Eggs, and what to do with them.

swiss chard frittata

I was thinking about the neighborhood egg CSA recently, when a thought occurred to me: wait a minute… what the eff am I going to do with a dozen eggs every single week?

In theory, I like eggs. They’re easy to make and relatively cheap, even when buying local, pastured eggs. (They’re also not as bad for your health as we were all led to believe years ago.)

In practice… I have issues. Texturally speaking, I have a harder time liking eggs. Don’t even talk to me about hard-boiled eggs. Those are RIGHT OUT.

Scrambled and fried eggs are fine. I’ve even recently learned to enjoy eggs over easy and even sunny-side up, after realizing a runny yolk from a healthly, happy hen is actually quite delicious.

Baked eggs, as seen in that frittata above, are sometimes a gamble. (The recipe for that frittata can be found in Cooking from the Farmers’ Market — a cookbook I thoroughly recommend if, like me, you end up buying vegetables at the farmers’ market and then have utterly no idea what do with them.) As good as it looks, I wasn’t all that into that frittata. It was okay, but not great. I think maybe the egg to chard ratio was a bit too much for me. Maybe it’s just something I need to try a couple more times before I get it right.

At any rate, now I’m stuck between really wanting to be a part of the egg CSA and wondering if it’s right for us. How many eggs do you use a week? Would you make more if you had them? And in what?

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11 thoughts on “Eggs, and what to do with them.

  1. Your neighborhood egg CSA is probably another reason why I should move near you.

    I eat 12-16 eggs a week. By MYSELF.

    1-2 in the morning for breakfast.
    2 for “I don’t want to cook dinner omelets” which happens A LOT
    And a few boiled ones for when I’m a little snacky.

  2. Same here – I’ve been known to go through two dozen – I’d love an egg CSA. (Claire eats 2 for breakfast every day, regardless of whatever else she decides she wants. “French toast, and eggs. Waffles, and eggs. Cereal, and eggs” It’s like Monty Python’s Spam skit, only ovoid!

  3. I know how you feel about eggs. I usually use the egg whites more, but egg yolks are wonderful for things like Challah bread, ice cream, and Pasta alla carbonara. I love using the whites in angel food cake, egg white frittatas, and vegetarian egg and english muffin sandwiches.

    I can understand wondering if you are going to need that many eggs a week, but once the summer passes I am sure you will find a whole bunch of ways to use them.

  4. We can eat two clafoutis a week for dessert, made with fresh fruit. It uses three eggs. And it’s extremely easy to make.

  5. I get a dozen eggs every other week as part of my CSA, and we usually find ourselves either having to ration them or supplement with eggs from the supermarket (and my god – the difference between the two is unbelievable). My two year old loves eggs more than almost anything else, so our challenge is to limit them to one meal a day for him. We also do omelets quite often (a good way to use up other CSA veggies as well, particularly greens), and when I’m doing a lunch of leftovers, there are many things that a fried egg or two on top will improve (usually do it over rice & maybe a few stir-fried veggies w/ soy sauce & sriracha or garlic/chili paste, or sometimes I do a sort of makeshift huevos rancheros thing w/ leftover beans, avocado, chipotle-flavored tabasco, etc). Fried egg sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches…. I’m thinking I should get my cholesterol checked.

  6. Chard is fantastic. Anyway, we usually only get through a half dozen a week. What is CSA an acronym of? There’s far too many acronyms these days.

    1. Sorry, CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. Long idea short: you pay for a season’s worth of goods up front (which gives the farmer a big influx of cash) and you pick your stuff up once a week.

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