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I’m still surprised by how many people don’t know you can legally keep chickens in the city. Not too many chickens, mind you. And, no roosters, please. But, keeping two or three little hens is perfectly acceptable.
The Easter Bunny was really hopping Saturday. It was that cold. Mr. Bunny, aka David Walton, had added his own vest, tie and hat to the bunny suit provided by Providence Emilie Court Assisted Living. But from the waist down he had only gym shorts underneath, not much insulation against the gusty winds and pelting popcorn snow squalls that swept the Inland Northwest.
The Easter Bunny was really hopping Saturday. It was that cold. Mr. Bunny, a.k.a. David Walton, had added his own vest, tie and hat to the bunny suit provided by Providence Emilie Court Assisted Living. But from the waist down he had only gym shorts underneath, not much insulation against the gusty winds and pelting popcorn snow squalls that swept the Inland Northwest.
I was in the mood for a boiled egg for breakfast. So, I opened the back door, walked across my small back yard, unlatched the door of the petite hen house tucked against the side of my garage and reached in the nesting box.
Fresh eggs make a kitchen complete, and they are all the more enchanting when gathered up in an apron. Gingham, lace or denim -- the folds of any fabric complement delicate shells produced by happy hens.
Sometimes my job stinks. My husband usually considers it an advantage to live with someone who writes about food and he’s usually game for experimentation. But a recent project left him shaking his head – and plugging his nose.
Before the local growing season really takes off, there are always eggs. The orbs are delicious cooked with herbs and an essential ingredient in many baked goodies.
If your family celebrates the Easter holiday by decorating Easter eggs, you might very well end up with lots of perfectly good eggs – real, as opposed to chocolate – that would be extravagant to let go to waste. Why not try some egg recipes with your children as part of the holiday celebrations? I remember, when I was young, poking holes in both ends of the egg with a needle and then blowing the yolk and white out of the eggs into a bowl. We then decorated the intact but empty eggshells, and my mother made scrambled eggs. For special scrambled eggs, use cream cheese instead of milk and add some fresh chopped basil as they're cooking.
Scientists tend to be a curious lot, and South Hill resident Eileen Starr is no exception. The retired earth scientist started experimenting with natural dyes a few years ago. "I was curious about what color dyes different plant materials would make," she said. "The cheapest way for me to experiment was to use eggs."