Deviled eggs, anyone?

Published 9:51 pm Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Almost everyone has some talent that can be used to give back to family, friends and the community at Christmas. One of mine came to me like a flashlight moment during a little get-together that I held in my home last Saturday.

Sharon Epperson, a health consultant for the NBC Today morning program, gave money-saving rules for consumers on Monday in a segment called High Anxiety, Financial Worries and Gift Giving:

4Set gift-giving rules in advance.

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4Limit gifts per person.

4Set price limits.

4Go out and volunteer to give something back to the community.

4Make something to eat that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

That last rule set well with me.

When I made my first batch of deviled eggs for a News-Herald family get-together, the eggs took on a Lays potato chips-like aura — nobody could eat just one. For every party or event that followed, my delicacy was in such great demand that employees joked around and named them Better Than Sex Eggs.

My Les Gemmes sisters feel the same way about my eggs and tell me when it is my turn to host meetings that they won’t come unless I make deviled eggs.

On Friday evening I decided at the last minute to host a small party, because my son and I had a very dear friend visiting us from Florida. Therefore, I did some shopping for Black Friday, but high on my list were eggs and the ingredients to make deviled ones.

When I went to the store, I met many people I knew, and my party list grew to over 30. Those who knew me well asked, “Are you going to make deviled eggs? ‘Cause if you are, I’ll be there.”

On Saturday, I got up at 5 a.m. and boiled 40 eggs. Let’s see, halving them created 80 deviled eggs. Saturday night about 20 people came and went, and so did ALL of my deviled eggs.

By Sunday afternoon, I had orders from three friends to make more for their upcoming parties for the holidays. They have all agreed to donate the eggs, and one of those friends asked for an order of 100. Now I have to find time in a schedule that includes news articles and line-dancing lessons to fix them.

But this is a gift that will mean something special to these friends and to me, because I will say, “Merry Christmas” and prepare them with a special touch to make their events successful, while saving myself some money in return.