Can’t have a great debate without breaking a few eggs

By Sue Curtis

For decades, people have wrestled with the great issues of the day. No, I’m not talking about politics or religion. “Great” is defined as “unusual or considerable in degree, power, or intensity,” so these are topics pertinent to all humans. For example, toilet paper roll placement has plagued us forever – or least since the inception of toilet tissue in 1891.

Good Housekeeping even did an internet poll, and experts have argued for over a century as to which is the “correct” way to hang the toilet paper roll.

Either way, I’ve always felt these debates have missed the more important point. It doesn’t really matter which way the paper is dispensed – as long as there is paper. Worst thing ever is to be in a strange place and realize too, too late that there is no paper. Over or under seems superfluous then.

Another great debate concerns gifts from Santa Claus. Are these wrapped? Or are they fully assembled and unwrapped under the tree?

This deliberation usually starts when couples have children. Suddenly, the appearance of gifts from Santa Claus under the tree sparks a discussion – often a heated one – over how these are best presented.

My husband and I enjoyed sharing our perspectives of this dilemma, since we were complete opposites. In his youth, Santa’s presents were unwrapped and, if needed, completed assembled and ready to use. In my childhood, Santa provided the only gifts wrapped in totally red paper, easily recognizable among the others.

We compromised and wrapped the gifts, but added a twist to the opening. Santa had a prankish sense of humor at our house, and often his gifts came with booby traps, tricks, or a scavenger hunt. So we created our own tradition of Santa gifts.

But the more important point is that our child received gifts and learned to give them. The philosophy was far more vital than the wrapping.

This year I discovered a new issue for the great-debate list. It’s how to make scrambled eggs. I’ve become aware that some of my near and dear, and several restaurant chefs, believe that to make good scrambled eggs, you beat up an egg or two in a bowl, then throw it on a griddle. Once it’s a little brown on one side, you chop it a little, flip it over and when it’s brown on the other side, it’s ready to serve.

Seriously! This is not scrambled eggs. This is fried egg in disguise. Scrambled eggs are beaten prior to being placed on the heat, then scrambled continuously until they are cooked through. They are soft and fluffy and have absolutely not one speck of brown on them anywhere.

Though I am passionate about my scrambled eggs, I do realize there’s a more important point. I’m blessed to be able to eat eggs whenever I please, and am always grateful for food in a time when so many do without.

But still, it makes for great conversation. What kind of scrambled eggs do you prefer? Email me at

By Sue Curtis