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Egg-cellent Hard Boiled Eggs, Deviled Eggs, and Roasted Potato Salad

Egg-cellent Hard Boiled Eggs, Deviled Eggs, and Roasted Potato Salad

Egg-cellent Hard Boiled Eggs, Deviled Eggs and Roasted Potato Salad

Family is so important to me and always has been. Over the years I do not spend as much time with my siblings and their children as did when we were all younger, but I am still very connected to my family. When I got the invitations to my oldest nephew’s college graduation and party I knew I wanted to make something for the party. Then, I got the invitation to his brother’s high school graduation and party. They were having a combined graduation party and I got on the phone and asked my sister-in-law what I could bring. She told me what she was serving: meat and cheese trays for sandwiches and Sloppy Joes. I asked if I could bring potato salad or deviled eggs. She was thrilled and said that either would be great. That’s when I decided to make egg-cellent hard boiled eggs, deviled eggs, and roasted potato salad.

I have a favorite potato salad that is just a little different than the “old standard”. Also, since I knew I was having my oldest daughter (Daughter Number One) staying with me for a few days over that weekend making both dishes wouldn’t be a problem. It was also a bonus that the potato salad calls for hard-cooked eggs, so I could get that part of the potato salad done while I was getting the eggs cooked for the Deviled Eggs.

I posted the recipe for my Roasted Potato Salad in 2012. I highly recommend you check it out. It always gets rave reviews, and this even was no different than any other.

http://ortsofsorts.com/2012/01/17/new/

I put Daughter Number One to work on the deviled eggs. She and I have slightly different ways to make deviled eggs. She uses much more mayonnaise than I do, and more mayonnaise than anything else. I asked her to add a tiny bit of vinegar to them. She did, and we were both delighted with the results. Now, the best part of this recipe is the way that I am going to share the most perfect way to hard-boil eggs so that they peel without incident. Every. Single. Time.

Deviled Eggs

  •  6 eggs, hard-boiled
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika for garnish

Halve cooked eggs. Gently remove yolks and mash with a fork until crumbly. Add mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar. Mix until smooth. Add salt and pepper. Fill egg whites to neatly with egg yolk mixture until heaping. Sprinkle tops with paprika.

World’s Best Hard- Boiled Eggs

Fill a pan, large enough to hold the desired number of eggs enough that it will cover the eggs. Bring the water to a boil. Gently add the eggs to the boiling water. Return the water to a boil, and boil for 15 minutes. Immediately drain and run cold water over the eggs for several minutes. Drain the eggs again, and let sit until cool. Once cool, peel the eggs. Perfect.

perfect peeled egg

Give these recipes a try for your Memorial Day weekend food. I promise that the Roasted Potato Salad and Deviled Eggs will be appreciated by whomever you are cooking for, and you will never be frustrated by trying to peel hard-boiled eggs again!

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Halloween Fare

Halloween Fare

Halloween Food

Most holidays I spend a large number of hours cooking and baking. This Halloween I had to forego much of the holiday food festivities, due to a ghoulish work schedule. I did manage to help my mother make some Halloween Food.

My mother works at an Independent and Assisted Living Facility. One of the things she does is throw theme parties for the people who reside there on holidays and occasions. Together we selected the menu and I assisted her in putting on some of the finishing touches. The people she served the treats to enjoyed the food more than either one of us had anticipated.

The first item on the menu was a cheeseball. My mother has been making the same amazingly delicious cheeseball for probably thirty years. It is a hit everywhere she takes it. This year we saw a Halloween cheeseball idea on Pinterest. I didn’t even read the recipe included, because we used moms. The difference was that it was shaped to look like a skeleton or ghoul head, with green olive eyes and almond teeth. Success!

Next, we found Halloween Deviled Eggs. This was super easy. Use your favorite Deviled Egg recipe, add red food coloring until the filling is orange. Fill the whites with the yolk filling, making sure they are very round then snip off a piece of green onion to make a pumpkin stem.

My mother also found a recipe for Halloween Snack Mix. I don’t know that she was a big fan of it after the fact, but I know that what I got to try was tasty. The leftovers went home to my own family to taste. They also thought it was good stuff.

Naturally Mother served some of the obligatory Halloween fare: donuts, popcorn balls, sugar cookies, and punch. The Halloween food that we made were a great addition!

If you are looking for some ideas for your Halloween party next year I highly recommend these. They are all very easy to make, not very time consuming, but make a big impact!

Cheese Ball

  • 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
  • 6 ounce package wafer beef (Buddig, diced (*do not use chipped beef))
  • 3 Tablespoons diced green onion
  1. Mix all ingredients (I use my hands) until thoroughly combined. Form into a ball. Serve with crackers or crudité.

For the Halloween cheeseball, it was formed into a skeleton face.

 

Halloween Snack Mix

  • 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars or almond bark (broken / chopped into pieces)
  • 4 cups Corn or Rice Cereal Squares
  • 2 cups pretzel twists (we used squares)
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • ¼ cup candy decorations (sprinkles, bats, eyes, etc)
  1. In a large glass bowl, microwave baking bars uncovered on High 1 ½ – 2 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. 

  2. Gently stir in cereal and pretzels until evenly coated. Stir in candy corn and decors. 

  3. Spread on waxed paper or foil until cooled and set. 

  4. Break into chunks. 

  5. Store loosely covered.

This mix can be made scarier or more fun, depending on what you add to it!

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in Recipe

 

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Memorial Day 2014

Memorial Day 2014

I am back to a healthier style of eating. My promise is this does not mean I am not going to be cooking (eating) amazing foods, or even less healthy and unhealthy foods. What this does mean is that I am at the very least going to be adding much more healthy foods to my diet (again?).

Let me tell you about my newest attempts at some healthy eating recipes.

First, let me give you a short backstory. I got a text message around 10:15 this morning from one of my sisters-in-law. Apparently my 2nd brother (the one who loves to cook) had gone to the meat shop and picked up a few things and decided to grill them up. In addition to grilling ribs, pork shoulder, and hamburgers he had baked some homemade buns to serve them on. He made a pot of baked beans (Hobie’s) and some deviled eggs. He was hauling it all to mom’s house around 1. We were all invited.

I don’t eat pork and neither does Daughter Number 2. If she and I were going to be able to eat I had to make something for us. I decided to whip up some healthy deviled eggs, coleslaw, and one of my all-time favorite side dishes for grilling season: pickled red onions.

The eggs were really pretty easy. I just substituted Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise and added some dill weed.

I got out my Moosewood Cookbook

moosewood

to make the Pickled Red Onions, and then looked up some non-Mayonnaise based healthy coleslaw recipes. My parents used to make one using oil, but as I recall it had to be cooked. I didn’t have time for that. I found one that seemed easy and tasty and started there.

http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/no-mayo-coleslaw/

I adapted it a bit, and came up with what was a big hit with a few of the family who aren’t afraid of coleslaw.

It felt great to have some healthy options with dinner. The addition of the apple was a huge success. I will definitely be making this again, and may try some variations.

I hope you had the opportunity to spend time with loved ones today and also spend at least one moment thinking of our service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedoms. Happy Memorial Day.

Fresh, Healthy Coleslaw

  • ½ head cabbage (shredded)
  • 2 carrots (shredded)
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • ½ apple (shredded)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, olive oil, and honey. In a large bowl toss cabbage, carrots, onion, and apple. Sprinkle over celery seed and black pepper. Pour over lemon and oil mixture and toss. Refrigerate until chilled and serve.

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2014 in Recipe

 

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