I kind of went a little crazy with my artificial dye ban this year, making my own homemade easter egg dyes from different fruits, vegetables, and spices. While testing, I was definitely in mad scientist mode -- so much so that when the kids saw twenty bowls filled with different colored eggs on our kitchen counter, they looked like they didn't know whether to be overjoyed or deeply concerned over what mommy was doing. Suffice to say joy won out.
At first I dyed the eggs the same way I've done the past few years, traditionally, with their shells on. However I then thought, these dyes are natural and edible, why not try dyeing eggs with their shells off? RIght then and there I decided to make vibrantly colored deviled eggs to serve this Easter with Deviled Egg Chicks. I was amazed that I was able to get such a rich rainbow of colors -- light blue, violet, red, two shades of yellow, pink, purple, and more -- from simple cabbage, curry, beets and so on. Some of the eggs even took on the flavor of the dyes, which felt like an added bonus. This is a great way to play with your food and feel like a kid at heart.
So forget those prepackaged dye kits this year and liven up your Easter naturally!