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you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette

Sometimes, you have to do unpleasant things in order to complete a task or meet a goal. Your students clearly don't respect you. I know you don't want to yell at them, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette. If I don't cut people's salaries, the company is going to go bankrupt. It's unfortunate, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette.
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you can't make an omelet without breaking (a few) eggs

Sometimes, you have to do unpleasant things in order to complete a task or meet a goal. Your students clearly don't respect you. I know you don't want to yell at them, but you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. If I don't cut people's salaries, the company is going to go bankrupt. It's unfortunate, but you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Prov. In order to get something good or useful, you must give up something else. Jill: Why do they have to tear down that beautiful old building to build an office park? Jane: You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. Alan: We may make more money by raising our prices, but we'll also upset a lot of customers. Fred: You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.
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But at the tippy top of my list of favorites is the edible magic trick known as the souffled omelet.
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The only equipment needed is an omelet pan or a skillet and turner.
In 7- to 1-inch omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat, heat I teaspoon of the butter until just hot enough to sizzle a drop of water.
Egg-based dishes, however, are the backbone of most brunch menus: omelets with smoked turkey or pheasant; poached eggs on a baked potato stuffed with chopped ham and chives; mint frittata; crabmeat quiche, lobster souffle; and French toast with a touch of Grand Marnier added to the batter.
The French stir the eggs carefully as they set, generally limit themselves to cheese by way of filling, and fold the omelets into thirds.
Residents and visitors at the Ventura Estates Retirement and Health Center in Newbury Park feasted on a Mother's Day banquet of taquitos, burritos, waffles and omelets Sunday.
The most important meal of the day has become the most sabotaged with donuts, sausage biscuits and now fat omelets.
Local shellfish, spinach, and bacon fill classic omelets at southern Washington's Shelburne Inn
Pasta sauce, cheese omelets and grilled chicken are satisfying, but they can be a little namby-pamby.
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Once embraced by Americans - who still get misty-eyed about egg-salad sandwiches, three-egg omelets and, yes, even the egg-eating scene in the movie ``Cool Hand Luke'' - the egg has been demonized in recent years, blamed for the nation's mounting cholesterol problems.
The Radisson Resort Knott's Berry Farm Thanksgiving Feast features more than 75 separate, all-you-can-eat selections ranging from traditional Thanksgiving and brunch entrees, pastas and salads, to customized omelets, and 22 decadent desserts.
The non-stick element is vitally important because you are going to use it to turn out delectable omelets and crepes on those rare, cherished weekend and holiday mornings when you both can sleep late and relax.