Small Bytes – Duck Eggs

May 14, 2013 - Written by Diana

Cookerati - Duck Eggs

Duck Eggs


I was late to the farm market but needed eggs, so I made a bee-line to vendors that carried eggs.  Well, they didn’t have any chicken eggs but they had duck eggs. So I bought 3 dozen because I was in dire need.  I inquired as to the difference between duck and chicken eggs and found out a few things.

I’ve used the eggs in fritattas, and on over easy.  I can tell the difference in the over easy due to the larger more rich yolk but in the fritatta or scrambled it wasn’t as noticeable. Cook gently, I noticed that it tends to get dried out if cooked too quickly.

Small Bytes – Mushroom Stems

April 10, 2013 - Written by Diana

Mushroom stems to mushroom powder.Here’s a small tip.  I enjoy fresh mushrooms, but the stems can get too woody for me and I just don’t like to use them sliced as I do the tops of the mushrooms.  They’re a little too firm for my taste.

My tip is to – dehydrate the stems, pulse them in the small food processor until they are a powder.  I use the mushroom powder in gravies, sauces, meatloaf, or in a meat rub.  They could be added to your deviled eggs, or if you make home made cheese.  A little bit of extra earthy flavor sprinkled in, on or around whatever you like.  I have a jar I keep in my cabinet near the stove to sprinkle as needed.  Magic Mushroom Powder – try it out.

Small Bytes – Croquettes

April 28, 2012 - Written by Diana

This is a repeat of a conversation with my husband and inspired today’s post…

Conversation at dinner with my husband:

Me:   The croquettes are really good.

The Man:   The what?

Me:   The croquettes.

The Man:   The what?

Me:   The chicken balls.

The Man:   Oh I didn’t know what you were talking about.

According to the online dictionary:


[kroh-ket] noun –

a small cake or ball of minced meat, poultry, or fish, or of rice, potato, or other food, often coated with beaten egg and bread crumbs, and fried in deep fat.

Not to be confused with……


[kroh-key; Brit. kroh-key, -kee]-

a game played by knocking wooden balls through metal wickets with mallets.