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1. Turn them into a mimosa. No, I'm not talking about topping off your Champagne- and orange juice-filled flute with bits of yolk. Making this kind of mimosa involves pressing the hard-boiled egg through a sieve; then, you can use the tiny pieces to garnish vegetables or a salad.
2. Put them on BLTs. Cut across the egg, so you wind up with about 6 slices. (The rounds also wouldn't be bad on Oprah's Love Sandwich.)
3. Make a superfood sandwich. Nearly every ingredient in this whole grain delight is on O magazine's list of the best foods you can eat.
4. Pickle them. Try submerging the eggs in beet juice, which turns them pink--thus letting the coloring come full circle.
Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread from Joy the Baker
Pile sheets of this yeasty, soft, cinnamon sugar bread into a loaf pan. Thirty minutes later, you're in comfort-food heaven.
Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread from The Pastry Affair
Instead of sheets, this bread consists of little dough balls rolled in a garlic herb butter and sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It's perfect served with a side of marinara or tomato sauce.
Cherry Blossom Cake Pops
If don't live in an area where these blooming pink floral beauties are on display, you can live vicariously...through Cherry Blossom Cake Pops, a Sakura Cherry Blossom Roll Cake or Cherry Blossom Macarons.
In most of the country, these mushrooms, which have an earthy, nutty, steak-like flavor, grow from early to mid-April through mid-June. (If you're The Great Lakes region, lucky you: this area tends to see the first morels of the season.) Check out this helpful more sightings map to see if anyone's spotted them near where you live.
The Flowery, Springy Lamb Dish
Dan Barber, of the Westchester County, N.Y., farm and restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns, braises lamb shank and serves it with haricots verts mixed with hazelnuts, balsamic vinegar, and whole grain mustard. Marigold petals are a fun last-minute addition.
Get the recipe: Braised Lamb Shanks
A Spiced and Slowly Roasted Lamb
Slow-roasting leg of lamb scented with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and mint, and stuffed with onion and garlic turns the meat meltingly tender. A plum-ginger chutney is the perfect accompaniment.
Get the recipe: Grilled Leg of Lamb with Pearl Onion and Plum Chutney
Ham That's Simple, Sweet and Salted Just Right
Ina Garten starts with a 14- to 16-pound ham, and bastes it with a glaze made from garlic, mango chutney, Dijon mustard, light brown sugar, and orange juice and zest. She bakes it for an hour and serves the succulent finished dish hot or at room temperature.
Get the recipe: Baked Country Ham
Beach Tea Towel, $9. Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson has illustrated everything from children's books to New Yorker pages. Her new collection of tea towels for West Elm features images of summer picnics, reminding us that Memorial Day Weekend is just 8 weeks away.
Cakeslider Bouquet, $22. When you can’t decide between baking someone a cake or bringing them flowers, try one of these bouquets--each “flower” is a piece of cake in its own little push-up-pop container.
Clip Note Organizer, $12. This massive paper clip is a fun way to keep notes, business cards, photos and receipts from taking over your desk.
1. The onion dice. You shouldn't be crying your eyes out when chopping . If you are, your knife needs honing, since a less sharp blade crushes an onion instead of cutting it, which releases more gas into the air and makes you weep more.
2. The tomato slice. The knife should be able to cut a ripe tomato with almost no downward pressure. If the skin doesn't puncture, the blade is dull.
3. The paper cut. A razor-sharp knife will slash a piece of paper with a clean cut. If the paper winds up torn, with ragged edges, the blade isn't up to snuff.
Keep reading for suggestions on how to use a knife sharpening steel.
Instead of marshmallow chicks, try...
Hawthorne & Wren's Donut Muffins. These cinnamon-sugar bombs have the same light, sweet coating as a marshmallow chick or bunny (they also freeze just as well), but are free of the finger-dying neon color. The company sends 20 in a basket lined with a green linen napkin, and is offering free shipping on all Easter orders.
Instead of jelly beans, try...
Magnolia Bakery's Easter Cookie Basket. This beautiful basket delivers the same color punch as bowl full of jelly beans, consisting of miniature meringues in pastel green, pink, blue, lavender, yellow and cream, plus a dozen lemon shortbread cookies, half dipped in chocolate, the other half rimmed in purple sugar.
Instead of a chocolate bunny, try...
Rocq's Sweetheart Macaron Collection. A plastic-wrapped chocolate bunny is nice, but just doesn't have the same "oh la la" factor as a pearly white box filled with 24 Parisian cookies. The package includes four varieties: dark chocolate, raspberry, peach mango and red velvet, and shipping is free.
1. It's lower in mercury. Non-commercial (and often family-run) fisheries get smaller fish, which contain less mercury--sometimes less than half the mercury you'll find in conventional brands' tuna. Henry & Lisa's, which sells its solid white albacore tuna in some 3,500 grocery and natural food stores around the country, also uses BPA-free cans.
2. It's higher in omega 3s. Wild Planet's tuna--which comes in albacore and skipjack varieties, also in BPA-free cans--has 3,460 mg of the heart-healthy fatty acids (which is 6 times more than some conventional brands). American Tuna's has 8,000 to 10,000.
The solution is as easy as a hand-held treat that also happens to be one of the most foolproof baked goods you can make. I'm talking about muffins, which allow for infinite variations. While they're best known in their sweet form--blueberry, lemon poppy seed, banana-cinnamon-nutmeg-applesauce-walnut--savory muffins are just as delicious. Here's how to turn three common leftovers into the perfect breakfast, snack or lunch or dinner side.
Roasted or mashed sweet potatoes: Use these beta-carotene-rich vegetables in place of pumpkin in this recipe (one-and-a-half to two medium sweet potatoes will give you a cup of sweet potato puree), and try adding chopped dates along with the pecans or walnuts.
1. Add some color to your dinner tonight. Garnish the plates with herbs or edible flowers such a mint and nasturtium, or see this slideshow of 45 satisfying salads, which provides tons of inspiration.
2. Plant herbs on the windowsill. Urban farmer Gayla Trailer explains which ones offer the biggest rewards in the shortest amount of time.
3. Spring clean your kitchen. Or just your fridge. Or simply...the counter. These 9 window, countertop and floor cleaners smell so good, you'll actually look forward to the dirty work. Plus, having a spotless workspace will make assembling meals much more pleasant.