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Easter Egg Layers
The passage of time, and passing of family traditions.
As a child, we would would often spend spring break at our grandparents house in the country, Calimesa to be exact. Our parents would come on Saturday to spend the night, and then, on Easter Sunday we would have our Easter Egg hunt. But first we had to find our basket in which to gather said eggs. My father was a sly dog, a trickster so to speak, and loved to play games.
Of course it wasn’t him, it was the Easter Bunny that was so silly as to hide your basket so high in a tree that there was no way you could get to it. Dad was always there to rescue the situation as he got the ladder to get your basket down. Now onto the serious business of finding the hidden colorful eggs.
BB’s family had a different tradition. As they went to church on Easter morning, they had a deal with the neighbor who would go into the house when they were out and leave the basket, along with bunny paw prints.
One year BB’s Nana B told us the story of how they never got to go Easter egg hunting. As they lived in Ohio, and it was generally still cold with snow on the ground, her family didn’t hide eggs. Well, she told us, once they did. They hid them in the house. Unfortunately they did not remember everywhere the eggs had been hidden, and come summer, the smell told them where the ones they had missed were.
Until we decided to hide eggs for Trevor and the elders.
You never saw a bunch of 80+ year olds have more fun. I think they may have enjoyed it more then the, at the time, 8 year old Trevor!
But of course, at the end of the day, it’s going to be about the food.
Food and family.
While BB’s family leaned more toward the “spiral” honey-baked ham, my family was more about lamb. When I talk to people, I find it to be about 50/50. And while there is nothing wrong with a honey-baked ham, it’s really already done for you so all you have to do is the sides.
With lamb – you need to work up some ideas of what you want to do. BB has told me when they did have lamb, it was roasted with mint jelly.
That’s o.k. if you like mint jelly.
Me? Not so much.
So here are some lamb ideas that might work on your table this year.
Tender roasted lamb – a deep meaty flavorful crust – with a deliciously robust and flavorful filling… What more can you want? Oh wait, there’s the mostly hands off cooking method, since the rotisserie does all of the basting for you…
This dish is so simple to prepare on the BBQ. And the spinach and artichoke pesto gives it such a fresh, spring taste. Quick and easy!
If you are on the right coast and snow or cold weather make using a grill or BBQ unseasonable, this is a great, let’s make the house smell wonderful, dish. Mostly hands free. Set it and forget it.
Whether you are having baked ham, spiral ham, fresh ham, or lamb, you need sides. Things to serve with. Being that it’s spring, I love to make fresh, now in season, spring veggies which include, asparagus, leeks, and sometime’s fava beans.
Have you ever had a kumquat? The entire fruit is edible, skin and all. If you can’t find Kumquats, try some thinly sliced orange, pits removed, with skin. The combination of asparagus with orange is undeniably good.
Leeks are ready and waiting, and fresh peas are in the market. This is a super simple, and yet delicious way to showcase them both. Can’t find fresh peas? Then frozen will work, just not as “freshly”.
This recipe is a perfect spring side dish – showcasing all that is fresh and springlike. If you don’t have, or can’t get fresh fava beans, feel free to substitute fresh spring peas.
Asparagus are well known cooked, but this raw presentation is not only delicious, it’s refreshingly nutritious, and super quick to make.
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