Monthly Archives: April 2019

Bacon Deviled Eggs

This past Easter I thought I would try making deviled eggs, especially since I got a special accessory for my Pampered Chef Quick Cooker that allows 12 eggs to be hard boiled at once.

Online, I’ve seen instances where people just pile in eggs beyond a dozen in InstaPots. But, since this was kind of experimental on my part, 12 eggs could be plenty. They could be plenty good as a result or plenty bad.

Fortunately, cooking eggs in the Quick Cooker worked out better than expected. Unlike the traditional boiling eggs in the pot method, removing the shells was not that traumatic of an experience.

The shells slipped off without a lot of effort. To me this was huge. Removing shells from boiled eggs does not bode well with me to begin with. Past experiences resulted in frustration about the pitted surface of eggs after trying to poke fragments of shell off.

While the eggs were cooking, I hunted for a recipe from cook books and online. I found a recipe in a cook book for stuffed eggs using bacon and cheese. That sounded good, but I wanted the egg yolk mixture to be without the bulk of bacon and cheese.

Though I wanted the traditional creamy egg yolk mixture consistency, I yearned for ingredients that would add some kind of wow factor. I wanted the person eating these stuffed or deviled eggs to be surprised with the unexpected.

Suddenly, the use of Tastefully Simple’s Bacon Bacon came to mind. This would add that bacon flavor without the bulk. I was fortunate to find a recipe on the Tastefully Simple web site. I did bump up the amount of mayonnaise and used a spicy honey mustard like that made by Mustard Girl, which I felt complemented the Bacon Bacon well.

The result was more than “plenty good.” Needless to say, the dozen eggs that resulted in 24 stuffed egg halves didn’t last. Within hours, they disappeared without a trace.

Though the recipe rating was 0 stars at the time I found it on the Tastefully Simple web site, I would definitely give it 5 stars and make this again.

Supremely Good Pizza Hand Pies

I tried what I thought would be similar to those Hot Pockets you buy from the store–Supreme Pizza Hand Pies. It turns out they quite not like Hot Pockets. This recipe also comes from the Tastefully Simple 30-day meal kit.

One wintry Saturday resulted in the following:

  • I substituted the ground Italian turkey sausage or pork sausage with ground beef or hamburger. This was okay but bulked up the hand pies, which in my opinion are a daintier version of Hot Pockets.
  • I found out working with puffed pasty sheets can be tricky once they thaw out.
  • Because of the hamburger bulk and letting the pasty sheets thaw out too much, the end result wasn’t as successful as I would have liked it to be. However, the filling was very tasty and supremely good.

What would I do next time? I may attempt to try this again with the hamburger but forego the puffed pastry sheets. Instead I would try this recipe as a wrap in a warmed up soft burrito or taco shell. This would be a lot easier to handle and less meticulous to work with during prep. This would cut down on the time to both make it and bake it, reducing time by an estimated 15 to 18 minutes.

Want to find out more? Find the Supreme Pizza Hand Pies recipe here.

Surprisingly Wahoo! Good Corn Chowder

I honestly didn’t think this Tastefully Simple meal would go over as well as it did with Farmer.  Even the pickiest of eaters in the family liked this.  This indeed was a surprise.  Corn chowder is not usually part of the meat and potatoes fare typically preferred here.

I speculate it was well received because of the Farmer-approved ingredient combo substitution.  I admit I like to swap out ingredients to make recipes Farmer friendly.

I used our own venison hot dogs in place of the smoked sausage, although we do now have some of that after Farmer experimented with making his own.  I omitted the poblano chile pepper because green peppers and hot peppers are not Farmer’s thing.

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