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A peaceful Easter

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Yesterday I wrote about fun with deviled eggs for Easter. What with shelling out dough for eggs, Easter candy, baskets, grass, chocolate and lily corsages, it’s getting to be a bit of a chore. Add to that, glazing a ham, opening a can of pineapple rings, making tater salad and whipping up a few pitchers of Easter margaritas and I’m exhausted. Plus I’m sick of having already celebrated Christmas, New Year’s Boxer Day, Chinese New Year, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and April Fools over the past four months.

So this year, my recipe for an enjoyable stress-free Easter is a simple one.

Wake up Sunday morning, hunt around for Easter baskets, get the whole crew dressed up, attend church and take the gang out to Easter brunch. Let someone else do the cooking and wait on you and clean up the mess. It may be pricey, but it’s worth it. I think if I get back early enough I may head out and play a round of Easter golf.

Don’t be a basket case this Easter and don’t pull out your hare fretting about it. Relax. Scroll down through the list and see what a laid-back Easter is all about.

Happy Easter everybody.

Easter Peeps
Easter Peeps internet/Rus Pishnery

Easter Peeps

Easter Peeps have been around since the 1950’s, but since the early seventies Peeps have invaded other holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s and Talk Like a Pirate Day.  The traditional pink and yellow colors have given way to strawberry, grape, vanilla and chocolate.  Ursula models a few of the assorted colored Peeps.

Easter Brunch
Easter Brunch internet/Rus Pishnery

Easter Brunch

Not a chance I’m whipping up an Easter brunch menu this year.

Fruit and Cheese

Brunch Items

Duck Hash with Poached Eggs | Shrimp and Grits

Bacon, Leek and Gruyère Quiche | Waffles

Hot Sides

Herb-Roasted Marble Potatoes with Lamb | Tomato Pie

Green Beans with Spiced Pecans, Brown Butter and Pickled Shallots

Carolina Red Rice

Cold Sides

Curried Farro Salad | Beef, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad | German Potato Salad

Pecan-Smoked Duck with Kale, Crispy Crowders and Honey-Sherry Vinaigrette

Spring Pea Salad with Ricotta Salata and Easter Egg Radish

Proteins

Leg of Lamb with Lemon, Mint, Rosemary, Garlic and Oregano

Pepper Jelly and Ginger Ham | Fried Chicken

Easter Baskets
Easter Baskets internet/Rus Pishnery

Easter Baskets

Easter baskets are essentially the Easter Bunny’s toilet.  They have been around since the ancient Romans when the fertility Goddess Ostara, descended from the heavens carrying a basket of eggs signifying Spring, rebirth and a new life.  Look what I found laying in the grass in my basket!

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