March 18th, 2016

Easter Lamb Menu

Easter Lamb

This March is one of those months where we are lucky enough to have TWO holidays – St. Patrick’s Day and Easter! That’s something to celebrate in itself.

Now that we’ve got St. Patrick’s Day covered, it’s time to focus on what we’re going to do for Easter.

And by “do” I mean what meal are we going to serve? (See how everything comes back to food for me?)

Easter dinner is meant to be a very special, elegant meal. So how about considering a rack of lamb? One thing I love about this meal is the beauty of the presentation. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

When guests sit down to this meal, they know they are in for something incredible.

We’ve got to plan out all the dishes that will go with the lamb so that we can get maximum enjoyment out of this beautiful dinner.

So what are some rack of lamb accompaniments to go along with this extraordinary Easter meal?

I love to serve delicious green beans with lamb. They’re light and complement the lamb perfectly without taking away from the main course. Mushrooms are a nice side to add to this lamb to bring out the earthy flavor of the meat. So a natural fit for this meal is a side of gourmet mashed potatoes with Porcini mushrooms.

Okay, my mouth is watering. But I’m not done…

Wine pairing is a wonderful way to enhance the flavor of your rack of lamb. Try a Chateau Rocher Corbin Montagne Saint-Emilion – a Merlot-based red. It’s designed to bring out the lamb’s natural flavor.

Or, serve a Meyer Family Cellars Syrah, Yorkville Highlands. This wine is delicious and earthy. Perfect.

There are so many ways to make your rack of lamb Easter dinner special. Explore them all and have an extraordinary Easter – starting with your meal!

March 11th, 2016

Easter Ham Menu

Easter Ham Menu

Mid-March is a busy time. If you have kids, spring break is around this time. School and spring activities are in full swing. Maybe work is really challenging right now.

Spring brings a lot of schedule adjustments in my house. And that can be stressful to me – and lots of people around me.

Because of that, I hate to mention one other calendar item, but a springtime holiday is coming up fast. You know the one.

Time to start planning Easter dinner.

What, you say? It’s way too early!


These things have a way of sneaking up on us and then we have to scramble. Trust me, I have a lot of experience with the scrambling. And holidays are not a time you want to scramble.

So, order your spiral ham now. And, if necessary, learn how to cook a spiral ham now. It’s pretty simple. But you don’t want to test the waters on Easter Sunday. Make sure you have all your ducks in a row beforehand.

See how that extra time might come in handy?

So now that we’ve all accepted that it’s coming up sooner than we think, let’s start to think about what’s on your Easter ham menu.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a look at mine (I’m in love with it):

Doesn’t that sound divine?

I am drooling just thinking about this menu. And shouldn’t we aim to make holiday meals extra special? I mean, what other occasions deserve such loving attention to detail?

Planning ahead now will eliminate the stress that weekend. And then, you can just enjoy that time eating a beautiful meal and enjoying the people around you.

Now that’s a winner dinner!

March 7th, 2016

Easter Egg Recipes (Or What To Do With All Those Hardboiled Eggs)

Easter is almost upon us! And to me, that means the sun starts to shine brighter, spring is approaching and all is right with the world.

Seriously, when I can dig out from underneath the cold and snow I am a much happier person. And Easter is the beginning of that. I am so excited!

I might not be able to pull out my beach attire and flip flops just yet, but Easter lets me know those days are right around the corner. Hallelujah!

Every holiday to me is about food. I can’t help it. And Easter traditionally is the time for hardboiled eggs. It’s just a fact. But sometimes we can have an abundance of them and we’ve got to get creative in order to not waste any.

So, what to do?

Easter Egg Recipes

Well, make them a part of your Easter dinner for starters. There are so many ham recipes that include hardboiled eggs. Whip up a delicious egg salad with chunks of delicious ham in it. Customize the salad however you like. But those hardboiled eggs make it extra special.

Serve a spiral ham for your main entrée for Easter dinner and serve that salad to go along with it. Delicious!

Use those hardboiled eggs as appetizers before your ham dinner. People flock to them! Get fancy. Use spices. Make them YOUR special appetizer.

Take advantage of this holiday time where the all-important hardboiled egg is a superstar. It doesn’t get much play at any other time of year – so really give it its due with delicious Easter egg recipes!

Part of the beauty of a well-designed meal is its visual appeal, too. Hardboiled eggs really deliver in this category. The sleek white in contrast with the bold yellow makes for an absolutely beautiful display. And that adds enjoyment to any meal!

Enjoy this eggstravaganza!