Grammy Eggs

April 23, 2008 · 27 comments · Print This Post

in Eggs, Friends / Family, Miscellaneous, Poultry

Egg vs Egg

My grandmother has chickens and they live a fabulous Disney-esq life full of table scraps, grain, and white bread complete with a fancy chicken coop and a big grassy area to run around in. In general these chickens probably have a quality of life similar to your pet cat.

If you spend the night at my grandmother’s house you are woken up by the crowing of a large rooster. Sometimes the brave little chickens get out of their pen and run around the neighborhood. Now that’s what I call “free range.” Gram keeps in her neighbors good graces by making them incredible batches of peanut butter fudge and by also bestowing upon them dozens of amazing eggs that her pampered chickens lay.

Organic Grudge Match

When I go home to Maine I always request eggs to take back with me. They are fabulous beyond belief. Case in point: they are almost twice the size of normal extra-large organic eggs that you buy in the grocery store. The yolks are a bright orange color as opposed to the much paler yellow that you see above. In fact the yolks are so orange that everyone in my family has learned not to use them in white foods as we’ve all ended up with bright orange lasagna and funky colored cakes due to Gram’s delicious (but neon) eggs. In general I treat these eggs like culinary diamonds. They are reserved for weekend omelets and fluffy scrambles on lazy Sunday mornings. We’ll seriously get into a fight if you try to use one of these to make anything as mundane as a boxed corn muffin mix. I’m not kidding!

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1 Cze-Johnson Carrie April 23, 2008 at 7:57 am

tell me your Grammy raises pork and I might move north.

those are crazy… seriously. I mean.. those are the kind of eggs that make me wish I was hungover. (only time I order my eggs over medium)


2 Nicole April 23, 2008 at 8:41 am

Thanks for the laugh this a.m. 🙂


3 Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy April 23, 2008 at 8:45 am

Coming by way of Nicole’s twit…if you have fresh eggs like that, you should make a zabaglione! My mother-in-law takes a fresh egg yolk (from the eggs you know) and beats it in a cup with some sugar…so good!


4 Paula April 23, 2008 at 10:30 am

I’d love some of your “grammy” eggs. They looks so much better than the store eggs!! oh and my grandmother was “grammy” too and she had chickens:) Miss her!


5 Emily April 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Wow, those eggs look so much more delicious than the store bought ones! I miss the days when my great-grandma still had chickens.


6 katy April 23, 2008 at 12:26 pm

yet more proof that animals raised with a happy, unstresed lifestyle will produce better food than miserable, caged ones that have been pumped full of hormones. i want chickens! somehow i don’t think my manhattan apt will allow that…


7 Allen April 23, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Growing up, farm raised eggs were something I took for granted. You can’t beat the taste — I love’s me some good eggs. I’m bummed that they aren’t sold at our local farmer’s market (@#$%@). Oh well, I’ll live vicariously through you and Grammy 🙂


8 Amy April 23, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Oh, yum. It’s a dream of mine to one day own a little flock of hens. Lucky you! 🙂


9 Hänni April 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm

It sucks to pay $4 for a dozen of the best organic, cage free eggs the grocery sells and then see your post. The best the store offers is NOTHING compared to Grammys. You have inspired me to find a local farmer.


10 dp April 23, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Hubby used to get eggs from a coworker and they were bright orange and delicious. I made vanilla ice cream with them once and while it tasted great, the color was a bit funny. LOL

Unfornately they no longer work together. *sigh*


11 rebecca April 24, 2008 at 9:30 am

Seriously, the only way to eat eggs are fresh from the chicken. 🙂 My neighbor across the street has chickens and I’m so envious because she doesn’t share the eggs anymore. She used to sell them to me, but then said the productivity of their eggs went down? Anyway…

Best egg I ever had, was actually a goose egg! My ex boyfriend’s father has a farm in Maine and he made us an omelete using a goose egg that was in short – “to die for”. The color was unbelievable – and the richness was incredible. I still remember what it tasted like.


(Found you via your adding me to Twitter!)
And since you like wine – and live in Cambridge – you might be interested to know that I own Beacon Hill Wine & Spirits. 🙂


12 Tarah April 24, 2008 at 11:00 am

Haha, thanks for the laugh for the day. 😀


13 Elle April 24, 2008 at 11:21 am

Grammy eggs look amazing and gorgeous!


14 wummy April 24, 2008 at 3:03 pm

grammie eggs are the best!! 🙂


15 Abbey April 25, 2008 at 12:04 am

I loooove your Grammy eggs! SOOO much better than the store. Maybe I need to make friends with someone with a chicken farm. : )


16 Erin April 25, 2008 at 1:52 am

Wow, your Grammy’s eggs are going to kick that other teensy Organic eggs butt! I bet they’re delish!


17 FlaNboyantEats April 25, 2008 at 9:02 pm

girl, what pretty eggs. I love eggs. If i don’t watch myself, I could eat 4-5 day which is not good for cholesterol issues!


18 Beth April 26, 2008 at 7:35 am

There is no correlation between eggs and cholesterol.

This has been disproved many times and the word is still not out there.

Low cholesterol means more strokes

Often research is misrepresented in the media like the famous Framingham study.

There’s a movie being made called (at least of the time of this post) Fat Head: You’ve been fed a load of bologna.

There is also the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics.

Tons more research is out there.


19 michelle @ TNS April 26, 2008 at 11:04 pm

i would eat eggs for every meal if i could get eggs like those. the organic ones i usually get are decent, but there’s nothing like the bright orange yolk of a real fresh egg from a happy chicken. screw the orange color, i’d put ’em in everything.


20 Ben April 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm

When I was a kid we raised a special kind of chicken (Araucanas?) that laid multi-colored eggs, blue and green mostly. Not only did it look like Easter every day, they were also definitely tastier than what you find in the store. Makes me long for country living…


21 jen April 28, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Hey there! I’m from Maine as well, and we were lucky enough to have 2 or 3 people in my hometown who had chickens. I miss fresh eggs. I’m so jealous when I see Nigella working with them on tv….


22 Cze-Johnson Carrie April 30, 2008 at 9:38 am


I find it hard to believe you’ve been eating take-out all week. ok, weddings and baseball games keep you busy… but how about an “ask Erin Cooks” segment???

(in other words.. how ’bout a new post???)

I mean… when that whole JOB thing isn’t in the way and all. 😉


23 Traci @ Soup of The Day May 7, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Hi there- I just found your blog- I love it! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and although I’ve only read 2 posts, I really like the content so far.

The egg post reminded me of these super expensive free range eggs I got recently. The yolks were giant and so bright orange, just like your Grammy’s. Guess happy chickens have orange yolks. 🙂


24 Deanna Vazquez February 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

We started raising chickens last year and have had a steady flow of eggs since September last year. Your photo comparison speaks for itself and I cannot tell you how much better those eggs taste. My friend Krista appears on my doorstop every Friday morning and asks “any eggs today?”. Of course, I head out to the barn and pick up a couple, boil them and we stand over the sink eating and making strange sounds about how wonderful these tastes! Knowing the eggs are produced from organic chickens and are as fresh as we’ll ever get is always a good feeling too!


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