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McCormick Provides Easter Egg Dyeing Tips

Dyeing Easter eggs is a tradition in a lot of households, just like it is in ours. My nephew is still too young to really enjoy the fun but he loved watching the eggs change colors. We received some food coloring vials from McCormick and decided to test out the egg dyeing tips that they provided as well.

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Here are the tips that McCormick provided us. The adults had fun doing this and  we will be doing some more with the kids on Easter Sunday.

Makes 12 colored eggs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
1 dozen large eggs
Vinegar
McCormick® Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye or McCormick®

Assorted NEON! Food Colors & Egg Dye

DIRECTIONS
1. Gently place eggs in single layer in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover eggs by
1 inch. Cover. Bring just to boil on high heat. Remove from heat. Let stand 15 minutes. (Adjust
time up or down by 3 minutes for each size larger or smaller.)
2. Pour off hot water and rapidly cool eggs by running them under cold water (or place in ice
water) until completely cooled.
3. Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to
achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes.
Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. Allow eggs to
dry.

Now to get creative with your eggs, here are some tips to make your eggs stand out among the others:

Two-toned eggs: Dip top half of hard-cooked egg in 1 color and the bottom half in another. Or,dip each half of the egg in the dye for different lengths of time, creating different shades of the 

same color.

Painted eggs: Mix 20 drops food color and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar in small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab. Go wild with stripes, polka dots and
zigzags.

Designed eggs: Before dyeing, place rubber bands, stickers such as chicks, rabbits, flowers or
other springtime favorites, or paper reinforcements on the eggs to create the design of choice.
Once dry, remove the rubber bands, etc., to view the design.

Personalized eggs: Write initials, names or draw pictures on the egg with a white or light-colored
crayon before dyeing.

Marbleized eggs: Mix 1/4 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon oil and 4 to 8
drops food color in shallow bowl. Gently roll egg in the mixture for 30 seconds, or until the egg is
the desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second color mixture, and repeat the process. Allow the
egg to dry completely. Wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.

Tie-dyed eggs: Place several eggs in a colander in the kitchen sink. Splash eggs with vinegar.
Drop yellow food color onto eggs. Gently shake the colander for a few seconds to help the color
spread. Let stand 30 seconds. Repeat with 1 or 2 additional food colors. After the final stand
time, lightly rinse eggs with water. Drain completely. Allow eggs to dry.

The rubber band eggs were our favorite. Creating the different designs with the eggs was a lot of fun. Will you be decorating eggs this year? Have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us!


Very Vanilla Fruit Salad

Spring should be here soon, or at least we hope. Get in the mood for a refreshing fruit salad. This recipe was provided by the wonderful people over at McCormick, who graciously provided us with a portion of the products and recipes to try. Let’s just say we had a great time in the kitchen with everything.

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Ingredients (Makes 10 (1/2 cup) servings

  • 2 cups strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup cantaloupe chunks
  • 2 kiwis peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Mix fruit, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Cover.
  2. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.

This a great side dish to serve with the Cheese and Bacon Casserole dish, or just as a snack itself. Get your kids involved by letting them mix up the fruit in the bowl or even helping you serve it.

Thank you so much to McCormick for providing us with these seasonings and recipes. Be sure to check out their site for more recipes and ideas not just for holiday cooking but for everyday use.


Deviled Eggs

Eggs, eggs, and more eggs. We’ve got a great recipe for you for some delicious deviled eggs. Thanks to McCormick for providing some great products. You can get creative with your eggs by  filling your mixture inside a pastry bag and adding a fancy tip.

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Ingredients

  • 6 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Mustard, Ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Parsley Flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon season salt
  • McCormick Paprika

Directions

  1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks; place in small bowl. Mash yolks with fork or potato masher.
  2. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, parsley and seasoned salt until smooth and creamy. Spoon or pipe yolk mixture into egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.
  3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until ready to serve.

This was a great, simple and easy recipe for deviled eggs.  We are thankful to McCormick for providing such great products.


Easter Brunch Idea: Cheesy Bacon & Egg Casserole

Easter is on its way and dinner isn’t the only meal we have to plan. Sometimes people choose to have brunch either on Saturday or on Easter Sunday. Having brunch gives you the opportunity to have a variety of light dishes without the intense cooking process. This casserole dish can be served by itself or with a fresh fruit salad. We tried it out on some friends and family and they loved it.

Cheesy Bacon Egg Brunch Casserole

 

Ingredients (Serves 6)

  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1/2 loaf (8oz) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)
  • 1 cup (8oz) shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Mustard, Ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Nutmeg, Ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp.Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside. Add onion to drippings in skillet; cook and stir 3 minutes or until softened.
  2. Spread 1/2 of the bread cubes in 13×9-inch baking dish. Layer with 1/2 each of the onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly with cottage cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes, onion, bacon, Cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Add milk, mustard, nutmeg and pepper; beat until well blended. Pour evenly over top. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.

 

Thank you so much to McCormick for providing us with these seasonings and recipes. Be sure to check out their site for more recipes and ideas not just for holiday cooking but for everyday use.