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by Monica Melograna-Ward

The dogs have acquired a taste for duck eggs, now that they are sharing stomping ground in the split rail fenced area (so that they don’t pester the neighbors). Every morning now, I rush ahead of the crowd at the dog door and collect the lovely porcelain vessel of goodness, glowing white in the makeshift nest of leaves, surrounded by the challenging red clay earth. But, that early morning jog bypasses the drool-covered egg on the kitchen floor complete with teeth marks or the absence of that egg altogether.

Ducks

Duck Mates

The brown female is a Khaki Campbell. She is a prolific egg layer, as are all members of her specific breed. Her old man is a Pekin. Although his breed started out as small and black, they transformed into the present day “Big & White”, making them a much sought after victim of Peking duck feasts. As far as egg production goes, KC ducks are more reliable than hens.

Chickens

Laying Troop

The gold girl, front and center, is the creator of the golden eggs. Well, actually sun-touched brown with a golden surprise inside. In times of plenty, fresh eggs make great gifts or additions to recipes such as:

Spinach Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 (6 ounce) package herb and garlic feta, crumbled
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion in butter until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach, mushrooms, feta and 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into pie crust.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry shell, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar cheese, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in center. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

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