The Price of Eggs
When the Iowa State Fair was taking place in 2015, my favorite Republican presidential candidate, at that time, was Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. He had fought the unions and won, he had fought the state legislators and won, he had fought recall and won, he had fought for re-election and won. But he couldn’t gain traction on the path to winning the nomination for President. I was so disappointed. The entire image I had of him crumbled. Hercules. Superman.
Because Wisconsin borders Iowa, I thought Governor Walker would do terrific in the Iowa caucus. He would ‘understand’ the land of Iowa, the geography, the people. There are 6 states that border Iowa: Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. Omaha, Nebraska is a short drive to Iowa; but this election go around you didn’t hear a peep from Warren Buffett, The Oracle from Omaha; back in 2008 he was going around saying ‘tax the rich’ with candidate Hillary Clinton. Cheryl would say on THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE, “there they are; Our Miss Muffett, with Warren Buffett”.
This go around at the Iowa State Fair, Iowa cancelled all the bird exhibits, cancelled because of the bird flu; avian influenza. Chickens, turkeys, hens. Poultry. They did not want healthy poultry possibly being exposed to sick and contagious birds. They were not saying how the disease was spread; possibly from ‘wild birds’; they were not giving out facts. Bird flu nationwide killed 48 million birds in 2015. The 48 million includes 24 million Iowa laying hens. My math says 24 is half of 48. One state, not that large a state, accounts for half.
Recent reports say that the 2015 bird flu started on the West Coast. That it came in from a foreign source. Then it spread eastward to many other states. Now they are saying that sanitation and cleaning remedies eliminate the spread of avian flu. Why didn’t they clean up when it all began. Why did it go unnoticed. There are government bureaucrats who have the job of making sure the food supply is safe. Some bureaucrats must have overlooked 24 million birds in one state. From what I know, the bureaucrats get paid well. They should understand that the public, the consumers called the public, the taxpayers called the public, the public expects them to do the job for which they are being paid. The bird flu of 2015 was the largest animal health emergency in U.S. history. Because of cleaning and re-population, Iowa is now recovering from last year’s problems.
While Governor Scott Walker was in the presidential race, I emailed him good advice. Obviously, he didn’t take my advice. Talk about the bird flu. Talk about the number of birds that had to be destroyed to stop the spread of this disease. Talk about the effect on the economy. Talk about the price of eggs.
Because so many birds needed to be destroyed, there was a smaller number of egg laying hens. Supply and Demand. Smaller supply, the same demand levels, creates a higher price. That knocks out some of the retail buyers who cannot afford the higher price and then the smaller supply meets the higher price level at the point of equilibrium.
And when you take the matter to the people of Iowa you find out that egg farmers are very important people. That egg farmers are very important to the local economies. That the children on the farm care for the animals and help and work the farm. Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Poultry Association and the Iowa Egg Council said, “It really does take everyone in these small communities to have a good economy – Having an egg farm go down has a ripple effect.”
The price of eggs is the highest that I can ever remember. You have to make sure when you buy the eggs that none are cracked. You have to make sure when you buy the eggs that the cashier rings them up carefully, packs them carefully, and that you put them first in your cart, then your car, and transport them without breaking. Special care.
With that in mind
Let me reward Dale from Northwest Iowa and all his friends and neighbors in the realm of THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE who caucused for Ted Cruz, and Won the Iowa Caucus for Ted Cruz with this delicious recipe > Elvis Presley’s Favorite Pound Cake which requires 7 large eggs. And if you want to bake it with Extra Large Eggs, which is what I do, go right ahead.
The Iowa Caucus was a hard fought battle and
To the valiant, courageous and brave who defied the media, the pollsters, and the so-called political analysts, here is your reward.
ELVIS PRESLEY’S FAVORITE POUND CAKE
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for buttering pan
3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising; sift before measuring) plus additional for dusting
3/4 teaspoon salt (I don’t use salt; it’s to preserve the cake, but this cake gets eaten up fast – no left overs)
3 cups sugar
7 large eggs, at room temperature 30 minutes (important that eggs are not cold out of the refrigerator)
2 teaspoons vanilla (pure vanilla, not imitation)
1 cup heavy cream (no substitutes)
A 10-inch bundt pan (3 1/4 inches deep; 3-qt capacity)
Oven rack in middle. No preheating oven.
From other Cheryl recipes, you know I enjoy when children participate in kitchen activities. You’ll see how fast children drink their milk when they help bake the cake. Let a child butter the bundt pan; butter generously. Don’t let the butter clump up; smooth it down. Help the child dust with flour, then knock out the excess flour.
Here’s where you use math.
Sift together the sifted flour (3 cups) and salt into a bowl. Count the cups of flour. Repeat the sifting into another bowl. The flour will have been sifted a total of 3 times. First show a small bowl to the child and explain that there is so much flour, the flour needs a bigger bowl. Then present the bigger bowl explaining that there is more room for the flour and that is certainly what you need.
Beat together butter (2 sticks) and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes in a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Explain to the child to stand back because the paddle attachment goes fast and is dangerous. Explain to the child that you are exercising caution in using the baking equipment. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in vanilla. Count the number of eggs with the child. For example > You put in 1, you are left with 6. You put in 4, you have 3 to go.
Reduce electric speed to low and add half of flour, (child can help in figuring how much is half)
than all of the cream,
then remaining flour,
mixing well after each addition.
Carefully scrape down the side of the bowl, explaining that this needs to be done carefully,
then beat at medium-high speed 5 minutes. The child is learning about time.
Batter becomes creamier and satiny.
Spoon batter into bundt pan, then rap pan against work surface one or two times to eliminate any air bubbles. Place pan in cold oven and then turn oven temperature to 350*F. Bake until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in middle of cake comes out with a few crumbs adhering to it. Takes about 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Every oven is different. Start testing at the 1 hour time point. This also helps children learn about time. Cool cake in pan on a rack for 30 minutes. Run a thin knife around inner and outer edges of cake, then invert rack over pan and invert cake onto rack to cool completely.
Cake keeps, covered well with plastic wrap or in an airtight container, at room temperature 5 days. (Never my experience; the cake disappears real quick). 12 servings.