Friday, April 4, 2014

Cooking for Easter

For many families, Easter is a day for tradition and celebration, but traditions have to start somewhere.  

Most of the Easter traditions in our family were started by my mother, and her chicks have simply followed her example throughout the ensuing years.  

However, any of us can start a new Easter tradition without having to terminate the family traditions we hold so close to our hearts.  I have found several things in the following articles, that I would like to add to our Easter family traditions.

Some changes are just for fun, while others are for dietary needs.


The Easter Menu


The traditional Easter menu in my childhood home was similar to Treasures-by-Brenda's Traditional Easter Dinner Menu.   The one main deviation that Brenda makes from our family menu is a luscious carrot cake.   As I read her article, I wondered why I have never had a carrot cake for Easter.   It just makes since.  Easter bunnies need Easter carrot cake!  

Therefore, a new tradition must be started in our home this year.  We need carrot cake on our menu.


Easter Recipes for Vegetarians & Vegans


As the "chef" for holidays, I vowed to try to find ways to make cooking for the holidays easier.  

One of my personal favorite tips is to do as much in the days before the holiday as possible.  Then, you can focus on enjoying the actual day.

KateHon published a totally awesome Do Ahead Easy Easter Brunch Ideas article.   This article is packed with recipes for just about everyone.  She even has recipes for Vegetarians and recipes for Vegans!   Discovering this article thrilled me beyond description.  You see, my daughter is a vegan and I have been quite challenged to find recipes that are actually vegan friendly.   

Therefore, a new tradition and addition to our Easter dinner will be her Vegan Spinach and Mushroom Quiche Recipe.  Since my husband is the Quiche chef of the family, I will get help in the kitchen too!


Easter Desserts

I love all of the fabulous specialty desserts for Easter.  Frankly, the pleasure derived from making and serving the desserts far outweighs eating them for me.  

As you can well imagine, I actually had a difficult time selecting the dessert article to feature.  

In the end, I selected two articles that really stood out because they both offer a variety of fun ideas and recipes.  

Barkely's article presents several really beautiful Easter cake Ideas and IdeaDesigns focuses solely on fabulous Easter cupcakes.   

Both of these articles have gorgeous Easter desserts and IdeaDesigns included several awesome recipes!

It is truly a difficult decision.  I just might have to have multiple Easter desserts this year.  

Now that really would be a new Easter tradition! 



Please Share Your Easter Menu Ideas and Articles

We would love to hear your menu ideas, suggestions and tips for making the Easter holiday easier, and Easter Recipes.  Please share your Easter recipes and tips links in the guestbook below.  

I look forward to hearing from all of you!    


9 comments:

  1. Thanks for bringing us all these great Easter ideas. I particularly like the carrot cake for dessert idea! Perfect!

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  2. Yes, you got me with the make ahead recipes! Gotta remember these - no more last minute stuff this Easter.

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  3. I am volunteering to be the recipe taster. Now I want a carrot cake for Easter. And that quiche... oh my. To live for. Thanks for making my holiday menu planning easier than ever before. I look forward to visiting your feature lenses. Thanks!

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  4. Thanks for featuring so many wonderful Easter food and menu suggestions. The quiche looks great as I now have a vegetarian in the family and have been looking for such recipes to collect for future meals. Also love the idea of the Carrot Cake -- I'm not a cake eater, but I DO love carrot cake. Doesn't seem like a cake to me ... and it's delicious.

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  5. Carrot cake is the perfect dessert for Easter or any occasion! Please don't forget to cook up something for the dogs you love! You can find edible Easter cards for the pups right here: http://www.squidoo.com/edible-rawhide-greeting-cards-for-dogs

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  6. Cnythia, this is such a delicious blog. Um, Easter dinners at your house must be grand. Have a Happy Easter.

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  7. Call me, Miss Mouse! I'll set up the buffet for this scrumptious menu you are putting together! :D LOL You don't need my help but can I wrangle an invitation? All these recipes have made me very hungry!

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  8. I don't cook for Easter, but I may have to start this year with some of these recipes!

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  9. I remember big Easter dinners as a child but in recent years we are often away as our anniversary is around the same time.

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