Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

Last Saturday we had a surprise party. Not the kind where you plan for weeks and weeks and everybody hides and then jumps out and shouts things, hopefully “Surprise!” I’m talking about the kind of surprise party where as you’re going to bed on Friday night your husband tells you that you have to host a birthday party tomorrow.” Um.. okay… Anything else I should know?” Nope. That’s it.

So, if you’re short on cash but overrun with eggs, there’s only one logical solution for an absolutely delicious party snack, spicy deviled eggs. I bought a red jalapeno to make them pretty, but everything else I already had in my kitchen. I never think much about deviled eggs until they’re in front of me. Then I can’t stop eating them, and I remember they are completely awesome.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

These particular eggs are loaded with flavor and an extra dash of spice. I got a little heavy handed with the cayenne pepper. It happens to the best of us. I also upped the umami factor with a dash of soy sauce since I was all out of Worcestershire. Work with what you got. And make it awesome! Then top it with a bright red slice of jalapeno because you can and you should.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20

The party was awesome. The food was awesome. The drinks were awesome. And most especially, the people were awesome. Many laughs were had. I think that might be the whole point of life.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
Yields 12
Spicy deviled eggs are perfect for a party, no matter how long you have to plan.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 eggs
  2. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  3. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1 teaspoon dill paste
  6. 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  7. 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  8. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. Salt and pepper
  12. 1 red jalapeno, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. Put your eggs into a medium sauce pan and cover them with cold water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil then turn off the heat, put a lid on the pot, and let it stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the hot water and run cold water over the eggs to cool them off. I like to park mine in the fridge for five minutes to help them cool down more quickly.
  4. Peel your eggs and slice them in half lengthwise. Pop the yolks out into a mixing bowl.
  5. Stir together remaining ingredients, except for the jalapeno, until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
  6. Put your egg yolk mixture into a zip top bag, then cut off a small corner with scissors. Slightly overfill the cavity on your egg white halves.
  7. Garnish each egg half with a slice of jalapeno.
  8. Stash in fridge until you are ready to party.
Adapted from My Year in Meals by Rachael Ray
http://awesomeon20.com/
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Chocolate Orange Scones from Awesome on 20
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Chocolate Orange Scones from Awesome on 20

Chocolate Orange Scones

Chocolate Orange Scones from Awesome on 20

I had a dream about chocolate orange scones. I should be kidding. I’m not. This is how deep my problem goes. I actually dream about baked goods. What is wrong with me?

Of course, in my subconscious mind, they took a form that isn’t actually physically possible. The warm tender scones had super thin layers of chocolate running throughout. These layers of chocolate sort of resembled the lines formed in sedimentary rock and had a snap to them when you bit into the scone. As far as I can figure, there’s no such thing as a warm scone with snappy chocolate. But in my dream, they tasted so so so good.

Chocolate Orange Scones from Awesome on 20

In real life, these scones are full of the bright flavor of orange zest and studded with dark chocolate. They’re lovely served warm with a cup of hot tea or coffee. They certainly brightened my morning.

I also loved getting to play Jackson Pollock when I added the chocolate to the top. Just dip a fork into some melted chocolate and shake it quickly over your scones. You’ll have abstract expressionist scones in no time. 

Chocolate Orange Scones from Awesome on 20

I am not an expert scone maker. I can never seem to get them to come out pretty, but they usually come out tasting pretty awesome. I love having an excuse to practice, though. Let’s eat all the scones!

Chocolate Orange Scones
Yields 8
Lovely big scones overflowing with chocolate and orange zest
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into small bits
  6. 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  7. zest of 2 oranges
  8. 3 to 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped thin
  9. A few chocolate chips for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment or smear with butter.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. Add cold butter and work it into the flour with your clean hands using a pinching motion until you work out all the big chunks. Park your butter and flour mixture in the freezer while you get on with your work.
  4. Measure out the cream and then zest the oranges over the measuring cup. You don't want to lose those good oils. Chop your chocolate.
  5. Remove your bowl from the freezer and add the cream and orange zest. Gently stir that in. I found at this point that my dough was still quite wet, so I added another half cup of flour. You want it to just hold together. Fold in the chocolate.
  6. Turn your dough out onto a well-floured cutting board. Sprinkle plenty of flour over the top and on your hands, then form it into a one inch thick rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, cut your dough into four squares, then cut the squares into triangles.
  7. If you're more skilled than me, you'll be able to transfer individual scones to your baking sheet, but this quite frequently ends in disaster for me, so I just gently lay the baking sheet on top of the dough, and invert it. You just have to cut them again right after you take them out of the oven. Baking time may be a bit longer.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they just barely start to brown.
  9. Let the scones cool for about ten minutes, then melt your handful of chocolate chips and get crazy with your fork. Or you could be nice and neat and pipe on pretty lines of chocolate. Whatever floats your artistic boat.
  10. Best served warm.
Adapted from What's Gaby Cooking
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Soul de Cuba for happy hour

Happy Hour: Soul de Cuba

Soul de Cuba for happy hour

We’re so excited to kick off an awesome new monthly feature! It’s happy hour, baby!!! Every month, we’ll be featuring a new happy hour spot. It’s the perfect way to try new restaurants without spending tons of money. And a great excuse to have a drink after work. Obvs!

Our first pau hana (the Hawaiian version of happy hour) was to Soul de Cuba in downtown Honolulu. I loved this tiny little spot. It was right around the corner from the office building I’m currently working in, so we arrived just after 5:00, and the place was nearly empty. I wasn’t nervous because it had gotten good recommendations from several people. Honestly, I was just happy that it was so easy to get a table. It was much more full when we left, and there was a band setting up in the next room, so it probably gets pretty lively in the evenings.

Soul de Cuba cocktails

Soul de Cuba features some fancy rums. I’m not an expert in rum, but I do love to drink it. I had an El Presidente, which was rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine. It was sweet but potent, just the way I like it. Geoff had the capirinha, which featured muddled limes. He had three. I guess he liked them. The cocktails were made with high quality, fresh ingredients. They don’t fool around. And the happy hour menu gives you plenty of choices. Our other friends sampled the Cuba Libre and the mojito. They were all great, and only $5 or $6.

They also had a small selection of pupus (appetizers) on their happy hour menu. It’s not a lot, but what we tried tasted amazing, and I peeked at the regular menu, and you’re getting a noticeable discount by ordering during happy hour. Take the opportunity to try foods you might not normally be able to afford.

Soul de Cuba pork sliders

We ordered the lechon (pork) sliders, and they were tasty. Everything there had a lovely hint of spice, and the sauce that came on the pork was no exception. My husband took his to the next level by adding some of the lemon habanero sauce they brought out with our sliders. We loved them. And they were only $4. We also wanted to try the mango and habanero salsa, but they were sold out. 

Soul de Cuba calamare

My friend ordered the calamares fritos. I don’t care for seafood, so I didn’t try them. She loved them, though, and quickly made the entire basket disappear. It comes with two dipping sauces, so you can easily share and keep things interesting.

Soul de Cuba tapa sampler

Another friend also ordered the tapa sampler which isn’t on the happy hour menu. It had tons of food, though, and could easily have been a slow dinner over cocktails for two people. There were some great spicy roasted chickpeas, salami, chorizo, serrano ham, manchego cheese, and roasted red peppers. There was also a fiery roasted red pepper hummus, along with several pieces of toasted bread. It was a feast unto itself.

I would definitely recommend the happy hour at Soul de Cuba. I’m not sure we would have ever gone in there if we had to pay full price, but their happy hour specials gave us the opportunity to try some new foods, and some excellent drinks in a relaxed and colorful atmosphere. Happy hour is from Monday through Thursday from 4-6, so stop in after work one weekday and treat yourself to a little imaginary Cuban vacation in the middle of the week. It will be awesome!

*Top photo by Lindsey Vandolah

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