Universal Symbol Of Life

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The egg itself, like a seed, is a symbol of the potential of life. Back in ancient times the egg was a symbol of the universe, of creation, and in some cultures, luck wealth, and health. 

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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What's equally as good with high tea, sparking wine, or frosty beer at a tailgate? I have an egg of an idea - the deviled egg. It's one of those hors d'oeuvre platters that spans the occasion ladder from high brow to low brow; which always empties fast, because it is so difficult to have just one. The name deviled implies hot, but need not be. It is simply hard boiled eggs chilled and halved with the yolk whipped into a flavorful filling of a wide variety of flavors such as; mayonaise, sour cream, yogurt, Dijon mustard, etc. You can even spice it up with a touch of cayenne, hot sauce or wasabi. Use a touch of fresh herbs like dill, cilantro or chives, it's a nice touch. Make special occasion up-end garnishes such as chopped proscuitto, crisp chopped pancetta or with a sliver of smoked salmon, sour cream and caviar.

Great way to start off the New Year!

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Chutney

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I’m up to my waist in tomatoes. Today's inspiration. Opting for a quick appetizer to serve with some cool rosé. 

Tomato chutney is a South Indian style condiment that goes well with savory foods such as roasted pork, ham, turkey or chicken. But it is also a spicy way to top Neufchâtel (lower in fat than cream cheese) or farmers cheese served with toasted naan flat bread as a hors d’ oeuvre. 

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Tomato Chutney

Makes about 1 cup 

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1 pound ripe roma tomatoes, chop & puree in food mill to remove skin and seeds

2 Tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 sweet onion, chopped fine

2 Tablespoons golden raisins, plumped

1/4 teaspoon each: chili powder, paprika

3/4 teaspoon curry paste such as Bhuna or Pataks 

Pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg

1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped 

Puree tomatoes, ginger and garlic in a food processor or blender.

Place tomato mixture, sugar, vinegar, onions, and golden raisins in a large saucepan. Season with chili powder, paprika, curry paste, cinnamon and nutmeg. Simmer over medium heat until thick. Cool. Add cilantro. Refrigerate until ready to use; keeps about one week. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Read Guide for any type of canning.

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