About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Hard-Boiled Eggs with Green Sauce

In my family it is a well established fact that I do not eat eggs. I have suffered brunch after brunch dealing with this unfortunate reality. No, I am not allergic but the reaction is absolute. As luck would have it, my first recipe of the food challenge is an egg appetizer. Blat!

I reviewed the recipe and decided that organic eggs were the only way to go. This cold appetizer is the Italian cousin to another egg dish, Deviled Eggs. Go to any American bridal shower, potluck or picnic and 9 times out of 10 you can find them there. I wonder if the same is true for this recipe somewhere in Italy. The process is the same: boil eggs, mix cooked yolks with ingredients, spoon atop egg whites. The ingredients are not. Italian pantry staples of capers, anchovies, and extra virgin olive oil are the supporting ingredients in this dish.

Thinking about my brothers and sisters in Christ preparing to celebrate miracles this week, I prepared the recipe with hope in my heart. Hope that a teeny tiny miracle could be bestowed upon me. I want to eat eggs. You can’t always get what you want. So just in case:

I, Irene, promise to taste every single food item I prepare during this Italian food challenge. I will do so with a cheerful palate and disregard to food aversions or unfamiliar ingredients. Because food is fun and all is well when you are among friends.

Hard-Boiled Eggs with Green Sauce
Hard-Boiled Eggs with Green Sauce

I was surprised to find the green sauce was not that green. Sadly, no egg eating miracles where performed. I gave myself a pat on the back and a glass of white wine anyway. I’ll try eggs again in August.

Hard-Boiled Egg with Green Sauce
Another view

©2010 Irene D. Ericson

Comments (8)


I am proud of you and your taste buds for trying it.


Well done, Irene.

Great post, Irene. I'll be at the store this afternoon, so you can bring me all those eggs your gag reflex won't allow you to eat. :grin:
I'm holding your umbrella hostage.


Irene, beautiful egg photos! I would LOVE to be the taster of these gorgeous eggs. Yeah for you! (Deborah, give her back her umbrella) :-)

I was intrigued by the recipe and shall try it soon.
Great job on wanting to try the eggs anyway.


Very well written, Irene. I remember your egg issue and I am proud of you to try them again! It sure sounds like a great, creative project! I'll check back later!

Congratulation Irene. Loved your story. And I'll be happy to make that frittatas that I left out of the recipes- my mistake, and I don't want you to have to any more eggs than are already on your list.

Great post, Irene! My first recipe is "Salmon Foam", and I do not like salmon. I make no promises of tasting everything I make. Luckily, I have a salmon-loving husband!

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