Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Eats

My parents are in town for Easter. Much to our delight, the weather warmed up and was sunny on both Good Friday & Easter, so we were able to do lots of grilling. Good Friday was fish for dinner and Easter was a bit of a meat party with lamb, ham, and kielbasa on the table (Saturday was dinner at Park Bruges). Everything was delicious. We are surprised at how much of everything the four of us ate - there is not as much leftover as we figured there would be! Here's what our holiday eating looked like:
Easter Paska, with raisins, from Bethel Bakery. Two loaves purchased on Thursday morning, both loaves gone by Monday morning.

Moist, light, buttery, delicious paska interior. We had been thinking of making our own paska, but we figured we just didn't have enough time with everything else we were doing.

Good Friday dinner for me & dad: Scallops, grilled, with lemon juice, salt, and pepper

Scallops cooked just until done

Good Friday dinner for mom & SP: Salmon, grilled on cedar plank, lemon pepper seasoning

Salmon interior. We had a huge salad with the scallops & salmon and a French batard loaf. I also made a blue cheese dressing and a balsamic vinegar dressing for the salad.

Good Friday Dessert - Lady Lox from Bethel Bakery

More Good Friday dessert: Raspberry-Almond Tiramisu from Arlecchino

Easter leg of lamb, on the grill

Lamb after resting. We marinated it in the usual red wine-Dijon-oil-rosemary marinade
Mmmmm still pink inside and very juicy. Yum!

Small piece of ham glazed with whiskey-brown sugar-dry mustard-ground cloves-orange zest glaze

Ham, extra delicious when dipped in the glaze pooled in the bottom of the baking dish

Grilled kielbasa. Kielbasa from Market District Meat Counter. Tradition for SP's family. Very tasty kielbasa.

Weekday Scalloped Potatoes. Recipe from Cook's Illustrated. Delicious sliced russets in a chicken stock-cream-thyme-bay leaf-onion sauce with shredded cheddar on top.

The usual holiday sauteed green beans with onion and sliced portobella caps and sherry

My plate, after I wolfed down some yummy potatoes. A little bit of everything. And then a second plate of a little bit of everything.
Everything was washed down with a Chardonnay and a half bottle Pinot Noir on Good Friday and a Riesling, Merlot, and the end of the Pinot Noir on Easter. Lots of wine bottles in this week's recycling! SP did an excellent job of grilling and making the potatoes. Mom did an excellent job sauteing the green beans. I think I did a great job chopping all the veggies and making salad and salad dressing! And of course washing dishes!

Hope your past weekend was as delicious as ours was.

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