Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! In my mind, Easter heralds the arrival of fresh Spring asparagus and I always feature it in my Easter meals. Ham in any way, shape, or form is another favorite for Easter dinners at our house, and dessert can be whatever your heart desires…along with, or after, all of those chocolate bunnies and eggs, of course!

Here’s a recap of some Easter-worthy dishes, just in case you’re still hunting for the perfect recipe. May you and yours enjoy a peaceful, beautiful and happy day.

I'll take mine with just a little cheese, please!

I’ll take mine with just a little cheese, please!

Orzo with Lemon, Asparagus and Ham, one of my personal favorite Easter dishes!

Maamool 4Ma’amool Cookies, perfect for celebrating!

saladWarm Asparagus and Potato Salad with Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette. I’m actually making this one tomorrow!

shortcakeStrawberry Shortcake (Florida Strawberries just hit the market here!). Gosh, if you’ve got the berries, it’s never too early for strawberry shortcake.

finished puddingHam, Fontina and Spinach Bread Pudding (a warmer for those of you still suffering from Spring snow and cold winds!)

cucumbersoup2Creamy Avocado and Cucumber soup…a great, light starter for the Easter meal, leaving all the more room for…

Is there anything more inviting than a freshly baked pie? No, perhaps not.

Is there anything more inviting than a freshly baked pie? No, perhaps not.

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie…oh, my!

azalea2The azaleas are popping…Spring is here! Have a lovely day.

Final Approach Weekend

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been so busy that perhaps you may have missed a few of those clever posts around with wonderful tips and ideas on making your own gifts or tasty foods for the holidays. It’s really hard to keep up, and especially the closer we get to the big festivities.

As I spend this weekend finishing off my gifts for friends and family, and attending a few parties in between, I’d like to just quickly recap some of the foods I’ve made this season for gifts and holiday entertaining. I’m hoping these might offers some inspiration when seen all together and be of help in choosing a recipe for those “what can I make?” moments ahead! Continue reading

Holiday Happiness: Ham, Fontina and Spinach Bread Pudding

The proof was in the pudding...and now it's in my tummy!

I’m not making one thing for Thanksgiving Dinner today. We are home for the holiday and plan to dine out late this afternoon. I’m saving myself and looking forward to cooking Christmas dinner with my mom next month, but meanwhile, I did want to honor this holiday with something special for breakfast. I tore this recipe out of Gourmet Magazine 12 years ago, then made it so often that I mangled the tear sheet and had to transfer it, handwritten, into my personal recipe book (this was before the time of recipes on the internet), and now some parts are almost illegible from plain ‘ole custard spattering and use. This is my go-to holiday brunch dish, and I do believe this is the best savory bread pudding I’ve ever put in my mouth! Continue reading