The Porter House love us some deviled eggs. These evil hors d’ouvres are fantastic for all types of gatherings. From Easter egg hunts, summer picnic potlucks and holiday parties they go hand in hand. My family goes crazy over them at every event. Not to mention that I myself have been known to devour a dozen of these delectable delights in one sitting (LOL). So bring some to your next social gathering. They are quick, easy and sure to be a crowd pleaser.
- 12 eggs
- 4 tablespoons white sugar
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon creamy salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- paprika for garnish (optional)
1. Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has boiled for 2 minutes, remove from the heat and cover pot with lid. Let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes. Pour out the hot water, then cool the eggs under cold running water. Peel once cold.
2. Dry the eggs thoroughly with paper towels, and slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks, and place in a bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork, and stir in the sugar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Next add the mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and vinegar, one at a time, stirring to incorporate each ingredient before adding the next.
3. Mound a heaping teaspoonful of the yolk mixture into the cavity of each egg half, and sprinkle with paprika for garnish.
*CHEF’S NOTE – Want a more polished look? Put the egg filling into a piping bag or freezer bag (with a cut off corner), and pipe the filling into the egg white halves.
[singing] “Happy Birthday To Me. Happy Birthday To Me …”
I’m quite sure that you guess that it’s someone birthday. Well not quite but my birthday is fastly approaching. August the 26 to be exact and who doesn’t celebrate with cake? God knows I do. And one of my favorites and birthday cake of choice this year is the white almond sour cream cake. Some refer to it as the “White Wedding Cake” but no matter what the name is all I know is that it’s GOOD. And Meca likes!
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 egg whites
for buttercream frosting:
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, soften
- 3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon clear imitation vanilla or almond extract
- up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour an 11×13 inch cake pan.
2. Stir together the white cake mix, flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl until well mixed. Pour in the water, sour cream, canola oil, almond and vanilla extracts, and egg whites, and beat with an electric mix on low until all the ingredients are mixed and moistened but some lumps still remain, about 4 minutes.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, and bake in the preheated oven until the top is a light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Allow cake to cool.
4. While cake is cooling prepare frosting. Beat shortening and butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn’t blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk or heavy cream and beat for 3 minutes. If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk or cream 1 tablespoons at a time..
5. Spread frosting over entire cake and decorate as desired.
*CHEF’S NOTE – Buttercream is very versatile and the flavor can be occasionally changed by substituting the vanilla extract for other flavors such as almond, coconut milk, or lemon. Also, the frosting can be easily tinted with food paste gel or food coloring.
Are you hungry tonight? LOL. Well do I have a Hunka Hunka Burning Love sandwich for you, Fried Peanut Butter & Banana. Even though this recipe does not include bacon it has been referred to as a favorite of Elvis Presley who was famously renowned for his food cravings. So here’s to the “King”. “You’re Always On My Mind.”
2-3 Ripe bananas
8 Slices whole wheat bread
3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1. In a small bowl mix together peanut butter, honey and cinnamon. Slice bananas into 1/4 thick slices. Spread the peanut butter mixture on four slices of bread and cover with banana slices. Top with remaining 4 slices of bread. Spread whipped butter on both sides of sandwiches.
2. In frying pan melt 3 tablespoons of butter – make sure butter does not burn. Grill sandwiches in frying pan until each side is golden brown.
3. Combine sugar and cinnamon in shallow plate. Coat grilled sandwiches with mixture. Cut diagonally and serve hot.
*CHEF’S TIP – Want a little variety? Try Nutella or add some marshmallow creme, or some bacon. For all I care throw some jelly on that thang. Be creative and just let your imagination run wild.