Place eggs in single layer in a saucepan.
Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
Cover pot with lid and bring to a full boil over medium heat.
As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat, cover and let stand.
Large soft-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 1 to 4 minutes, depending on your tastes.
Large hard-cooked eggs: let stand in hot water 15 to 17 minutes.
When cooked to the desired level, drain off the hot water.
Immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
Soft-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until cool enough to handle. Serve.
Hard-cooked eggs: let stand in cold water until completely cooled. Use as needed.