Duck, quail, chicken, farm-fresh or free-range, white, brown or speckled, eggs have a long culinary history and should be revered. I am a huge fan of eating them hard-boiled, chopped up with butter and salt in a bowl. It was what my mom fed me every time I was sick; it's easy to swallow on a sore throat.
To this day it amuses me that every time I fire up a pot of hot bubbles to make my own, someone gives me unsolicited egg advice. It started early. When I was nine, my Aunt Gail said to "salt the water." I still do. And just last year someone taught me to "put the finished egg in the paper towel and roll it on the counter" for perfect shell cracking.
As chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s renowned Miller Union restaurant stated, “The deviled egg is a Southern icon and let's face it, there would be no dessert without the egg."
Chef Satterfield is masterful when it comes to eggs, so for a change, I went to him to solicit a bit of hard-boiled advice. “My first tip is only make it deviled, for the deviled egg is a hard-boiled egg's best friend," he replied.
[Insert milkshake joke here.]
Editor's note: Stacy Dean is the vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a think tank that focuses on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income people.
In their attacks on the food stamp program, some Republican presidential candidates are leaving a deeply misleading impression of the nation's leading anti-hunger program. No one aspires to enroll, but for those who must, it is an essential lifeline that addresses one of the harshest impacts of poverty and unemployment - hunger.
The food stamp program, now officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides about 46 million Americans in about 22 million low-income households with debit cards to buy food each month. Participants include families with adults who work in low-wage jobs, unemployed workers and people on fixed incomes, such as Social Security. About three-fourths of SNAP recipients live in households with children; more than one-quarter live in households with seniors or people with disabilities.
Read the full story on CNN Opinion: "Food stamp program a necessary lifeline"
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