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Introducing Eggzy Gear

Check out Eggzy Gear.

Eggzy Gear is our new online shop. We’re starting out small, but wanted to have something for everyone—whether you’re just getting started with your backyard flock, or you’re a seasoned Egg Stand pro.

Over time we’ll be expanding and refining our Gear, and, as always, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a shout with suggestions for other items we should include in Eggzy Gear.

City Chicken, Country Chicken

Chickens aren’t just country-dwellers anymore, over the last several years, more and more chickens have been seen moving into cities and urban areas across the country.

By our count, 4 of the top 5 U.S. Metropolitan markets have revised their ordinances to allow backyard chickens. Additionally, 32 of the top 50 U.S. Metro markets allow backyard chickens, most others have active pro-chicken lobby groups.

The recent increase in urban gardening and backyard chickens can (in part) be attributed to greater interest in:

  • Elevating Personal Food IQ
  • Better Nutrition and Health
  • Better Taste
  • Stronger Community Economies
  • Greater Sustainability

Many of these are also cited by the Wallace Center in their report about why food is localizing.

Do you want chickens in your city and you’re not sure how or where to start? Here’s a great resource for getting up to speed on chicken ordinance issues.

You can also find links to a bunch of municipal and regional chicken groups in the Resources section of Eggzy.net.

Recipe no. 4: Frittatta

I like entertaining and brunch is favorite meal of mine, both to make and to eat. One of the easiest menus I use is to center the meal around a large seasonal frittata, such as an herb, cheese and vegetable recipe. Once I’ve decided on the frittata, I surround that savory dish with a fruit salad, potatoes, breads and/or danish. Sometimes I add additional protein on the side like smoked salmon, sausages and/or bacon.

Frittatas are basically an Italian version of the omelette, but they are served open-faced and not folded over – though some frittata recipes do remind me more of a quiche than an omlette, but without the crust. Otherwise, frittatas are pretty versatile and easy to make, just decide on the filling, vegetables, meat and/or cheese, stir in well-beaten-eggs, then finish off in the oven. Nothing could easier, as such you’ll find that there hundreds of recipes and a handful of techniques, for instance partially cooking the frittata on the stove top and then finishing off in the oven.

Frittatas should be very thick and made with just about any ingredient you have on hand. I’ve seen recipes that add sour cream and/or milk to help add body and volume to the eggs, while others swear all that is needed for height are well beaten eggs with lots of air in them, I’ve eaten and enjoyed them all ways.

Frittatas make a great meal anytime; not only for breakfast/brunch but also for lunch and dinner as well. Try one with a salad, some olives and crusty bread on the side—deliziosa.

 

Eggcellent frittata recipes to try: