New Year. New Look.

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Happy New Year. Try These Devilishly Good Eggs.


Welcome 2016! By all accounts it’s going to be a full year. Which is one more reason to lend your everyday existence a little easy elegance, like adding in a new weekend breakfast staple.

I grew up eating all sorts of things for breakfast. One of my dad’s favorites was kippers and eggs. I still love to snack on kippers. I also love smoked salmon, trout, and whitefish. I wasn’t too keen on lox though. That all changed when I read (on the back of the package….) that adding a bit of Nova Cured Salmon to some deviled eggs made for a delightful appetizer. It also made a wonderful breakfast, one that was just out of the ordinary enough to lend a special air to a weekend after the Christmas rush. Here is the original recipe.

12 Eggs
2 tsp Dijon Mustard
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Minced Onion
1/4 cup Hot Sauce
To taste Salt
To taste Pepper
To taste Paprika
8 oz Vita Smoked Salmon
  1. Hard boil the eggs, and let them cool completely. Peel the eggs, and slice each one in half lengthwise.  Remove the yolks and set aside.
  2. Arrange the egg halves onto a serving platter.  In a large bowl, mash the egg yolks into a paste, add mustard, mayonnaise, onion, hot sauce, salt and pepper and whip together into a creamy paste.
  3. Spoon the egg mixture into each of the egg halves.
  4. Top each egg with a small, folded slice of smoked salmon. Sprinkle with paprika. Garnish with parsley.

Now that is delicious, but me being me, I have to add something to a recipe. In this case it was a dollop of a mustard based hot sauce from Pepper Palace. They don’t seem to make the one I have these days, but I bet the Ghost Pepper and Mustard sauce is a reasonable approximation. Like Bryl Creem, a little dab’ll do you.

If the ghost pepper sauce seems extreme, try a dash of Coleman’s Mustard powder instead.


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Jack Boots


The fine folks at Jack Erwin sent along a pair of their Chelsea boots for my inspection. I’m wearing and inspectin’ them right now.

Jack Erwin was founded almost three years ago in NYC with the purpose of making well-priced, well-made shoes. Not an easy task. Especially if you’re going to throw in Goodyear welting on some of the range.


Nice shoe bag. I like a good shoe bag.

The Ellis boot is part of their “Foster” line, which features a Blake-stitched sole, generally a sleeker look than the Goodyear Welting. The toe is slightly tapered and nicely rounded in this range. These boots are Spanish made. Spaniards do well with leather and shoes.


At first glance I’m attracted by the rubber sole which looks sort of like Dainite to me. No worries about slipping on the wet steps outside. The shape is comely. Not as sculptured-elegant as a pair of Grenson’s I own, but on par with the AE’s… A good all-round jeans, cords or flannels boot. As usual, I’ve ordered them a 1/2 size up to accommodate my badly reset broken toe and a full-length leather in-sole I wear. The leather is a great color (Arabica) and hard-finished. I think I’ll wear them about and go after them with some Saphir cream and polish to break in the leather a bit. Go for black to channel your inner Beatle or suede for the gentleman farmer look. For all-around usefulness, I like the brown, especially for inclement weather.

On the whole? For $220, they’re a tough act to follow! Founders Ariel Nelson and Lane Gerson looked to have accomplished their goal. Well-made and reasonably priced!

As a matter of fact, I’m seriously considering a pair of the lace-up combat boots from their Goodyear Welted Foster line.

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