Omnomlet Month: The First Seven

About two weeks ago, I announced a new project: Omnomlet Month! It’s born mostly out of my total boredom with what I’d been doing in my kitchen lately, and also out of the fact that I love breakfast food. Well, after some pressing family issues-related delays, I am one week into the process, and it has been glorious so far. Today, I’m going to walk you through a tutorial on how to cook a perfect omelet, and then I’ll give you some tasting notes on the first seven omelets.

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A Quiche To Rule Them All

A few days ago, I was standing in my kitchen, seriously lacking in inspiration as to what to make for dinner. I knew I wanted something breakfasty, but I also wanted mexican, which I could eat eight days a week. I love to cook, and I really enjoy getting creative in the kitchen. Sometimes that love of creativity takes me to strange places. So I decided to make a quiche, but with a mexican flair. Then I remembered that I had a bowl of leftover roasted root veggies cooling it in the fridge that should also be used up. So I decided to go ahead and incorporate those in, too. I’m nothing if not efficient.

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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

So, did the chicken or the egg come first? It’s one of those questions that can send you around in logical circles until you have a headache. The chicken must have come first because it laid the egg, but the chicken came out of an egg so maybe that came first, but it was laid by another chicken, and pretty soon you’ve got a headache but are no closer to an answer. However, if we look at the puzzle from an evolutionary standpoint, the answer is very clear for a couple different reasons. Undoubtedly, the egg came first. Continue reading

Humane Egg Production and the Dilemma of Compromise

While  many people are becoming more aware of the myriad reasons to abstain from meat, the egg question is much less explored by the mainstream. Unfortunately, egg-laying hens likely suffer the most and on the largest scale of any animals in the modern food industry. Given this fact, the news that The Humane Society of the United States  and United Egg Producers are introducing a major agreement this month for legislation seeking to set national standards for animal welfare in egg-production is no small matter.

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My Evolution Into a Foodie

Every family has a picky eater, the kid who spends at least three hours at the dinner table, surreptitiously transferring food to the dog or her brother’s plate or the trash can under the kitchen sink (a daring move and, if you cloak it under a napkin and your mom doesn’t notice, well worth the inherent risk), thinking if she cuts her food in small enough bites, it will magically disappear. I was that child. This is the story of my evolution into a quasi-normal adult who can eat a fried egg without gagging. Continue reading