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Here Come the Bugs

Dear Kitchen Therapist,

I am sick and tired of the cold!  It’s supposed to be Spring, yet it’s freezing outside with fierce winds.  I want to be outside—to garden, golf—anything!  Yet, I’m stuck inside again with my dubious friend Zoom.  Any ideas to cheer me up?  



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Dear Trapped,

How about a picnic?  Indoors.  That is, spread a checkered or other tablecloth on your living room carpet and top it with your favorite picnic foods.  If you crave more authenticity, put on your parka and ski cap, open a window and wait for a bee or fly to buzz in.  Even if it’s too chilly for such visitors, at least you’ll break free from your routine and enjoy an opportunity to muse about sunnier times ahead.  

Please check out the recipe for Deviled Eggs, below.  They grace any picnic basket and are a perfect finger food.      

My best regards,


6 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
6 Tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, dill or chives)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon oil and vinegar salad dressing
Salt and pepper to taste

Paprika for dusting

Slice eggs in half lengthwise, scoop out yolks and place yolks in a small bowl.  Add sour cream, mustard, herbs, Worcestershire sauce, salad dressing, salt and pepper.  Mush and stir to blend.  Spoon yolk mixture into hollowed egg whites, gently mound the tops and sprinkle with paprika.