It seems that in recent months a link to my post on Guy Kibbee eggs
has been added to a Wikipedia entry on egg in the basket
, a more common name for the dish
. All of a sudden I noticed that I was getting at least two hits a day from the Wikipedia link. Assuming a small percentage of Wikipedia users click through to secondary links, this suggests that a lot of people are interested in eggs in the basket. One thing the Wikipedia entry does get wrong is the claim that the term "Guy Kibbee eggs" was used in a movie. No, the term came about because the actor Guy Kibbee made them in a movie.
When I wrote the original post I didn't know whether the term Guy Kibbee eggs was used purely in my family, nor did I know what movie inspired it. Thanks to the miracle of the internet, I learned, through comments on the post, that the film, from 1935, was called "Mary Jane's Pa
," and that other folks did indeed have parents who served them a dish called Guy Kibbee eggs. One of the comments came from a poster whose mother is my mother's contemporary.
I bring this all up because yesterday I ate an excellent twist on Guy Kibbee eggs, from the brunch menu at Brix
, a French bistro and wine bar in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, though, of course, it wasn't called Guy Kibbee eggs. Still, having become a de facto Guy Kibbee egg expert, I had no choice but to order this dish. The Brix version was made with a thick piece of challah, was served atop asparagus, and garnished with grated parmigiano and truffle oil. You've come a long way, Kibbee! There was one amusing typo in the description. Another name for the dish is "toad in the hole" (though that's also the name for a different dish
in the U.K.), but Brix's menu said "joad in the hole." I was worried that I might have to pull one of Steinbeck's Okies
out of a ditch.
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