riddle me this one.
it’s midtwenties in Chicago this morning, yet allergies are up my nose, out my eyes and making me feel like I’m flying over the cuckoos nest.
the upside is i’m more than #blessed by my coworkers 13 times a day when i sneeze. i was away on business the last couple of weeks and i came into the office, sat down, sneezed a few times, and my coworker over the wall said, “she’s backkkk. i actually kind of missed you and your sneezing.” if that ain’t ain’t friendship, i don’t wanna know what is. Do you know why people say bless you when you sneeze? there are differing stories but i like the one that goes back to when people believed a sneeze unattached your soul from your body, so the incantation was supposed to protect you from the devil stealing your soul. RIGHT?! that’s a little intense. although, i bet now you’ll think twice before not saying “god bless you” to someone when they sneeze.
allergies tickling my nose aside, my other favorite thing about spring is easter. i’m not going to get religious with you. it’s just always a holiday i always find myself looking forward to more than i thought i would. there’s not a lot of pressure. it’s not thanksgiving and christmas which invariably become opportunities to disappoint rather than meals to be enjoyed. easter is classic without being pretentious. there’s not a lot of pressure to try something new, to serve something unexpected. people want ham, and asparagus (except me, that stuffed should be banned from the world) and then want some starches and carbs. lots of colors. pastels. and cute bunnies. on sweets. piece of cake, pun intended.
i like trying a new little something though at most family occasions. if only because i usually am only cooking for myself, so i sieze any opportunity i have with an audience to experiment and hopefully impress. flex my cooking muscles, if you will.
we’re going to make ribs instead of ham, because ribs are everything to me. we’ll do napa cabbage salad (i have no excuse for this besides it’s amazeballs), baked beans (i dont care what you say, if it’s bad about baked beans i won’t believe you. i love them), deviled eggs (because, tradition) and some fun desserts (which means, i’ll pretend to be a baker which i’m definitely not and i’ll end up a) in the emergency room b) superglueing desserts together because i’m that bad c) crying into a botle of wine.
i do like to add a couple new dishes each year, but i knew i wouldn’t get away with these with my family. it’s another reason i think i actually did come from a stork, my family doesn’t get down with the spicy. I KNOW. poor things, they have no idea.
so i said – none for them, more for me! they’re a fun spin on traditional deviled eggs. a deeper flavor, with a kick. i dig it.
- 6 hard boiled eggs, halved like a hot dog not like a hamburger
- 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons low fat mayo
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus extra for garnish
- pinch of salt and pepper
- scoop out all the yolks and place in bowl.
- add remaining ingredients except jalapeños.
- scoop mixture into halved deviled eggs
- top with paprika and a jalapeño slice