Colorful, devilish eggs

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The bright, spring like colors of Easter eggs are to symbolize the colors and brightness associated with spring. The tradition of coloring eggs has evolved over time, and varies among cultures. For example, the Greek Orthodox color their eggs dark red (to symbolize Jesus’s blood) and bake them in breads.

In the U.S., it’s more about an egg-citing activity for the kiddies that (hopefully) results in family bonding, artists creating edible works of art, and so on. Try this technique for shiny, swirly eggs:

Bright and marbled
Spread newspaper (like an old CL newspaper) over your work surface.
Decide how many colors you want to create, and get a separate container for each color.
In each container, combine:
1 T oil
1 T vinegar
Choice of food coloring

Add enough water so the liquid will cover an egg.
Swirl the liquid with a spoon, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it.
Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with a second color.
Swirl into a third color, if desired. Some white areas can be left on the egg.
Gently pat dry the completed egg, leaving a bit of the oil to give the egg a varnished look.
Place all of the colored eggs in your basket, empty egg carton or other container to dry.
Store them in the refrigerator.

Credit: Krups

If after Easter, you’re asking yourself, “What the devil am I going to do with all of these eggs I colored?” how about making deviled eggs? This recipe will surely bring out the devil in you:

Bacon Deviled Eggs
Mash together:
6 hard-boiled egg yolks
2 T mayonnaise or yogurt
1 1/2 t. spicy mustard
1/2 t. lemon juice
1 t. relish
1/2 t. paprika

Fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture.
Top with chopped chives and crumbled cooked bacon.

Credit: Sandra Lee, Food Network Magazine

Now go grab a dozen (or two) white eggs before they’re all sold out, and get coloring and cooking!

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Colorful, devilish eggs

If you have kids, or are a kid at heart, chances are you’ll be coloring Easter eggs this weekend. Between an egg coloring technique for awesome-looking eggs, and a tasty way consume your eggs after the Easter Bunny has left the building, we have you covered.

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Colorful, devilish eggs

Eggs are associated with spring and Easter because ancient cultures believed that eggs symbolized fertility, new life and birth. Christians, for example, viewed eggs as a symbol of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead (after his crucifixion). This belief was hatched sometime during early Christian times.

Consumption of eggs was typically forbidden during Lent because of their association with Jesus, but coloring eggs was cool. So, beginning in the thirteenth century, Christians would color eggs during Lent and once Lent ended on Easter morning, would eat the eggs.

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