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Recipe for family meals :

Eggs in a Hole

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A Little Chicken History

Chickens descend from the wild red jungle fowl of India and belong to the species Gallus gallus. They have been domesticated for at least 4,000 years. Chicken meat and eggs did not start to become mass-production commodities until the 1800s. Modern high-volume poultry farms, with rows of cages stacked indoors for control of heat, light and humidity, began to proliferate in Great Britain around 1920 and in the United States after World War II. The females are raised for meat and for their edible eggs. Mature males have long been used for sport (now mostly outlawed), but most immature males are castrated (in modern times usually chemically, with hormones that cause atrophying of the testicles) to become meat birds, called capons. Originally, meat production was a by-product of egg production. Only hens that could no longer produce enough eggs were killed and sold for meat. By the mid-Twentieth century, however, meat production had outstripped egg production as a specialized industry.


Sandwich sliced bread
American Cheese Slices (optional)

  • Spray frying pan with nonstick spray or melt margarine / butter over medium low heat.
  • Tear a small hole out of the center of the bread, about the size of egg yolk and place bread in the frying pan.
  • Crack egg over the bread filling the hole in the bread. The remainder will sit on top of the bread.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cooking time will depend on how you like your eggs. If you like your yolk over easy, flip about the same as you would when cooking your eggs regularly.
  • After flipping the bread and egg over, the white of the egg will cook to the bread.
  • After egg yolk has reached its desired state, remove from pan and add slice of cheese to the side with the egg white immediately to begin melting.

Interesting Chicken Facts

The heart beat of chickens is about 286 times a minute in males and 312 in females in a resting condition.

The chicken's temperature is about 107° to 107.5 °F.

The chicken has pneumatic bones, making its body lighter for flying, if it had not lost the ability to do so.

Some chickens live to be 10 to 15 years old, but they are the exception. It takes close to six months for a female chicken to mature sexually and start laying eggs. Then, they are kept for 12 to 14 months of egg production. After that their economic value declines rapidly, so they are disposed of when they are about 18 months old.