My Famous Deviled Eggs

I am sharing my famous recipe for deviled eggs. I make these every event I attend, and they barely last a few minutes.

Many people get too crazy with deviled egg recipes. But mine is simple, and delicious.

Ingredients:
1 dozen eggs
1/2 cup Mayo
Salt
Pepper
Paprika

YES! It really is that simple. No mustard.

Directions:
Add eggs to a pot of water. Bring to a boil. Once it boils, turn off the stove. Let your eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes. Then immediately drain all hot water, and run under cold water for 5 minutes. Peel eggs, and remove yolks. Add mayo, salt and pepper to your yolks. With a hand mixer, blend mixture until creamy. The key to this recipe is understanding it will vary every time. You MUST taste your yolk filling. Adjust from there. You want your filling to taste more like mayo, than egg. But don’t go mayo crazy. You can alaways add more, but you cannot take away. Remember, salt also goes a long way with this. Once it is perfect, put filling into a plastic bag. Cut the corner of the bag, and pipe your filling into the egg whites. Sprinkle a bit of paprika on top, and watch the hawks dive in!
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Keezer Build

Here it is!! The long awaited keezer my boyfriend and I have been wanting to build for over a year. His birthday is coming up, and I’m throwing him a huge beer tasting party. So I figured, since our favorite hobby is home brewing, it would be awesome if we could showcase our beer to everyone in a keezer.

Keezer = chest freezer with kegs

This project took 5 days to complete (about 4 hours each day). We ran into some difficulties due to the weather being so hot and humid, but alas, minor imperfections and all, I am so proud of this!

Supplies:
Magic Chef 6.9 cu feet chest freezer
Eva-dry Renewable E-333 Wireless Mini Dehumidifier
AC Infinity LS8038A-X Standard Cooling Fan
Inkbird All-Purpose Digital Temperature Controller
4- Draft Warehouse Beer Faucet and 4-Inch Shank Kit with Black Handle
4 Tap Picnic Faucet Home Brew Kegerator Fully Assembled (came with all beverage lines, gas lines, 4 way gas manifold, co2 tank and regulator)
1×10 10 ft Common Board
Varathane 1 qt. Kona Premium Wood Stain + Poly
3- 12 oz. Flat Black General Purpose Spray Paint
8x6x3 Project Box in black
6 ft Power cord
20 AMP outlet
Outlet wall plate

Step 1 – We wanted a black freezer, but could not find any store that sold one for a low price. So we bought a white one, and spray painted it matte black. Removed the lid, and patched up the vents.

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Step 2- Build a collar. The reason we had to build a collar, was to have something to attach the taps to, while not having to drill into the freezer itself. Also, in order to fit 4 corny kegs, 1 keg had to sit on the hump, so 1×10 would give us enough room to do so. Using a 7/8″ spade bit, we made holes in the wood for the taps. I will admit, this was a very tight fit, but we made it work. We did not have access to a saw that would give us angles, so we improvised, and used liquid nails to seal the wood, and support from screws.

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Step 3- Stain the wood. At first I was having an issue with the stain getting darker. But quickly realized, due to the humidity, the stain was not fully drying therefore the second coat would not stick. I took the piece into the house to dry in air conditioning for awhile, and from there the stain worked flawlessly. We purchased a stain that had polyurethane in it, so it was an easy one step process.

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Step 4- Attach the collar to the freezer. We did so by using silicone. The silicone created a nice seal, and if something ever happens to the freezer where we need to replace it, the collar can be removed, and used again on a new freezer.

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Step 5- Once the silicone has dried, and the collar is attached to the freezer, reattach the lid using wood screws.

Step 6- Wire the temperature controller, and add to the project box. Keep it at a temperature between 38F-42F.

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Step 7- Transfer your beer to kegs.

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Step 8- Hook up your beverage lines to the shanks. Hook up your gas lines to the manifold and CO2 tank.

Step 9- Attach the gas line to the keg (we did at 30PSI), and purge 3 times until all air has escaped the keg.

Step 10- Place kegs in keezer, and carbonate at 30 PSI for 48 hours.

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Step 11- Change PSI to 12. Test beer, to see if you like the carbonation. If it is not ready, bump it back up to 30 PSI for another 12 hours. Check again. If it is too carbonated, purge the keg.

Step 12- Enjoy your keezer and throw a party to dispense all the beer!

TADA!

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Soon to be updated: I bought a dehumidifier, to keep the freezer dry and condensation free. I also bought a fan, to circulate the cold air. Many people have issues with their beer coming out foamy, because the bottom of the freezer is colder than where the beer lines are located. Warm beer = foam. The fan will prevent this.

The Best Vanilla Cake

10675580_10152443327920759_3370776958559834657_nI am going to share a little gem with you. I made this cake for my sister’s baby shower and it’s my go to recipe for cake decorating. This is the most moist cake ever! And it holds up really well for decorating.

Secret Ingredient? Evaporated Milk!

Serves: 12-16

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups cake or pastry flour
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted.
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Sift together both flours, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. For this recipe it is very important to be sure to sift the flour very well before measuring. Flour that is too compacted can cause a denser, heavier cake. If you do not have a flour sifter, put some flour in a bowl and whisk it for a minute before spooning the flour into the measuring cup to measure. Do this for both types of flour in the recipe.
  4. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after every addition.
  6. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  7. Gently fold in the dry ingredients in three equal portions, alternately with the evaporated milk. When adding dry and wet ingredients alternately in any baking recipe, always begin and end with the dry ingredients.
  8. Pour batter evenly into 2 well greased and floured 9 inch cake pans.
  9. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch it carefully, you will not want to over bake this cake, as soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let it rest in the pans for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite places to shop once in awhile. I’ve tried a variety of their items and so far here are my favorites:

Spinach and Kale dip frontReduced-Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip – $3.99

THIS IS DELICIOUS.

And about half the calories a regular tub of Spinach Dip.

Thick, creamy and zesty with big chunks of kale/spinach.

Perfect if you’re feeling lazy and you have to bring a dish to a party.

I like mine with blue corn tortilla chips. (Target has these with flax seeds yum!)

trader-joes-cookie-butter-1Speculoos Cookie Butter – $3.69

I know you’ve heard plenty of people raving about cookie butter.. but have you tried it yet? What are you waiting for!?

This has the texture of peanut butter but tastes like a cookie. Ah-ma-zing.

I could literally just eat it with a spoon out of the jar. But it’s also good on a croissant, toast or a topping for your ice cream. 

01397-salsa-verdeSalsa Verde – $1.99

I’m not a fan of salsa verde at all, until I tried this one.

The fun thing about Trader Joe’s is they always have something for you to sample when you walk in. One shopping trip, they had plantain chips with melted cheese and a bit of this salsa verde on top. Who knew that weird “nacho” combination would taste so good?

I make spanish cuisine often, so I knew I had to pick this up. (Esp. for only $1.99!)

It has now become a staple in our house, and it compliments well with so many things.

 

IMG_6113_thumbChanna Masala – $2.99

I was a bit wary about this when I picked it up for the first time.

Channa Masala is one of my favorite dishes to order from take-out. I also wanted to introduce my boyfriend to Indian cuisine and he loves garbanzo beans so I thought this would be perfect.

Let’s just say, he didn’t share!