April 22, 2014

6 Ways To Use Leftover Hardboiled Eggs

Easter has come and gone! Leftover candy is easy to deal with, but leftover hardboiled eggs, not so much. Let's face it, once hard boiled egg is yummy, knowing that you have two dozen more in your refrigerator is daunting.

We had a great time decorating our eggs, but I spent the weekend eating chocolate and thinking what to do about my leftover hardboiled eggs. Here's what I came up with!




1. Garbage Salad - make a salad and add a sliced egg for some added protein. My favorite is a "Garbage Salad" which includes any fresh veggies left in the fridge spinach, peas, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cucumber, zucchini. A little cheese like feta or mozzarella. Whatever protein available some chicken or in this case hard boiled eggs. Then, I top it off with balsamic vinaigrette. This is the perfect lunch!




2. Eggs Benedict Arnold - this is a cheater version of a classic Eggs Benedict, but is perfect  to use up leftover hardboiled eggs, and is much quicker than going through all the effort for real eggs benedict on a week day. Take a toasted English muffin, place a some baby spinach on the muffin, a slice of leftover Easter ham, sliced hard boiled egg, some salt and pepper, and your favorite cheese. I use swiss. Place under the broiler for 1 minute until bubbly and serve with some fresh fruit. Pretty fancy for a weekday.

3. Egg Salad -  is a classic standby for all of those leftover hardboiled eggs. Ask your Mom, aunt, grandmother or best gal pal for their favorite recipe. Every family has one. Mine is 2 hard boiled eggs chopped, 1 or 2 stalks celery finely chopped, 2 tablespoons mayo, salt and pepper to taste. I put it on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato. Ta Da!

4. Deviled Eggs -  again this is an old standby and everyone has their favorite recipe. My family's is finely mashing the egg yolks with some mayo and paprika salt and pepper. 




5. Nicoise Platter - this very traditional French salad is one that is perfect now that the weather is getting warm. Boiled potatoes, fine green beans, olives, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, and a nice piece of grilled tuna arranged beautifully on a platter is an easy dinner for a warm night.

6. BLT and E - with Easter comes brunch, and with brunch comes bacon. If you are like our family, you may have some of that leftover as well. Add some sliced egg to your BLT. You won't regret it.

There you have it, a run down of the best way to use your leftover hard boiled eggs. How do you use yours?


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April 17, 2014

Thirsty Thursday: Peach Bellini (With and Without Alcohol)

'Tis the season of brunch! If you want my honest opinion, it is always time for brunch, but with Easter almost here and the weather making it easier for us to dine al fresco, brunch is where its at. This week for THIRSTY THURSDAY, I thought I would tackle my favorite brunch cocktail (next to mimosas and bloody mary's): PEACH BELLINIS. I also thought it would be nice to have two options for guests, so I made both an alcoholic version or a non alcoholic version.

For the non-alcholoic version I used peach nectar, which I must say was not easy to find. If you are having trouble finding it, there several juices at the supermarket such as peach mango or peach berry that would work just as well.




Virgin Peach Bellinis (makes 2 large bell inis)
1 1/2 cups frozen peaches
1/2 cup peach nectar or juice
1 can lemon lime soda
(you can add more ice to blender to make it more of a slush consistency)




In a blender, add peaches, nectar, soda, and ice. Blend until smooth and poor into glasses with a straw. I used Mason jars. Serve with straws immediately.





For the Traditional Peach Bellinis I thought it would be nice to add an additional kick, so I added some Peach Vodka, which can be easily found. Go figure.

Traditional Peach Bellinis (makes 1 cocktail)
2 oz chilled Absolut Peach vodka
2 oz chilled peach nectar
4 oz chilled sparkling wine
Sliced or frozen peaches for garnish




In a champagne or wine glass, add vodka and peach nectar. Using a small straw or stirring stick mix the vodka and nectar. Top with chilled sparkling wine. Serve immediately.



If peaches are not your thing, but beverages are, check out the THIRSTY THURSDAY page for recipes for all kinds of drinks, cocktails, and all things drinkable!



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