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Egg D-White Yolk-Um 
 
Sep. 23, 2012 8:31 pm 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2014 12:12 pm

Hello AR peeps! I know I haven't been around much lately but I am still here and have never stopped cooking up a storm. Perfect soup weather is nearing and I plan on not being such a stranger in the upcoming months. For now, I'll start with a short blog.  


There are two things I love in life. Dwight Yoakam and food. Okay, so there is more in life that I love but these do rank in the top 10 and are what inspired this blog. Not exactly sure where my love for Dwight started seeing how I am not much into country music except that I do remember my dad always talking about him and then one day I bought the Thousand Miles From Nowhere CD and am almost 100% certain that is where the love started. I was hooked. Obsessed really. Within a matter of months I had managed to purchase every single CD that he had out and I listened to him daily. While living in town and just starting my cooking journey, I remember lighting up the grill and cranking the stereo in the garage every night during the summer. My old crotchety neighbor next door continually voiced his displeasure of Dwight and I continually reminded him of my displeasure of the 70's disco nonsense that he cranked all weekend long and so we finally came to an agreement and took turns. 


Time passed and my music tastes continually changed but I never "outgrew" my love for Dwight. More and more time seemed to pass between his album releases and he seemed to be focusing more on his acting career. I honestly thought that he might be done with music when low and behold around May or so he posted on his FB page that after 7 long years, there would be a new album. I was ecstatic and the wait until September 18th was pure torture. The day was fast approaching and I got this brilliant idea to tie the new album into a food blog. Piece of cake right? That is what I thought too but nothing seemed to be working and everywhere I turned was a dead end. Sure, there are plenty of recipes out there with the words Cowboy and Country in them but nothing unique to Dwight and so I almost gave up. But then one day I was sitting at work and there was a lull in the workflow and I found myself racking my brain once more and here is how the thought process went. "Dwight was born in Kentucky. What is Kentucky known for? Bourbon. Yes, bourbon. Shoot, I've even made a steak from AR with a bourbon sauce. Oh wait, that was whiskey. Is bourbon and whiskey the same thing?" My mind was going in a hundred different directions when I finally decided to reach out to a group of my AR friends on FB and see what they had to suggest. Hot Brown huh? So, a quick Google search and Hot Brown it was! Dwight was born October 23, 1956 in Pineville, Ky. and here is my take on Kentucky...




   http://allrecipes.com/recipe/original-hot-brown/detail.aspx?event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=original%20hot%20brown&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Recipe<




Next that brings us to where he was raised and graduated high school in 1974 which is Columbus, Oh. Before I begin here, I have to back it up and admit that I already had a new contraption that I was wanting to try but didn't expect for it to be included in the blog but little did I know it would end up fitting in perfectly. So, about this contraption I speak of. A month or so ago I was at Walmart with my dreaded oddball shopping list. By oddball I mean the trip that includes all of the non perishable pantry staple items along with all of the other miscellaneous items that have been jotted down on the list such as spatulas, laundry soap, trash bags, coffee filters, fingernail polish remover, chip clips and well you get my drift. I walked up the aisle where the chip clips usually were and nothing so I made my way back down the aisle and still nothing. As I stood there at the end of the aisle all dazed and confused, I looked up at the aisle in front of me where there was this huge banner that hung with the word CLEARANCE. In the midst of all of the clutter and chaos I see this tiny package of chip clips hanging on a peg. I immediately started making my way towards this peg when I got all kinds of distracted with the mayhem of this aisle. I mean there was stuff everywhere and there was no rhyme or reason. Just before I got to the clips, a certain little something captured me and I couldn't take my eyes off of it. "As Seen On TV NEVER PEEL a Hard-Boiled Egg Again!" As some of you might know, I have chickens that have turned into much more than just fresh eggs but now meet the criteria of pets. No need to suggest ways to peel their eggs. Trust me I have tried every single method out there including waiting until the eggs were so old they were on the point of going bad. Some methods have worked better than others but bottom line is that nothing works completely and hard boiled eggs have become a thing of my past. I picked it up and held it for a few seconds but then I was like, if this works so great then it wouldn't be sitting back here on the clearance aisle and so I sat it back down. On the way back up and out of the aisle I was drawn to it and found myself holding it once again. You know, $7 isn't exactly what I consider cheap however it isn't going to break the bank either and in my cart it went. 




Oh was the packaging ever so deceiving. Perfect hard boiled eggs my arse! The shape is that of a perfect egg but you only fill it up halfway and the yolk sits floating on top. When it is all said and done and they are boiled, you have to cut off the bottom to get them to stand up and then you have to run a knife all the way around the layer between the white and the yolk and proceed to dig the yolk out all while hoping not to slaughter your white too awful bad. Then, instead of each deviled egg being half an egg, you are left filling and eating the whole egg. By the time I got all six Eggies sprayed down with non-stick spray, all four pieces of each Eggie screwed together tightly, eggs cracked and poured into the tiny holes, eggs boiled, cooled, eggs pried out of the container, the careful gutting, and mixing of the recipe filling, well I was no longer in the mood at trying my hand at this beautiful piping I see everyone doing. After all, what I had to work with was this huge mound of volcano shaped pocked up white with a little bitty opening in which to cram all of this yolk mixture in. So, I said to heck with it and crammed it all down in there with a spoon hence the messy photo. I'd say I was ashamed of the words coming out of my mouth during this process but trust me, they were justified..ha ha. To those of you who have owned or tried one of these things, I'd bet money that you are laughing right now. Needless to say, I will NOT be making deviled eggs anytime soon but I will use them again for egg salad or things that call for chopped egg so not a total loss. Oh, back to Ohio. While Googling and trying to find how I was going to tie Ohio into this blog, I discovered this little fun fact which I found perfect. Ohio is the second largest egg producing state in the nation. Ohio has 30 million laying hens and 10 million pullets (hens less than one year old. On that note, here is my tribute to Ohio and my take on the "famous/worthless" Eggie. Side note to the recipe. I had a partial can of chopped olives that needed used and I mixed them in with the filling instead of placing a slice on the top of my ugly "volcano's".


  
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spicy-deviled-eggs/detail.aspx?event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=spicy%20deviled%20eggs&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Recipe<  


Dwight dropped out of college and headed to Nashville in hopes to make his music career but his brand of hip Honky Tonk style was not considered marketable so he headed to Los Angeles to pursue his Hillbilly style there. It was 1986 and his release of Guitars, Cadillacs when his career launched. His video Honky Tonk Man was the first country video ever played on MTV. His third LP (Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room) included his first #1 hit which was a duet with his musical idol Buck Owens in Streets of Bakersfield. This brings me to my next food entry. Dwight is known for his "Bakersfield" sound and even had a line of frozen pre-fab food at one time called Bakersfield Biscuit. I don't think that ever went over well but I often find myself still referring to him as Bakersfield Biscuit. I spent a short time in Bakersfield visiting my sister many moons ago but remember nothing about food and once again found myself hitting Google. What I found mostly with Bakersfield and food was Basque Restaurants and that they are very popular there. When it was all said and done, I decided on a Basque Soup (surprise surprise) that is always served as a first dish. There were many different varieties but I chose this simple one with no meat that would keep all week for work lunches. From what I could tell, it is traditional to serve it with pinto beans on top in addition to salsa but I just used Louisiana Hot Sauce because that is how I roll...Also, I changed up the recipe I was going to use at the last moment and only had stewed tomatoes instead of the tomato sauce this one called for.




http://healthyeasyrecipes.blogspot.com/2010/01/basque-soup.html<


September 18th finally came and I could hardly contain myself all day. I rushed home, stuck the new CD (Three Pears) in the stereo, opened the windows, and sat outside on the back porch chilling with a glass of wine, and listened to my Honky Tonk man do what he does best. He has very much mellowed out as he has gotten older but so have I. It did not disappoint in the least bit and all of the waiting was well worth it.


I may not be a cowgirl at heart but as I mentioned in the beginning, I am a foodie at heart and I love me some Dwight Yoakam. I hope you have enjoyed my version of  the long awaited "Three Pears".


 

What did I do with the three pears you ask???



Roasted Pear Bellini's of course! 



http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dan-smith-and-steve-mcdonagh/roasted-pear-bellini-recipe/index.html<  

  

Until next time, happy cooking AR peeps!


Soup Loving Nicole

 
Comments
Sep. 23, 2012 9:03 pm
Great Blog, I dig Dwight too. Yoakam tunes were a mainstay in our band back in the day and I used to love to sing him.
 
Sep. 23, 2012 9:30 pm
That is so nice to hear Raedwulf! He is one of those kinds of people that either you really dig him or you really don't. I miss your blogs. It is good to be back!
 
Bibi 
Sep. 24, 2012 2:40 am
Great blog, SLN, I was smiling the whole way through! You have been missed!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 3:59 am
Thank you Bibi! I have missed all of you too.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 4:16 am
Nice blog, Nicole. Glad to see you back. I was laughing while reading about the eggies....I think I would have resorted to egg salad. :) Soup weather is fast approaching - I hope to see more of you around here. Thanks for a good read with my morning coffee.
 
Molly 
Sep. 24, 2012 4:44 am
Welcome back Nicole. Nice to see you! Enjoyed your new blog. Good to know info about the Eggies, I've looked at them many times. Guess I won't have to look any longer. lol
 
Saveur 
Sep. 24, 2012 5:42 am
Yeah! It's soup season and Soup Loving Nicole is back on AR! Your blog just "cracked" me up! Well, I had no idea Columbus was famous for anything but Wendy's Hamburgers and Buckeye football! Dwight, huh? Love it! And love that you love him so much. Great to see you and look forward to cookin' up a storm this fall. I'll take one of those peach bellinis, now!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:09 am
LOL! You are so cute!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:12 am
SO glad to see you blogging! Loved the blog! Not much of a country music fan but the DS is. I know what you mean about the hard boiled eggs. I can relate to the egg mess. Since my girls started laying I thought I would try to make an egg salad sandwich. Hadn't had one in years, most of my white stuck to the shells. Loved your photos! Can't wait to see more blogs and more food photos!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:17 am
I like Dwight Yoakam too!! Hard to pick a favorite but maybe "This Time" or. . .I'll have to find 3 Pears. So happy you are back :)! I'm into healthy soups this winter! Yay! Hope to see you often!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:48 am
Great blog. Yoakam was a pioneer in CW with his style of music. Reminds me of yore listening to Guitars & Cadillacs in Bakersfield and watching the fillies line dance. You're officially dubbed his "Little Sister". You may want to try this with your eggs http://allrecipes.com/PersonalRecipe/63214258/Hard-Steamed-Eggs/Detail.aspx
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:49 am
Everything looks wonderful, Nicole! Pass "Go", do not collect $200, and pick up that gorgeous Roasted Pear Bellini! Well, munching on the way!!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 8:21 am
Welcome back SLN! Love the blog! Love Dwight (saw him here in Vegas twice, both times comped :)) Saw a demo of the egg thing on tv and they said it was a thumbs down too. About chip clips.....go buy a big package of wooden clothes pins for a couple bucks instead of those plastic clips tat are overpriced and break easily.
 
Puck 
Sep. 24, 2012 11:54 am
So the Eggies contraption isn't all it's cracked up to be, huh?! Teehee! Great blog, and wonderful to see your beautiful smile! I love Dwight too. I love his version of "Suspicious Minds" even more than Elvis'. Oh, and when you get a chance, I would love one of those Pear Bellinis!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 12:11 pm
What a fantastic idea with the clips, mauigirl! Now why didn't I think of that?
 
Sep. 24, 2012 12:53 pm
Baking Nana even after all this time, your profile picture still makes me smile. Speaking of pictures, it looks like I've been missing out on the fabulous pictures you have been taking! Can't wait to get home and stalk your profile for ideas.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 12:56 pm
Thank you Molly! I see you are still hard at taking beautiful pictures as well. I'm going to stalk your pictures too when I get home. Menu planning for next week will be fun.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 1:00 pm
Saveur, I have always adored your profile picture very much and seeing it again brought a huge smile to my face. What a beautiful woman! I still make your Dill Chicken Noodle Soup from time to time and the addition of dill is genius on your part. It turns out great every single time. I've missed your wit and charm.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 1:32 pm
Hi Scotdog! I was just thinking about you this morning. I get an emails from a company every day called Fab and today they were selling Rooster Sauce Popcorn. LOL! You were the first person I had ever heard call it that and I've called it that ever since.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 1:41 pm
I had deleted the email but I found it. Makes me want to try my own hand at it. http://fab.com/sale/10865/product/225523
 
Sep. 24, 2012 1:55 pm
Hi Cat! It's been too long. I don't even know when you got chickens? Are they spoiled rotten yet? How do you manage to keep Bane away?
 
Sep. 24, 2012 2:01 pm
Hello there Sparkle Britches. Did you happen to get out Morel hunting this year? I'm betting the early heat and drought put a dampter on it for you too. This Time is a great song. I don't know if I could actually pick a favorite song but I could pick my least favorite and that is "Pocket of a Clown". I HATE all of the doo-opping that the song has going on. Healthy soups huh? I'll be sure to share any new goodies I find with you.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 2:51 pm
Good to see your face SLN! Love the egg pics and my mouth is watering just thinking about a pear liquor anything drink. Homemade pear brandy from years ago got me hooked on that and I haven't had any thing as good since. Recipe group did onion soup last week, you should have been here, I thought of you when it got picked LOL.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 3:20 pm
Hi there, Sweet Nicole! I love seeing you back here! Your photos are always so beautiful, too! Welcome home!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 3:21 pm
Oh, and I got a real kick out of the Eggie! Sometimes there is a reason for things to be on the Clearance Aisle!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 5:00 pm
good grief nicole it has been too long! you have gone country on me...lawds have mercy! the chow looks excellent...even the volcano eggs. really good to see ya sweetie!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:09 pm
Hello bd.weld! You know, I tried the steaming method a couple of years back but I do not remember cracking them and placing them back in the ice water. I will have to try this. Thank you for sharing this with me. I'll be sure and let you know how it turns out! "Little sister don't ya do what your big sista does" :)
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:13 pm
Hello precious mickdee! I'll admit that I was down with a nasty cold/flu all weekend and my taste buds were not quite up to par (or pear in this case) but that sparkling "juice" was just what the doctor ordered. Even as sick as I was, I was up and dancing and feeling no pain after two of them...hee hee
 
Sep. 24, 2012 6:27 pm
Hello to you too Mauigirl! I am so jealous. I have only seen my beloved Dwight one time in concert. He made a stop here in NW Arkansas on his Population Me tour. It was around my dads birthday and I remember buying all of the tickets and being thankful that I got to see him but I SO wanted a shirt. Dad and I had always been close and had a Dwight bond and during intermission we were scoping out his merchandise. He must have seen the look in my eyes when I saw that Springdale, AR. was actually printed on the back of the shirt. He probably paid more for that shirt for me than I paid for his ticket. It got lost in a box for a few years after our move from the city to my now country life but I did eventually rediscover it and wore it proudly last week on my casual day at work. Those chip clips are flimsy and break way to easily. Thanks for the clothes pin idea! I never did mention in the blog but the ones that caught my eye in the clearance aisle were just misplaced and tiny at that. I needed the big ones which I eventually found in their right place but the peg was empty. Needless to say, they went down on my next list which is my current oddball list and clothes pins it will be!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:00 pm
Hello Puckster! I love me some Elvis too but something tells me that Dwight will go down in history as my all time legend when its all said and done if that is possible. I'll admit that in my early run-ins with you I questioned your integrity and didn't think you'd be around long. Turns out I was WAY wrong and am I ever so thankful for that. You have been a true friend and a wonderful one at that. Thank you for being you! Can't help but notice that you've been on quite a cooking role yourself and I'm loving every minute of it. XOXO girlfriend!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:12 pm
Hello Queen of recipe group Sass! I have missed you and the recipe of the week. The pear drink was a little sweet for my taste due to the honey I think but it was still really good. The only complaint I see some having is that the pear puree started at the bottom of the drink and that is where it remained so the last few swallows were a bit pulp-Y. You know, chunky and a little gritty. Didn't bother me a bit but you know how some are about texture. The ratio of nectar and champagne were a bit off to me. Equal part booze made it 10 times better in my opinion but then again, I am a soup lover so what do I know about cocktails? :)
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:18 pm
Oh, Nicole!! SOOO good to see you and with a blog, too!! Yay!! Don't know a thing about country music, but your dedication to this project ~~ and the wonderful outcome ~~ was inspiring!! Can NOT wait to see some SOUP BLOGS soon. You always have some great ones, and they, too, inspire me!! So glad to see you. I am not on here too often, either, and I just had a huge smile on my face when I saw a SLN Blog!! Thanks for sharing........
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:21 pm
Thank you for the warm welcome home sweet Marianne. Marianne that has daughter with great name :) I have missed you but have enjoyed seeing your smiling face in various round-up photos. I can always pick that beautiful smiling face out of a crowd. I hope all is well with you. I need to make your Balsamic Caper Pork Medallions soon. We LOVED that recipe! Next time I see pork tenderloin on sale..well I'm in!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:42 pm
GARY!! Do not speak nonsense son! Lawdy this gal has NOT gone country so don't you worry. Rock 'n' roll is still how I roll but I just have a soft spot for this Bakersfield Biscuit. Give poor nasally boy a chance ;) All joking aside, I hope you and Clare are doing well. You may not be what sucked me in to AR but you ARE what enabled the smurf and there hasn't been a day gone by that I have forgotten and not been thankful to you both for that. Go Team Cilanto! *winks*
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:49 pm
Chris!!!! You just brought a huge smile to my face too. I have missed you too friend. You in your own sweet way have always been inspiring to me. At first I was like, "who this?" and I was timid. Again, SO glad I let the walls down, opened up, and allowed myself to see the real you. I treasure you and look forward to the many more months of friendship to come!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:55 pm
OMG, what an "eggcelent" blog! SO glad to see you back, you have been missed. Hugs!!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 9:52 pm
Well, a bit late to the party, but you know how I feel about you, and Dwight for that matter. Love the blog, the Hot Browns look fabulous, and deviled eggs are over rated! (=
 
Sep. 24, 2012 9:53 pm
Awe, thank you Magnolia. I was just outside chillin, thinking of you, and wondering where you have been. SO good to see YOU and that you are doing well! XOXO!
 
Sep. 24, 2012 9:56 pm
How you feel about me?? LOVE you too Toni J!!! This place wouldn't be the same to me without you roaming the halls late at night! PERFECT! Smooches Love ;)
 
Sep. 25, 2012 5:47 am
So great to see a new SLN blog, and I can so relate to your travels through wallyworld! I'm convinced I suffer from ADD in a big way when I go in there with my list of odds and ends...glad I'm not alone! You know I love Dwight and your nod to him is precious. I love his music but until I read your blog, I knew nothing about his life. When we finally get together, I'd love nothing more than to join you in a toast to 'Bakersfield Biscuit' with one of your Roasted Pear Bellinis! And I'll take my eggs over easy, please!
 
Sep. 25, 2012 6:33 am
It's good to see your blogs again, SLN, and this one did not disappoint. My dog gets one boiled egg a day, and I have no doubt that the words coming out of my mouth as I try to peel that blasted thing are some of the same as yours as you struggled with the eggie. : ) If I don't get the stupid thing started just right, you can forget successfully peeling it! I can't say I share your love of Dwight Yoakam, but my best friend has always adored him, and she's subjected me to his music many, many times. Oh, and the roasted pear bellini...looks yummy!!
 
Sep. 25, 2012 7:05 am
Good morning, welcome back and where is the hot sauce for that Hot Brown ? Intentional Heartache is one of my favorite Dwight songs. I "discovered" him through his appearances on IMUS in the Morning back in the day.
 
Sep. 25, 2012 8:06 am
Need a big chip clip???? Use 3 or 4 clothespins. That is what I do :) I am gong to see Lady Gaga in January and I was shocked to see her t shirts are $50 and up. No tshirt for me!
 
Sep. 25, 2012 5:35 pm
Wyattdogster, my favorite five words that you said were "When we finally get together". I am convinced that we were not meant to go through life without meeting. I look forward to that day and I'll raise my glass high! We are most definitely Thelma and Louise. Without the cliff part naturally :)
 
Sep. 25, 2012 5:41 pm
Hello wisweetp and thank you for stopping by. You know, if for your dog and not for looks, the Eggie might actually work well for you. Want me to send you mine? Hee hee! I hope your dog is at least appreciative? Eggs are very good for them and have got to be a nice treat compared to that nasty dry dog food. Dwight is one of those things (kinda like cilantro) that you either love or not so much and I completely get that. You are a true friend to put up with his yodeling for your friends sake. Good friends like that are hard to find :)
 
Sep. 25, 2012 5:50 pm
HELLO Doug! I am very much laughing and for 2 reasons. First, Intentional Heartache is the LAST song I would EVER imagine you not only listening to but actually liking. It is so redneck that it is Larry the Cable Guy redneck. Secondly, I started eating my sammie recipe style but after I scarfed down the bacon I knew the rest of it would be better smothered in hot sauce and smothered I did. LOL! Bacon makes everything better and when the bacon is gone...well HOTSAUCE :) Thank you for stopping by. You have been a huge inspiration to me. Not only in your recipes but your blogs and your 5lb. sugar bags as well. You are a genuine asset to AR!
 
Sep. 25, 2012 5:51 pm
Doug, I forgot to ask. Are you doing the Respect the Bird campaign again this year or do you have something else up your sleeve?
 
Sep. 25, 2012 5:53 pm
I am shocked and laughing again when it comes to music mauigirl. Lady Gaga?? I love her too and she is an odd duck just like my Dwight. Too funny!
 
KGora 
Sep. 25, 2012 6:22 pm
Love the blog SLN! I was thinking of you today while trying to come up with a soup recipe. Hadn't "seen" you in awhile. I skimmed your blog before reading and actually thought your egg pic was great. I've noticed messy pics are "in" now!
 
Sep. 25, 2012 8:42 pm
Hi KGora! I have not seen you in FOREVER. Even way before I went M.I.A. SO glad to see you around and I still think of your teriyaki venison often. I had him grind it all last year but I think I will have him keep some roast out this year. I too have been in a soup rut. I need to think outside the box and come up with something original. Thank you for the compliment on the egg pic. The whole process disgusted me and I am glad someone found that mess enjoyable. Again, so glad to see you are still here. Thank you for stopping in to say hi. I have missed all of you.
 
pyr789 
Sep. 26, 2012 8:44 am
I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Red97.com
 
Sep. 26, 2012 10:39 am
Hi SLN - you are far too kind. I'll never get my head out of the office door. The major Thanksgiving Campaign is something about your Favorite Thanksgiving Ever, I think, with a side dish of Respect The Bird. I'll keep it alive on FB & Twitter myself and may even write Blog #3 about it. Great win by your chiefs and no comment on my donkeys.
 
JARRIE 
Sep. 28, 2012 8:42 am
Now I have to go listen to some Dwight :) I have to do this when my husband is not home or his ears will fall off, since he is more of a Metallica kinda guy! Great blog SLN, good to "see" you on here!
 
Sep. 28, 2012 10:48 am
Hello Jarrie! I'm getting so anxious for you I can hardly stand it. I am a Metallica kind of gal too but there is just something about Dwight that I cannot resist. Great seeing you over here too and I'll anxiously wait the other out on FB ;)
 
Sep. 29, 2012 6:42 am
Well gal it is about time you ventured back to AR. Love. love, love the blog...made me chuckle out loud a few times. I am also hard boiled egg challenged and just leave the deviled eggs to my Ma...she says she just boils the HE-double toothpicks out of them. I've tried that too...didn't work. I think the photo of you in the hat should be your new profile pic...and Dwight, should be so proud to have such a great food blog dedicated to him...you stick around kiddo.
 
Sep. 30, 2012 1:56 pm
Hello Sherri! You are so sweet. I promise to stick around this time. I'll go change my profile picture just for you :)
 
Oct. 1, 2012 3:39 am
It is a great pic. :)
 
sillys 
Oct. 8, 2012 7:07 pm
Im making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do, Blue31.com
 
Oct. 23, 2012 7:49 pm
Oh dear Nikki, how on earth did I miss your blog post? Jeez Louise! I so miss seeing you on the Buzz and for sure your blog posts and photos. I tried those eggie things too. what a bust that was. now, i just boil my eggs, put them in a pan with ice cubes and shake. The shells come right off no problem.
 
karenl 
Oct. 29, 2012 3:30 pm
nice blog, nicole, nice seeing you again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Debbie 
Mar. 25, 2013 1:44 pm
Hi Nicole! I love the photo you submitted for Chicken and Garlic. The rice looks yummy, and I was wondering if the recipe for that was available? Thank you!
 
Mar. 1, 2014 4:31 pm
I saw your picture you took of something or other on A/R & I thought it was a really good shot & something intrigued me enough to go look at your bio. THEN, I noticed you mentioned you were "gravy impaired" . Just like I WAS! SO, since Chef John has SUCH a great video of make ahead turkey gravy method that has resulted in my being the "gravy queen", I thought I'd suggest for you to give it a look-see. It's called Chef John's make ahead turkey gravy. And, don't just make turkey stock, try some chuck for beef broth since as long as you have broth, you've got gravy makings. He also reminded us to cook the flour & fat until it's fairly brown & smells like baked pie crst. In addition, don't miss the fact that he used a half CUP of flour AND the rule of cold fluid into hot fat & flour mixture. Need it thicker??? Continue simmering untill it's your level. HTH!
 
Mar. 7, 2014 12:12 pm
I just happened to notice an additional comment on this blog so I went to go have a look and I am so glad I did Nikki in Gilbert, AZ. What a helpful video he has. I have gotten better with gravy over the years but this can only make it better. Thank you so much!
 
 
 
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About Me
Hello, my name is Nicole. I am 40 years old, have been married to my wonderful high school sweetheart for 15 years now. We don't have (or ever wanted) any children but we do live on 8 acres and have 3 dogs, a cat, 11 hens, 1 rooster, and a ton of deer that come down and feed that think they are part of the family too. I have to be honest and say that I do not LOVE cooking but I do cook every night and love browsing this site for new and interesting things. I have an acre pond and absolutely love fishing and that is where I spend most of my time in the summer. There is nothing like sipping on a cold Corona while waiting for a nice 8 pound catfish to grab your bait. When not fishing I'm typically in my garden, flowerbeds, or riding my dirtbike.
My favorite things to cook
Soups, Mexican, Italian, Asian, and grilling
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any so I have started my own. Allrecipes has taught me to "think outside the box". I love trying new and unusual things that I would have never dared or even thought of before discovering this place.
My cooking triumphs
When I got married, I honestly had 0% experinece in the kitchen. My mom was the kind that wanted the whole kitchen to herself so that nobody was in her way and I was only allowed in there to grab the plates, utensils, etc. to set the table. I really never thought about what I was going to cook until we got back from our honeymoon and then I was like, "uh oh!". Amazingly enough it all came pretty natural and I am happy to say that I have never ruined a meal forcing us to order take-out.
My cooking tragedies
GRAVY! I cannot make a decent gravy for the life of me so I've just given up altogether.
 
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