As I was shopping this week, I was overcome with the realization that there is one food product that we take for granted. They are reasonably priced—even though they are twice as expensive this year as last year (the chicken virus, I guess)—but they are one of the most versatile foods. You can use them for any or all three meals and for appetizers, salads or snacks and even for dessert. You can prepare them in a colorful, appetizing and eye-catching presentation. Children love to hunt for them. Have you guessed what this product is? EGGS!

Let’s examine the many ways we can prepare eggs.

For breakfast, we can have them soft-boiled, fried “up”, over easy, scrambled, poached, coddled, as an omelet, eggs benedict, even hard-boiled (very good when camping). Let’s not forget those breakfast burritos!

At lunchtime, there are hard-boiled eggs, egg salad in a sandwich, on crackers or pickled eggs. How about a scrambled egg sandwich?

Dinner brings salads, especially spinach salad with crumbled egg on top. When I’ve been shopping or out all day, an omelet with spinach and cheese makes a great meal. Add bacon, sliced tomato and avocado, maybe even hash browns, and you have a very special supper. You can experiment with fillings in omelets using different kinds of cheese, spinach, ham, bacon, avocado, tomato, peppers and/or onion. If you like it, you could probably add it to your omelet. Go ahead—have fun and experiment!

Pickled eggs are great as a snack or an appetizer. And let’s not forget deviled eggs as hors d’oeuvres. These are especially easy to take along when you need to take a dish to share. Usually, I hard boil the eggs, cut each in half, remove and mash up the yolks, add mustard, mayo, parsley, a little paprika, mix all together and return the yolks to the white halves. I sprinkle a little paprika on the tops for color.

But for an even tastier stuffed egg, try stuffing the whites with tuna salad, or crab or shrimp salad—even lobster salad. Top each half with crumbled egg yolk and a little sprinkled paprika. A slice of black or green olive on the top of each half adds a festive touch. This is sure to please everyone at your next get together.

Could you ever imagine the versatility of that little old egg?

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