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Family Central: Egg-cellent Easter

Did you know that according to the American Egg Board, more than 100 million eggs were sold last year during the week of Easter alone?

It just wouldn’t seem like Easter without those beautiful, creative, and often exquisitely dyed eggs and delicious deviled eggs on your table. I have found a few tricks of the trade to make your Easter eggs look and taste egg-cellent!
Here are a few tips to keep your eggs fresh and tasty:
  • Eggs should be refrigerated as soon as possible after purchase.  Keep them away from strong-flavored foods in your refrigerator (like onions) so they do not absorb any of those flavors. Many people store their eggs on the door, but it is best to store them in the coldest part of your fridge.
  • For the best cooking quality and flavor, eggs should be used within a week of purchase.  If you hard-boil your eggs, they will last about 4 to 6 days in the fridge. Hard-boiling your eggs removes the natural coating from them, so they need to be eaten within this time frame.
  • To make hard-boiled eggs, place clean, uncracked eggs in a saucepan. Fill with water to just about an inch over the eggs. Bring water to a boil and let eggs cook between 13 to 17 minutes depending on your egg size.

Fun fact: How can you tell if an egg is hard-boiled or raw?  Give it a spin!  A raw egg will wobble and a hard-boiled egg will spin easily because it is cooked through inside.

Your eggs are now cooked and ready for fun. There are so many different ways to design and decorate your eggs. I like to dye my eggs with natural hues. I use items I have at home to experiment. Just use hot water and add a little vinegar and the magic happens!  Here are some hues that I have tried:

  • Blue-canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves
  • Gray- beet or red grape juice
  • Light Green- spinach leaves
  • Orange-yellow onion skins
  • Yellow-orange or lemon peel, celery seed, or carrot tops
I don’t know about you but just thinking about eggs makes me hungry!  There’s nothing I love more than egg salad.  It’s a light meal that I can enjoy and make many different ways.  One of my favorite recipes is Chunky Egg Salad.  I love to eat it over our FRESH made sourdough bread and a fresh tomato.

Chunky Egg Salad

Ingredients:
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
12 large eggs
1 stalk celery (with leaves), chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs chopped fresh dill
2 Tbs whole-grain mustard
1 Tbs plus 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Directions:
In a small bowl, soak the onions in cold water for 15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, place the eggs and cover with cold water by one inch. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute. Cover the eggs, remove from the heat, and set aside for eight minutes. Drain the water from the pan and cool the eggs in the pan under cold, running water. Peel the eggs and cut into sixths.

In a large bowl, mix together the onion, celery, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.

 Add the eggs to the mayonnaise mixture and gently mix them together. Season with pepper to taste.

Use in sandwiches, with lettuce and tomatoes, or in a salad.

 

 

Enjoy!  And, Happy Easter!

 

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