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Want to be a better cook? Master cooking eggs

How do you make your life immeasurably better? Learn to become a better cook. How? Well, if eggs are the workhorse of the kitchen, learning to master cooking eggs can make you a better cook, right?

That’s my big aha in this second part series reviewing Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient by Michael Ruhlman.  

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Must have egg cookbook


Part 1 of a 3 part series

If you got eggs, you’ve got options galore to make everything from waffles to soup, to custard to pasta and you could also make cakes, tempura, drinks and countless dishes from around the world.

Who wouldn’t want some new tips, techniques and recipes to enjoy eggs, a food most of us keep in the fridge all the time?

Well, you’re in for a treat.  Over the next three posts we’ll explore Egg.  A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient, by Micheal Rulhman.

Boy does he have a passion for eggs:

Make-your-own appetizer crepe station

I’m looking forward to having some house guests this summer in Toronto and while my first thoughts should go to how will we ever get this house in order, I easily switch gears diverting my attention to what will we eat and enjoy together.

With four kids and four adults in the house, I’m leaning towards variations on make-your-own options such as crêpes, that can satisfy adults and kids alike.

Now that I know I how easy it is to make crêpes (see, Oh-so- easy crêpes), I plan to make and freeze a big batch of them.

5 Time-saving tips for making crepes

I’m always on the lookout for ways to work smarter, not longer, while still eating right.  It’s one of the reasons I love eggs. I can make a quick, healthy meal I know everyone will love in half an hour.

Here are my top time-saving tips for making crêpes:

  • Covered and stored in the fridge, crêpe batter can be made a day or two ahead. (Be sure to give it another good whisk and thin out with milk, if needed.)
  • Crêpes can be frozen. Separated with parchment paper and wrapped in an airtight container, they’ll keep for a month. (Fully thaw before unwrapping.)

Oh-so-easy crepes

I must admit, for years I had this sense that crêpes were tricky to make.  I imagined making a stack of torn crêpes that I’d be left to eat because no one else in the family wanted them.  Boy, was I wrong.

Honestly, if you can make pancakes, you can make crêpes. After all, they are just thin pancakes and trust me they are not as finicky to flip or fill as you might think.  That said, I like to try something new on a weekend when I’m not feeling pressured to turn out a meal, fast.

It’s time to get decorating Ontario!

It's time to get decorating Ontario!

It’s time to get decorating Ontario! The Eggs Factor virtual egg decorating contest is back and better than ever, with a dozen chances to win an iPad® mini. What could be better than that? For every valid entry,  Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO) will be donating one dozen eggs to school nutrition programs, feeding hungry school kids. It’s easy to enter- just visit and use the drawing, painting, and colouring tools to design a stellar cock-a-doodle doodle.

In need of a little inspiration for your creation? We’ve compiled some of history’s greatest eggs to get you started:

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