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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Dinner Food Critique

Hi! Just a quick update for those of you who follow my cooking adventures and disasters here.

Easter : first of all the day itself was cold and windy but oh so beautiful with forget-me-not blue skies and brilliant turquoise water in the bays [after the flopped flea market, 5 dealers?!]...

And yes the food was great!

Deviled eggs---yummy!

Found watercress at a fancy local supermarket. It now comes in big bags like prewashed lettuce, who knew? I used 1/3-1/2 bag to get the 3/4 C chopped for Martha Stewart's recipe here

I used 9, not 8 eggs. I used 2+ heaping T. of horseradish, not 2 teaspoons. My kids like things spicy.

Could have used any bitter green---arugula, parsley, even old standby celery, because the horseradish overwhelms any other taste. But hey, watercress looks pretty, makes very cute garnishes.

Crock pot pulled pork, made yesterday [Saturday]. Fine but the big box store pork roast was tough despite 10 hours in the slow cooker.

Tasty though.

More creamy horseradish on top! Tiny gherkin/ cornichon pickles and red radishes on the side .

Excellent sweet slaw based on Country Living salad from their April issue.

 I used broccoli straws, Honey Crisp apples, and shaved Brussels sprouts. I omitted the nuts and cheese. I made a sweet raspberry poppy seed dressing, partially from a Marie's or Marzetti jar dressing plus extras, like olive oil and lemon juice; and tarragon, sugar.

We have a new gadget, a mandolin, veggie slicer that makes the most beautiful perfect
julienned matchstick cuts of the veggies and apples. I thinly sliced the Brussels sprouts by hand.

For dessert my daughter made a family fave, we don't have a name. It is kind of like cannoli filling? Low fat ricotta cheese whipped with amaretto or almond extract/ vanilla, Splenda. Stir in chocolate chips and toasted slivered almonds. Chill. Serve in small bowls with new spring strawberries on the side.

Lots of nice leftovers, the unused veggies will make a delicious stir fry in a few days, too.

edit: from my blog friend Kelley, her Easter pix!

adorable cake. It came out great, Kel!


beautiful, classic Easter eggs.
I love the touch of glitter.



gone to the beach....


  1. It all looks beautiful, especially the deviled eggs. Would you make them again? I like your dessert creation too, sounds easy and satisfying. Thanks for sharing.


    1. I might make the deviled eggs again. Not sure they were worth the watercress hunt, though. Next time...arugula?

    2. Thanks for including my photos--you're so sweet.


  2. Yum, a tastey and festive Sunday!
    The chocolate bunny looks perfect paired with the pitcher.

    1. love my Bunny prop, he looks so real! And NO calories.

  3. Everything sounds good except maybe the deviled eggs....I like horseradish but only in SMALL amounts, LOL. I think the eggs would do me in. The slaw sounds yummy though. I've had a mandolin slicer for a long time (20 years?) - hubby bought it off a late-night TV ad, something he NEVER does so I was shocked. It's gotten a lot of use though and is still sharp enough to scare me! I'm glad your Easter dinner came out nice!

  4. Mandilones are very cool, the results look so professional. My dad had an old country style one for making sauerkraut, it was dangerous tho!

    The eggs weren t very spicy....

  5. The food looks wonderful. Glad it all turned out that way. The ocean blue sounds so enticing. I'd love to be there.
    Happy Spring Lizzy!


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