Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe using that product. We take it a step further.

Producer Shanna Lewis visited some friends to learn about April’s agricultural commodity – eggs. In this month’s Mise en Place, Shanna takes us to Beth Ann and Andrew Zeller’s rural Custer County barn as evening chores and the gathering of eggs begins.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Listen as Andrew Zeller makes whole grain crepes on a wood burning cookstove, and see photos of the Zeller’s chicken and egg operation.

Click below for Andrew Zeller’s crepe recipe, and a breakfast egg casserole from the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Basic Crepes
Andrew Zeller makes whole-grain crepes with goats’ milk.  He provided the following recipe for crepes from
Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets compiled by Ester H. Shank

3 tbsp melted butter
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Blend all ingredients together in blender for 1 minute. Fry on medium hot griddle until golden brown on each side. Top with jam, honey, butter and sugar or savory sauces.

Recipe from the Colorado Department of Agriculture:

Breakfast Egg Casserole
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., Valley Country Club, Aurora, Colo.

7 slices Sourdough Bread, cubed into 1” squares
1-1/2 lbs. Maple Sausage, ground
1 ea. Red Pepper, julienned
1 ea. Green Pepper, julienned
1 ea. Red Onion, julienned
1 clove Garlic, minced
8 Eggs
6 fl. oz. Whole Milk
1 tsp. Black Ground Pepper
1 Tbsp. Herbs de Provence
1/3 bunch Italian Parsley, chopped fine
1/2 cup Asiago Cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Aged Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large sauté pan, add a small amount of oil and cook the bulk ground sausage. Save the rendered fat and use to sauté the peppers, onions and garlic.

Mix the eggs, milk, herbs, parsley and black pepper in a large bowl.

In a 9×13 casserole pan, spray well with non-stick pan spray and layer as follows: bread, cooked sausage, cooked peppers, onion and garlic, cheese, egg mixture. Allow the egg mixture to soak into the bread, press into pan to ensure all is coated.

Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes, uncover and finish until center is fully cooked. The dish will have a nice golden color when finished. Top with more cheese as needed.

 

3 Responses to Mise en Place: Eggs

  1. Hannah says:

    My family! I have been married for three years now. This brings back many happy memories of home. Thank you, Shanna. I felt like I was there again!

  2. [...] Color Easter Celebration on NPR and Mise En Place: Eggs with webextras as heard and featured on KRCC’s broadcast and multimedia website. This entry was posted in Animals, Environment, KRCC, NPR, Radio, [...]

  3. [...] Color Easter Celebration on NPR and Mise En Place: Eggs with webextras as heard and featured on KRCC’s broadcast and multimedia website. This entry was posted in Animals, Environment, KRCC, NPR, Radio, [...]

News

November 27, 2014 | NPR · The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. “In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world,” she told NPR.
 

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · A blast and gunfire was heard just hours after a suicide bomber targeted a British embassy vehicle, killing a British national.
 

Wisconsin Historical Society
November 27, 2014 | NPR · In America, there’s a fine line between gimmicky wrestling and performance art.
 

Arts & Life

November 27, 2014 | NPR · The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. “In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world,” she told NPR.
 

AP
November 27, 2014 | NPR · The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.
 

Crown Media
November 26, 2014 | NPR · Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
November 27, 2014 | NPR · In this session from 1991, Connick sings and plays “They Didn’t Believe Me” and joins host Marian McPartland for “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”
 

November 27, 2014 | NPR · Out of love and necessity, Stuart has become a country-music historian. “People were throwing things away,” he says. “I just took it as a family matter.”
 

Courtesy of the artist
November 26, 2014 | WXPN · The British singer and songwriter’s voice fills subtle, muted arrangements with color.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab