How To Make Acorn Squash Egg-In-The-Hole (Video)

Egg-in-the-hole is a classic breakfast. You take a slice of bread, cut the center out with a biscuit cutter or a glass, butter it and heat it in a pan. Then, you crack an egg in the middle and let the whole thing cook until the egg is set and the toast is golden brown. Yum, right? Well there’s a new way to do this whole thing, and it’s even better. Yes, I said it. What’s the secret? Squash.

The recipe, courtesy of Cooking Light, employs an acorn squash in place of the bread. It already comes with a natural hole in the center, and the savory flavor of the squash pairs perfectly with the rich, jammy egg yolk. Topped with a little bacon or some fresh herbs, it’s the perfect breakfast for a weekday morning or a Sunday brunch. Don’t you love recipes that look a lot fancier than they actually are?

Plus, acorn squash is extremely good for you, and a much healthier start to the morning than a slice of ultra-processed bread. Acorn squash is an excellent source of vitamin C, which promotes a healthy immune system and strong bones, and could help prevent heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and arthritis.

Acorn squash is also super-rich in antioxidants, especially beta carotene. According to the American Dietetic Association, winter squashes like acorn squash and butternut squash are some of the best sources of beta carotene that exist naturally.

Antioxidants, like the ones found in acorn squash, can help prevent cellular damage and are linked to a lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Beta carotene specifically helps keep your eyes healthy (carrots contain a lot of beta carotene too, prompting the age-old adage that carrots are good for your eyesight).

For the full recipe, click here! And then please invite us over for breakfast because, YUM.

Take A Look Inside Japan’s New Luxury Train

If you haven’t heard of Japan’s new Shiki-Shima luxury train, get ready to drool. And then get ready to pinch yourself very hard, because it’s completely sold out until 2018, so you won’t be riding on it anytime soon.

The much-anticipated Suite Train Shiki-Shima debuted May 1. The luxury train will depart from the Ueno station in Tokyo—leaving from platform 13½ (a nod to an almost-equally magical train that departed from platform 9¾, perhaps), which was built specifically for the train.

Courtesy East Japan Railway Company

The Shiki-Shima can hold just 34 passengers. It has 17 suites and makes one-, two- and three-night round trip journeys to various locations throughout northeastern Japan. Travelers will be able to see rice fields, mountains and coastal views. Stops will be made so passengers can visit ancient shrines and temples, working farms and vineyards, and artisanal clothing ateliers along the route.

And if you were wondering about the amenities, they are beyond luxurious. Some of the suites even have a working fireplace or a second-floor loft!

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Courtesy East Japan Railway Company

The glass-enclosed observation cars will let passengers star up at the starry skies and offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the countryside.

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Courtesy East Japan Railway Company

Every aspect of the train is meant to combine “traditional Japanese craftsmanship and materials with modern touches,” according to Condé Nast Traveler. The train was designed by Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama, who has worked for companies like Porsche, Ferrari and Maserati.

Courtesy East Japan Railway Company

Oh, and if you were wondering about the food, the train’s chef is Katsuhiro Nakamura. Nakamura happens to be Japan’s first Michelin-starred chef, and his menus will change constantly over the course of the trip to reflect the specific region of the country the train is traveling through.

If you’re willing to wait an entire year for a trip on this luxury train, brace yourself. Nightly rates start at about $3,000 and go up to nearly $10,000. And once you’ve gotten over the sticker shock, you’ll still have to enter in an online lottery to win a spot on future trips. Plus, Shiki-Shima’s parent company, East Japan Railway, will only be opening these application periods every so often. So if you do manage to snag a ride, you’ve got all the luck in the world.

For now, we can just look at the pictures… and wipe our chins as we drool.

Watch This Woodpecker Hitch A Ride Through Downtown Chicago

Sometimes, everyone just needs a lift on a rainy day. One little woodpecker was no exception, and now his hitchhiking adventure through downtown Chicago is going viral.

The video of the bird hanging onto a man’s window as he drives through sodden downtown Chicago is incredibly sweet. The driver plays tour guide for the damp bird as he clings tenuously to the windowsill.

“You wanna see Chicago for a bit?” asks the driver. “Welcome to Chicago. There’s the Picasso right there.”

The video, which was posted last year, continues for some time as the man shows the bird, which online commenters identified as a yellow-bellied sapsucker, the sights of downtown Chicago.

“Look at you, you’re beautiful!” the man tells the bird as they continue down the street.

“It’s going to get windy,” he warns the bird a short while later, as the car speeds up.

At one point, the bird hops right into the car with him. Perched on his sleeve, the man is (astonishingly!) unfazed, and keeps driving. The story ends, according to the Facebook account Humankind, in the way most bird-human relationships do: Humankind wrote, “The driver said: “After he joined me in the car, I got out and walked to the sidewalk so he wouldn’t get run over. He simply flew away off my jacket into the sky.”

As sweet as this video is, it’s important to know that this little bird was probably dazed and unhappy after colliding with a glass window somewhere downtown. According to Annette Prince, who runs the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, a group that helps rescue migratory birds in Chicago, the bird in question doesn’t look so hot.

“They’re not an urban bird and they’re not supposed to be in the city or certainly hanging onto a car,” Prince said of the video in an interview with Chicago website DNAInfo. After accidents like the sapsucker appears to have been in, “they’re very confused. They’re not necessarily frightened of people.”

If you encounter a dazed bird that can’t seem to fly away for one reason or another, gently place the bird in a paper bag or box with a lid. Then you can call your local animal control to come release the bird in a safe environment.

Luckily, our little sapsucker in question seemed to just need a quick ride downtown to shake off a bump on the head. Happy trails, little guy!