You may have guessed by now that Olivia and I love the holidays and love preparing food for the holidays. Easter is no exception. This Easter was like many others for us. The preparation started a few days before Easter Sunday. We shopped, chopped, baked, peeled etc. getting ready. Like every holiday, I made deviled eggs for my son-in-law because he really likes them.
Olivia did something really special this year. She recreated a rye bread recipe my grandmother used to make. It was a challenge because Grandma Mae was an excellent baker but did many things from memory and feel. Olivia realized when she read the handwritten recipe that it did not include the amount of yeast to use and called for "Bohemian" rye flour which she never did find. She made a few adjustments but added the anise seed, caraway seed, and orange zest called for in the recipe. It turned out wonderfully and Grandma Mae would have been very proud of her.
Here was our menu for the day:
-Appetizers of crackers and St. Anne's cheese ball (a specialty made by our church) at Christmas time and frozen for future use.
-A fabulous salad complete with candied pecans, blue cheese, dried cranberries, bacon, etc. with a delightful balsamic vinaigrette dressing
-Cooked baby carrots drizzled with maple syrup
-Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and oven roasted
-Homemade rye bread
-Homemade carrot cake (made with crushed pineapple and homemade cream cheese icing)
-Riesling and Malbec wine
This is a picture of the dinner table as we were getting the food on the table.
It was a glorious day that started with a sunrise Easter service at church. The sun rose, the bells rang, the white flowers filled the air with Springtime beauty, and we boldly declared the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The weather was gorgeous with sun and temperatures in the low 60s.
Friends of ours from church joined our family for lunch and then a rousing game of dominoes. We could not have have asked for more. We had time for worship, time for food, and time for fun. To put it simply, we were blessed. We hope you and your family had a blessed day as well.