

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30 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:20 am

I’ll have to check it out. Thanks, Marina!

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31 sarah May 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

someone may have said this, but you must make a quiche with fresh veggies in it!

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32 Jocel May 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

I get jealous every time I see your pictures :(

That said, eggs are so versatile! For a quick snack, eggs scrambled with garlic, onions, tomatoes and cheese (gruyere!). Top on toasted bread = perfect!

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33 Alessandra@ Tribal Times May 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

Happily we get our eggs from our lovely 5 hens. I swear they taste better and the yolks are much bigger. It’s like getting a little present every day. And they are blue mais oui!

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34 Sharmyn May 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

You should look into purchasing the cookbook Eggs by Michel Roux. It is a beautiful book to look at and every recipe I have tried has been delicious. It will make you want to cook eggs for every meal. I really love that the recipes make you think beyond omelets and poached eggs. Have fun!

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35 Starr May 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

Growing up, egg collecting was a special camping-related activity. I so wish we had the space here to keep chickens, but I’m reduce to stockpiling at our monthly farmers’ market. My kids love to pick out the “special breed” eggs in blue, speckled, and (exotic for England) white!

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36 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:20 am

Blue eggs are too pretty to eat. : )

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37 Camilla May 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

Love the photos! Such beautyful haziness in them…. :)
We also buy from a lokal farm and I always have (and use) lots of eggs. I like to bake cakes, meringue, macaroons and make my own yummy vanillacustard, and also aioli, quiches, crepes, waffles… so good….
Wish you and yours a wonderful day.

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38 Cheryl May 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

We are fortunate to have 7 hens. And the eggs are AMAZING! We wanted to taste test the different sort of eggs: battery, organic from Costco and our own. Of course our own won! But I was surprised that the battery eggs and the Costco eggs didn’t taste much different. Hope you enjoy you neighbor’s eggs!

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39 findingmagnolia May 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

My parents have chickens on their farm, and we get our eggs from them. Some of our friends also purchase eggs from my parents, and we’re told that they’re the best eggs they’ve ever tasted. We simply couldn’t go back to store-bought eggs, even if we couldn’t get the eggs for free from my family.

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40 Cheryl May 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

It looks like a few folks have mentioned quiche already, and I’d like to add that we eat a lot of quiche here and only recently started making it crustless, which I like so much better. Just butter your baking dish and make your batter ad bake as per usual.

And since you’re in France and ESPECIALLY since Cherry season will be arriving shortly, try cherry clafoutis. It’s a dessert made in a quiche pan that straddles the line between custard and pancake. It’s incredibly easy to make, not too sweet, and so very yummy.

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41 Amy S May 11, 2011 at 10:16 am

We get fresh eggs from my sister-in-law. Right now it’s tomato season in Florida so we are cooking lots of things with both of these ingredients!! We just got 25 pounds of tomatoes out of the field for $1.00!

We love poached eggs on toast (with a thin tomato slice) for breakfast. Also, baked eggs or soft-boiled eggs with toast “soldiers” are good. The kids like to take their toast soldiers (thin strips of toast) and dip them into the yolk. Fritattas, quiches, and also that crazy French way of putting fried eggs on top of everything (sandwiches, pizza, pasta).

My kids also like to have plain ol’ boiled eggs as snacks to carry around.

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42 megwrites May 11, 2011 at 10:18 am

This looks so idyllic.

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43 Mindy May 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

We buy eggs from my mother’s co-worker. My daughter now refuses to eat any eggs from the grocery store because they are too ‘pasty’ in color and they don’t taste like anything.

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44 Tara May 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

Oh, fresh eggs are SO much better than supermarket. I hadn’t experienced the difference until we moved to Italy, and now I get our eggs from an chicken farm (we live in the center, so we sadly cannot call them our neighbors, but it’s still lovely and only a 10-minute drive). I was at first freaked out by the reddish-orange yolks, but after I found out that means much greater nutritional value, I can no longer eat eggs with pale yellow yolks. A couple of Italian specialities enhanced by fresh eggs? Tiramisu (the yolks aren’t cooked, so knowing that they’re fresh is incredibly important; just wash the eggs before cracking them) and freshly made pasta. Of course, a fresh egg over-medium with a slice of toast is heaven to all of us as well.

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45 Tara May 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

I have friends who have chickens and I’m often the lucky recipient of a dozen eggs. My favorite thing to make with a few of them is a Dutch baby – http://thetinyhummingbird.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-love-me-some-dutch-baby.html

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46 elizabeth May 11, 2011 at 10:48 am

Fried Egg Sandwiches (excellent on baguette with ham and fired onions)
Tortilla Espanol (sauteed cubed potatoes with beaten eggs and any veggies if you want, panfried)
Floating island, Soft meringue in a fruit puree or sauce ingles
Banana French Toast (ripe banana, eggs and milk mixed in blender) you can bake it or pan fry

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47 tamara May 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

Toss fresh arugula in olive oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt & pepper, top with fresh poached eggs. Yum. Or try hard boiled egg & cucumber & watercress sandwiches. I can’t resist a deviled egg either… Or breakfast burritos with eggs, beans, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and cheese on tortilla. Mmmm or a veggie fritata with queso fresco. Oh now i’m hungry.

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48 Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves May 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

Oh my goodness! Pizza with a fried egg on top, and something I make all the time that includes a fried egg, Korean Bi Bam Bap.

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49 amy May 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

two euros per dozen is an amazing price. local organic eggs at my farmers market are close to $6/dozen. I used to buy them, but its out of my price range

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50 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:22 am

Good to know we’re getting such a good price, Amy. I had no idea farm fresh eggs were so pricey in the states.

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51 Olivia May 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Yes, fresh eggs absolutely taste better! We get them from our farmer’s market. I’ve noticed that the yolks are a deeper orange and they sit up a little higher. I second the suggestion of putting them on pizza. We had a pizza in Rome with hard-boiled eggs, basil, and ham and it was amazing! We’ve been trying to copy it, as much as one can without being in Rome, ever since. If you don’t have basil, arugula is nice too.

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52 Liliana May 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

Mt grandparents were farmers in Serbia. I well remember the eggs we ate during my summer vacations.

I grew up, moved to the US with my parents, got married, had kids and didn’t taste those eggs for many years. Then my mother got sick with Alzheimer’s disease and I promised to take her to Serbia one last time.

When we got to my grandparent’s old house (they had pased by now) my aunt made a simple omelet for dinner. It seemed to me the most delirious thing I had ever eaten. The color of the egg yolk was intense golden, the flavor fresh and delightful. I still remember how they tasted!

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53 jeanned May 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

We have laying hens and we love the eggs.
How about making a homemade angel food cake with the whites and homemade noodles with the yolks. Yum!

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54 Kim Simmonds May 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

When I lived in Oregon, we would buy fresh brown eggs from a neighbor close by. They were the most delicious eggs we’ve ever had! I wish we could find someone near us now that we could buy from.

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55 kristin May 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

i’ve never personally bought from a neighbor, but i’d love to buy eggs that aren’t white. where we lived before now, the store had many options of “free range”, “organic” etc, and i’ve noticed a difference. the biggest difference i saw this Easter is the egg yolks are so pale yellow. it has to be a diluted (ha!) egg. :)
three cheers for cool neighbors!

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56 Ana May 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

Have I told you how happy your Paris posts make me? I might have but here I go again: They make me INCREDIBLY happy. Au Revoir

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57 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:23 am

You’re so sweet, Ana! When this time in our lives is over, I’m sure posts like these will be a treasure for me to go back and reread.

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58 Anja May 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

I once saw Sarah Wiener (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Wiener) making little chocolate cakes to eat while still warm and soft inside with 16 (!!!) eggs on tv. I always wanted to try that, can’t find the recipe anymore though.

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59 Jaime de Brebisson May 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

Love. Love. Love fresh eggs! Next thing you will be getting your milk from the other farm next door! I admit being a fellow American in France I was a little skeptical of this one, but then you start thinking of what really happens during processing and I have to admit going to the Farm to get my milk at .80/liter is quite AMAZING for me and the kids!
As far as egg recipes with good eggs my fave is Soft boiled eggs. Simply soft boil the eggs, toast some Pain de Segle/Pain de Compaigne add a little butter and salt to the bread, then you open the top of the egg, and dip the bread in..Delish! Served with a salad with vinaigrette..devine. My 4 Year old loves this too as he gets to help butter the bread and then gets to dip his bread in!
Guess I better get to the market to get fresh egg tomorrow!

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60 Denise Laborde May 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Yes! Fresh eggs are the best. Our neighbor doesn’t sell any (we live in the city) but we buy them from local farmers at the market.

At our house we love:
Oeuf à la coque (requires super freshness)
Quiche (with any vegetable that is in season)
Creme Anglaise (with chocolate cake and strawberries makes a simple but delish dessert!)

Voila!

Bises
D

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61 Jill W May 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Hootenannie (German) Pancakes! You know, the kind you bake in the oven in a pan with melted butter and the whole thing puffs up into this beautiful and tasty treat that can be sprinkled with powdered sugar or drizzled with fresh syrup. The buttery edges are sublime!

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62 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

Oh my goodness! I forgot all about German Pancakes. My mother used to make these for special breakfasts. Good memories.

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63 Damaris @Kitchen Corners May 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I personally love quiche and frittatas. Frittatas are easier because you don’t need a crust.

I buy eggs from a friend in the ward. All the egg money goes towards her son’s mission fund.

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64 wide open spaces May 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

we just had this again last night for the umpteenth time. it’s a favorite:

http://wideopenspaces.squarespace.com/wide-open-spaces/2009/1/23/baked-eggs-with-tomato-sauce-kale-gruyere.html

i am living vicariously through your ridiculously amazing adventure.

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65 Angel @ | 77inspire | May 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

wow… ive never bought eggs from a neighbor but it sounds wonderful. eggs are so versatile… the first thing i think of is you should make custards :)

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66 Tricia @ {every}nothing wonderful May 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

We always buy eggs from a neighbor! It helps that our “neighbor” is an organic farm though :)

They are wildly different, a million times better and I love the variation in sizes best of all – I can use a little one for the little one, big ones for baking, etc. Besides being gorgeous on the outside they are beautifully vibrant inside too…and they taste divine. I do wish we had a basket as gorgeous as yours though!

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67 jenessa May 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Have you ever considered writing a children’s book? This would be such a wonderful story!

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68 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:24 am

I would LOVE writing a children’s book. I’ve made a couple of efforts but nothing that I’ve actually finished. Maybe someday…

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69 jackie May 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

OK. So I now need to move to France. Great.

We are city dwellers. And in an apartment at that. And while we LOVE living in the city, it’s posts like these that remind us of what is missing in our child’s upbringing. I can’t wait to tell the family about the move.
; )

But onto eggs, we are all big time lovers of eggs. One of our faves are Crustless Quiche Muffins. They freeze pretty well if you go bananas and make a bunch. And then it’s a quick and dirty breaky. And the variations are endless really.

http://living.weelife.com/2008/07/crustless-quiche-muffins.html

bonne chance!

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70 kim May 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

We have 50 laying hens right now and love to watch them wander around the yard. The eggs are amazing; sunset-orange yolks full of goodness. I am happy that you and your family are able to enjoy them!

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71 Leigh May 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

How fun to get such fresh eggs! And such a fun fieldtrip for the kids! Last night I made this sweet potato souffle (thinking it was a side dish) for dinner. My kids LOVED it! It’s somewhat close in taste to pumpkin pie. They asked if I’d make it for all their birthday dinners and we’re having it again tonight!

http://www.marthastewart.com/316832/sweet-potato-souffle

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72 Zina May 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Nobody’s said pound cake? Pound cake, then! And angel food cake, although you’ll have to find something else to do with the yolks. And meringues. OH! And then dip the meringues in unsweetened double-cream–a trick we learned in Switzerland. So, so, so delicious.

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73 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:25 am

Anything dipped in double-cream is bound to be delicious. : )

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74 lea jones May 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I buy eggs from my neighbour! I also live in France… we love our neigbours eggs. The hens are always in my garden, it’s kinda fun, at one stage there was one hen who was laying her eggs in my garden, but saddly she stopped.

I just found your blog, it looks like you are enjoying your year in france!

Léa

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75 Maren May 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I really like this one! http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/santa-fe-casserole

Hope links are okay. I usually double or triple it!

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76 justaub May 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Fried Rice is one of our favorite ways to use eggs. I also have an really good recipe for Flan Cake- it’s pound cake on the bottom and citrusy custard on top—most delish.

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77 robyn May 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

i emailed this one to my sister the other day. my boys would never eat anything this full of veggies, but it looks a-mazing.
http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/greek-frittata-10000001613225/index.html?xid=dailyrecnews-05-08-2011?xid=dailyrecnews-05-08-2011

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78 Martini Mom May 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Growing up, my dad owned a small farm. We grew most of our own fruits and vegetables and raised our own livestock. What we couldn’t produce ourselves, we bartered with neighbors. We often traded our eggs (or sometimes a whole chicken) for our neighbor’s cow milk (we had our own goat for milking, but my little brother refused to drink goat’s milk for some reason) or our bee-keeping neighbor’s honey. This is where I learned that farm-fresh eggs (farm-fresh anything, really) taste SO much better. My son has recently discovered the same thing about carrots from our garden vs. carrots from the store. I’m so glad to be able to pass that lesson on to him, even if it’s on a MUCH smaller scale than what I experienced as a child.

I actually heard a published chef somewhere (Splendid Table, maybe?) say that she had to adjust her recipes to make allowances for the difference between store bought and farm-fresh eggs. She started cooking exclusively with farm-fresh eggs, and found that they threw her recipes off… she needed fewer farm-fresh, even if they were the same size as store-bought. Just more eggy goodness packed into those farm-fresh shells, I guess!

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79 Janssen May 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

David Lebovitz’ chocolate ice cream. YUM!

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80 Erin May 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

We used to have chickens and the eggs are 100x better! As you’ve probably already discover, though, fresh eggs are harder to peel after being boiled (hard to make pretty deviled eggs). All your baking will be better with fresh eggs — I liked the angel food cake suggestion above. My favorite egg meals are quiche (spinach, bacon, and Gruyere) and egg sandwiches (cook the egg as you would an omelet, but without the filling, serve on toasted bread with cheese, mayo, and lettuce). Yum!

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81 Jan May 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

It takes a bit of advanced planning (the dish has to sit for a few hours to allow the custard to soak into the bread) but strata is a great way to use a lot of eggs:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Spinach-and-Cheese-Strata-107754
It’s also a great way to enjoy yummy cheese (which you have easy access to these days), use up stale bread (ie. day old baguette, again easily accessible) and the recipe can be doubled/tripled for a crowd (ie. your family). We made a ‘mega-strata’ in a roasting pan for my son’s first birthday brunch and it was a hit!

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82 Bree Harris May 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm

My father sends farm fresh eggs home with us every time we visit. His chickens lay more eggs then he can keep up with. I am always excited to take a few 4 to 6 dozen off his hands. They are the best eggs I have ever eaten!

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83 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:27 am

What a good Dad!

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84 Heather May 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm

We have 11 chickens and definitely think their eggs taste better than store-bought ones. My boys have been eating “real eggs” for so long that they won’t touch the ones from the store; they don’t like the taste or the color (have you noticed that the yolks of the farm-fresh ones are orange rather than yellow?) We sell our extra eggs to friends and they are all hooked! (The pictures on this post are gorgeous by the way – it is so wonderful for you kids to have an extended time out in the country!) I make a lot of quiche – with bacon pecorino and lots of spinach. Yum!

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85 UpsideUp May 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Such gorgeous pictures, Gab. It takes me forever to get through posts like this because I’m drooling over every single inch of every single photo ;)

We get our eggs from our across-the-street neighbors and have also worked to find recipes to take advantage of them. Two of my favorites are super simple: homemade mayonnaise and perfect hard boiled eggs.

The key to the hard boiled eggs is the timing: bring the water to a boil, put the eggs in for 9 minutes exactly then drop them in ice water for 2 minutes. Then roll them around on the counter to crack the shells and put them back in the ice water (this makes them easier to peel). Fresh eggs are still harder to peel, but worth it for the insanely perfectly cooked yolks.

Wish I could eat fresh eggs in France with you.

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86 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:28 am

I’m going to try your hard-boiled egg instructions asap. I’ve been looking for fool-proof directions!

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87 Lee May 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I can’t wait to try all of thes egg suggestions. Our favorite is quiche – I don’t add any toppings. It’s so fresh it comes out orange. I make it with my regular pie crust which is really sweet. We always make two and put the extra in the freezer for a busy night.

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88 Destri May 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Oh I am quite certain you would have fresh asparagus in town too, add a little swiss cheese and those eggs for an omelet for dinner, yummy!
So jealous, so very :)

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89 carole May 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Poached eggs on grilled asparagus with proscuitto (or the appropriate local jamon). Salt and pepper to taste. With or without toast. Scrumptious!

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90 Ryann Pinnegar May 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

My father-in-law has fresh eggs in the summer. They are free range, organic, and free! They are wonderful!

My favorite egg recipe is German Pancakes. Preheat oven to 450F and put 2 TBPS. butter into an 8×8 cake pan and into the oven to melt. Mix 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Pour batter into the cake pan (on top of the melted butter). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown. The edges will puff up and the middle will stay flat and low. We eat it with powdered sugar and maple syrup. (This recipe serves two, but lends itself well to doubling and tripling.)

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91 Sherry May 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm

So funny. We just bought eggs from a neighbor on Monday. Our first time ever! $3/per dozen. I called to get a standing order to pick up every Monday. Had my first one this morning…they were SO good!

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92 This girl loves to Talk May 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

we had chickens growing up in suburbia (my parents still do ) and I remember once while doing a cooking class in home economics in High School and we had to use eggs. Some friends around me were all like LOOK AT YOUR EGG!! it was different from all the other ones. Much darker in colour and bigger etc. I said it was an egg from my yard, so maybe that was the difference? Anyway surely that meant the egg was fresher and better????

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93 This girl loves to Talk May 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

on the fresh eggs being harder to peel thing Soulemama just blogged about how she uses a clean tack to poke a hole in her fresh eggs before boiling and this makes them very easy to peel!

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94 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:30 am

Oh! I want to try that trick.

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95 juliagblair May 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I love the pictures and the beautiful children and animals and eggs and country side. Millions of thanks for sharing!

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96 r8chel May 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I love eggs. I’m pretty sure I could eat them for every meal and never tire of them.

One of my favorite ways to eat them is as creamed eggs – a.k.a. goldenrod eggs. You make a white sauce with milk/flour/butter/salt and then stir in chopped hardboiled egg. Serve over toast or an English muffin. So yummy. When I describe it to people, they always think it sounds gross, but it’s delicious. :)

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97 Emily May 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm

These pictures. They actually made my heart flutter there for a second. What an amazing decision to do this year aboad (as if you didn’t already feel that way. But if you ever doubt it, look aback at this little set. It’ll show you how in love you and all of you are with this place, with each other, with this time). BEAUTY, as George Emerson screamed from the treetops in A Room With A View

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98 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:31 am

What a kind thing to say, Emily. Thank you! Maybe I’ll start shouting BEAUTY when I wake up in the morning. : )

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99 Jenn May 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I’ve never gotten eggs from anywhere but the grocery store. I think it would be pretty cool to get them from a neighbor.

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100 Jodi May 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

You must try baked eggs. We had a fantastic batch at a small and wonderful hotel in Umbria called Torre di Moravola. I have not been able to duplicate the exact recipe, but this is pretty close. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/baked-eggs-recipe.html
Enjoy!

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101 Megan May 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

i didn’t have near as many eggs but I did investigate some recipes…how about egg, gorgonzola, & pancetta salad. It is AWESOME! made it for a luncheon this week and it was a real hit. france=cheese+eggs+pancetta (more italy but closer than the U.S.A.). check out Giada at Home for the recipe.

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102 grace May 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm

We have some chickens, and I think the eggs are superb. Even better than the best store bought options.
I don’t have any special recipes. Outside of the regular fantastic breakfast options.

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103 DenaZS May 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

We buy our eggs from a friend at church. My g’son likes the brown ones although we know they are all good. I like it because she feeds them well and tells us stories of her farm.

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104 nicole@deliajude May 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

better yet, we collect them from our 3 hens in the backyard in our very urban city.

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105 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

Knowing there are hens in urban spaces always makes me happy.

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106 Jane Maze May 12, 2011 at 12:20 am

No, but I have bought and walked home with pails of goat milk from neighbours when I lived in Margaret River, Western Australia. What an idyllic memory that is.

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107 Design Mom May 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

That IS an idyllic memory!

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108 Deb May 12, 2011 at 2:19 am

I live in Australia and backyard chickens are becoming quite common here (you can have up to 6 i think). When we bought our house in December 2010 the owners asked if we wanted to inherit the 2 chickens they had so they did not have to relocate them. It has been an up and down situation (the summer heat turned one of them broody which was a nightmare) but oh the eggs – they are amazing! I remember almost 10 years ago staying in a B and B and being amazed at the scrambled eggs at breakfast and thought they had a ton of butter added – nope just got the fresh eggs from across the road neighbour! that freshness makes them taste buttery!

my best egg recipe is a zucchini slice and we eat it with a salad. super easy and we make double batches each time and freeze portions to pull out for other meals.

Zucchini Slice or Crustless Quiche
Ingredients 2 large zucchini (approx. 300g) grated
1 medium carrot, grated
1 onion finely chopped
3 bacon rashers chopped (I usually use more but we are greedy like that)
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup oil
5 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
Method
Preheat oven to 180C. Microwave or lightly fry onion and bacon for 1 min.
Combine zucchini, carrot, cheese, bacon and onion. Sift flour, add oil and lightly beaten eggs. Season with S&P.
Pour into well greased pie or quiche dish (I just use spray oil). Bake 40 min at 180C.

If top starts to brown too much, cover in tin foil and continue cooking (I have never needed to do this though). Usually it just puffs up beautifully and golden.

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109 TN May 12, 2011 at 4:38 am

WOW I wait one day and over 100 comments! People must love eggs OR more than likely your photos are wonderful ;-)

We get fresh eggs from the countryside…my In-Laws bring them back as they camp every weekend to get away from Paris.

We normally make egg salad sandwiches or Quiches (I LOVE making salmon (smoked) or Shrimp Quiches with swiss…yummy!).

But sometimes we make:
Deviled Eggs (for parties)
Soft Boiled Eggs for breakfast! – in French “l’œuf à la coque” – you will need a ceramic egg holder to eat them. You should be able to find them easily there!
And of course baking with them…

Did you know you don’t have to refrigerate Eggs? The French don’t…they do last longer if you do. But there is no hygienically
reason to do so.

I’m sure your neighbor has loads of traditional dishes that involve eggs since she probably has to gobble them up quickly ;-)

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110 From Belgium May 12, 2011 at 5:31 am

Frangipane tartelettes with fresh apricots!

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111 Sue Pea May 12, 2011 at 7:14 am

I only buy supermarket eggs in the case of an egg emergency. Otherwise, it’s eggs from a local farm for me. I have bought eggs from friends with chickens as well.

There are so many lovely comments and suggestions for your eggs. I was just thinking that French Vanilla ice cream would be divine.

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112 Melissa May 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

I wish I knew someone that I could buy eggs from!

We go through lots & lots of eggs. The hubs likes ‘em scrambled & I liked them sunny side up. If I’m feeling a little fancy, I make Hootenanies (German Pancakes) & top them with peanut butter & honey. I make them so often I have the recipe memorized: 1/2 a stick of butter in a pan in the oven (425ºf) until it melts. 6 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour in the blender, then in the pan in the oven for 15 minutes. Mmmm!

Penelope loves watching them come out of the oven all puffy & delicious.

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113 Melissa May 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

Another thing I like to make is salsesha (not sure how it’s spelled. It’s Portuguese). I blacken onions & red peppers in a pan with salt & polish sausage then add 6 or so eggs & scramble it all together. I add sharp cheddar right before it’s done & then serve it on top of toast with salsa.

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114 Bri (like the cheese) May 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I think I’ve said this here before: I miss my chickens!!
I used to be the neighbor that gave eggs to their neighbors. I once had a co-worker make crepes with the eggs I gave him & he shared them with us. They were delicious. And yes, fresh, homegrown, never-been-refrigerated, grass-and-blackberry-and-bug-fed chicken eggs taste far superior to the things you get in the supermarket!

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115 kalanicut May 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Hi Gabby,

Fun post. Looks much more romantic to have farm fresh eggs in France than in did on our family farm when I was growing up. ;) haa-haa. The things you aren’t grateful for until you get older. What a lucky kid I was!

My dear friend Barbara Leopold, wrote a great cookbook called The Egg White Cookbook: 75 Recipes For Nature’s Perfect Food, that is full of great recipes. I think there are even some non-food fun recipes in there.

She has done a lot of recipe testing for Susan Loomis who you did a post on a couple months back. Weirdly enough, I think Barbara was in France at the same time you wrote that post and I wondered if you two might’ve met.

Here’s a link for anyone interested.
http://www.amazon.com/Egg-White-Cookbook-Recipes-Natures/dp/1590770714

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116 aly May 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm

i have the warmest memory of making snickerdoodles at my neighbors house when i was little with their home laid eggs. we made the cookies by hand (no mixers- just our ten fingers!) and i swear they were one of the best things i have ever eaten!

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117 aimee @ smilingmama May 13, 2011 at 9:09 am

How fun! We get our eggs via perhaps the second best option to this…weekly delivery by a local farm! I agree they taste better. (And we get our milk delivered as well…in glass bottles!)

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