Thursday, November 1, 2012

National Deviled Egg Day

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Chef Diane

I found this great book, so I bought a copy for my mother.  She gave it back to me though, since she already had a copy.  The title of the book?  “Being Dead is No Excuse”, The official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral.  Being from the south, one of the main things we do is take food places.  We take food when welcoming a new neighbor, new baby, if there is someone sick, or if there is a death.  There is one dish you are sure to find at a funeral gathering, and that is deviled eggs.  They are quick to make, and very tasty!  Many people have special plates to serve them one, like the one pictured above.  I have three deviled egg plates, and have given them to my mother as well.  These plates allow the egg to sit in a hollowed out area to prevent them from sliding around and squashing the other eggs.

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One of my favorite meals is sliced ham, tater salad, and deviled eggs.  Although my deviled eggs and tater salad seem to taste the same, I still fix them both together.  You just take a boiled egg, remove the shell and cut in half.  Then you take the yolk out, careful not to break the white, and put the yolks in a bowl.  six boiled eggs will make a dozen deviled eggs.  One you have the yolks in a bow, add a heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise, a squirt of mustard, a little pickle relish, sweet or dill according to your preference, and a little salt and pepper.  Mix it together, if it is a little dry, add more mayonnaise.  Then spoon into the egg white shells, you may also sprinkle a little paprika on top for added color.  Then put them on your special plate and stick them in the refrigerator to allow them to set, or just eat them right away.

Today is National Deviled Egg Day.  According to punchbowl.com, deviled eggs originated in ancient Rome, the term "deviled" didn't appear until the 18th century when it was used to describe highly seasoned, fried, or boiled dishes. By the 19th century, the word "deviled" was used to describe hot seasonings in general. Today, not all deviled egg recipes are spicy, but a little cayenne pepper or hot mustard can always give them an extra kick.

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So today, boil up a few eggs and devil them, you can eat them as an appetizer or a side dish, or even the main course.

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