CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS

Total time: 45 minutes

6 large eggs

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 to 2 dashes Tabasco sauce, to taste

Salt, to taste

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

Paprika, for garnish

Whole fresh chives, for garnish.

1. Rinse eggs with warm water, and place in a small saucepan. Cover with cold water, place the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for exactly 13 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and peel. Cool in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for 15 minutes.

2. Halve eggs lengthwise, and carefully scoop out yolks. Place yolks in a bowl, and mash with a fork. Add mustard, Tabasco, salt, pepper and snipped chives. Stir in mayonnaise.

3. Fill each egg white with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the egg-yolk mixture and dust the top with paprika. Arrange in a spoke design on a platter; garnish with whole chives.

Yield: 12 halves.

Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 65 calories, 6 grams fat, 110 milligrams cholesterol, 60 milligrams sodium (before salting), 3 grams protein, 0 grams carbohydrate.