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Just found out that DH's family are coming for Easter.  So... I guess I'll need to entertain!

I need easy recipe/menu ideas.  Help!
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I'll see what I can dig up for you.

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How do you want to go? Classic? meat? Spring-y?
Let me know and I will help too!


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well, I was asked to make a ham.  So, I bought a honey-ham (spiral).  (I hate ham!)  So, whatever I make needs to go with that.  My annoying SIL has a list of food requirements.  [sigh]

I need a dairy-free starch. for SIL
Starchy veg. for SIL
yummy veg. for me and the kids

I also need some appetizers or 1st course items.  This will be a lunch meal (maybe brunchish, like 11 or noon.)

thanks!
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I have a crustless crab quiche that's really good.  If you're interested in this, let me know and I'll see if I can dig it up.

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sweet potato is starchy, but healthy AND so yummy, goes well with ham...I often just put one in the micro wave and bingo....full meal for me love love love sweet potatoes!!!


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here's the easter menu from one of the foodies that I follow - some of the sides sound really delicious ....

http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/03/28/easter-dinner-menu/

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OK!
Here is how I make a spiral ham....
I make the criss cross pattern in it.
I then take dark brown sugar and bourbon and make a paste. I spackle it on and bake the ham and baste it with the sweet bourbon juices.

I would also steam baby carrots and put them around the ham on the serving platter and baste them with the yummy bourbony- ham juices.

(BY THE WAY, if bourbon is not your thing, I have done this with Grand Marniere too, but it gets a little sweet with the brown sugar.)

So now we have brown and orange as our colors.
Next, take some asparagus and GRILL them. Marinate with olive oil and garlic before grilling and then keep at room temp.

Next, Cut up some yellow and red peppers, summer squash, portabella mushrooms and put in a baking pan, top with olive oil and garlic and herbs de provence and roast til they are soft. Next, make some Orzo. Strain it, add the roasted veggies and mix well. Add more oil if needed. Sea salt and pepper and fresh ground Asiago cheese. Don't add the cheese until the orzo has cooled.
This is also a room temp dish.

now we have Brown, Orange, Red, Yellow, Green, and White as our colorful table.

For the dairy free starch, roasted red potatoes!

For appy's, the world's easiest and oldest appy our grandmothers made is so simple it is fun. The kids can help with this.
Get thin sliced white bread. The kind you use for tea sandwiches, like Arnold.
With a small cookie cutter cut our small rounds of the bread.
Next, combine Hellmans Mayo and Parmesan cheese. Mix. Top the rounds with the mixture. Put on a cookie sheet in either an oven or a toaster oven. Bake at 350 until the puff up. Don't overcook. Then serve. I swear, they are addictive!

Then, if you want to make an appy ahead of time, get some smoked salmon and tortilla shells. Spread cream cheese on the tortilla. Top with salmon, then roll them tightly. Keep them rolled until ready to serve in the refrig. Then, when ready, cut them into small slices and you get a pink and white pinwheel. Pretty for Easter. Top with a sprig of dill.

Easter is the perfect time of year to serve Ambrosia for dessert too!


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