The mister got a speeding ticket in January - he was stopped for going 36 mph in a 30 zone. Luckily I was in the car with him and was able to keep him from saying anything antagonistic to the cop. He smiled and was pleasant and took his ticket without so much as one foul word. Miracle right there! I tell you this because it was, in my opinion, out of character for the mister to be so agreeable over a piddly 6 mph especially since he was going downhill! So the mister modeled ticket behavior for me - which should have come in handy last week when I was pulled over for going 39 mph in a 25 zone. I was driving downhill on a very steep slope and I would like to state, for the record, right here, because the copper who pulled me over wasn't the least bit interested in my defense...it was all GRAVITY!!! I do not have a lead foot - I've never had a speeding ticket in my life and when I told that to the copper he said, "Not until today!" and then he laughed. Irritating. I wish I could say when I was pulled over that I acted with perfect deportment, like the mister did, but looking back I might have uttered the word entrapment (he claimed he was parked on the side of the road and I just blew right by him...) and I might have inquired about him having better things to do like catching actual criminals (to which he said, "I just did, you broke the law Ma'am." Yes, he Ma'amed me. Irritating.) I also pointed out that it was not my fault that car manufactures put the heaviest part of the car in the front, thereby making it practically impossible for any car not to be basically PULLED down a hill. He said, "Good one," and laughed again. Irritating. I bit my tongue and held back on the donut comment as he handed me my ticket, told me to slow it down, turned and walked away. Then I saw the amount...$154 and I couldn't help myself, "Are you kidding me?!?!? Juan Valdez gets a raise, coffee prices soar and that justifies you giving me a ticket for $154?!?!?!" The cop walked slowly back to my window and said, "Did you say something?" I just smiled, and like the guilty speeding coward that I am, I told him to have a nice day. Irritating.
If you are sharp as a tack then you will remember that I do not eat eggs - not scrambled, fried, over-easy, hard-boiled or soft and I do not eat egg salad - yuck. The mister loves egg salad and since egg season/Easter is almost here, I thought I would share my egg salad recipe with you - it's a great way to use up all of those left-over Easter eggs.
This egg salad is loaded with so many wonderful flavors that the eggy taste is almost lost - which is the only reason I would eat this egg salad (if it were the last bit of edible food on Earth.) I can tell you the mister and the boy and my egg-salad-loving neighbors down the street LOVE this...so while I can't personally attest to it's wonderfulness - others can. My egg-phobia should not keep you from making and eating this - it's got everything you'll love - bacon, cheese, tomatoes, celery and the surprise of green olives stuffed with pimiento! It's crunchy and creamy and that's why this is reportedly so good!
Loaded Egg Salad - Pots and Pins
12 bacon slices
8 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
¼ cup chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise (depending on how creamy you like your egg salad)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
12 slices white sandwich bread, toasted and buttered (butter is optional)
12 red leaf lettuce leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp, remove to paper toweling to drain/cool. Combine chopped eggs, celery, olives and tomato in bowl. Mix in mayonnaise (start with 1/4 cup and add more if desired) and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Crumble bacon and add to egg mixture. Gently fold in cheese. Place buttered toast slices on work surface. Divide egg salad among 6 toast slices. Place lettuce leaves atop egg salad on each. Cover with remaining toast slices. Cut sandwiches diagonally in half. Makes 6 sandwiches.