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The Christmas Reveal

I wrote you a moving 9,000-word essay about Christmas.  It was autobiographical gold, but when I took out the indecent anecdotes and the parts about dog pee, there was nothing left but exclamation points and smiley faces.  So I started over, this time in limerick form:

Scott’s nephew is named Connor Rooney.
As you see his head isn’t puny.
He may get the girls with his mop full of curls
But he sure doesn’t eat like George Clooney.


Sweet Seymour, our little dog pet,
Got loose at our holiday fête.
He ate all the cheese with the greatest of ease
But the plate we haven’t found yet.


This Christmas I added a year
Which generally filled me with fear.
Scott says he’ll stay with me till after I’m fifty
Though sometimes he will need a beer.


Of all the tales from the kitchen
And all the adventures I’ve written
I’ve left out the kernel of this here food journal
So readers, I give you:

The Eggton.

eggs 1

The mythical eggton!

broken eggs 3It’s about time I told you the story of its invention.

When I lived in Manhattan, I had a tiny apartment with a cramped kitchen.  Things were always falling into the sink or tumbling onto the stove.  Once, a bag of croutons fell out of the cabinet and into the scrambled eggs I was cooking.  I was too tired to pick them out, so I kept stirring.  The croutons plumped up.  Little flecks of seasoning appeared throughout the eggs.  I ate the mixture right out of the pan, and it was good.  We started making eggs and croutons (which we called “eggtons”) all the time, and the rest was history.

eggton 1 small

So happy New Year, friends.  Make yourself an eggton, and raise a glass to many happy accidents in 2013.

Eggtons {Download & Print Recipe}
by eggton

Ingredients: (makes one)

a small pat of butter

a small handful (5-8) croutons (the ones that are seasoned like garlic & herb or cheese & garlic are great)

2-3 eggs

a little of your favorite cheese (optional)

salt & pepper


Melt the butter in a skillet over medium to low heat.  Toss in the croutons. Crack the eggs into the skillet.  Cook for a minute before breaking the yolks.  Break the yolks with your spatula and toss the eggs with the croutons, coating evenly.  Add some cheese if you like.  Season with salt and pepper and cook until desired doneness.


 tdog in shadow smallMay next year be full of sunbeams.

46 Comments Post a comment
  1. Honestly, that sounds kind of awesome. I’m sorry I’ve already eaten breakfast. On the other hand, I still have time to make croutons for tomorrow (I would buy them, but I am so tired of going to the grocery store. Although we need milk. Dammit.)

    December 30, 2012
    • Oh my goodness, have you tried the croutons from 101 cookbooks? I think they went with a recipe for cauliflower soup or kale and white bean soup. I’ll look it up when I get back home. They were deliciously mustardy and garlicky- I loved them.

      December 30, 2012
  2. And here I’ve been mispronouncing the name of your blog all this time. In my brain. When I read it. My brain is a tiny bit embarrassed. But then it thinks about eggs and croutons. It’s like eggs and toast cooked together in little awesome bite-sized packages. I have happy brain now…

    December 30, 2012
    • Brooke, first we called the eggs and croutons “eggtons” (pronounced to like crouton) but then when I started the website we started calling it eggton (as in, rhymes with Charleston). So who knows.

      December 30, 2012
  3. PattyAD #

    And now I know what I’m having tomorrow morning….

    December 30, 2012
    • I hope you enjoy it, Patty. Happy New Year!

      January 1, 2013
  4. sue ellen #

    That was a delightful read…and photos !! Great croutons story that turned into fun recipe!
    Best wishes to you all in the New Year!!

    December 30, 2012
  5. Oh, gosh, I love your limericks. And the Mythical Eggton, narrated at last! Everything here looks delicious–including Connor Rooney’s curls and Thunder’s sunbeams!

    December 30, 2012
    • Connor is hilarious and his curls are so fun to stick your face into! At first he called Scott “Scott” and me “other Scott.” Pretty awesome.

      December 30, 2012
  6. krisanngentry #

    “Many happy accidents” is now my go-to New Year’s greeting. For life. Who cares if it’s devoid of context? I’m whimsical like that.

    Happy Accidents and such, to you and yours.

    December 30, 2012
    • krisanngentry #

      Look how inspirational you are.

      December 30, 2012
      • Happy (Accident) New Year to you then, Krisann!

        January 1, 2013
  7. That’s got to be one of the loveliest sets of limericks I’ve ever read. And thank you for sharing the story of “eggtons,” which sound delicious by the way. Eggs and bread is usually a scrumptious combination, regardless of the form it takes. (The name of my blog also came from a particular day in the kitchen– when making chilaquiles verdes.)

    My girlfriend loves baking(/eating) bread but hates eating croutons… I am planning to someday convince her she’s wrong using homemade croutons from her homemade bread. Once I’ve accomplished this, maybe we’ll try out some eggtons to celebrate.

    December 30, 2012
    • Hmmm…does she also hate toast? I used to hate toast, so I can see where Paula’s coming from on the crouton issue. I like rye toast now, and cinnamon and raisin…

      I love chilaquiles, by the way, and your recipe looks yummy. I’ve never made them before, but we had a fajita party for my birthday last week, and we have at least 40 corn tortillas left. Perfect timing!

      Happy New Year to you, Allison!

      January 1, 2013
      • She does not hate toast! Her hatred of croutons is truly a mystery.

        I hope you put those leftover corn tortillas to a good use! (Chilaquiles are the best….)

        Happy New Year to you, too! : )

        January 2, 2013
        • i dont like croutons either! but i do like toast, so i hear her on that one…

          January 11, 2013
  8. mdog32 #

    I just love your blog, especially this post and how you came up with “eggton”. Cheers to happy accidents and 2013!!

    December 30, 2012
    • Cheers to you, too. Happy New Year!

      January 1, 2013
  9. stephbo93 #

    What a fantastic little accident! Sounds yummy! I adore croutons and could easily eat an entire box as a snack. Sounds like a perfect addition to eggs. Thanks!

    December 30, 2012
    • I eat croutons as a snack, too! They’re just so crunchy and the perfect size. Thanks for the kind note. Happy New Year!

      January 1, 2013
  10. I do so love your “happily after” stories. I imagined the eggs and croutons, hand in hand, walking into the sunset….

    December 30, 2012
    • I love the image of the egg and the crouton, waddling along. Maybe even waltzing on the stove top?

      January 1, 2013
  11. rhema3one7 #

    Limericks and “happy accidents” were wonderful ! My new year wishes to you and yours.

    December 30, 2012
    • Thank you, Rhema! Happy New Year!

      January 1, 2013
  12. Amy #

    First off, Scott’s nephew is adorable!!!

    Love the tale of the eggton! Who knew?! I’ll have to try it some time 🙂

    Happy New Year, Katherine, Scott, Thunder and Seymour!

    December 31, 2012
    • Thank you, my dear Amy! I just watched the video Nate made for your wedding. It’s so awesome.

      Also, we just ate at a Greek diner and the food took an hour and 20 minutes to arrive and the whole time I was like “We could have made and eaten Amy’s spanikopita pasta bake in this time and it would have been better! GAH!!”

      January 1, 2013
  13. Amy #

    I never thought to wonder where the name came from, I’m totally going to try this.

    My note cards of Thunder Cracking Herself Up arrived today, they are gorgeous!! Thank you so much for adding it to the shop.

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2013.

    December 31, 2012
    • Oh, Amy, I’m so glad they arrived and that you like them! That makes me happy. Happy New Year!

      January 1, 2013
  14. That kid oughta be on the cover of a magazine!

    December 31, 2012
    • Can you believe the curls, Robin?! So cute.

      January 1, 2013
  15. I never have croutons in the house and only recently have eggs begun showing up here on a semi-regular basis. Today, I actually do have croutons because of an end of the year miracle. I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow. Happy New Year! 2013 is going to be eggsome!

    December 31, 2012
    • If 2013 is going to be eggsome, I’m sure it will also be magically bustopular. Cheers to you!

      January 1, 2013
  16. a #

    That sounds delicious! I’m going to try that next weekend!

    December 31, 2012
    • Happy New Year! Thanks for your presence here this year–I look forward to your comments, and I wish you all the best!

      January 1, 2013
  17. From one recovering lawyer to another, I had to come over and have a closer look at your dogs…they made my day! (and your eggtons look pretty awesome too!). Happy New Year.

    January 1, 2013
    • Kelly, it’s around the holidays that I’m most glad I’m no longer practicing law in New York. I loved it–I really did–but the holidays were tough. I spent several Christmas Eves working late into the night instead of hanging out with my family. I skipped out of my own birthday party one year (my birthday’s right after Christmas) to take an hour-long conference call. I enjoyed law so much but don’t relish the holiday-law-memories, and I’m so happy to be able to spend time with the people I care about now!

      January 4, 2013
  18. From one recovering lawyer to another, I had to come over and have a closer look at your dogs…they made my day! (and your eggtons look pretty awesome too!). Happy New Year.

    January 1, 2013
  19. And a new year full of happy accidents to you too! Another smile-inducing post and a great recipe. Simple is best, especially if serendipitous!

    January 1, 2013
  20. Happy New Year! Have I ever told you that 2.0 is obsessed with croutons? Mostly with pronouncing the word “crouton” incorrectly and very loudly at the grocery store. “Honey,” he yells, “do we need any CROUWTONS? I’ve got some right here! CROUWTONS! Over here!” I don’t know why he finds this so amusing. I DO know that he would love The Eggton. (Even though he likes to call you Eggplant.)

    January 2, 2013
  21. you write EXCELLENT limericks. i mean, EXCELLENT. And that’s a very specific and rare talent.
    i have always wanted to know the specifics regarding The Eggton. Because why? it sounds delicious. sort of like putting an egg on toast only way more awesome. Here’s to happy accidents, and you, and the rest of 2013. happy new year!

    January 2, 2013
  22. awesome I want some eggtons, came from Jenni’s blog pleased to meet you and will follow along happy new year Rebecca

    January 2, 2013
  23. I guess I have been reading since maybe the beginning because I remember this story from waay back when. And I’ve loved you ever since. 🙂

    January 4, 2013
  24. stephbo93 #

    Finally got around to making these today, and YUM!!!!! I added some chopped up tomatoes too. Thanks for the recipe!

    February 23, 2013

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