I love Easter! Springtime and sunshine...a beautiful morning church service with all of my favorite hymns, and family fun with an Easter egg hunt and delicious brunch - or dinner - or both?
There is always lots of conversation about the way it has to be, and every year we seem to end up with both an Easter Brunch, followed by an Easter Dinner later in the day. Keeps everyone happy, but man oh man, it is a lot of work the day before!
This family-favorite ham is so delicious, that I always try to sell it working for both brunch and dinner, but my girls love their egg & cheese quiches, egg & ham strata, French toast casseroles and fresh blueberry strata - what's a Mom to do?
At the end of the day, I'm secretly glad that there will be leftover ham for some wonderful ham sandwiches the next day!
EIGHT DOZEN HARD BOILED EGGS. And just for Easter!
When I say that we love hard boiled eggs, I'm not kidding. Even when I'm making them for deviled eggs, homemade potato salad, or to slice up for a fresh garden salad, my batch always seems to mysteriously get smaller every time I turn around!
The challenge has always been to have the perfect hard boiled egg that is EASY to peel - and I believe that we have found the solution.
Eight dozen of these beauties - and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM peeled like a dream, and every yolk was perfectly cooked and creamy - not dry and crumbly.
We have found the answer, and we will share! You can thank me later!
One of the wonderful things about living in Cleveland is exploring all of the wonderful ethnic restaurants, and experimenting with old-fashioned ethnic foods that are new to our family. For most of our friends and neighbors, there is nothing new or exciting about pierogies - they have been enjoying these during Lent and at other family holidays for generations. But for those of us who have transplanted to the area, discovering pierogies for the first time, and more specifically discovering the absolute deliciousness of HOMEMADE pierogies, is a wonderful treat!
One of my good friends shared her family recipe and the history of pierogies in her family - absolutely had me in awe! Linda hosts periodic pierogie parties - lining up workers in her beautiful kitchen - each one trained for their task, and they pump out 400 of these during an exhausting day of flour, fun and memories.
Ahhhhhh....springtime, sunshine and simple things!
It only takes a few little ones around to remind me that it is always about the simple things. Like Honey & Maple Glazed Carrots - I make these all the time for my kiddos, and it is amazing how fast they gobble them up! Come to think of it, the big kiddos eat these like candy too! Simple, fast, and one of those dishes that doesn't need a recipe - until someone asks for one!
Are you getting your menu and party ideas together for St. Patrick's Day? We do love celebrating the green feast day!
This savory dinner is a family favorite - slow cooked tender beef over smooth garlic mashed potatoes - comfort food at its best, and not just for St. Patrick's Day!
Springtime is arriving! We've finally hit the 70's and sunshine has been filling our days for three days now - surely this means that Spring has arrived? Everyone in the neighborhood is out walking and it is so nice to see everyone out and enjoying the fresh air. And my spring flowers are starting to bloom - gotta love this time of the year!
Time to get out one of my favorite salad recipes - Chicken Pecan Gorgonzola Salad with Sweet Balsamic Dressing. Perfect anytime of the year, but even more enjoyable for lunch on the deck today!
Leftover grilled chicken from last night is perfect for this wonderful salad - it has so many layers of flavor! Fresh and tender spring salad mix, hickory smoked bacon, dried cranberries or cherries, a thinly-sliced fresh apple...topped with crumbled gorgonzola cheeze, grilled chicken breast, and glazed pecans - YUM! Drizzled with a sweet balsamic dressing and we're now talking spring salad perfection!
You'll have to excuse me now....the sunshine and this salad are calling my name!
Oh, how we love fresh Key Lime Curd and its sister, Fresh Lemon Curd! You can buy expensive jars of this in the gourmet section of your local market, but it is just so dang easy to make a batch of fresh at home!
Fresh Key Lime Curd is super rich, creamy and buttery. It is slightly thicker and packs a more intense lime-infused sweet & tart "punch" than key lime pie filling or the filling in Fresh Key Lime Bars.