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Holiday Deviled Eggs

Holiday Deviled Eggs with Jalapeno and Dried  Cranberrieseggs
We have a family friend who is mad about deviled eggs but his girlfriend and the rest of the folks around are not big fans of making or eating them. I try to bring a plate of eggs to parties and potlucks when I can as a treat for him.

I made a batch recently and as I started to put them together I thought the eggs looked a bit plain and would benefit from a little accessorizing . Since much of my kitchen time has been dedicated to holiday jam making the home cupboards were bare. Rummaging around in the fridge I found one Jalapeno and from the pantry I snitched a hand full of dried cranberries. Yes, I know it sounds weird but pretty eggs now had a delicious combination of sweet, tart, spicy, salty, and creamy.

When we offered the red and green flecked eggs to our deviled egg loving pal he gave them a bit of a skeptical look but ended up ignoring the plain ones in favor of the spicy berry ones. They were a hit and we are making them for several holiday events this season.  I hope you will try our Holiday Deviled Eggs recipe!

8 large fresh eggs (hard boiled and peeled)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp brown mustard
1/4 cup dried cranberries diced (plus extra for garnish)
1 large jalapeno seeded and diced (save a bit for garnish)
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt and white pepper to taste

Split the hard boiled and peeled eggs lengthwise
Scoop out the yolks and mix the yolks with mayonnaise and mustard
Season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
Stir in cranberries and jalapeno
Scoop the yolks back into the whites
Garnish with more cranberries and jalapeno bits





Passover Preview-Egg Platter

Passover Egg PlatterWith Passover coming early, I thought I would try out a few recipes in advance. This one is not so much a recipe as an idea. It was inspired by a several pretty creations I saw on the Internet.

Make any Passover friendly recipe for deviled eggs (I added a bit of horseradish to mine) and then arrange them with green onions, watercress, dill, and radishes to form flowers and buds. What a lovely dish this would make for a Passover (or Easter) brunch!

Sweet Season

holiday cookies and candyAlthough my family celebrates Chanukkah, every year at this time my kitchen is filled with joy and piles of Christmas delights.  I bake holiday cookies and make candy for friends and business associates and always make some kind of crazy cake creation for Christmas dinner.  I will be posting more about my cake next week, but for today it is all about sweet ways to spread some holiday cheer. 

This year’s treats included apple cider and walnut brittle, cranberry and pepita caramel, breakfast bark (dark chocolate with raisin bran cereal, ground coffee, and drizzled white chocolate”milk”), peanut butter bark, chocolate treat cups, candy cane & cocoa swirl cookies, chocolate M&M trees, and my favorite, bacon & coffee piglets.  The recipe for these adorable cookies is below and they are as tasty as they are cute.

Bacon and Coffee Butter Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup crumbled crisp bacon
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon finely ground coffee beans
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Cook bacon until crisp in the oven or a frying pan
Cool and crumble into small bits and set aside
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Cream softened butter and sugar
Add egg yolk and water
Blend until combined
Add flour, coffee, and cinnamon and mix until a ragged dough begins to form  
Stir in bacon and mix just until dough comes together in a ball
Gather dough together and wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour
Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out cookies with cookie cutters (such as the cute little pig shown)
Bake for about 12 minutes until edges are barely brown