Pot Luck

Today is our annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck luncheon.

Egg Beaten
Each year our office has a luncheon for which people bring in food they’ve made, or for the engineers, that they bought from a store. In years past I’ve made a vegetarian black bean stew, or a meat-filled jambalaya to name a few. My philosophy has been choose something that can simmer in a crockpot all day and I’m golden. This year I wanted to try a different skill, deviled eggs.

Apparently deviled eggs are the yang to my cooking yin. I’ve made hard-boiled eggs, mostly for egg salad, on many occasions. Therefore I didn’t think that deviled eggs were going to be that challenging. Somewhere along the way I missed a “trick” because the eggs just refused to be peeled without damaging the whites. After mangling about four of the nine eggs I peeled I quit and made a huge batch of egg salad for my personal consumption.

Of course I had a plan ‘B’. While at the store I picked up a can of jalapeños and some peanut butter to make the aptly named peanut butter filled jalapeño boats.

I’m mostly disappointed that the effort required to make all of this took nearly the entire evening.

ITP Flickr Pic
While camp was empty I set up my laptop for a little photoshoot.

Camping And Computing

What was really funny to me was that the next day somebody actually brought a laptop (a Dell) to camp and was using it around the campfire.

BlackJack Do It Again
As of today Cingular is selling the Samsung BlackJack phone. The BlackJack is similar to the Motorola Q. This might be the phone which gets me to (finally) jump the Sprint ship, although I am a little weary of it because it runs Windows Mobile (yuck).

Frankly I am about as tired of shopping for a new phone as you probably are about me yapping about it. 🙂

Who Makes A Product For Which They Can’t Get The Website?
Microsoft, that’s who.

This week Microsoft launched Zune, pronounced “another mp3 player I will never purchase.” The latest “iPod Killer” was released with much fanfare and the whole “Welcome to the Social” slogan has been bandied about.

Let’s say you’d like to know more about Zune, where do you think you’d go to do so, Zune.com? No, at least not now because Microsoft doesn’t own that domain!, you’d have to go to Zune.net. Microsoft is saying that the .net domain makes more sense because of the social aspect of Zune, I say that this multi-billion dollar company was probably too cheap to buy out the person who owned the .com domain. Has Microsoft been pwned?

The Early Bird Special
Tonight it’s back to Masquerade to see …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. I’ve made sure to check the Masquerade’s website for the start time and wouldn’t you know, doors open at 7pm. I wonder if there is some sort of noise ordinance over there that is forcing them to have such early shows. It’s really the only reason that I can see. Come look for me, I’ll be the old guy who is confused why these shows are starting so early.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – thankful (-7 days)
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing The Hold Steady — “Stuck Between Stations”
Website Of The Day – Here is the website for making deviled eggs, it’s named The Deviled Egg Gourmet.
Exercise (b)Log – none, unless you count smashing eggs

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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9 Responses to Pot Luck

  1. Barb says:

    I think the key to peeling hard boiled eggs is in the cooling process. I think you need to cool them quick. I’m no expert, so I can’t tell you if that is true, because I’ve made deviled eggs before, and sometime success, sometimes disaster. But – I bought a cool egg timer thing at William Sonoma that goes in the water with the eggs, so atleast I don’t get the green ring anymore.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I dropped them into an ice bath in an attempt to cool them quickly. I thought I followed all the directions correctly.

    As far as I know I didn’t have any green rings, perhaps just a smidgeon at most.

  3. Martha says:

    Funny, I haven’t had, much less made, egg salad in years, and this morning I just had to have some. My eggs came out fine (no green ring but I could have left them to boil another minute thought) and I had no problems peeling them. I don’t know what I did that was special, I have heard that older eggs are easier to peel than fresh ones. What does that say about the state of my fridge?

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I have heard the old v. new argument too. I boiled some eggs that have been in the old refrig as well as some that I just purchased and got equally frustrated trying to peel them.

  5. Oliver says:

    I’ve always heard that after you boil the eggs you should run them under cold water or put them in an ice bath. This will make them easy to peel. My grandmother makes the best deviled eggs this side of the Mississippi – she uses lots of paprika. Better luck next go round.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I should have outsourced my deviled egg project to your grandmother.

  7. sabina says:

    I recall something about acetic acid and egg shells. oh maybe that makes the shells rubbery–for easter egg coloring or somethin.’

  8. Gentri says:

    …does this mean you are not “eggceptional”?

    The trick is the running cold water on them apparently, the eggshell is then supposed to pull away from the egg… there must be something in the water also, I made hard boiled eggs 2 weeks ago for the 1st time in years… and had to actually look up the process in the cook book… how un-eggceptional is THAT!???

  9. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’m more egg-centric than egg-ceptional.

    I thought that the ice bath into which I submerged the eggs would do that, but alas it did not. Stupid eggs!

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