LoLa, The Plucky Little Chicken That Could (With Your Help!)

As bloggers continue plowing through NaBloPoMo, I felt it was disingenuous for me to reblog a recent post (“Have You Been Getting Locally Laid?”) and count it as my daily post for purposes of the challenge . . . so you will just have to click on that link to return to my effusive raving about the works of art from the stars (all named LoLa) of Locally Laid Egg Company.

So why raise the image of LoLa’s exquisitely delicious eggs again so soon?!  Because LoLa has made the FINAL FOUR in Intuit’s small business ad contest!!!  From almost 15,000 entries down to the final 4, LoLa has a shot at a television ad shown during that granddaddy of all football games, the Super Bowl.  I do believe this will require a round of egg-inspired game day dishes!

But, in the meantime, if you are so inclined (and I encourage you to be so), vote for LoLa and help that little northern Minnesota hen and her hard-working local farmers share their inspiring message. In yesterday’s post, I wrote about improving the world while also enjoying it — LoLa does just that through her humorous Facebook posts that brighten the day and her contributions to the movement toward local, non-GMO, eco-friendly, sustainable foods!  Daily voting through December 1 at www.votelola.com!

OK, just one more gratuitous photo of LoLa’s eggs ~ no two eggs are the same (why buy a print, when you could purchase an original for just a little more?) :

Locally Laid eggs
LoLa’s pride and joy

Ciao! ~ Kat

Have You Been Getting Locally Laid?

LoLa is the little chicken that could.  With only three more daily opportunities to vote for this small business and help LoLa win a Super Bowl ad, I have become even more enamored with this cheeky local farm, Locally Laid Egg Company (where “local chicks are better”). LoLa’s daily Facebook updates, her sassy photo ops, the company’s admirable sustainable philosophy and pasture-raised chickens, what is not to love?  But, arguably none of that matters if her eggs are nothing special.  Well, LoLa, every time I find a recipe where you can shine, you remind me of why I love you so!

* Disclaimer: I have no family or professional relationship with this company — read on and you will see why these eggs are worth writing about . . . not to mention a great frittata recipe to try.

Frittata Ingredients

When a frittata recipe calls for 10 eggs, the quality of the eggs will make or break the success of that dish.  A 10-egg frittata calls for eggs that are works of art.  Let me introduce you to LoLa’s eggs:

A Dozen Shades of LoLa
A Dozen Shades of LoLa

Large, larger and largest — in every subtle shade of brown and cream, with a hand-rubbed glow to them, they could just as easily sit in as the table centerpiece.  This evening they were called into action as the main ingredient of the Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Herb Frittata (recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma).  The summer herbs have not been nipped by a hard frost yet, so a few cuttings from the herb pots on our front steps were pulled in, along with a mix of chopped mushrooms and shallots, and a small dose of red pepper flakes, .

Chopped frittata ingredients

Sautéing the chopped ingredients with a little olive oil filled the kitchen with the fragrant bouquet of fresh herbs.

Chopped frittata ingredients in the saute pan

Then it was time to have LoLa strut her stuff.  The eggs cracked cleanly and easily, with no worry of shell shards making their way into the mix.

Thick shells, perfect yolks

I used a relatively deep stainless steel mixing bowl.  Egg after egg dropped their yolk to the bottom, and the perfect yellow orbs remained.

Perfect yellow yolk orbs

After adding the cream and beating the eggs, the fresh goat cheese and mushroom mixture were added.  This recipe was a true frittata, initially pouring the mixture into a skillet with a little heated olive oil, before finishing the dish with a topping of Parmesan cheese under the broiler.

Skillet step of the frittata

The color of the eggs is exceptional — a rich golden hue. No rubbery texture or bland taste.  The eggs make this dish.

Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Herb Frittata ala Lola

Throw in a little salad with some of the season-end tomatoes and onions from our Northern Harvest Farm CSA share, and you have a plate full of local farm love.

Plate of local farm love

The full recipe for the Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Herb Frittata can be found on the Williams-Sonoma blog, Taste.  (Link to recipe, here).

Ciao! ~ Kat

P.S.  If you want to help local chicks make it to the Super Bowl, vote daily the next three days for Locally Laid Egg Company through the “vote for us” link on their website.  And if you miss out on this opportunity, check out their t-shirts instead!  LoLa’s fame is spreading, so keep watching your local Co-op or grocery store for a chance to enjoy LoLa firsthand.