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 I know that this is a little early,but if we could all come up with Easter and Lent recipes and get a head start,I think it would be fun.Something to look forward to SPRING!
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Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 5:41 PM EST
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 I know that this is a little early,but if we could all come up with Easter and Lent recipes and get a head start,I think it would be fun.Something to look forward to SPRING!

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 7:25 PM EST
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I don't have a clue .... I hope someone inspires me with a great idea.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 7:31 PM EST
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Years ago I made a master menu for the holidays (the boys would complain if I forgot something from past dinners). I just make more or less depending on how many people will be over for dinner (could be just the 2 of us or up to 13). I do change the desserts, but the main courses remain the same (sometimes younger son's birthday is on or near Easter so I make an Easter Birthday Cake for him).

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posted at 1/6/2011 7:47 PM EST
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Chocolate Bunny Ears!  Jelly Beans!  Who has room for an Easter dinner after the bunny?
I think I am going to make Lasagna. Did that the first year after my husband and I started the year with a "diet".  The lasagna was a great reward and something that we had not had in a long while.  I had cut back on big pasta meals so it tasted all that much better.
I now make lasagna in a rather strange way.  Here is another "Tip From Nikki"
This is a perfect way to make lasagna for 2 or 1 with enough for another meal.
Line up 3 loaf pans, line with aluminum foil then plastic wrap.
Make your lasagna just the way you normally would but lay each noodle in the loaf pan.  1 noodle fits perfectly in the loaf pan.
When you are done with all the noodles, sauce and cheese fold over the plastic wrap then fold over the aluminum foil. I omit the cheese on the top though, I add it just before baking.
Pop each pan in the freezer.  When the lasagna is frozen remove it from the pan and place the frozen brick back in the freezer.
When you get ready to heat up the lasagna unwrap and place back in the loaf pan and add the cheese to the top.  Heat until heated through and cheese is bubbly.
Now there is no temptation to eat more than I should because lasagna is so gosh darn good.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 7:58 PM EST
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I think this year I will make hand made chocolate covered marshmallow Easter eggs.

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posted at 1/6/2011 8:06 PM EST
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Too early to take out the bunny cake pan.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 8:11 PM EST
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Great idea Gale...

I will start it out with a recipe that I make every Easter.  It is a Greek Easter Cookie (Koulourakia). 

1/2 LB. BUTTER
3 EGG YOLKS (2 WHOLE EGGS)
1 CUP SUGAR
2 TABLESPOON BAKING POWDER
1/8 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
1/2 CUP FRESH ORANGE JUICE
5 CUPS FLOUR

IN A SEPARATE BOWL COMBINE FLOUR, BAKING POWDER AND BAKING SODA.  CREAM TOGETHER BUTTER, EGG YOLKS AND SUGAR TILL CREAMY; ADD ALTERNATING THE FLOUR MIXTURE AND ORANGE JUICE.  KNEAD TILL FIRM.  ROLL INTO 1/2" X 5-6" LONG LOGS.  BEND IN HALF LIKE A LOOP AND TWIST THE ENDS.  BRUSH WITH 2 BEATEN EGGS.  USE A LIGHTLY GREASED COOKIE SHEET.  OPTIONAL: 1/2 TSP. ANISE FLAVORING  BAKE AT 400* FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES (GOLDEN BROWN)

I hope you will try this recipe, The purpose of the loop and twist the end, is suppose to resemble the sign of the fish; after the death of Christ, Christians would make the sign of the fish in the sand and then erased the sign.  If you were a Christian and caught, you were put into the arena (Circus Maximus) with Lions.  So, that is why I make these cookies at Easter, the sign of the fish (Christian).

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 8:58 PM EST
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I just remembered that I won't have to remember or think about anything - lol
Easter Dinner will be at church and I will take cookies and broccoli salad - as usual.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 10:35 PM EST
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Susan:  Thank you for the recipe.  Sounds delicious.

We always have everyone over for the holidays.  For Easter I always make lamb.  However, neither of my brothers like or will try lamb.  I always make a ham for them.  Usually make the same sides.  My brothers don't like new things, especially my younger brother.  He won't eat a lot of things.  Won't eat turkey,chicken, lamb and other things.  Usually have a cake and cookies for dessert.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/6/2011 10:40 PM EST
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Forgot to mention that April 24 is our Anniversary.  We will be married 46 years!!!

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posted at 1/7/2011 5:56 AM EST
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Congratulations to you and your husband, Marie.  46 years!!   How lovely.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

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In Response to Re: Easter April 24th 2011:
Great idea Gale... I will start it out with a recipe that I make every Easter.  It is a Greek Easter Cookie (Koulourakia).  1/2 LB. BUTTER 3 EGG YOLKS (2 WHOLE EGGS) 1 CUP SUGAR 2 TABLESPOON BAKING POWDER 1/8 TEASPOON BAKING SODA 1/2 CUP FRESH ORANGE JUICE 5 CUPS FLOUR IN A SEPARATE BOWL COMBINE FLOUR, BAKING POWDER AND BAKING SODA.  CREAM TOGETHER BUTTER, EGG YOLKS AND SUGAR TILL CREAMY; ADD ALTERNATING THE FLOUR MIXTURE AND ORANGE JUICE.  KNEAD TILL FIRM.  ROLL INTO 1/2" X 5-6" LONG LOGS.  BEND IN HALF LIKE A LOOP AND TWIST THE ENDS.  BRUSH WITH 2 BEATEN EGGS.  USE A LIGHTLY GREASED COOKIE SHEET.  OPTIONAL: 1/2 TSP. ANISE FLAVORING  BAKE AT 400* FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES (GOLDEN BROWN) I hope you will try this recipe, The purpose of the loop and twist the end, is suppose to resemble the sign of the fish; after the death of Christ, Christians would make the sign of the fish in the sand and then erased the sign.  If you were a Christian and caught, you were put into the arena (Circus Maximus) with Lions.  So, that is why I make these cookies at Easter, the sign of the fish (Christian).
Posted by Susan K


Thanks for the recipe and the history lesson too. I will try to make the cookies for Easter too.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/7/2011 7:08 AM EST
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This is an Italian Easter pie : 1 Cup of cooked white rice,8 eggs beaten, 2 # of ricotta,I make my own,store bought is fine,2 cups of sugar,juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 teas.cinnamon, 1 teas.vanilla, mix all ingredients and pour into a prepared crust homemade or store bought and bake @350* for one hour.Turn off oven and cool in oven about one hour.
Posted by gale g


We do an Easter Pie. Actually two, one is made with ricotta,chocolate flavored and the other is layers of hard boiled eggs, sopresata, mozzarella, s & p, and a little grated cheese. Great for Easter morning breakfast!

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/7/2011 7:40 AM EST
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Iwill have easter dinner at my house and the family gets together for dinner.

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posted at 1/7/2011 8:23 AM EST
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Easter is late this year! I really haven't thought about cooking yet.....I just started my portion control plan for the year!! LOL

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/7/2011 8:58 AM EST
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Congratulations to Marie for 46 years of marital bliss!! Thanks go to Gale and Susan for their recipes-will certainly try them!

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/7/2011 9:35 AM EST
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To early for me to think about it but will keep reading this and hope to get some ideas for colored eggs as the stuff in the stores don't color the eggss like they did years ago. Would like to see some brightly colored eggs does anyone know of a dye that does that the store dyes stink.

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posted at 1/7/2011 9:50 AM EST
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To early for me to think about it but will keep reading this and hope to get some ideas for colored eggs as the stuff in the stores don't color the eggss like they did years ago. Would like to see some brightly colored eggs does anyone know of a dye that does that the store dyes stink.
Posted by Mary L


Beet juice for red
Onion skins for yellow
Doing "natural" dyes will not result in the same brightly colored eggs that you typically see at Easter.
Not sure how you would get a green or purple. 
Not sure if you mean the dyes you get don't color the eggs well or if they in fact smell bad.  But I have not been happy with the last several years of pre made packages of dye.  I like the "old stand by" of food coloring and a vit of vinegar in the water.  Takes a while for the egg to absorb some of the color, and in some cases it makes for an interesting variety of Deviled Eggs or a bizarre egg salad sandwich.

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/7/2011 10:03 AM EST
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thanks for all the great ideas

Re: Easter April 24th 2011

posted at 1/7/2011 1:45 PM EST
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Speaking of eggs, that is what comes to mind first when it comes to Easter foods.HOW TO HARD BOIL AN EGG:in a large sauce pan lay eggs in a single layer and cover with cold water.Bring eggs to a boil,turn off heat and cover the pan.Leave set in hot water for about 10 minutes.After 10 minutes run cold water over the eggs and remove to a bowl of ice water to chill.After eggs are cold peel and use in anyway you choose.Any other suggestions are welcome.
Posted by gale g

I always tell people that the correct term is "Hard cooked eggs" NOT "Hard Boiled".  Because you don't boil them.  Like you said bring to a boil and shut off the heat and cover.
I have been making eggs like this almost forever, I saw Julia Child do it this way YEARS ago and have done it that way ever since.
I do give a little extra time if the eggs are extra large or jumbo. Just 1 to 2 minutes more per size.
Best thing...never a green ring around the yolk and the yolks are tender and the whites never get rubbery.
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