Julia Child’s Eggs

February 10, 2012

Oy I am so tired this afternoon!? Oh yeah, a baby is growing in there… I had lots of energy this morning – walked to Body Pump and met up with Sara, who was able to come to daytime pump for the first time in weeks. Class was good. I was feeling good. Chest is going to hurt tomorrow!

I came home and downed some OJ to tide me over until lunch was ready. Also had a few grapes to plump up the ole blood sugar.


This lunch took a little bit of time to cook because I made hard-boiled eggs!


One of the coolest things I did when I worked in public relations years ago was dine with Food Network Chef Sara Moulton for dinner at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville the night before a big real estate event we were putting on for a client. We had Sara come for a cooking demo at our event. When asked about her apprenticeship under Julia and the techniques and recipes she learned, Sara shared that Julia taught her how to make a perfect hard boiled egg. I paid close attention when she told us the recipe:

Put eggs in cold water submerged in a pot

Bring to juuuuust at a boil

Remove from heat, cover with lid and set timer for 13 minutes

Take a shower

Plunge in ice cold water

[Ok, the take a shower part was my contribution :) ]


But really this method works so well. The cold shocks the eggs into pulling away from their shells and easier to peel.



Although only by word of mouth, I feel that Julia herself taught me how to make these perfect hard-boiled eggs : )


I enjoyed two with S+P for lunch along with a serving of brown rice topped with coconut butter and a few green beans (I’m trying!)


And because I could just feel the craving coming on…a Mason Jar cookie from my freezer for dessert.


I already dozed off while working earlier this afternoon. I’m sipping hot peach oolong tea to try to wake myself back up!

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1 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I tried that exact way to do hard-boiled eggs this weekend, and it DOES work like a charm! SO great. Looks delicious!

I love BodyPUMP! Feeling sore is just a plus ;)


2 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

They do look pretty perfect! I can never remember the exact time – but my grandmother is so afraid of the number 13 that now I’ll remember! :)


3 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Ooh I’m excited about the hard-boiled egg instructions – I’m constantly trying to tweak my method to get the perfect hard-boiled egg! Will definitely be trying this out :)


4 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious February 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

That is one perfect looking lunch. My tofu “hard boiled” eggs don’t look so pretty!

Have a great weekend.


5 elizabeth @ chronic venture February 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

it really is a fool-proof way to hard boil eggs!


6 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal February 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love hard boiled eggs, they are my favorite thing to eat on weekends!


7 Pat February 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love hard-boiled eggs. I especially like them warm, choppd up fine, eith a little milk, and ,of course, S&P. They are stillwarm after you shock them with the cold water, just peel before they sit very long.


8 Krissy @ Shiawase Life February 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I make hard boiled eggs pretty much the same way! Well, haven’t tried the shower part..


9 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I learned in culinary school a few weeks ago to put eggs (not too cold) into BOILING water and let them cook for exactly 12 minutes, this was followed by placing them in an ice bath. We learned it was the best method for consistency no matter how many eggs you make, whereas the bring to a boil method can cause inconsistency if you’re making a very large batch of them–but that’s really interesting! That must have been a fun lunch!


10 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

i’ve heard that cold water trick – it does truly work! i love hard boiled eggs… i just had one in my salad today for lunch! it adds so much flavor, and the protein + fats help keep me satisfied.


11 Becca @ Blueberry Smiles February 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Peach oolong tea sounds delish! Esp when sipped while eating that amazing-looking cookie. Happy wknd!


12 Marie@feedingfive February 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

For being nauseous your eats are great! I totally know what you mean about feeling a craving coming on, it’s like why even try and ignore it.


13 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

that rice with coconut butter on top looks so delicious!


14 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I use the same method for hard boiled eggs!


15 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Wow! Those are probably the most perfect eggs I’ve ever seen so you know I’ll be giving those a try! It must be catching because I’m super tired right now!


16 Kelly February 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Kath, last week (or this week?) when you talked that you’re class didn’t include the Rhinna song, happened to me last night! I was soooo disappointed. We had a sub and she plays different music. Plus, I have another song in my head that I was going to ask what it was, I could not stop thinking about it this week (though I don’t know the words, just the tune) and didn’t hear that one either! Totally feeling ur disappointment! :)


17 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Yeah he didn’t play it this Monday either. I think he thinks we are sick of it. Totally not!!


18 Kori February 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I think you’re eating wonderfully! I hope you feel better and get an extra boost of energy!!


19 Sara February 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

What a fabulous lunch!! Perfect for post-BodyPump! :) I miss seeing the Sara Moulton shows on the Food Network….does she not do show anymore?? She always made me chuckle :)


20 Jaima February 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I used to boil my hardboiled eggs vigorously for about 7 minutes and they would come out with the yolks all green….gross! That was until Julia enlightened me as well! I think it’s awesome that you are doing Body Pump while pregnant. I’m getting certified to teach it soon and would love to have a specific class for pregnant women with modifications.


21 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

My friend Lynsie is still going at 35 weeks!


22 TeenyLittleSuperChef February 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Thanks so much on the hard-boiled egg cooking info. I’ve heard so many different methods from so many different people and websites and have yet to find the perfect one. This sounds like a good one and I hope it finally puts my hard-boiled egg question to rest. Thanks again! Now if I could only figure out how to peel them properly without them breaking into thousands of little pieces, I would be one happy puppy. Perhaps this cooking method will help with that too?


23 Mary Frances February 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

It should, and peeling them under water helps too.


24 Kathy W. February 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Fresh eggs are the hardest to peel, so if possible, it’s better to use older eggs. It also helps to start peeling at the broader end of the egg, which has an air pocket…


25 Rianne February 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Gah, I am so excited for the debut of BERF!! :-) That looks like a perfect technique for hard boiled eggs, I’ll have to try it out.


26 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

You can talk to 10 people and get 10 different versions of how to hard boil an egg. This one makes as much sense as any of them. Thanks for sharing!


27 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I didn’t know you were in PR! Seems a lot of us bloggers were at some point :D Too cool that you met someone who actually learned cooking tips from Julia Child. That woman is practically my hero!


28 Angel7 February 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for sharing the recipe to perfect hard boiled eggs! That is very helpful, and I may make some tonight or tomorrow.

Sometimes you get me hungry for certain foods, like when you showed us your yummy potato yesterday. I made two potatoes today :)



29 Greta @ Staying Lost February 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thanks for the egg technique! I don’t often eat hard boiled eggs, but I’ll try it out next time I do.


30 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

That’s how I hard boil my eggs! I didn’t know JC herself came up with it. Very cool.

I hear ya on the tired front, I felt that way yesterday, but every day is a new day and energy will come back!


31 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites February 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Kathy, I seriously MISS Sara Moulton and when she was on Food Network back in the late (and mid and early) 90’s (I sound so old saying that!)…but she was one of the reasons my love of the food network was born…she truly chef-ed (yes, I call it “chef-ed” and served with class and style…) In my book, she is a total revolutionary…simply because she didn’t need to be on the “frontier” or “cutting edge” of food…I guess no one worth-it agreed with me because she’s, now, food network history :( … she’s got a special place in my heart :) I’d consider it a severe HONOR if I’d ever get to dine with Sara :D


32 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

:) She was very down-to-earth and also very tiny!


33 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites February 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

she always commented about how “her kitchen counters were so [freakishly] short” hehe!


34 Sunya February 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Wow! I am away on work business for a few weeks and big things are happening in the KERF world! Just now catching up on the blogs and read about your wonderful baby news! Congrats to you, Matt and all of your family.


35 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte February 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Definitely going to try to remember those instructions the next time I make hard boiled eggs. Glad to see you were able to eat something green today, I’m sure your baby would thank you if he/she could :-)


36 Sarah February 10, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Aaaah so THAT’s where the egg boiling comes from. I learned the same method from America’s Test Kitchen, but I am just sure now that they stole it from Julia! Except they let it sit for 10 minutes, not 13. The yolks are solidly done, but still bright and moist.


37 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I’ve never cooked hard boiled eggs that way! I’m definitely going to try because they look perfect. Yum! Now I want egg salad :)


38 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Boiled eggs always remind me of picnic lunches! That is just how I boil my eggs, but for 7 minutes so as they are a bit runny insided…yummy! Your cookies almost looks like it is heart shaped! Valentine’s Day must be on the brain!


39 Cait's Plate February 10, 2012 at 5:00 pm

What a perfect looking afternoon. Sorry you’re feeling such a lack of energy, I hope that it comes back to you soon! My sister definitely came through the groggy/tiredness feeling by the second trimester so I hope you do too!


40 Johanna B February 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

You’ll hear this over and over while you’re pregnant but if you need to sleep, let yourself sleep. Sleep is important. IMHO


41 Amalia February 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hard Boiled Eggs got my through my First Trimester.. (i’m finally just now to my third!) Any time I felt sick I would eat one and almost instantly felt better..
Hang in there!!!


42 Amy February 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Funny, I would never argue with Julia Child!, but my method also results in perfect hb eggs every time. Take eggs out of fridge to warm or stick in a bowl and run a little warm water over (just so they aren’t cold from the fridge). Boil water. Lower eggs into boiling water, turn heat down and simmer 10 mins. Plunge into cold water. Never had it not be perfect.

So fun to follow you always but extra fun with the bun! :)


43 Amelia February 10, 2012 at 5:19 pm

When I was pregnant I sometimes felt like my normal daily activities would exhaust me. What I realized was while I was doing “nothing,” I may have grown some lungs or a pancreas for another human!! Definitely reason enough to take it easy ;)


44 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Rest while you can! It’s amazing though that all of a sudden you’ll have a ton of energy. Something about that first trimester makes you tired! Love the coconut butter on the rice.


45 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I always wonder if I’m doing boiled eggs right. I swear I do something different every time. I will try this one next time. I make Julia’s scrambled eggs and will never do it differently from now on. They are perfect!


46 Cara February 10, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I didn’t know you used to do PR, that’s awesome (I do PR for books!)

That really is the ONLY way to do hard boiled eggs. I don’t think I could deal with the shells otherwise, hehe.


47 Jennifer February 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for sharing that recipe. Mine always end up with green yolks so I think that they are overcooked. I’m definitely trying your recipe or Julia’s. :) They looked SOOO delicious!


48 Pam February 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I’m a long time reader and so excited to learn of your pregnancy, how wonderful!!!
I definitely enjoy a good hard-boiled egg, yummy!


49 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks Pam!


50 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

My sweet tooth seems to be in full swing today – I SO want that cookie…. ;)


51 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm

That’s exactly how I make my hard-boiled eggs! I learned from my dad, so I wonder if he got his method from Julia Child…


52 Sarah@The Flying ONION February 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I have been on such an egg kick lately! Yummy. :D


53 beki February 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Congrats! I just had my 2nd baby a few months ago and it definitely is a blessing! I have two awesome girls and wish you just as much joy as they have brought me.


54 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:22 am
55 Molly @ RDexposed February 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Dietitian confession: I’ve never had a hard boiled egg before. They kinda weird me out! :S


56 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

!!! Have you had them all kinds of other ways? They are so convenient!


57 Molly@RDexposed February 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

Hard boiled eggs other ways? …No. I’ll do eggs every other way though.


58 Hillary February 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I’ve never made hard-boiled eggs, but I LOVE them. Gonna have to give these a try.


59 Sarah February 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Finally now I will boil eggs and have them look as professional as yours, Great plating and photos on this post. Happy weekend!


60 Tracy February 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Hey, if veggies are grossing you out, could you do smoothies with fruits and vegetables? I often throw a handful of baby spinach in with frozen bananas, frozen berries, protein powder, almond milk (I’m allergic to “moo juice”) and sometimes I’ll take a jar of baby food vegetables, like carrots, green beans or squash and pour that into my smoothie with the other frozen fruits. You can’t really taste the veggies with the other stuff in there.


61 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

I haven’t because I haven’t wanted to put baby spinach in my grocery cart, but I should be doing this


62 Betsy February 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I adore hard-boiled eggs (acquired taste gleaned from College!). Those are perfect looking beauties. Your lunch in general just looks divine. Love the idea of coconut butter on top!


63 kay February 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Just wondering…do you always buy organic eggs? Have never tried them and curious if they taste better??? Thanks…enjoying the blog and your pregnancy updates :-)


64 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:23 am

Yes, and I aim for local too. They DO taste better – much more flavor


65 Lolly February 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hey Kath,
I was wondering how you are doing with the smell of coffee. I assume you are drinking little to none, but can you even stomach the smell? I looooove coffee but during early pregnancy the smell made me so nauseated. That and any kind of cooking meat, so gross to me . Uurrrrgggg, fresh in my mind like it was yesterday and it was 23 years ago.


66 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

Coffee doesn’t bother me! I’ve had it a few times but don’t really make it at home anymore. Actually I smelled it last night at the theater and really wanted some!


67 Michelle (Better with Berries) February 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I do almost the same to hardboil eggs – I think I learned it from Martha Stewart, but maybe she learned from Julia :-) I love how it also makes the yolks perfectly yellow!


68 Brooke February 10, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Hi Kath, i just wanted to thank you. I suffered with anorexia for over a year and upon finding your website I felt reassured to gain weight becaus4 I knew I would become healthy and not “fat” Thank you so much, you seriously saved my life!


69 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

That warms my heart. Thanks Brooke


70 Tamra February 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm

those eggs look great — I LOVE eggs! Do you think that technique would work at high altitude?


71 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

I really know nothing about high alt. cooking, but I would think the only difference would be how long it takes for the water to boil


72 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I used to love watching Sara Moulton’s show wen the Food Network first aired. Brings back memories. :)

I make my hard-boiled eggs the exact same way!! Works brilliantly, and peeling is so much easier with older eggs vs. fresh.


73 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I love the comfort food inspiration with a healthy twist..cookie included :)


74 Leah February 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I love hard boiled eggs, also afternoon naps, but as a working women, no can do!
Congratulations on your preganancy Kath!


75 Khushboo February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

How do green monsters sit with you? Maybe you can use those as a way to get in your veggies!


76 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

I should give those a try again


77 Anna February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

Wow, the texture and color on those yolks is amazing!!
And I love that first shot for the sunny, lit-up orange juice on the dark countertop :)


78 lindsay February 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

yum! Gonna have to try this technique soon! And now im sooo excited on the seoul subway again if berf is baby kerf!!! Eeeee!;)


79 Chris February 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

I used to bump into Julia when I was first married in Cambridge MA at the market. I was too starry eyed to speak. But she taught me (via Boston PBS) how to make an excellent omelet! Thanks for giving us her method for making hard boiled eggs.


80 robin February 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

is that really the amount of juice you would pour and drink?


81 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

Yeah. The jar is big and the juice is dense.


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