Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Egg Timer & Bacon and Macaroni Salad

I don't know why, but for some reason I have trouble hard boiling eggs. I make a mean soft boiled egg, but I hate soft boiled eggs! I found this nifty gadget at K-Mart and last night I tried it out for the first time and I love it! I tried to take a picture of it when the color was changing, but you couldn't see it because of the boiling water. What you do is put the timer in your water with your eggs and start boiling. The timer doesn't go by time, it goes by heat so if you have a stove like my old one that took forever to boil water, it will still work fine. The red starts to turn a purpleish color starting from the outside and as it comes into the centerand gets to the lines, that's the kind of egg you have. This is a great gadget for people that for some weird reason have trouble boiling eggs. I blame it on not having anyone to teach me to cook when I was younger. I don't know if that's the real reason, but it works.
This salad was AWESOME! Every month my office has a birthday potluck and today was this months potluck day. I like to take my experiments to potluck, that way incase they didn't really turn out, we're not stuck eating them all at home. I actually went and pulled this off the table early so that we can have some with dinner tonight. I mixed everything together last night, but I next time I'll mix the dressing in the morning of. Last night when we tried it, I liked it better than I did this morning. I think the noodles absorbed too much of the liquid. It was still very good though. I also didn't put enough bacon in. I had only planned on making a half batch so I saved a half pound of bacon when we made breakfast the other day and then all of a sudden the full bag of macaroni was in the pot. I'm glad I made the full batch, but I wish I had planned the full pound of bacon to make it even yummier! Here's the recipe!

Bacon & Macaroni Salad

1 Pound Sliced Bacon
1 (16 oz.) Package Elbow Macaroni
1 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup White Sugar
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
3 Tomatoes, Chopped
1 Large Cucumber, Peeled & Chopped
4 Hard-Cooked Eggs, Chopped
1/2 cup Chopped Celery

Cook bacon, drain, crumble and set aside. Cook pasta, drain and rinse with cold water.
Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Add the bacon, pasta, tomato, cucumber, egg and celery. Gently fold until the salad is evenly covered with the dressing.



Petra said...

I always have a hard time hard boiling eggs; sometimes they peel easily and other times they don't. If this little item can make my eggs easy to peel, I need one!

The bacon and macaroni salad looks delicious, and it's almost lunch time for me.

Snowball said...

We dun have such gadget here. What jie jie did is to start timing when the water started to boil. Let it continue to boil for at least 10 mins then switch off the fire and then pour away the water and soak the eggs in tap water till it cools off. By soaking it in tap water will help to reduce the grey layer that you see on the hard boil eggs.

Hope this method works for you. hee...