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Old 04-01-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Want to do something different for Easter

Howdy, kids. Do you ever get a bit fed up with multi-course, heavy, traditional holiday meals? I just snapped - feel that I can't do it anymore - and decided to make a relatively light, simple Easter dinner!

Menu:

Salad of mixed greens/avocado/pears/sliced almonds with plain
made-from-scratch salad dressing

Home-made Easter bread (a.k.a. Paska - the bread with lots of
eggs.)

Butter/home made pickles/jam.

Egg salad.

Tea & Berry Crisp.

Well, I am just waiting to see the diners' faces. One in particular is a difficult person who loves to eat huge quantities of several different kinds of rich food when he comes here. He is not above making demands right at the table for something that he thinks he should have but which isn't there!!!

My question:
has anyone here ever done something really different for an Easter (or other big holiday) meal with guests? Dying to know!

I feel light hearted and happy just thinking of not standing over a stove for hours!

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Old 04-01-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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I am cooking mexican food this year.
Carnitas
beans
salad
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:29 PM   #3
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It will be just the two of us, so not planning on any extravagant meal. Probably ask Glenn what he'd really, really like. Thought about making pashka (have a mold), but will make Blood Orange Cheesecake instead.

Haven't had any "big" Easter meals for many, many years.

As for your question about non-traditional menus for a holiday, I surprised everyone this Christmas. Dinner was at our house and I didn't want to be tied to the kitchen cooking and not be able to enjoy our 12 guests, so I prepared roasted Cornish hens, potatoes in parchment and a few other dishes. It was a surprise for all our diners, but everyone loved the meal.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #4
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I've always liked the idea of serving rabbit for Easter, perhaps cooked in wine.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:33 PM   #5
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I've always liked the idea of serving rabbit for Easter, perhaps cooked in wine.
Er...that might upset the children.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:02 PM   #6
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I plan on making deer wellington for Easter.

On nontraditional menus Kathleen did a full mexican spread for Christmas one year, the first year my parents came to see us. My Dad thought she was kidding when she told him she was making it, she wasn't. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. In spite of himself he enjoyed it, which is good cause she cooked for two days.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:06 PM   #7
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Er...that might upset the children.
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I plan on making deer wellington for Easter..
There's nothing better than having Thumper or Bambi over for dinner. Particularly when they're the main course. Imagine their surprise! "We're having you for dinner!" The operational phrase is the missing keyword: "over."
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:15 PM   #8
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Howdy, kids. Do you ever get a bit fed up with multi-course, heavy, traditional holiday meals? I just snapped - feel that I can't do it anymore - and decided to make a relatively light, simple Easter dinner! ...

Well, I am just waiting to see the diners' faces. One in particular is a difficult person who loves to eat huge quantities of several different kinds of rich food when he comes here. He is not above making demands right at the table for something that he thinks he should have but which isn't there!!! ...
I can understand your desire to simplify your day and make some non-traditional foods. I wonder how this will impact the emotions for entire day and what it will do to your loved ones who were expecting tradition. By your comment above, you already know at least one guest will be in a bad mood.
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I believe I would mention that this year's dinner will not be the traditional. There's nothing wrong with wanting to change things up, but yeah, I'd mention it.
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you might even send out a general email to all invited so they know what to/what not to expect. you can gently suggest that if they have a problem, they can always bring what they'd like but please coordinate it with you by a certain date.



since we're going to my parents' house for easter, i was thinking of making a whole leg of lamb over roasted potatoes and veggies (onions, garlic, fennel, and red peppers)

dw isn't a fan of lamb save maybe frenched rib chops, so i might bring a few of those to quickly broil for her just before we're ready to eat. my parents absolutely LOVE lamb but never buy it because of the cost, so i think it might be a nice treat for them.

the question is how do i roast it at home, then transport it an hour and a half and keep it from either drying out of getting the veggies and spuds too greasy?
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