Sunday, February 10, 2008

Deviled Eggs

One of the best things in the world is a really good deviled egg. One of the worst things in the world is a really bad deviled egg. I don't make mine with a recipe. I just eye it. I think the difference is the Pick-A-Peppa Sauce. I add just a bit and it really makes the eggs have a great flavor.

I boil the eggs for about 10 minutes and then turn the stove off and let them sit in the hot water for about 10 minutes. Rinse the eggs with cool water and then peel. I mix a bit of minced sweet onion, sweet relish (always better with my homemade), the dash or so of Pick-A-Peppa, and a bit of mayo. Mash this all together with the egg yolks, add salt and pepper, and adjust the mayo to desired level of creaminess. Arrange on a platter with Boston or Bib lettuce and sprinkle with paprika. These are really good. My kids will eat them for breakfast.

Monster Cookies, aka Ralph's Addiction

This is a HUGE recipe! It is also my husband's most favorite cookie. Before you begin make sure that you have a really large bowl to mix all of this in. I can get the wet ingredients to all mix up in my 6 qt mixer, but then I have to add all the oats in a much larger bowl.

I only bake a few at a time and then freeze the rest of the dough for slice and bake cookies. If you don't use sucannat, just exchange with white sugar for the sucannat with honey and I would use 2 lbs of brown sugar for the sucannat.

By the way, notice that there is no flour in these cookies!

Monster Cookies

1 doz eggs

4 cups sucannat

4 cups sucannat with honey

4 sticks butter, soft

16-18 cups old fashioned oats

3 lb "natural" peanut butter

8 tsp baking soda

1 TBS Kosher salt

1 TBS vanilla

2-5 lbs "other" stuff...coconut, raisins, chips of any variety, dried fruit, just whatever you want

Depending on "other" stuff, you might want to add cinnamon, nutmeg, or other spices

Cream eggs, sucannat, vanilla, and butter together. Mix int he peanut butter. Add the soda and salt and mix well. In your very large bowl mix together oats (start with 16 cups) and "other" ingredients. Fold butter mixture in until well combined. You might need to add a couple more cups of oats just depending on the amount of "other" stuff that you add. You can bake right away or chill first. I think they are much better if chilled first. Bake for 10-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Let them sit for 1-2 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.

I use waxed paper to form logs of dough and then over wrap with foil, and freeze. You can take them straight from the freezer to the oven, just slice and bake. You might need to adjust the cooking time when doing this.