Aunt Margie was an inveterate party giver. Most of the parties were smaller, family and close friends affairs. As children, we were lucky to always be invited. The best were on Christmas and New Years. School was out and most of the Christmas vacation was spent and Aunt Margie and Uncle Carroll’s cabin in La Paloma Flats. Here is where I was able to watch and later help Aunt Margie make her renowned deviled eggs.
I remember Aunt Margie telling me that chickens lay their eggs and then nest them laying flat on their sides. People put them in cartons and stand the eggs on end. That makes the yolks float to one side inside the shell. To make hard boiled eggs with the yolk centered, a day or so before cooking, prop the carton up on its side in the refrigerator so the eggs are really laying flat.
*Aunt Margie would make the eggs in two versions. One for the adults and one for us kids. For the kids, there was the relish and little if any of the hot sauce -some preferences she had noted from years past. She would tell us which garnish she used to mark our eggs - usually just a sprinkle of paprika over the top. The grown-ups got the olives and other things.