"How to Cook an Egg" was requested by one of my e-newsletter subscribers. Having been in the restaurant business for over 20 years, I was not surprised by the request. I have actually met chefs who could not properly cook an egg, let alone cook an over easy egg.
This request started me thinking about my egg cooking experiences.
High school home economics class was my only real experience before I was married and I guess that didn't sink in.
The only thing I remember about eggs in that class was making Eggs ala Goldenrod (which I still love) and beating an egg and then measuring it in tablespoons for the purpose of making a recipe that required half an egg. I never, ever came across another recipe requiring half an egg.
And I never learned how to cook an egg.
So basically as a new (young) bride I had to start from scratch. I married a very finicky egg eater and after being scolded for imperfect over easy eggs, I began throwing eggs away if they weren't "just right."
I must have ended up throwing away dozens of eggs while perfecting my egg cooking skills. I thought I must be a slow learner. I just had to learn how to cook an egg! Had he known, my thrifty, finicky husband would have lectured me about wasting food. But as the words of the song "Margaritaville" say, I thought it was "his own darn fault." I never did reveal my secret.
Practice does make perfect, as it is said, and eventually I learned how to cook an egg.
After the death of my first husband (no, not my cooking), I married another wonderful man. I was pleased that I could cook perfect over easy eggs for him.
Being the thoughtful man he is, he didn't mention for some time that he really preferred his eggs over hard.
Oh, the cruelties of life! I don't mind saying that it was very hard for me to break those yolks!
You can read all the details at How To Cook An Egg.
About the Author: Donna Hager has owned and operated an American-style restaurant for over two decades. More articles can be found in her e-newsletter, "What's Cookin'?" and on her website that features real restaurant recipes, menus, cooking tips, and much more at Real Restaurant Recipes
Donna is also the author of the new e-cookbook, "Real Restaurant Recipes: Food That Built A Business."
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