Lesley’s Deviled Eggs

This past week I spent time with my family.  We all love to gather around the table for yummy meals and then debrief in the kitchen.  My sister, Lesley, has taken over the responsibility of making deviled eggs.  This trade was taught by my mom and Lesley has mastered her skill.  In the south we know that deviled eggs are not just for Easter.  They are the perfect addition to any brunch, party, or special occasion.  I’m excited to share Lesley’s recipe as only she could write it!

Lesley’s Deviled Eggs

1 dozen eggs, boiled
3 T yellow mustard
1/2 cup mayo

Peel egg shells from all eggs. Cut eggs long ways and empty yolk into a small bowl.  In a food processor blend yolks, mustard, and mayo until creamy.  You may alter the taste by adding more mustard or mayo.

After you are done blending, you want to get all that yummy goodness into the center of your egg.

A couple of options: first one, my favorite, is using the accent decorator from pampered chef. Put the yummy goodness that you have blended into the decorator and it will squirt it mess free into your egg.

The second option is putting the yummy goodness into a ziploc bag, and cutting one corner off at the bottom and then squirting it into the egg.

Both will limit the time and mess of your creation.

After finishing the eggs, it’s a great idea to sprinkle with paprika for some color and a little taste.

Nana’s Banana Pudding

This week my mom came to visit.  Our first visitor to our new home and state.  One evening for dessert, she whipped up her banana pudding.  A couple things to understand: (1) My mother’s daughter (me) does not like bananas in her banana pudding.  (2) Since I was young, my mother made banana pudding just a little differently compared to others just to please her daughter.  Yes, you will notice that she uses vanilla pudding instead of banana pudding.  And you will notice that two separate containers are prepared.  One container with bananas and one delightful dish containing NO bananas.  Simple and Easy!  Yes, it might be weird but I’m the girl who loves banana pudding without bananas… and no, it’s not just vanilla pudding with vanilla wafers to me! -AF

Nana’s Banana Pudding

1 cup cold milk

2 cups half and half

1 can Eagle brand milk

1 large pkg. (5.1 oz) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling

1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip Whipped Topping , thawed

30 vanilla wafer cookies

3 bananas, sliced

Pour milk into large bowl. Add pudding mix. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes. Let stand 3 minutes. Gently stir in whipped topping.

Line the bottom and sides of your serving bowl(s) with vanilla wafters.  Choices are to be made here.  Do you want a big container or individual containers?  My mom makes two larger containers.  (one with bananas, one without bananas) Now, top wafers with bananas.  Then top with of the pudding mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Prior to serving sprinkle banana pudding with crush vanilla wafers.