Saturday, March 28, 2009

Kid's Recipe for Deviled EGGS - an Easter Treat

Deviled Eggs - Kid's Easter Recipe

We are just beginning to enjoy some of the first tastes of spring. I packed a picnic lunch for my children a few days ago and headed off to our local botanical gardens. Watching my little ones delight in the colors, sights and scents of mother nature in bloom was such a treat.

Deviled Eggs - fine picnic fare; a recipe simple enough for a toddler to follow; the pièce de résistance at the Easter Brunch Table.

If you are in search of a classic deviled egg recipe, or looking to try some new flavors, you must check out, they have some great inspirations. Though the ingredients are traditional, our recipe measurements this week are "as the child adds them". My chef has such fun being in full command of the dish; and they turned out deliciously devilish.

6 Hard Boiled Eggs
2 Heaping Table Spoon of Mayonnaise
1 Good Squeeze of Mustard
A quick shake of salt
A long shake of pepper
1 Cap full of Vinegar
1 Cucumber
Some carrot and shredded lettuce for garnish

Our young chef begins by peeling her half dozen boiled eggs.

The eggs are cut length wise and the yolks are removed and placed in a small mixing bowl.

Our chef adds two heaping table spoons of mayonnaise (~ 1/4 cup) to the yolks in the bowl.

A healthy squeeze of classic yellow mustard is then added (~2 tsp.)

Our chef then adds 1 tsp vinegar to the mixture.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

The ingredients should be well combined until creamy in texture.

Using a pastry bag, our little chef then pipes the mixture back into the egg halves.

A melon baller is used to scoop half rounds are cut from a cucumber.

A small carrot wedge is placed on the narrow side of the egg, allowing it to extend slightly over the edge. This will become our deviled duck's beak. Recipe for Kids - Deviled Eggs Our chef then centers the rounded cucumber between the carrot and yolk mixture, giving our duck a stately and yet peaceful appearance. Shredded lettuce is used for a garnish.

We hope your kids have as much fun with this whimsical creation we did. If you have any great kid's recipes for spring, Easter or Pass Over, we'd love to hear you at The Chef's Emporium wishes you and your children a very happy spring!

Monday, March 16, 2009

St. Patrick's Day - Pot ' O ' Gold at Rainbow's End

We see the Rainbows when we LOOK for them; And what else should we find at the end but a Pot ' O' Gold. As a child, my mother (along with my six siblings) used to make Butter Mints. As I recall, the recipe for this divine treat was a full glorious stick of old-world-style butter exalted with two heavenly, powdery pounds of confectionery sugar. We then were given permission to playfully add any combination of flavors (i.e.: cinnamon, almond, vanilla, mint, lemon) and colors. I was forced to consume at least two dozen mints just to get a proper sampling of the assortment. Alas, that was then.

Seeing as there has been a slight social swing and an awareness termed "health conscious", I have opted to give the cream cheese sugar mint recipe a try. It yielded a slightly stickier dough and didn't set quite as firmly as the original butter mint recipe. I had intended to roll out the dough and cut circles that resembled gold coins. Though we had to forgo this step, I think the end result was extremely tasty (I like the slight tartness of the cream cheese) and my little ones thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands involved in shaping the gold nuggets.
Here is our version of a St. Patrick's Day, Rainbow's End, Pot ' O ' Gold.

4 oz Cream Cheese
3 Cups Confectionery Sugar
1/4 tsp. Peppermint Extract
Yellow Food Coloring

Our young chef begins by adding her cream cheese to a large mixing bowl. We do recommend starting with an over-sized mixing bowl, as the dust, or powder I should say, will be flying shortly.

Our chef then adds 3 cups of confectionery sugar to the cream cheese. Using an old-fashion pastry blender, or potato masher, combine these two ingredients until a dough is formed. More powdered sugar may be added if your dough is feeling too sticky.

Our young chef then adds 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract.

She cautiously squeezes a few drops of yellow food coloring. The dough will then require refrigeration for 1 to 2 hours.

A sheet of wax paper is sprinkled with granulated sugar in preparation for our gold nuggets.

Our chef breaks marble sized portions from the dough and forms rounded nuggets.

After being placed on the wax paper, the nugget is sprinkled with granulated sugar.

Return the nuggets to the refrigerator, for at least 3 hours.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your little chefs!