What are the odds?

Three eggs, six yolks.

God, I love the farmers’ market.

Prosciutto and roasted pepper frittata, if you were wondering.

Posted at 7:17 pm in iPhone |

18 responses to “What are the odds?”

  1. Dexter said on October 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I hope you played a few numbers on the Michigan lottery tonight! We buy eggs at Aldi…extremely thin shells…whassat mean?

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  2. coozledad said on October 8, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    Dexter: It usually means the hens need oyster shell added to their diet.
    Nancy: We used to get a lot more double yolks when we first started raising chickens, but I rarely see them now. My wife reminds me it happens more when the hens are first starting to lay.
    Yolks sure are a lot more richly colored when the birds have been on pasture. They cook up a lot better, too.

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  3. Jolene said on October 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Or, more generally, some form of calcium, right? Not that I know anything about feeding chickens.

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  4. coozledad said on October 8, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Jolene: Yeah. Oyster shell is usually what’s available here, but you could probably give them calcium carbonate. They’ll eat just about anything anyway.

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  5. alex said on October 8, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Hmmmm… Monsanto multiorchidism… make you grow new appendages too…

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  6. joodyb said on October 8, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    ~mmm. i made this ridiculously convoluted dish saturday i could’ve done in half the time with frozen leaf spinach and jarred peppers. but it was fun to roast the peppers and was delicious. i served as a side, but a perfectly fine entree for any ovovegetarians. i’ll trade you recipes!

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  7. Dorothy said on October 8, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve been buying eggs from a co-worker’s farmer neighbor for the past two months. I’ll never go back to store-bought again. What a difference! They are scrumptious.

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  8. Gasman said on October 9, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Man, nothing beats free range eggs. We buy ours from a local source whose eggs are primo. Ssshhh, but I would pay 2-3 times more for these eggs. They are that much better. The store bought eggs are watery and the yolks are much paler and runnier. I guess it makes a difference when you keep your birds happy. The eggs also behave differently in the pan. I can’t explain it, but omelets are easier with better eggs. I’ll bet Hollandaise sauce is easier, too.

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  9. Dexter said on October 9, 2008 at 1:01 am

    A few years ago I watched a docu about Haskell Wexler, whose work I have admired since ‘Medium Cool’ nearly forty years ago. I learned Haskell eats only egg whites in his omelettes and I have not eaten egg yolks since then. I eat egg white omelettes, and fry the yolks for my dog.
    So…am I gaining any health benefits by avoiding the yolks and am I harming my dog with the yolks?

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  10. Mindy said on October 9, 2008 at 6:26 am

    A few years ago my grandfather, who was eighty-nine at the time, decided that he couldn’t eat another thin, runny grocery store egg and went to work restoring the old chicken house on his small farm. He cleaned it up and painted it and even mended some old gingham kitchen curtains for the windows. It was dubbed the Chicken Hilton and has a wooden sign on the door. Grandpa is ninety-three now and still has eggs for breakfast every morning. He’s the main reason I don’t give a damn about my cholesterol.

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  11. DanG said on October 9, 2008 at 7:26 am

    When I was a kid I had an uncle in the wholesale egg business. When we used to visit his family we always left with about 6 dozen eggs. There were lots of double yolkers in them and sometimes a blood spot that my mother would remove before cooking the egg. Besides adding oyster shells to the chicken feed for harder, thicker shells, they also add marigold petals because it gives the chicken’s skin a nicer yellow color. I was also told that they mix some chicken manure back into the feed to get the protein level up.

    I haven’t seen a double yolk in a store-bought egg for years. I would guess that the pattern of egg laying has changed. Either the hens are being forced to lay more eggs or their lifecycle has changed and they’re laying earlier or longer or both.

    I’m also amazed at what the warehouse clubs are selling eggs for. I just bought 2 dozen extra large white eggs for $2.79 at BJs. That’s 11.6 cents per egg. That includes packaging, trucking and markup. A chicken only lays one egg a day. Where’s the farmer’s profit here?

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  12. basset said on October 9, 2008 at 7:35 am

    this reminds me of Jesco White the Dancin’ Outlaw going on about “sloppy, slimy eggs”…

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  13. caliban said on October 9, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Prosciutto is one of God’s gifts to humanity, along with cappacola and Genoese salami, by way of Italy, which has France beat four ways to Sunday for real food. French people think guts are comestibles if you apply enough beurre.

    Six yokes in three eggs is serendipitous. I’d say Nancy Nall for Treasury and USA just might make it out of this mess. You really should buy a Powerball ticket today. But aren’t the yolks the part that’s bad for you? I mean, that’s about 1250 mgs of cholesterol. Well, yeah, but they taste so good and contain vitamins, riboflavin and niacin. And all the rest is just albumen, which just sounds disgusting


    Egg whites can be combined with whiskey, but are better known as a constituent of gin fizzes:


    but mixing them with sour mash is anathema and seriously non-kosher.

    Thomas Friedman is tops in inanity and a poster child for pure bonehead, but blind pigs locate truffles:


    Dan Quayle can officially consider himself removed from his title as emptiest head ever nominated for national office. You really wouldn’t think glossolalia was a qualifier for high office, but

    As we know,
    There are known knowns.
    There are things we know we know.
    We also know
    There are known unknowns.
    That is to say
    We know there are some things
    We do not know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns,
    The ones we don’t know
    We don’t know.

    And the Pretzeldents dad once said he’d had sex with Ronald Reagan. Possibly less disgusting and more believable than his marital alternative, Quaker Oats.

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  14. caliban said on October 9, 2008 at 8:30 am

    And just when she seemed to have descended into the wastebin of I’m the Cutest Mean Girl irrelevancy, Maureen Dowd engages in righteous indignation:


    The connection between Obama and Ayres doesn’t rise to tenuous. If Americans find Reverend Wright more worrisome than Pastor Hagee, I fear for the body politic, and not just because Catholics are seriously tired of whack-jobs calling us a non-Christian sect and Satan’s spawn. It’s the inherent sense of being chosen, for the rapcha or whatever. If you feel the need to presume to moral superiority, you’re neither moral nor superior. And you probably should be disenfranchised.

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  15. MichaelG said on October 9, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I really miss the eggs from when I was married and living in Auburn. Sooo much better than store bought. We used to give the girls oyster shells too. I don’t recall seeing any of the girls actually eat the stuff, but the shells were always strong and healthy. Don’t forget the little targets in the yolks of the fertilized eggs.

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  16. brian stouder said on October 9, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Caliban – 100% agreement!!

    The Dowd article that Nance and you cite contains a quote from Governor Palin that encapsulates and illuminates much of what’s wrong with her, and her running mate, when she described Barack Obama as:

    “someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

    Big talk coming from the wife of a secessionist, and someone who proudly ‘lays on hands’ with a literal witch-hunter pastor.

    And as Keith Olbermann reminds us, John McCain “pals around with terrorists who would target their own country”, when he “palled around” with avowed abortion clinic bombers and shooters

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  17. Catherine said on October 9, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Mindy, great story about your grandfather and the rehabbed coop, complete with gingham curtains! Reminds me of my father-in-law, almost 90 and still makes himself bacon and eggs for breakfast every day. I’d better not mention the Chicken Hilton, he’d be right on it.

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  18. joodyb said on October 9, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    now i want a chicken hilton.

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