The promise of warmth and fresh food after a long and dreary winter is launched by the celebration of Spring.  We may all observe this holiday season in different fashions, but there is always a similar correlation to quality time spent with family.  It was a special treat to see everyone and meet some new friends around the table as well.  This year I tried my hardest to relax and keep any holiday stress at bay by reflecting on the smaller things: new buds on the trees, a little time to myself learning to make cheese, and watching my children having fun with their relatives.  I don't let go of life's responsibilities often enough and just live in the small moments.  
    The food at Easter is always great no matter whose house we are at, and for some reason there is always more leftovers at this holiday then any other (at least in our family).  My refrigerator is stocked with enough meals for dinner this week, and enough brightly colored hard boiled eggs to handle breakfast and lunch.  There are many great dishes to make with boiled eggs, but my favorite by far is egg salad.  Most of the time my egg salad is quite dull and boring; a little bit of mayo with salt and pepper and call it done.  It is a typical lunch dish that normally doesn't get enough attention, but it can be so easily dressed up.  With the addition of some toasted slices of bread you could even use this as an appetizer or brunch dish.  Who says egg salad has to be boring, right?   

Egg Salad with Herbs and Cheese

serves 2-4

4 hard boiled eggs, peeled
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 cup of crumbled farmers cheese (or a firm goats milk cheese)
1/2 small red onion, minced (or one small minced shallot)
3-4 sprigs each of Dill, Chervil, and Tarragon, finely chopped (parsley and chives can substitute)
pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
pinch of powdered lemon peel (or some fresh lemon zest)
slices of toasted bread

Toast your slices of bread in the oven or toaster oven.  Peel the eggs and mash them with a fork, keeping some texture.  To the mashed eggs add, mayonnaise, farmers cheese, minced red onion, chopped herbs, salt, pepper and powdered lemon peel.  Mix everything together until evenly combined.  Spread on top of toasted bread slices. 

This is my first batch of homemade farmers cheese!  I could just stare at this picture all day.


04/02/2013 12:04pm

That cheese looks amazing! I'm definitely going to be trying this recipe... I haven't had egg salad in so long!

Beautiful photos, as always. In that one photo, is that Bees Wrap? I've heard of it but never tried it. How do you like it?

04/02/2013 12:44pm

Hey Chris, good eye! And yes that is Bee's Wrap...this stuff is life changing...pick some up right now and order a few. I brought three packages of the assorted sizes and I use them for EVERYTHING...and just this morning I realized that I really need to get more.

I'm going to be writing an article about Bee's Wrap for HandPicked Nation because this product is so incredibly awesome. Definitely get some.

04/03/2013 10:03am

Done! I just purchased two packages of the assorted sizes. Can't wait to try them out. :)

04/03/2013 6:47am

Love it! :)

04/03/2013 2:07pm

Thank You :)

04/03/2013 1:56pm

I love your addition of farmer's cheese for this recipe! What a great idea and I think farmer's cheese totally gets looked over sometimes. It's so delicious! Beautiful photos by the way!

04/03/2013 2:07pm

Thanks Justine! Eggs and cheese always go together in our house so I thought why not in an egg salad too!

04/03/2013 6:03pm

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PS: That egg salad sounds delicious!

04/03/2013 9:31pm

oh mine...i was stunned by the pic's and the recipes.....very happy to follow you ;)

04/04/2013 12:38am

Thanks for taking a look and following along with me Divya!

08/06/2014 6:35am

I really like your inclusion of farmer's dairy products for this recipe! What a smart concept and I think farmer's dairy products completely gets seemed over sometimes. It's so delicious! Wonderful images by the way!

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