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EASTER Eggs Once More: More Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs (Photo by David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT) We started talking yesterday about how to use up those leftover Easter eggs – or charm your Easter guests with a different spin on the usual fare. Here, as promised, is a second take on the classic Deviled Egg, with a seafood twist:

Makes 12 halves
6 extra-large hard-boiled eggs, cooled
6 large shrimp, plus more for garnishing
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon capers, drained and finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Tabasco sauce to taste
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill

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Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Museum of Children's Art, Oakland Once Upon a Time: Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art salutes some of the most prominent children’s book illustrators with a special exhibit that’s sure to inspire the young artists in your life. The free exhibit, which runs now through May 2, pairs each illustrator’s current work  with something they created as children. (The illustration at right is by Jane Wattenberg for “The Duck and the Kangaroo” by Edward Lear.)

Extreme Mammals: From a 15-foot tall rhino ancestor to the teeny, tiniest shrew, the new exhibit at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences showcases the most bizarre creatures. “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time” runs April 3-September 12. Details: $14.95-$24.95.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
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STEPHENIE Meyer Pens New Vampire Book

Stephenie Meyer (Courtesy Little Brown and Company) All right, you Team Edward fans. Stephenie Meyer just announced that she’s publishing another book in her outrageously successful “Twilight” series. This one’s a 192-page novella, titled “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” – it’s based on a  vampire character who appeared in the third book,  “Eclipse,” and will grace the silver screen when “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” hits multiplexes in June.

The novella will be published online at from June 7 to July 5 as a free gift for fans.  The hardcover version, which sports an hourglass filled with red sand, benefits  the American Red Cross.

“You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift,” Meyer says in a letter to fans. “My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We’re going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online. I hope you will. ”

OK, folks, scale of 1 to 10: how excited are you?

Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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EASTER Eggs: Devilishly Good

Deviled Eggs (Photo by David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT) Ahhh, Easter eggs. The only thing wrong with boiling up a million eggs for Easter is that afterwards … you still have 999,990 of them leftover. It’s an excellent excuse to make deviled eggs, though. And as you can see by the photo, the sky’s the limit when it comes to garnishing eggs. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

Makes 24 halves
12 large hard-boiled eggs, cooled
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
For garnish, as desired: thick-cut bacon bits, thinly sliced scallions, minced tarragon, minced flat-leaf parsley, smoked paprika, freshly ground black pepper

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Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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BOOK Giveaway: When Did I Get Like This?

"When Did I Get Like This?" By Amy Wilson Whoo boy. We’ve all been there  and we’ve all asked ourselves that question, “When Did I Get Like This?” Amy Wilson’s new book, subtitled “The Screamer, the Worrier, the Dinosaur-Chicken-Nugget-Buyer & Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be,” is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. No wonder, she’s the author of the off-Broadway hit, “Motherload.”

The book doesn’t hit bookstores till next week but we’re giving away a sneak peek copy right now and all you have to do is… tell us about the first time you realized you were turning into your mother.  Click “comments” and share, and we’ll pick a winner’s name next Monday, April 5.

P.S. Congrats, by the way, to Kristie who won last week’s “Emmeline” book giveaway!  And if you’re still looking for great ideas for things to tuck into your little darlings’ Easter basket,  be sure to check out that list in the comments section. It’s completely awesome.

Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
Under: Books, Contest | 4 Comments »

EASTER Redux: Dying for Cool Dyes

Aracauna Chicken Eggs (Photo by Nader Khouri/Bay Area News Group) We’ve all done the egg dyeing thing, dropping our hard boiled eggs into a cup of vinegar and PAAS pellets. But we’re smitten by the look of naturally dyed eggs. They’re just so … cool. We’ve tried the onion skin method (described below) and the results look almost marbleized. But there are other ways to go too. Here’s a sampling:

  • For yellow eggs: Hard boil your eggs, then add them to a pot filled with a quart of water, 2 tablespoons each salt and white vinegar, and 3 tablespoons turmeric. Let soak until the eggs reach the desired hue.
  • Magenta eggs: Hard boil your eggs, then add them to a pot filled with a quart of water, 2 tablespoons each salt and white vinegar, and 4 cups chopped beets. Let soak until the eggs reach the desired hue.
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Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
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PARENT TALKS: Sexting, Autism & Other Topics

text Internet & Teens: Parenting in the Age of Sexting, Gaming & Facebook
April 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto
A panel of psychiatrists and youth leaders discuss teens, preteens and parenting in the Internet age. This parenting class is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 650.688.3675 or e-mail

Childhood Matters: Mindful Parenting
April 4 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Nurse Rona and panelists discuss parenting issues.
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Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
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RECALL: 150K Baby Gates

You know those wooden baby gates you put at the top of the stairs to keep little ones from tumbling down? If you’ve got one made by Evenflo, read on, because the U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks just recalled 150,000 of them. Seems the slats on the gate break. Evenflo has received 142 reports of slats breaking – one child actually fell down the stairs, one fell down just one step, and 11 kids were hurt as they fell through the gate. The gates were sold at Toys R Us, Kmart, Burlington Baby Depot, Amazon and other retailer between October 2007 and now. Check the model number here, then contact Evenflo (the same link tells you how) for a replacement gate.

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010
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FAB FIVE: Easter Egg Fillers

Egg Hunt (Photo by Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Oh sure, you can hide Cadbury eggs around your yard, then watch the early morning sunshine melt them into the grass. Or, you can try filling reusable Easter eggs with these five clever ideas, including several for older egg-hunters, courtesy of the Berkeley Parent Network and its creative members:

  • A gift certificate to the zoo
  • Rainbow-colored goldfish crackers, cheddar bunnies or honey graham bunnies
  • Seeds for planting that spring garden
  • Easter jokes and dollar bills
  • Use the larger size, papier-mache eggs to hold socks, hair scrunchies or lip gloss. Some even hold a small T-shirt.

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Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010
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FABULOUS Birthday Cakes, Take Two

Courtesy OK, I admit it. I’m a Martha Stewart devotee. Some of her ideas may be a tad too precious, but dang, those recipes work every time and they always look amazing. So who could possibly resist this polka-dot, hop scotch cake? It’s an orange flavored cake, filled with sweet orange marmalade – although Martha (yes, I like to pretend we’re on a first name basis), says you can substitute lemon curd or any berry jam.

The cake is buttery and divine, the icing a cloud-like Swiss meringue – and may I just say, yes, it’s much more work than popping open a can of frosting, but the flavor is incomparable – and the polka dots are simply piped, colored frosting. Get the recipe and instructions here.

More Cakes from the 2010 Birthday Cake Countdown:

Posted on Thursday, March 25th, 2010
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