Friday, March 28, 2008

Hats Off to Herb

Having been born in the early 70s, I've never known a world without an Egg McMuffin. That eggy, cheesy, salty goodness sandwiched between two halves of an English muffin is one of my favorite McDonald's food items and can be easily replicated at home. Earlier this week, the inventor of the Egg McMuffin - Herb Peterson - passed away at age 89. That's no small feat considering he worked for a food chain who is known for clogging arteries. Peterson's recipe was inspired by Eggs Benedict and one news source claims a local blacksmith let him borrow one of his circular molds to cook the eggs in a round shape.

Peterson began his career with McDonald's as vice-president of the company's advertising firm where he wrote the chain's first national slogan, "Where Quality Starts Fresh Every Day." He eventually became a franchisee and owned and operated six McDonald's restaurants in the Santa Barbara area at the time of his death. He routinely visited his stores to chat with customers up until about a year ago.

At 300 calories, it's interesting to note that the Egg McMuffin is actually the McDonald's breakfast sandwich with the least amount of calories. That's a good enough excuse to treat myself to one for breakfast tomorrow. Hats off to Herb!

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