HCP Dishes!

Deviled Eggs for Spring

Posted by Issy

Friday, April 11, 2014

As a child, hard-boiled eggs meant one of two things in my household: either Mom was making egg salad, or deviled eggs were about to be served. It always seemed to take forever to boil the eggs, wait for them to cool, and mash up the yolks to make the creamy center of deviled eggs. I could hardly wait for them to be done so I could pop the cayenne-peppered halves into my mouth and savor the strange, delicious treat. Then again, everything that took more than three minutes to make felt like an eternity in my five-year-old mind.

It took me almost twenty years to finally attempt making deviled eggs as an adult… due to my childhood memories, I always felt like the process might be more difficult and time consuming than it’s worth, so I stuck to scrambling and frying my eggs. But flipping thorough Debbie Moose’s Deviled Eggs this...

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What’s the deal with Easter eggs?

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

That’s a question I’ve asked myself a number of times and have never been able to answer. But seriously: what’s up with eggs at Easter time? Why do we dye them and hunt them and roll them and devil them?

Are you curious now, too? Good, because I looked into it for us. Let’s chat.

According to Latin proverb “omne vivum ex ovo,” all life comes from an egg. This seems rather fitting since spring is the season of new life and rebirth, and Easter is the holiday to celebrate resurrection. In fact, myths from ancient cultures all over the world hold that the universe was created from an egg, so no wonder eggs have become emblematic of creation!

Antiquated Christian beliefs also required observers to abstain from eating eggs during Lent, so the consumption of eggs could only resume on Easter. Eggs laid during the 40-day period prior were typically hard-boiled or...

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Chop-Chop Chicken Egg Salad

Posted by Ellen

Monday, April 7, 2014

With Easter approaching, I’ve found myself getting more and more excited to participate in the creative tradition of decorating eggs… but the idea of having a dozen hard-boiled eggs in my refrigerator is starting to make my lunch plans sound pretty mundane. As much as I love deviled eggs and a good egg salad sandwich, I also want variety, and there’s only so much that can be done to use up those hard-boiled beauties.

I went ahead and started hunting for recipes, and came across a fun take on the egg salad sandwich– one that actually combines a second flavor I love for a light and refreshing lunch. Double Take’s Chop-Chop Chicken Salad Sandwich mixes half a dozen hard-boiled eggs with roasted chicken. This recipe balances the delicate texture and flavors of egg salad with the heartier taste of chicken salad. I added a bit more paprika to my sandwiches for a...

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Alternative Party Desserts

Posted by Alexa

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Everybody loves a party. But what’s a party without dessert?

It’s not. It’s not a party at all. Parties must have dessert, be it brownies, cookies, cake, cupcakes, or something else sweet. My friends and I don’t mess around when it comes to planning a dessert menu. We always end up with more than enough, and everyone eats themselves sick on chocolatey brownies, gooey cookies, and decadent truffles (they’re so small and harmless…until you eat five of them).

I get especially baker-happy around birthdays. For my little cousin’s birthday one year, I made her a zebra-print cake– black stripes painted onto white frosting and finished off with shiny black sprinkles. A lot of the best people in my life have spring or summertime birthdays, so around this time of year, I’m constantly looking for exciting new treat recipes to try.

I love birthday cake as much as (or perhaps more than) the next...

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