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Our Easter table will be at my mom's house this year, and
will include both of my daughters and their families, my sister and her
husband, and, of course, my parents and us--at least 16 people in all! To
accomplish a delicious meal for a crowd without overwhelming my precious mom,
we will all pitch in. This morning, I thought I would share some of the
recipes with you. I have written them as separate blogs so that they will
be searchable. It will take a little
time to pull together the nutrition information, so I will be posting them
throughout the day.
Here’s how it works out for us…
Mom is making the ham.
She is the best cook of all, and taught us that choosing the finest
ingredients is the key to good cooking.
Growing up, we always ate wonderfully delicious and nutritious food—lean
steaks, rice, salads, a wide variety of vegetables—all this taught us to
experiment and taste many different foods.
She chose a wonderful, high quality ham, and will glaze it with
something yummy…I have no idea what, so that will not appear on the blog!
My oldest daughter Alyssa has a bachelor’s degree in Food
Science and Nutrition, and is working toward a black belt in Muay Thai martial
arts. Her sense of taste and nutrition
is inherited and learned! She is an
incredible cook, and very versatile. She
can handle anything from a crock pot to a skillet with ease. Her husband, Nic, is a Chief in the Navy who
loves to make comfort food for a crowd—with a twist. He is addicted to kitchen gadgets, when they
were registering for their wedding, he and I made a trip to Wickford Gourmet to
My younger daughter Kim is a pastry chef
extraordinaire. Her specialty is
beautiful and tasty desserts. She
recently lost around 100 lb (!) so she only indulges on holidays now—her daily
fare includes delicious Spanish food and rice dishes.
As you know, my specialty is organic food. Vegetable dishes and bread are my favorites,
with super fresh ingredients and interesting flavor combinations.
Here is our Easter Menu (several recipes will be included on
the blog if you scroll down)
Assorted Crackers and artisan cheeses
Nic’s special Mashed Potatoes
Sea Salt Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Lemon and Rosemary
Beet Salad with greens and feta cheese
Homemade Artisan Bread--white with spelt