Celebrate Easter with ease this spring with a fancy make-ahead menu. Once the meal is taken care of, follow our simple tips to get your home in shape for hosting the gathering.
I used to wonder why my mother made a ham every Easter. Now I know: because it's yummy, can be served hot, warm, or cold, and most important, because there is nothing easier to prepare for a crowd. I mean, all you really do is reheat ham, since it almost always comes fully cooked. Brush it with a tangy glaze, let it caramelize in the oven, and now you're a creative chef -- all for 15 minutes of work.
Streamlining the menu is essential to save time for my favorite tradition, Easter eggs. I'm too old to hunt for them, but I can satisfy my crafty side and find new ways to decorate them year after year. Sure, it sounds silly to you, but every year when I put a bowl of decorated eggs out as a centerpiece, people ogle them.
What a fancy start to the meal that showcases the first of spring's vegetables. Use frozen peas to ease the prep on this fresh-tasting soup.
Easter without ham is like dinner without dessert -- absolutely unfathomable. Try this glazed version with a subtle, zippy kick.
Add a savory side to your meal. Bonus: if there are any biscuits left over, they make great ham sandwiches!
Light, sweet, and easy. What could be better?
Easter is the perfect time to shake off the solemnity of winter and lighten up our spirits and our homes. To celebrate renewal, I like to bring the mood of spring right into my home and onto my dinner table. Here are a few of my tricks:
Our quiche uses refrigerated dough for an interesting and hearty crust.
Bake a little burst of sunshine for someone this spring.
Tender and sweet spring peas brighten any dinner plate.
Put all those colored eggs to good use with our yummy version of deviled eggs.
"Bunny food" gets dressed up with an easy glaze and colorful pistachios. Even your kids will enjoy this quick side.