Striving for Eggcellence

I’ve never been a huge fan of eggs.  I remember my cousin refusing to eat them because they are, in fact, a large embryo.

First turn off.

I also recall my grandmother trying valiantly each time I was sick to feed me scramble eggs.  The thought of scrambled eggs when I’m already nauseated isn’t very appealing, yet every time she asked, and every time I refused.

However, as the years have come and gone, I’ve developed a deeper appreciation for the protein-packed breakfast food.  I like them scrambled, but not very often.  And if I do have them scrambled, mix-ins are a must (be it onions, avocado, feta cheese, bell peppers).  I’ll eat them sunny side up or over easy and scoop all of the delicious runny yolk up with my toast.  I can even enjoy an egg white omelete.  Hard boiled eggs make a great snack (with salt, of course) and who doesn’t love a deviled egg??

As my taste buds grew into eggs, my cooking skills, unfortunately, did not.  Sure I can make scrambled eggs nice and fluffy and creamy (fry high, scramble low!), and boiling an egg isn’t rocket science, but I’ve come to the realization that I really don’t know how to cook eggs in all of the *potentially* delicious ways possible.

My Goal:

To find egg recipes I would normally never, EVER, try, (For instance, this twist on eggs benedict that I came across a couple months ago in the April/May 2010 edition of Fine Cooking.  It looks absolutely delicious, but the whole deep frying the egg thing seems impossible to me) and cooking each one until I get it just right.  I want to be able to perfectly poach an egg, to know exactly when it’s done so when you crack it open, the gooey center spills out.  I want to be able to make the perfect sunny side up.  I want to be able to make quiche without a recipe.

So, starting tomorrow, I am going to try to cook 1 egg dish (that I have never made, or thought of making, before) a week.  I feel motivated enough to say 1 every day or every other day, but eggs are high in cholesterol and I have no intention of shortening my father’s life, so once a week will have to do.

I hope to be eggcellent [insert groan here] at cooking eggs within two months.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even be able to crack an egg open with one hand, a feat I have yet to accomplish.

Any egg dishes that are inspiring or one of your favorites??  Let me know!

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