Breakfast buffet: National egg month
January 23rd, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Simply eggscellent! - January is National Egg Month.

All month long, you can enjoy the incredible and absolutely edible egg in every form and fashion.

Bird eggs have been a favorite foodstuff since prehistoric times. Hunters and gatherers were fond of snatching eggs right from the nest, while other cultures began to domesticate birds for safer and more flavorful options. By 7500 BCE, chickens, formerly known as jungle fowl, were domesticated in Southeast Asia and India.

These fine fowls were soon showing up in many cultures. Eggs were forbidden during Lent in the Middle Ages because of their richness. But the French were happy to whip them into an early type of mayonnaise, and soon after, they began scrambling eggs with lemon juice. Thanks to the French folks, we had lemon curd as early as the 1600s.

And while the chicken and egg dispute remains a big one, we do know that the egg far predates the egg carton, which didn't develop until 1911 when farmers finally began to complain about broken eggs.

If you really love eggs, you'll have to swing by Barcelona during the feast of Corpus Christi, when the tradition of the dancing egg is held - which is really just an emptied egg shell bouncing on top of a water jet fountain over and over. We don't know about you, but that sounds like it could be entertaining for hours.

So whether you scramble, whisk, beat, whip, fry, boil or bake your eggs, we'll be egging you on all January long.

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  1. VladT

    Since my dad taught me at about age 10, a relatively healthy after school snack I would quickly whip up would be "egg in the hole." At my night shift right now, and that sounds pretty tasty right about now

    January 24, 2012 at 5:30 am |
  2. Hot For Teacher

    "I need an egg-splaination, young man."

    January 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
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