And Win Eggland’s Best Prize Pack. All these Dew discussions about congress going to hell for their handling of healthcare reform, and about the devil being in the details of writing such legislation, has made me hungry for solutions and a damn good deviled egg recipe. Dew you have the best and most eggs-otic devilish egg recipe?

Easy, you say? Not egg-zactly. No yoke. Eggs-traordinary deviled eggs are hard-boiled to come by. In fact, the whole deviled egg thing just cracks me up. What’s so tough about boiling an egg, slicing it in half, dumping the yolk into a bowl and mixing it up with a little mayo and mustard? The answer is in the details, especially those that require consorting with the actual “deviling” of the same, known as the hot or spicy seasonings.

This much I do know: A good egg is a good place to start.
Some may say it’s better to be with “the devil you know, than the devil you don’t,” but I’ll just tell you that I’m not satisfied with the deviled eggs I know and make. I do know, however, that starting with a good egg is important. There was indeed a time when a “bad egg” did not refer to a politician with little regard for public health. In fact, a bad egg was the real thing: an egg gone bad, sulfuric and odorous, which we, who shop in supermarkets, rarely encounter these days. Even so, not all eggs are created equal, especially in these days of omega enhancements (loosely translated as: less guilt, more nutrition). As to the “cage free” branding on some cartons, well, I can’t think about the cages either way. The cages make me feel guilty. The free roaming of the little cluckers makes me feel even guiltier – more to lose once they’ve laid their proverbial last egg.

We keep two kinds of eggs in our refrigerator. There are the “good” eggs, which are reserved for when one actually tastes the egg. If the egg is to be the star of the dish and the flavor matters, we cook with Eggland’s Best. This also helps to overcome the cholesterol intake-associated guilt. Eggland’s Best actually has less saturated fat and lower cholesterol than other eggs.  EB eggs also provide Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, Lutein and Iodine. They’re even officially “Kosher.” Besides, I’m a sucker for the cute little “EB” stamp on each egg. Feels kind of festive.

The second eggs, colloquially known in our household, are the “cheap” eggs. I bake with these since the flavor is disguised (as is the lack of nutrition) by such “healthy” ingredients as mounds of sugar, buckets of chocolate and heaps of cream.

In my opinion, and despite their name, deviled eggs call for good eggs. Oxymoronic? Maybe.

Share your devilish secrets and you could win
What deal have you cut with the devil for your secret ingredients? The right amount of mayo? Which mayo? The perfect dollop of mustard? Yellow? Dijon? And the spices? Cayenne? Paprika? What about texture? How creamy? Or not? Speaking of creamy, Julia Child’s recipe calls for softened butter. This sounded divine to me. I tried. No doubt the egg stuffing was creamier, but also milder. Where’s the temptation in that? Southern food mavens, The Lee Bros. “Southern Cookbook” recipe calls for pepper vinegar (for which they also provide a recipe). I like the very idea, although I haven’t tried it yet.

The Grand Prize
Also known as the only prize. It’s fun, cute and worth, well not exactly sure, but it does include 12 dozen free Eggland’s Best eggs (in one dozen, free coupons, so you can stretch out your stash); an Eggland’s Best tote bag, a very cool Eggland’s Best apron (embroidered for bragging rights); an Eggland’s Best spatula and stainless coffee mug; and, of course, a “stuffed” egg. Not exactly enough for a nest egg, but still worth putting your eggs in this basket. Your recipe will also be published in LikeTheDew.

There are two ways to enter and win.
1)    Just email your best, deviled egg recipe to: [email protected]. All recipes should be based on using a dozen eggs (this is tough math, but I believe that comes out to 24 deviled eggs). Feel free to include a brief essay about which politician or pundit you would egg if you decided not to boil them (the eggs, that is). There’s no extra points for this, but it’s fun to fantasize and share. Entries must be received no later than Wednesday, September 7, 2009. Winners will be announced on or before September 14, 2009. All recipe entries will be prepared in the Dew “test” kitchen, and served to judges in an un-biased manner (as in – no contestant names attached). No purchase necessary, winners need not be present to win. Tax and tag not included. Author of this story is ineligible, but I’ve already said I don’t like my recipes. More official rules.*
2)    Compete to be a prestigious Dew Deviled Egg Judge: Tell us in 100 words or less why “being a Dew Deviled Egg Judge would make you egg-static, and which politician or pundit you would egg if you could.” Email your essay to [email protected] You’ll get to stuff yourself with stuffed eggs, and wash them down with beer, courtesy of Entries must be received no later than Wednesday, September 7, 2009. Judges will be announced on September 9, but must be available for tasting in Atlanta week of September 12, 2009.
Submit Now. No Egg-scuces Accepted! (Author’s Note: In order to avoid having egg on my face for editorial bias, I submit that I’ve been a fan of Eggland’s Best for a long time – well before I wrangled this prize.)

*Official rules
No purchase necessary, winners need not be present to win. Tax and tag not included. Author of this story is ineligible, but I’ve already said I don’t like my recipes. Please email your recipes – and, or essays (if you’re competing to be a judge) to: [email protected] no later than September 7, 2009. All entrants understand that their entries (recipes and essays) may be selected to be published in LikeTheDew, and agree to allow LikeTheDew to dew so. Additionally:
•    The recipe and judging contests are open to the general public (Dew readers, Dew contributing writers, and anyone else who stumbles upon the contest);
•    PLEASE do not submit copyrighted recipes (unless it’s your copyright, of course). We’re looking for your families’ treasured recipe, and/or your own spin on how the devil you dew it.
•    Essays about how you would egg should be targeted (uh hum), to public figures. Please do not threaten to egg anyone in the Dew community (especially those whose comments you disagree with). I do not condone, or encourage egging, or any violent, or perceived to be violent act. That would be a great big goose egg, so keep your sunny side up.
•    Recipes that require the following ingredients will not be eligible due to the lack of Dew test kitchen funding: 1) caviar 2) crabmeat 3) lobster 4) Dom Perignon.
•    Seek immediate psychiatric attention if your recipe requires more than four hours to prepare.

Terri Evans

Terri Evans

Terri Evans is 25+year marketing communications professional, a partner at LeslieEvansCreative and Bcauz marketing (cause-related). She has been a food columnist for Atlanta Intown and Atlanta Buckhead newspapers, and a contributing writer for Georgia Magazine, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and other publications. Evans was also a finalist in a Southern Living cooking competition. She is (and has long been) at work on a novel set in the South (of Georgia) and the South (of France). She's always cookin' up somethin'.