Traditional Style Deviled Eggs with Green Onion

DSC_0168The thing I hate about deviled egg recipes is that the entire idea is completely and utterly flawed. Let me explain why.

Recipes call for a certain number of hard boiled eggs. But…what size eggs? Large? Medium? Jumbo? Even then, who decides what qualifies as each of those sides? All of my hens are considered “large egg” layers, and yet, it’s not uncommon for me to see two eggs from the same breed of chickens where one egg is literally twice the size of the other..

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Classic Mojitos

DSC_0069In true (recent) college kid fashion, I had never actually had a mojito before. The bars I would frequent while in school didn’t really serve such fancy libations. It was more of a rum & coke, vodka cranberry, and buckets of beer kind of scene. Now that I am trying to expand my horizons a bit when it comes to the cocktails I kick back with; I thought it might be time to try some other common cocktails.

We were having A Flexible Life night in the office, and Jen was making Greek Yogurt Grilled Chicken, so I was looking for a cocktail that would pair well with dinner. Mojitos seemed to fit as well as anything else, so I made mojitos for the three of us while Jen made dinner.

Because I had never had a mojito before, I had to take my first attempt at mixing one to Jen for a taste test. She thought it hilarious that I didn’t know what it was supposed to taste like, but thought my version was spot on.

[She’s right…for someone who had never made a mojito before, she mixes a pretty fabulous one! – Jen]

Mojitos might be my new favorite drink, at least in the top 5. I hate super sweet or overly syrupy drinks; I always feel like I can feel the sugar coating my teeth as I drink it. The light sweetness paired with the slight kick of the lime and mint flavor was just right! It was perfectly refreshing and made a great cocktail to pair with our summer dinner festivities. 

Classic Mojitos
Super simple mojitos for any occasion!
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 drink
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 2 oz of white rum
  • Juice of one small to medium sized lime
  • 7-10 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 c seltzer water
  1. Muddle the mint leaves. If you don’t have an official mortar and pestle, you can just rip them up and smash them with a spoon. (Tip courtesy of Johnna!)
  2. Cut and juice one lime into the shaker.
  3. Add two ounces of rum to the shaker along with the powdered sugar* and muddled mint leaves.
  4. Shake well with ice.
  5. Add to a tall glass with the seltzer water.
  6. Stir and serve.
  7. Optional: garnish with mint leave and lime slice.

* I used powdered sugar because it dissolves better in liquid and I didn’t have to make any simple syrup.

Caramelized Onion and Bacon Deviled Eggs

Main 0143There are few things in life that are not made better by the addition of bacon. Add to that the fact that bacon is ALWAYS made better by the addition of caramelized onions. In fact, I could be sautéing sweet onions in bacon grease and chances are pretty good it wouldn’t take but five minutes before at least a few people found their way into the Flexible Life kitchen asking what I was making.

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Insanely Fudgy Brownies from Scratch

Brownie HeaderI’ve written before about my decade’s long search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. As much as I love and adore a good brownie, I had given up on ever finding the perfect brownie recipe. Much like chocolate chip cookies, there’s simply too much variation in what people consider key traits, making it nearly impossible to believe other people when they claim to have found the winner.

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Mouthwatering Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork main2One of my favorite internet memes is the one that says “Dear Naps, I’m sorry I was such a jerk to you as a kid.” As an adult, I value sleep immensely. Unfortunately, even if I HAD time to nap, I’m one of those people who finds it impossible to fall asleep during the day. Unless I’m sick, the daylight part of my body basically tells the sleepy side of my body to “shove off.” I tell you this to give you a reference point for how delicious food must be if it makes me willing to awaken myself every two hours during the night to make it.

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Homemade Toaster Strudel

ToasterStruedel_MainOne of the things Ariel and I find fascinating about working with Johnna is that she’s such a “do-do-do” kind of person that she rarely has the patience to sit down and watch a movie. I, on the other hand, live in a house with a 90” movie screen and a surround sound system that rivals most movie theaters. (Seriously, Matt literally dug a hole into the concrete block of our foundation to install a center channel behind the movie screen.)

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Stuffed Dover Sole Recipe

In general, I’m not a big fan of fish. There’s no particular reason why other than perhaps a few bad experiences with improperly cooked fish. Sure I’ll throw together some tilapia tacos or some beer battered perch now and then, but for the most part, I shy away from experimenting with fish.

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