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March 31, 2013

EGGS-TRAVAGANZA

Niagara Gazette — Nearly 200 million eggs are purchased for Easter celebrations in the U.S. every year. Whether young or young-at-heart, hard-boiling eggs and then decorating them is a favorite family pastime that brings out the creative side in everyone.

According to a recent American Egg Board survey, nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of respondents say their families decorate one to two dozen eggs each year.

“Eggs are like a blank canvas — the decorating possibilities are endless, and you don’t have to stick to a standard store-bought kit,” says Sabrina Soto, HGTV interior designer. “In addition to dyeing eggs in beautiful colors, dress them up with items already sitting in your kitchen or closet like scraps of ribbon, buttons, glitter or even confetti.”

Try these delicious and festive recipes:

•Breakfast Biscuit Quiches are a perfect start to any meal, and only take 30 minutes to prepare. Serve them to your guests on a platter as finger food.

• Benedict Strata is a delicious make-ahead entree choice for the big day.

Don’t forget, the week after Easter is National Egg Salad Week. Hard-boil more eggs and put them to good use in a classic egg salad or breakfast egg spread.

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Breakfast Biscuit Quiches

Easy individual quiches for a fun, kid-friendly weekday breakfast or a simple appetizer.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Servings: 10 mini quiches

2/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/3 cup finely chopped ham

1/4 cup finely chopped green onions

3 eggs

2 Tbsp. milk

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 pkg. 12 oz.; refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Heat oven to 350°F. Combine cheese, ham and green onions in small bowl; mix well. Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended.

Separate biscuits; press or roll each into a 5-inch round on lightly floured surface. Place 1 biscuit in each of 10 greased muffin cups, leaving the 2 cups in center of pan empty. Press biscuits firmly against bottom and sides of cups and form rim at top.

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