Let’s Get Crackin’

St. Scholastica's Student Newspaper
The Cable
By: Kate Murphy  - Student Journalist -

Don't be chicken, eat some eggs.

Easter is a joyous time of year. Flowers are slowly starting to bloom, chocolate bunnies grace the grocery store aisles, and children are focused on the adrenaline-induced mission of gathering up the most eggs (who am I kidding... I still Easter egg hunt).

While I am a 21-year-old who still dyes Easter eggs and hunts for them on that early Sunday morning, there is more to an egg than meets the shell. Let's get to the yolk of the matter it's time to crack open the deliciousness that is the incredible, edible egg.

I'll say it straight up: I love eggs. Scrambled? Scrumptious. Poached? Perfection. Frittata? Fantastic. Eggs are so versatile. A multitude of meals can emerge from the simple liquid gold. Eggs are a blank canvas that can handle a variety of spices, meats, and vegetables. One of my favorite recipes is a specialty of mine, the chicken fajita frittata: Mexican-spiced chicken, chock-full of peppers, onions, and cheese. All nestled in the comfort of eggs. In addition, my frittata is served with sour cream, salsa, and more cheese - it's simply heaven.

In my opinion, eggs are one of your best resources in the morning. Full of quality protein, virtually carb-free, and packed with vitamins and minerals, they make the ultimate breakfast food. Don't be dismayed by the cholesterol rumors; eating the whole egg-not just the whites-has actually been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and to improve good cholesterol levels. Furthermore, people who eat eggs for breakfast, when compared to those who eat cereal or no breakfast at all, helped people reduce cravings for sugary and fatty foods later in the day.
Besides their great nutritional profile, eggs are easy to prepare, taste great, and are cheap. Eggs are truly incredible and edible.

Besides devouring the mouthwatering omelets of mine, I am a fan of eggs for other reasons. When Easter rolls around, I have to embrace my inner child and dye the oval objects. Decorate the eggs in red, blue, green, or whatever color sparks your fancy. Sprinkle on some glitter or plaster on stickers. Use a clear or white crayon to draw on the white canvas of a shell before dipping them in the dye. Whether you're painting stripes with a brush, or dipping the egg into every color, Easter egg dying is an art form.

After the Easter egg hunt, my family eats the boiled and brilliant-colored eggs for breakfast. But what do you do with the inedible shell? There are a variety of uses from this protective coating. Use the shell as compost; eggshells quickly decompose in the compost pile and add valuable calcium and other nutrients to your garden. It's an effective pest control, too; scatter crushed eggshells around your plants and flowers to help deter plant-eating critters without using eco-unfriendly pesticides. Also, deer hate the smell of eggs, so scattering eggshells around the flowerbed will help keep Bambi away from your begonias. Coffee is a way of life to college students, and eggshells can help aid the caffeine jolt; if you add an eggshell to the coffee in the filter, your morning brew will be less bitter. I told you eggs are incredible.

Brown or white, dyed or plain, Egg-Beaters or organic, I love eggs. Whether you shovel an egg-white omelet into your mouth, or shovel eggshells into your garden, the yolk of the matter is that eggs are egg-cellent.

Ta ta for now,