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Classic Southern Deviled Eggs

With Easter Sunday family time and luncheons and brunches right around the corner, I wanted to share one of my favorite potluck dishes perfect for the springtime table… Classic Southern Deviled Eggs.

I first published this post way back in April, 2017, but wanted to share this simple, perfect recipe again with all of you.

Confession time.

I have never made a deviled egg.

In truth, it’s because I don’t eat them. I am not a big wiggly egg fan (unless they are farm fresh and scrambled hard) or a fan of pickles or mayonnaise, which pretty much counts me out for the whole Deviled Egg experience. But my loved ones love deviled eggs and it was a personal request from Dad & his brother, that Mom and I make a couple dozen for the family Easter table this past weekend. And, I love the challenge and adventure of trying a new recipe, but not too difficult of one, so I was all in!

I made a version from Southern Living Magazine, a longtime trusted recipe source of mine, and, if I do say so myself (and I do!), they were a hit and every bit as delicious as promised!

… or so I was told…

So here we go!

Classic Southern Deviled Eggs 


  • 12 eggs, hard boiled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3-4 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • Sprinkling of Paprika, optional


After hard boiling and peeling your eggs, chill your eggs at least 1 hour, or overnight. Which is exactly what I did.

Slice eggs in half and place egg yolks into a separate bowl.

They slice so beautifully when they are this cold and firm.

Be sure to use a really sharp knife and wipe down the blade a few times so you get nice, clean cuts… It won’t be perfect, but it will be homemade and delicious!

Mix the yellow part with the mayo, pickle relish, mustard, salt, and pepper and mix until thoroughly combined and creamy.

Spoon or pipe or dollop (everyone has their own method) the creamy egg yolk mixture back into the egg white cups. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

And of course, I couldn’t resist a little paprika garnish! Just look how that bright red dusting makes them pop!

Isn’t it amazing how much more appealing they look afterwards?

Plus, it’s a classic look.

Refrigerate the eggs until ready to serve.

Just perfect!

I think you will enjoy these, and if not for an Easter or spring celebration, than any other day. They are a great for summertime picnics, a great snack to keep in the fridge when hunger strikes, or even as an appetizer on a random Tuesday night.




Come on over! The Soup’s on!


I can feel it.

It’s in my bones. It’s officially the dawn of winter here in the Deep South, and all I can say is that it’s about time!

This time of year I always crave one thing- soup.

Soups. Chilis. Stews. I love them all. But, I do play a few favorites and there are a few that I return to time and time again for a classic winter warming.

So, make a big, big batch in your dutch oven or crock pot and then freeze your leftovers for another night when you are running low on time and still want all the comfort and flavor slow-simmered soups have to offer.

Here are a few I return to over and over… and I think you will too!

Crock Pot Ham & Bean Soup

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect meal to come home to and easy to make. No soaking is required, just place your ingredients in the slow cooker and this recipe is effortless! Dinner is ready when you are!

This is a shortcut miracle soup that begins with Hambeen’s 15 Bean Soup from your grocer’s shelves and ends with a totally amazing supper! If you aren’t crazy about ham, I have also had great success with ground Italian sausage or even slices of smoked kielbasa as well. It’s all perfectly delicious and so, so satisfying.

Pasta a Fagioli

I first fell in love with this soup as a young girl at the local Olive Garden, and the truth is, I still love it as an adult, but I love my version of this recipe even more than the kind that comes with unlimited salad and breadsticks.

amazing-slow-cooker-soupThis recipe has been adapted for your crockpot and it’s full of hearty Italian flavors, lots of veggies, beans, pasta, and herbs.

You will love it!

Zesty Chicken & Rice with Lime and Cilantro 

Is there anything in this world more comforting than chicken and rice?

Not for me at least!

Zesty Chicken & Rice Soup, and Finding Pleasure and Gratitude at the Bottom of an Empty Bowl

And this recipe is a zesty, Tex-mex version of the classic with big, bold flavors of both lime and cilantro. And, it’s absolutely delicious!

Serve with some tortilla chips and sliced avocados for a great meal, anytime!

And, pro tip, when you are shorter on time, opt for pulled chicken off a rotisserie chicken from your favorite retailer.

Blissful Butternut Squash Soup 

Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup – an EASY crock pot recipe with very little prep and only 6 ingredients!

For a great Vegan soup that eats in a very non-Vegan way, try this Butternut Squash Soup from SkinnyTaste. It’s super simple, only 5-6 ingredients, and is both Gluten-free and Paleo!

I am very partial to Butternut Squash soups this time of year. Love the color and love the flavor!

With a big piece of crusty bread for dipping and maybe a simply-dressed tossed salad on the side, I don’t know anyone who would turn this down!

And speaking of another 5 ingredient soup…

5-Ingredient Black Bean Soup 

Another tremendous recipe that is both easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, but is also incredibly economical as well.

5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup Recipe -- full of amazing flavor, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!

I love a big ladle of black bean soup served over some hot, brown or white rice for soaking up all that rich bean broth. So comforting!

And a tip for this recipe? If you prefer a smoother finish, like I do, just simply pulse your salsa in a food processor before adding to the soup and it will become a part of the broth and not be quite as chunky as pictured above, but still, every bit as delicious!

Crockpot Magic White Chicken Chili 

White Chicken Chili by is delicious magic in your slow cooker!

“Magic” because you dump all the ingredients in a crockpot, walk away, and come back to something totally amazing, comforting, and delicious!

I’d choose a white chicken chili over red beef chili any day of the week.

Hoping these soups give you some ideas and some inspiration to pull out the crock pot, Dutch oven, or Instapot and get cooking!