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Eggs Benedict relies on two tricky egg-based components—poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. If you follow our method for poaching eggs, the first part is easy. Adding vinegar to the water helps to set the whites and prevents feathery whites. Cracking the eggs into the teacups and gently sliding the eggs into the salted, acidulated water ensures they all go into the water at the same time—so they all are done at the same time.
Water temperature is key when poaching eggs. We bring the water to a boil and turn off the heat. We add the eggs and then quickly cover the pan. The gentle residual heat produces restaurant-worthy poached eggs with soft, runny yolks and perfectly formed, round whites.
If you're frying up some eggs and bacon – lucky you! Some folks in the path of Hurricane Sandy weren’t so fortunate. CNN’s Impact Your World has a great list of ways to get resources to people who need it. Meanwhile, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Speak of the devil, November 2 is National Deviled Egg Day!
If you're in the South, you’d be hard-pressed to attend any celebration and NOT see a tray of deviled eggs being passed around. Despite being considered as Southern as biscuits and gravy, deviled eggs are actually European - Ancient Roman to be exact. To this day, variations of this egg dish are eaten across the continent in places like Sweden and Hungary.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Get cracking! Today marks the very special occasion that is World Egg Day.
Since 1996, the International Egg Commission has used the second Friday in October to celebrate the incredible, edible egg. For a mere 70 delicious calories, you're also getting 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein and antioxidants.