And the Winner is…

Our Second Annual Egg-cellent Baking Contest was another hit! Once again, all of you talented chefs out there made choosing a winner one of the most difficult challenges we’ve faced all year.

We’re so proud to introduce you to this year’s winning home chef and her prize-worthy recipe. Let’s give Lorraine from Land O’ Lakes, Florida a hand for her Lemon Amaretto Pound Cake! This flavorful take on the pound cake you know and love is bound to be your new go-to. Sweet and zesty with a hint of Amaretto, we’re serving up Lorraine’s pound cake to anyone who’ll give it a taste!

Can’t wait to try the winning NestFresh-inspired recipe for yourself? We don’t blame you! Check it out here and let us know what you think. And stay tuned for a very special recipe video!

A note from Lorraine Fina Stevenski:

I have created many bundt cake recipes and love the way these beautiful cake pans present at the dessert table.

This simple recipe is my favorite with Amaretto and fresh lemon to enhance the buttery cake. Most pound cake recipes use the standard creaming method of beating the butter and sugar first and then adding the eggs and flour. I found the “paste” method works best with this recipe. First, the flour and butter are combined to a cookie dough consistency and then the wet ingredients are combined and added in thirds. This mixing method prevents the batter from separating and results in a finely textured and even cake crumb. Serve with freshly whipped cream and your choice of fresh berries for an extraordinary dessert.

Ingredients:

• Canola cooking spray
• Instant Flour

Batter:
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
• 1 cup unsalted butter, 2 sticks, slightly softened and cut into 16 pieces
• 5 large eggs, room temperature
• 1 tablespoon lemon zest
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon pure almond extract

Syrup:
• 1/3 cup sugar
• ½ cup Amaretto
• 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Topping:
• 1 tablespoon lemon zest
• 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the oven rack to the lower third of the oven. Lightly coat a 10-12 cup Bundt pan with non-stick spray. Take a pastry brush and brush the oil into the groves. Dust lightly with flour; tap lightly over the sink to remove any excess flour. Place the pan on a half sheet pan.
2. MAKE THE BATTER: In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar and salt. Add the pieces of butter on top. With the paddle attachment on medium-low speed, beat for 4-5 minutes or until the ingredients are well combined; the batter will look much like cookie dough.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all the remaining wet batter ingredients. On medium speed, add 1/3 the ingredients and mix for two minutes; stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl. Add another 1/3 ingredients and mix for another two minutes; scrape the bowl again. Finally add the remaining 1/3 ingredients and mix just until smooth. Remove the bowl from the mixer and give the batter a final vigorous stir with a large spatula.
4. Scrape the batter evenly into the pan to 1″ from the top. Gently tap the filled cake pan on the counter a few times; this will remove any excess air bubbles in the batter. With a spatula, push the batter to the outside of the pan pushing slightly up the walls; this will help the cake rise up the sides of the pan giving greater detail to the beautiful characteristics of the pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Lower the oven to 325 degrees during the last 15 minutes of baking if the cake is getting too brown.
5. MAKE THE SYRUP: Make the syrup while the cake is baking. In a small saucepan on low heat, stir the sugar, Amaretto and lemon juice until the sugar melts and liquid is clear; about 5 minutes. Take off the heat to cool slightly.
6. TOP THE CAKE FOR SERVING: Cool the cake in the pan 15 minutes and then gently remove onto a serving platter; gently wiggle the cake back and forth to loosen. Brush the syrup over the cake. Let cool before serving and storage.
7. TO SERVE: Combine the lemon zest and sugar in a bowl. Just before serving sprinkle over the top of the cake.

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NestFresh Goes Texan

We are proud to announce that NestFresh is now part of the GO TEXAN program for our eggs produced at Texas family farms. GO TEXAN “celebrates and supports the business savvy and plainspoken grit” within the Texas agriculture industry. The GO TEXAN Program is a comprehensive initiative from the Texas Department of Agriculture designed to promote the growth and prosperity of Texas-proud companies. With our inclusion, we promise to uphold the responsibilities that come with being a local brand and promote the sustainability of the Texas agricultural industry.

We work with farms throughout Texas to produce and supply farm fresh eggs in a sustainable system and each farm is specially chosen with animal welfare, stewardship of the land and local production as a priority. It’s important to us that we provide consumers everywhere with the very best eggs. As part of the GO TEXAN program, we can definitively say that we’re not only providing local shoppers with exceptionally sourced cage-free eggs but also supporting local egg farmers. Celebrating NestFresh in Texas is just one way we are able to commit to our promise of humane animal care, sustainable agriculture and family farming.

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NestFresh in the News

We have been working hard to get the word out about our humane, sustainable eggs lately. We have been talking to everyone who will listen about our new products, our amazing farms, and our favorite recipes. We’ve been in print, online, radio, and television media over the last few months and we wanted to share some of our favorite appearances with you.

Our line of hard cooked eggs was called innovative by C-Store Products. We are so proud to be able to bring the NestFresh values of humane animal care, family farming, and sustainable agriculture to the convenience arena, providing nutritious snacks to busy people.

We appeared on The Barn Radio network, which plays on a number of local Colorado radio stations, to talk about egg dishes that are a great fit for all of the celebrations in Spring and Summer.

Suzanne Huber, a nutritionist and chef, shared some great recipes that use our eggs on Fox Baltimore.

Where have you spotted our eggs lately? See our Where to Buy map to find them near you.

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All In One Sheet Pan Eggs

We are so excited to bring you a brand new recipe from Mr. Food Test Kitchen. This easy, filling recipe features our humane, sustainable eggs along with other delicious, nutritious ingredients like bacon and veggies.

Watch the video to see how to make a simple all-in-one dish on a sheet pan, then visit our friends at Easy Home Meals to get the full recipe.

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National Scrambled Eggs for Dinner Day

Earlier this week was Scrambled Eggs for Dinner Day and what a great way to get more eggs into your daily diet! With the protein and Vitamin D found in eggs, you can’t go wrong with scrambled eggs for dinner.

This recipe for Curried Scramble Eggs with Lamb is a filling meal with delicious flavors that makes for an easy weeknight dinner.

Servings: 4
Time to Prepare: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

• 2 tablespoon coconut oil
• 6 NestFresh Eggs
• Salt and pepper to taste
• ¼ cup coconut milk, divided
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• ½ lb ground lamb
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 3 tomatoes, diced
• 2 tablespoons tomato paste

Instructions:

1. Heat the coconut oil in a pan.
2. Crack the NestFresh Eggs into a bowl and whisk them with salt, pepper, and a dash of coconut milk.
3. Add the garlic to the hot pan and cook for about 1 minute.
4. Add the diced tomatoes to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes.
5. Add the ground lamb, eggs and curry powder.
6. Cook until the lamb is free of any pink and the eggs are set.
7. Add the tomato paste remaining coconut milk, stirring occasionally until the mixture is thickened.

What will you put in your scrambled eggs for dinner night?

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Eat the Rainbow this Fruit and Vegetables Month

June is Fruit and Vegetables Month, so let’s celebrate healthy, fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables both pair well with eggs to make nutritious, delicious meals. Here are our favorite veggie-licious and fruit-filled meals for each part of the day.

Whether you like sweet or savory, fruits or veggies, eggs are a great way to start your day. This Confetti Frittata has a rainbow of veggies that will help you kick-start a day of good choices. For a sweeter breakfast that features fruit, try these Peachy Keen Pancakes.

If you are still hungry for bell peppers at lunch, dive into Bell Pepper Crustless Quiches. If not, we love these Kale Pesto Deviled Eggs with a big salad for lots of healthy and
filling greens.

For dinner, get chopping with broccoli, carrots, greens and more to whip up either a veggie-packed Quiche or Shrimp and Vegetable Fried Rice. Is there anything better than ending the day with a fresh fruit for dessert? The fruit in this Fresh Fruit Custard really shines. If you love baked goods, try our Whole Wheat Blueberry Coffee Cake or Mini Lemon Ricotta Cakes.

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Food Safety Tips for Summer Months

With the warmer summer weather come a lot of outdoor activities which often also involve outdoor meals. When planning your BBQs and picnics this summer, don’t forget to follow these important rules for storing food to ensure that it maintains its quality and is safe to eat.

• Eggshells are porous, so they take on odors and flavors. Avoid storing them next to other items that have strong smells.
• If you need hard-boiled eggs (such as for deviled eggs) older ones will be much easier to peel than fresher eggs.
• Always wash hands, utensils, and work areas with hot, soapy water before and after using raw eggs.
• Don’t keep eggs out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
• Serve cooked eggs or dishes containing eggs immediately after cooking. Cool and refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. Use leftovers within 3 to 4 days.

We hope you have a wonderful safe summer and enjoy some egg-celent meals using these tips.

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Reasons We Love Eggs

If you follow us on social media, like our Facebook page or Twitter feed, you know we spent May celebrating National Egg Month. Just because the calendar has changed to a new month, doesn’t mean we are going to stop celebrating the incredible, edible egg. If you missed all of the egg-celent info we shared throughout May, here are some of the top reasons we love Eggs!

1. Eggs are a healthy source of protein. Just one large egg contains 6 grams of protein. That is 12% of the daily-recommended amount! In fact, eggs are one of the highest quality AND most affordable sources of protein.
2. Eggs contain about 11% of the average daily value of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential in many major body functions, but Vitamin D deficiency is very prevalent in the United States. A study published in Nutrition Research in 2011 estimated that 41.6% of Americans suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency.
3. Eggs are versatile, so we can enjoy them any time of day from breakfast to dessert and they pair well with just about any other ingredients. That makes meals a cinch to pull together as long as you have eggs on hand.
4. We’re not the only ones that love eggs! The average American eats 250 eggs per year, which translates to a total annual consumption of 76.5 billion eggs in the U.S. That’s a lot of eggs!

Tell us what you love about eggs or your favorite way to enjoy them.

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NestFresh Cares: KultureCity and KC Fit

We are so proud to pledge our support to the charitable efforts of our first NestFresh Cares winner KultureCity and their KCFit program. This marathon season, KCFit will attend a number of the nation’s most prestigious marathons to promote acceptance for all special needs children while fundraising in support of the lifeBOKS program.

The concept of KCFit was born of KultureCity co-founder Dr. Michele Kong Maha and NFL legend Tiki Barber to merge philanthropy with physical fitness through exercise, diet and community. With the philosophy “We can achieve anything, even the impossible, one step at a time. It starts with having the courage to take the first step,” each marathon attended by KCFit will fundraise for KultureCity’s innovative lifeBOKS program. The lifeBOKS program provides free kits to the families of autistic children to prevent wandering and wandering related accidents.
NestFresh is continuing our long history of giving back to the communities we serve. We will be helping to promote upcoming races and educating consumers about both KultureCity and KCFit. NestFresh is proud to support KultureCity and its KCFit program as part of our ongoing commitment to helping those who do good in our communities. We have been impressed by the work KultureCity does since they were nominated and eventually voted the winner of our first NestFresh Cares contest. This partnership with KultureCity allows us to continue to engage with consumers that care just as much about their communities as we do.

About KultureCity:

KultureCity was founded in 2013 and is the nation’s fastest growing and best reviewed autism nonprofit with the mission of promoting acceptance and inclusion for autists everywhere. They do this by working with school systems to build better special needs classrooms, creating sensory friendly spaces and also our other projects such as lifeBOKS (a life saving free kit designed to prevent wandering in autists) that help this community fulfill their potential. For more information, visit www.kulturecity.org

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The Incredible, Edible Hard Boiled Egg

We are so excited to share the results of a recent study on protein-rich snacks. An Iowa school district completed a study that provided kids that were being monitored for behavior protein-based snacks. After a year-long study, the school district found that the students had a lower percentage of behavior referrals on days they were provided a protein-based snack compared to days when they did not. You can read more about the study and see the specific decreases that study identified on the American Egg Board Blog.

This study is a great start in illustrating the importance of feeding kids the right foods to support their success at school. At NestFresh we know how important it is to have healthy, fresh food on hand and we want to make that even more convenient for busy families. That is why we have developed peeled and ready-to-eat hard cooked eggs. These eggs are the same humane, sustainable eggs you love from NestFresh perfectly cooked, peeled, and ready for a quick snack or the easiest meal prep you’ve ever had.

Our hard cooked eggs offer people who care about how their food is produced another option for fresh, affordable, healthy food. We know how hard it can be to get nutritious protein-rich snacks into busy kids’ diets, so grab one of our on-the-go 2 packs or re-sealable 6 packs next time you are at your local grocer.

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