Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy and Blessed Easter!

“The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.”  ~Robert Flatt

Easter is a time of joy and happiness, what a wonderful day to share with family and friends.
We are having Ham for Easter dinner today….I felt the need to go the traditional route this year.  In the U.S.A, ham is a very traditional choice for Easter dinner.  The reason? Well, back in the ‘day’, meat was slaughtered in the fall. Since there was no refrigeration, the fresh pork that wasn't consumed during the winter months was cured for spring. The curing process took a long time, and the first hams were usually ready around the time Easter rolled around. 
Since I went traditional with my main dish I thought I would try some new recipes for sides. Two new dishes I am doing are an Asparagus Gratin and a Spring Pasta with peas and leeks. Due to popular demand I am also doing our family favorite rosemary and garlic roasted Potato dish.  I am also trying a new glaze for the ham…a Pomegranate glaze (yummmmm!).   
I also pondered making Hot Cross Buns since they are very traditional (and delish). These buns used to be blessed by the church for Easter. Many cultures have a variation on these buns.  I decided not to make them this year since I already have a sea salt and rosemary bread on the menu. So I want to share a link to Ree Drummond’s version (aka The Pioneer Woman…I love her blog, her cookbook!) Here is her Link to a wonderful recipe for Hot Cross Buns  

“The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, and sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.”  ~Henry Knox Sherrill

Happy Spring! 

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