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Old 04-08-2017, 01:15 PM   #1
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2017 Spring Holiday Menus

Happy Holiday. Please share your Holiday Menus.

I celebrate Good Friday and Easter. Items with asterisk are new dishes. Here are my tentative menus.

Good Friday

Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed clams
*Instant Pot Shrimp Scampi Paella (picture below of what finished dish should look like)
Greek Salad
Garlic Bread
*Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


Colored eggs
Mom's Italian Easter Meat Pie
Stuffed artichokes (this year I will be cooking them in the Instant Pot)
Eye Round Roast
Burgundy Gravy
Mashed or Baked Potatoes (chives & sour cream)
Steamed baby spinach
*Instant Pot Samoa Cheesecake (picture below of what finished dish should look like)

I will update the pictures with mine after I make the dishes ... if they turn out good.


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Old 04-08-2017, 01:47 PM   #2
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Good Friday:
Lunch: Corn chowder with nachos and bacon.

Dinner: Springrolls.

Easter eve:
Lunch: Egg lunch ( in Sweden we eat warm boiled egg for lunch, not hide them)
It be egg, toppings: fish roe paste, mayo, hotsauce, bacon and herbs , bread, lamb meatballs and maybe sliced lamb roast.
Dessert: Paper egg filled with candy or nuts.

Dinner: spatchcock turkey, yorkies, roasties, 2 vegs and gravy.
Dessert. Lemon curd mouse cake and for me ice cream or nothing ( depending on my belly).

Easter day: Left over lunch and we are going home so dinner will be what ever we have at home in the freezer that is quick.

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Old 04-08-2017, 01:53 PM   #3
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There won't be any special meals here. If I don't get at least 1 day off from work, I don't consider it a holiday.
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:00 PM   #4
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No clue. The holiday meal-go-round has begun. On child suggested pork roast and the other vetoed that. The other suggested a "some kind of chicken", not sure what that means. Not sure I want to do chicken marsala for a crowd though I know that'd be a hit. I may grill some pork kebabs. I've done that before.

I've had to deal with food restrictions from both daughters and my SIL on holidays when we get together. Now we have our GD staying with us and she as some of all their dislikes and some of her own.
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Old 04-08-2017, 02:15 PM   #5
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I'm having 11 dinner guests for Easter, somewhat potluck style. I'm making a roast leg of lamb and a ham. I'll also be providing the wine. The guests are bringing sides, salads, apps, and desserts.

I don't celebrate Good Friday, although I have the day off.
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Old 04-08-2017, 04:40 PM   #6
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A repeat of last year.

Cauliflower Gratin
Maple glazed carrots
Cabbage salad
Pickles, olives, horseradish
Mixed berries with cream
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Old 04-08-2017, 06:06 PM   #7
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With all our combined family scattered, we don't plan any holiday meals now unless we make plans with another couple.. Some may think it unfortunate but, we really don't celebrate holidays..
Disclaimer: My experiences may not be as someone else might think correct.. Life goes on..
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Old 04-08-2017, 07:25 PM   #8
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Mister and Missus Dear Friend's will be joining us for Easter.
Since they are GF-DF Vegetarians, we do a pot luck style thing.
I will be making one dish for them:
I found this last week and would like to make it for them to try and
then share the recipe if they like it.
The rest of the menu is up in the air right now.
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Old 04-08-2017, 09:38 PM   #9
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I love my SIL, but if I don't invite them and I do the cooking, we just don't get together. Last time we got together was Thanksgiving. I had them over, made the entire dinner, she brought the pie. Then I get to clean everything up. It gets old. So am I. I'm now trying to decide if I want to do the whole shebang for Easter or have it be just Himself and me. BTW, his sis and BIL live right up the street from us. About 1200 feet away. It's not like they drive all day.

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With all our combined family scattered, we don't plan any holiday meals now unless we make plans with another couple.. Some may think it unfortunate but, we really don't celebrate holidays..
This is how I feel about holidays we don't spend with our kids back home in OH. Christmas/their birthday/New Year's is the only visit written in ink. Our other trip is once during the summer. When? Depends on travel weather and doctor appointments.
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Old 04-08-2017, 09:56 PM   #10
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Not sure of a complete menu yet, but I am sure it will involve a bone in picnic ham. That's what my daughter and I always get, and we share the leftovers. We love ham sandwiches for the next couple of days most of all , then the nice sized chunks and little bits and pieces get bagged up and frozen for omelets, casseroles and soups.

Asparagus and roasted yams (no marshmallows allowed ) will probably be on the menu.

She makes a couple of sides, and so do I. Sometimes the dinner is at her house a mile away, and sometimes my house. Not sure yet where it's going to be this year, but probably her house. Wherever it is, we share clean up, too.

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