Reader Emily writes in with some interesting information regarding brown eggs and diversity.
The argument I've heard (from the environmentalists) is that you should choose brown eggs to preserve genetic diversity. The brown chickens are in the minority. The white chickens are mass produced for meat and for eggs. The argument is that if you buy brown eggs you keep up demand for these more rare chickens, and hence the diversity.
She also included a link to <a href="http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html" title="The ICYouSee Handy-Dandy Chicken Chart: An Alphabetical List of More than 60 Chicken Breeds
With Comparative Information”>The ICYouSee Handy-Dandy Chicken Chart: An Alphabetical List of More than 60 Chicken Breeds With Comparative Information. Handy is right! It makes me wish I could have my own chickens here in Manhattan, but I don't think they'd do well inside an apartment. Especially not with our cat. But if I could, I'd totally get chickens that lay blue and blue-green eggs.
You might want to do that Shawangunk Wine Trail in the near future, as Luxist has some information on Global Warming And The Future of Wine. Sounds like some wine-making regions will be threatened by changing weather and possibly unable to grow their current varietals of grapes.
Wine-tasting at vineyards near New York City? I didn't even know that was possible! But the Shawangunk Wine Trail, "is nestled between the famous Shawangunk Mountains and the majestic Hudson River in Ulster County, just 85 miles north of New York City." It's an organization of eight wineries and you can visit and sample their wines. There are plenty of other attractions in the area, from nature trails to farmer's markets. I guess it makes sense, but really, I had no idea this was just upstate. I'm going to go check it out for sure.
Augieland's eating Otto's Ramps Pizza, and he's got a photo and it looks yummy! I've been meaning to make some dough and get back into using my pizza stone here at home. Perhaps tonight we'll try a homemade ramps pizza. His just sounds so yummy!
My new favorite web site is Pimp My Snack, where people recreate typical snacks but make them bigger and better. I'm keeping this one in mind for next Easter: Giant Creme Egg! This guy combined 22 Cadbury creme eggs into one giant egg, and I have to say it looks delicious. Then he sold the monster on eBay for &164;17.03.
I don't know what it is about changing the size of something, but I'm smitten with mini items (like baby chocolate bread puddings I made recently and have been meaning to write up) and maxi items. There's something about creating a homemade Reeses Mothership that I just adore.
McMenu: Do-It-Yourself McDonald's Restaurant Recipes. Hmmm…I'm not sure I like McDonald's enough to make it at home. Now do it yourself In-N-Out burgers? Or do it yourself Shake Shack? That would be something!
From NPR's "All Things Considered," White Eggs, Brown Eggs: What's the Difference? Anyone who grew up in Massachusetts in the eighties can tell you, without having to even listen to the audio: "Brown eggs are local eggs, and local eggs are fresh!" At least, that's what the TV was always telling me. And it sure stuck, I always buy brown eggs. I only buy white eggs if that's all they sell, and I do so begrudgingly.
Over at The Kitchen Sara Kate's got a Spotlight On: Ramps. Since the ramp season is so short in New York City, there's a flurry of activity right now while they're available. Yesterday at the Union Square Greenmarket I saw no less than five vendors with piles of them. I'm going back for more tomorrow!
According to their website, Richwood, West Virginia is the heart of ramp country. To celebrate, they're having the Richwood Ramp Fest this Saturday, April 22. Where exactly? "Located in the south central portion of West Virginia in Nicholas County, deep in the hills, accessible by two-lane paved road and Richwood is situated just at the edge of the Monongahela National Forest." Drat! I had ramps last night for the first time, and they were yummy. This festival sounds fun but I can't make it this year, perhaps next year.
With temperatures already in the 70s here in New York City today, and expected to go as high as 80°, who wouldn't want to have A Simple Yet Chic Picnic this evening? Clotilde tells you how in this NPR column from last summer. But you better get on it, because the forecast is for a return to more seasonal April showers and colder temps this weekend.