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April 29, 2014

Bon Appetit's Mediterranean Egg Salad

One of my favorite breakfasts is egg salad on toasted whole wheat bread so when I saw this recipe from Bon Appetit for Mediterranean Egg Salad, one, I immediately began craving it and two, I had to share with you all.

Are you a fan of egg salad??  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch OR dinner.


 Photo and recipe courtesy Bon Appetit



  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon za'atar {see below}
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 hard-boiled large eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped green olives
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Toast 

 Za'atar is a spice blend that translates from Arabic to the word "thyme." This is convenient, because there is thyme in za'atar. Also, you'll traditionally find sumac, sesame seed, and salt in the mix—some versions contain other spices and herbs, like marjoram, cumin, oregano, or hyssop. There's no exact science to mixing za'atar, though, because every home cook has a unique version. It's pronounced ZAH-tahr, and is found most frequently in Middle Eastern countries, flavoring everything from hummus to pita bread.


Whisk together oil, za’atar, and lemon juice. Toss with eggs, olives, cilantro, onion, and pine nuts; season with salt and pepper. Serve on toast.

Nutritional Information

Calories (kcal) 240 Fat (g) 23 Saturated Fat (g) 3.5 Cholesterol (mg) 215 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 0 Protein (g) 7 Sodium (mg) 410

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April 17, 2014

Marbled, Speckled and Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

The other day when I shared Krups' recipe for Pepper Jack Bacon Deviled Eggs and their new egg cooker, also included in their email to me were these fabulous ideas for coloring Easter eggs....Marbled, Speckled and Naturally Dyed eggs.  Naturally, I'm excited to share the creative egg dying directions with you all!

Bright and Marbled Easter Eggs
photo credit and egg dying recipes courtesy Krups

Spread the newspaper over your work surface.

  • Now prepare the dye for coloring your Easter eggs. You will need a separate cup or container for each color.
  • In each container combine one tablespoon of each of the following: oil, vinegar, and your choice of food coloring.
  • Add enough water to make the liquid deep enough to cover an egg.
  • Swirl the liquid with a spoon, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it.
  • Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with a second color.
  • Swirl into a third color, if desired. Some white areas can be left on the egg.
  • Gently pat dry the completed egg, leaving a bit of the oil to give the egg a varnished look.
  • Place the finished eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.

Once you're finished with all of your eggs, store them in the refrigerator.

Speckled Easter Eggs

Spread the newspaper over your work surface.

  • Now prepare the dye for coloring your Easter eggs. You will need a separate cup or container for each color.
  • Place one teaspoon of vinegar in each container. Add about 1-1/2 cups of hot water (hot tap water is fine) to the vinegar.
  • Once you have the vinegar and hot water in the containers for your Easter eggs, add a few drops of food coloring to each container.
  • Now dip each egg in the dye. Let the egg sit in the dye for several minutes to allow the color to adhere.
  • Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye and wipe the water off with a paper towel.
  • To get soft pastel colors the eggs only need to bathe for a few minutes, then dry.
  • To get the speckles: mix 10 drops of red and 5 drops of green food coloring in a small glass, a few drops of water and you have brown dye.
  • To get the speckles use an old toothbrush, dip it in the brown, shake off excess. Point the toothbrush 6 - 10 inches from the egg. Run your finger across the bristles from front to back to get the splatter effect. (You might want to wear rubber gloves)!!
  • Place the eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.

Once you're finished with all of your eggs, store them in the refrigerator.

Naturally dyed Easter Eggs

Spread the newspaper over your work surface.

  • If you want to make designs on your eggs, you can draw on the eggs with crayons. The wax will not come off when you dye the eggs.
  • Combine spices, vegetables, water and vinegar in assorted pots on every burner on the stove.  (Example: Turmeric would yield a lovely gold.  Chili powder would yield a beautiful rusted orange.  Beets turned some eggs a pale pink).
  • Now dip each egg in the dye. Let the egg sit in the dye for several minutes to allow the color to adhere.
  • Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye.
  • Wipe the water off with a paper towel, and place the eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.

Once you're finished with all of your eggs, store them in the refrigerator.

Happy Easter to all!
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April 15, 2014

Mexican Style Lasagna soon to be "Pritikinized"

Cinco De Mayo has been on my mind lately and one of my favorite Mexican dishes is this Mexican Style Lasagna....all in one dish.  We have been trying to eat a bit lighter lately here at home and when I received an invite to enter a blogger contest hosted by  Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Miami, FL., where you enter a recipe you love and challenge the chef at Pritikin to  “Pritikinize” {or lighten up} the recipe, making it healthy to eat...I just HAD to enter.

For more information about Pritikin, see below.

Mexican food is probably my favorite type of food to eat.  This Mexican Style Lasagna does not disappoint...melted cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, beef and more, all layered into one dish.  SO good.

So here's what you need to do.  Chop up 1/2 an onion and throw it in a skillet with one pound of ground beef to brown.

Drain any excess fat.  Add one can each of corn, black beans {rinsed}, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce and taco seasoning.

Simmer for 15 minutes.

In a baking dish, begin layering.  Start with 1/3 of the mixture.

Add a layer of flour tortillas.

More mixture and sprinkle some grated cheese on top of that.

Keep layering until all mixture is used.  Before adding the top layer of tortillas and cheese, spread some sour cream over the mixture {optional}.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.

Enjoy!  SO good!

Mexican Style Lasagna

1 lb of ground beef or turkey
1 medium yellow onion, chopped {or half a large}
1 15 oz can stewed tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can corn, drained
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed
1 4 oz can green chilies {optional}
1 package taco seasoning
Flour tortillas
2 cups grated cheese {I used Mexican blend}
Sour cream {optional}

Brown ground beef and onion in pan.  Drain any excess fat.  Add stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, black beans, green chilies and taco seasoning.  Simmer 10-15 minutes to blend.  Place 1/3 of the mixture in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Place a layer of tortillas on top, add more mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese. Continue layering until all mixture is gone.  Add some sour cream to the mixture for the last layer, if desired. Finish with a layer of tortillas and grated cheese.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Pritikin Anniversary event from Thursday, May 29th-Saturday, May 31st.
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"For over 30 years, more than 100,000 guests worldwide have come to the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa both to prevent and reverse problems such as excess weight, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer risk factors.  Over 10 million more have read Pritikin’s 10 best-selling books.  Pritikin’s one- and two-week lifestyle-change programs are tailored to meet the needs of the individual and focus on daily exercise and an eating plan based on natural, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, and limited lean meat.  Guests enjoy five gourmet meals and snacks daily, like grilled lobster, roasted bison, wild mushroom risotto, and chocolate mousse.  Pritikin is located in Miami, Florida, just 20 minutes from either the Ft. Lauderdale or Miami airport." 
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April 14, 2014

Easy and Successful Easter Egg Boiling

Easter's right around the corner and it's time to boil those eggs!  I don't know about you, but when I used to boil eggs, they would crack and the inside would have that ugly greenish rim around it. And I never knew exactly how long to cook them. 

I found this method online a few years ago and I've been using it ever since.  Works every time.....the perfect boiled eggs....

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April 10, 2014

Easter Egg Bake

Sticking with the egg theme for Easter morning breakfast is in the plan for our household and this recipe from Krups for Easter Egg Bake, complete with cheddar and jack cheeses, mushrooms, red pepper, spinach and so much more will be baking in my oven.  I'll use venison sausage in place of chopped ham to give it a unique kick.  

What's cooking at your house for Easter?

Photo and recipe courtesy Krups

Easter Egg Bake

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup chopped mushrooms
1/3 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup fresh spinach
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups chopped ham or sausage
8 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
Salt and Pepper to Taste.

1. In a ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish, sprinkle half of both cheeses and set aside.
2. In a medium skillet, sauté mushrooms, onions and red pepper and spinach in butter until tender.
3. Place over cheese and top with ham or sausage. Sprinkle mixture with the remaining cheese.
4. In a bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, flour, parsley, dill, salt and pepper; mix well.
5. Slowly pour over the cheese.
6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Make boiling eggs easy with the new Krups Egg Cooker....

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April 8, 2014

Pepper Jack Bacon Deviled Eggs

Easter is upon us, which means boiling loads of eggs and then coloring them with bright colors.  But what do you do with all of those boiled eggs after the big hunt?  Krups sent me their recipe for Pepper Jack Bacon Deviled Eggs.  Oh MY!  I knew immediately this recipe would top my list to share with you all.  Can't go wrong with bacon in my house.

12 eggs
2 tablespoons finely shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
5 slices bacon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Chopped chives (garnish)
Paprika (garnish)

1. Place eggs in KRUPS Egg Cooker (see below), and remove when hard boiled. Remove and rinse under cold water until cool.
2. Place bacon in a skillet and cook on medium until brown and crispy.  Crumble bacon and set aside.
3. Peel the cooled eggs and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place into a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, crumbled bacon and cheese. Fill egg white halves with the yolk mixture and sprinkle paprika on the tops of each egg. Add a sprig of parsley to each egg.  Refrigerate until serving.

If you don't want to boil your eggs the old fashioned way, here's Krups new Egg Cooker, now available for purchase.
With the Krups Egg Cooker, which retails for $29.99, you can boil up to seven eggs; prepare poached eggs or individual omelets in poaching trays (2) included.
  • Boil and keep warm setting.
  • Audible signal indicates end of cooking cycle.
  • Water level indicator and egg piercer included.
  • Lid and egg holder are dishwasher safe
I have never tried the Krups Egg Cooker, so I can't give a review on it, but it sure looks like it could come in handy....especially this time of year.

Images and recipe courtesy Krups
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