Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste


Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Two for One

May 8, 2017

Yesterday morning while Mrs. Chatterbox was cracking eggs for breakfast, I was reminded of something I hadn’t thought about since childhood.


My dad liked his eggs cooked “blindfolded,” where hot frying pan oil is flicked over eggs with a spatula. Like Dad, I preferred my eggs blindfolded. My mother was a good cook but she always broke the eggs, and even though I was a chubby kid I wouldn’t eat fried eggs if the yolks were broken or rubbery. Mom would just smash them and call them scrambled, and Dad would say it didn’t matter what they looked like, they all went to the same place, leaving me to wonder where he was implying they went.


Yes, Dad liked his eggs blindfolded but, unlike me, he’d eat anything. Call them scrambled all you want, but I knew the bitter truth—those eggs were scrambled by default. Mom never understood why I wouldn’t eat them. Heck, they didn’t even look like real scrambled eggs. You’re probably wondering how such a picky eater became a chubby chatterbox.


Every now and then something interesting would happen when the eggs were being cracked on the side of the pan and placed in the sizzling oil—double yolks. Dad always made a big deal out of these eggs, telling me they were special, a sign of good luck. And I always felt special when an egg yielded two yolks.


I mention this because I haven’t encountered double yolks in many years. I don’t recall them appearing during CJ’s childhood. Surely they must still exist. Perhaps eggs are now screened at egg farms to eliminate double yolks. Several followers of this blog keep chickens so maybe they can enlighten me as to why double yolks aren’t common in grocery store eggs anymore.


I recall a time when you could buy cartons with nothing but double yolks, but my family never bought them. Doing so would have felt like cheating, similar to buying fortune cookies knowing beforehand what fortunes were inside.




What about you? When was the last time you cracked an egg and received two for one? Did you feel lucky? I bet the chickens in those eggs didn’t.




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I hadn't seen double yokers for ages until a few months ago when we bought a box of eggs and most of them, and much to my surprise, were double yokers.
By: John on May 8, 2017
Now that you mention it I haven't cracked a double yolk egg in along time. I have always wondered what caused that ....never knew it was a "lucky" egg!
By: Kathe W. on May 8, 2017
I don't eat a lot of eggs so I wouldn't really have any idea. It's probably all the genetic manipulation and steroids and such they use now.
By: PT Dilloway on May 8, 2017
I have often wondered that my self. I cracked open one last summer, first I could recall for years and years. I think I read once that they can screen for them, I think genetic manipulation to eliminate double yoks is a stupid idea,
By: cranky on May 8, 2017
We don't eat eggs, so it's been a really long time since I saw a double yoke.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on May 8, 2017
I've wondered the same thing - we used to see the occasional double yolk egg but haven't in years. It's probably something they can scan for and supposedly a part of "quality control" ... heaven forbid that anyone get an "abnormal" egg :)
By: jenny_o on May 8, 2017
We are down to one chicken now but it wasn't long ago ( a couple years maybe) when we still had six hens running around and occasionally we would fine a larger egg with a double yoke. It still happens although I have never got one out of a store bought carton.
By: Jimmy on May 8, 2017
It's been several years since I've eaten an egg, but I do remember coming across doubles occasionally. I always thought of it as a fun bonus. (except when baking, when it could change things.)
By: Kelly on May 8, 2017
Wasn't aware of the term blindfolded but that is how I cook my eggs also. I will now adopt the term. Don't think I have ever seen a double yoke. I have run across a bloody yoke and that is purely gross. Safe to eat I guess, I just can't.
By: Arkansas Patti on May 8, 2017
We used to find an occasional double yolked egg also, but now that I think of it, I haven't seen one for years!!
By: fishducky on May 8, 2017
It's been years since I've cracked a double yolk. I've also wondered why some eggs have larger yolks. And btw, I too am particular about the yolks being runny. The term blindfolded is new to me and I'm eager to share it with my daughters.
By: Tom Cochrun on May 8, 2017
The way factory hens are kept, i would guess they are lucky to lay at all. Blindfolded is a great term, i used to do that (although i didn't know that term) using the bacon grease left in the pan after cooking the bacon.
By: messymimi on May 8, 2017
It's been a couple years since we had a double-yolk egg. We used to get one every couple of weeks, before the neighbor dogs started dining on our chickens. My husband could tell, because they eggs were a little bit bigger than normal. He always set them aside for himself. I'm not an egg-eater, but he got great pleasure from finding a double.
By: Val on May 8, 2017
I can't remember the last time I saw double yolks. I always break the yolks, so Willy Dunne Wooters now requests scrambled eggs. He get the real thing--no fried eggs with broken yolks that I mooshed around. I've never heard of blindfolded eggs before. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on May 8, 2017
I can't ever remember seeing a double yolk. However I know what you mean about fried eggs. I do like scrambled eggs, but if I'm expecting fried then the yolk has got to be unbroken and runny otherwise it defeats the whole point and spoils the anticipation.
By: Botanist on May 8, 2017
I'm not sure why, but I have hens that lay eggs with double yokes every now and then. You can tell before you crack them that they are double yoke because they are bigger. Normally hens lay each day and I'm guessing that occasionally they skip a day for one reason or another and when the lay the following day it's a double yoker. I can't prove that, but that's what I think. R
By: Rick on May 8, 2017
I can't remember buying a double yolked egg. I would guess they are screened out and not for sale. when we were kids on the farm there was a fight over who got the doubled egge.
By: red Kline on May 8, 2017
When was the last time I cracked an egg? THAT is the question. Cooking!!! HOWEVER, Marks & Spencer for one I think sells guaranteed double-yolk eggs.
By: Mitchell is Moving on May 9, 2017
I never heard about blindfolded eggs before. I'm not sure I would like that style:) Ad for double yolks, I have not seen that in a few years but I did see them because we buy our meat and eggs from a Mennonite store and the double yolk was in the one carton
By: Birgit on May 9, 2017
here too, ages since I saw a double yolk. if they screen them out, what do they do with them? I usually buy yard eggs but even so have not come across one. as for the term 'blindfolded, how is it different from sunny side up?
By: Ellen Abbott on May 9, 2017
I raise chickens and we get a double yolker every once in a while. It always makes me feel like I've gotten something extra somehow. Our chickens are free range and our eggs taste like butter, I'm serious. So delicious. Haven't bought eggs from the store except once since we started raising chickens. Never heard of the term "blindfolded," but my aunt was the only person I saw make them that way. She just called them fried eggs.
By: Kate on May 9, 2017
I've never seen the two-fer deal. I like it, though. Doubly good.
By: Robyn Engel on May 9, 2017
I hate any kind of eggs and haven't eaten them for years, well unless they are inside a cake mix.
By: LL Cool Joe on May 9, 2017

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