1 My special Easter Facebook chat was shot in my Winter House kitchen at my Cantitoe Corners Farm. I love doing these LIVE chats because we can reach a wide audience and hear from so many people.
2 We're using these fresh eggs from my chickens to dye all the Easter eggs.
3 Before dyeing the eggs, hard boil a batch. To properly hard boil your eggs, place no more than two layers of eggs into a large pot.
5 Here's a glossary of some of the different types of eggs that birds lay from large to small. The goose, peahen, turkey and chicken eggs are all from my farm.
6 We're going to hide all the eggs in the yard for my annual Easter egg Hunt for the children that come for lunch Easter Sunday. Last year, we hid more than 600-eggs.
7 Video web producer, Sam Schutz, recorded our chat using an iPhone while production assistant, Austin Willard, recorded it. He is holding a "boom" microphone that can be held above my head to capture the clearest audio from our broadcast.
8 For egg dyeing, fill the glass bowls with boiling hot water almost to the top so the eggs can be submerged.
9 Then use any edible kind of food dye to make the baths.
11 Put several drops of dye into the boiling water. Add about a tablespoon of vinegar to each - it helps the color cover the eggs more evenly.
12 Use a different spoon for every color and place an egg into the bath.
13 Leave the eggs in their baths for a few seconds depending on how light or dark you prefer them. Use slotted spoons, so the water drains as you remove each egg.
14 What a pretty shade of pink
15 These eggs look so good - I love the bold colors.
16 Blowing out an egg is very easy - use blown out eggs for more decorative designs. Poke a hole into a raw egg - be sure to break through the skin membrane in order to get all the insides out. I like to make one hole at each end.
17 Use a special egg suction pump that helps to blow air into the egg, so the yolk falls through the other end.
18 This tool takes the top off the egg. The pressure of the pull handle is what makes the top crack and open. It's called an egg topper, and it is also great for opening soft boiled eggs.
19 The opened egg could be filled with chocolate. I will show this technique later.
21 One viewer asked how I got all the eggs under the dome. We carefully turned the dome upside down, placed the eggs in the dome, and then carefully turned it over. This is one of my Macy's cake stands. http://goo.gl/43LLNZ
22 Lauduree, a shop in downtown, New York City, gave me these cute chocolates. They have a large array of wonderful confections. https://www.laduree.com/en_int/
23 This egg comes from a fancy shop in Rome - it is so beautiful and it has chocolate inside - one day we will open it.
24 Meanwhile, I made turkey meatloaf for the hungry Facebook crew that came to my home this morning.
25 A beautful meatloaf with a delicious barbecue-like topping.
26 Another viewer wrote in a question asking what kind of centerpiece he should use for his Easter table. I suggested a big bowl of eggs - all different kinds of eggs.
27 Next, I showed the audience how to make speckled eggs. This craft project is in the March issue of our magazine, Living.
28 First pour some beans, or peanuts, into paper cups.
29 And then put about 10-drops of dye into each cup - don't mix colors.
30 And, it's a good idea to wear gloves when doing this because food colorings and dyes can get all over. I am also wearing an old shirt. If you have a marble countertop like I do, also cover the counter with plastic before dyeing your eggs.
31 Place a dyed egg into a cup and shake it up - kids love doing this and they look like old fashioned spatterware.
32 Look how beautiful they are!
33 If the food coloring starts to dry up, you can add a quarter of a teaspoon of vinegar to moisten up.
34 To fill eggs with chocolate, first make a hole in a blown out egg bigger by using a Dremel stylus tool. These tools are so much fun to use.
35 I collect these egg holders, and I look for them wherever I see them.
37 White chocolate should never get higher than 90-degrees Fahrenheit. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature.
38 You can color the chocolate using some dye and a toothpick. Dyes and coloring pastes are very strong, so a toothpick will help you control the amount of dye you use.
39 Place the chocolate into a pastry bag and then fill your egg.
40 Here is one where the chocolate has already hardened - it is perfect for an Easter basket.
42 Let the adhesive dry a bit and get sticky, and then roll the egg into some special gilding paper.
43 Remove the paper and look how pretty it is.
44 Use cotton gloves and gently burnish or pat down the gilding onto the egg.
45 The process is so easy, and kids think it's magical.
46 We love these Facebook chats. Look at my Egg Dyeing 101 App on your iPhone for more ideas - just go to the App store for it - you'll love it.
47 Have a wonderful time decorating your eggs for Easter!