Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Dinner

Yesterday we went to my parent's house for Easter dinner. My mom came up with the menu ideas and I helped her cook. Our meal included ham, kielbasa and rack of lamb (more on the lamb later):


... tomatoes and asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper:


... and then roasted until the tomatoes burst:


... and the asparagus became tender:


I made deviled eggs for the first time and I was really pleased with how good they turned out:


My mom made her famous (and totally addictive) potato salad:


And we got sliced rye bread from the bakery:


Now, more about the lamb. We used this recipe from Emeril and it was excellent. Here I am adding the bread crumb and cheese mixture to the racks:


The smell of the garlic and mustard crust was sensational and really permeated the house. Yum! Here's the table all laid out:


My plate with a little of everything:


For dessert my mom made her exceptionally good lemon cheesecake:


... beautifully decorated with fresh raspberries. We also made a sauce using frozen raspberries and raspberry jam to decorate the plate:


Another outstanding holiday meal. Thanks, Mom, for letting me take over your kitchen. :)
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12 comments:

  1. The deviled eggs look so good. Those are definitely a favorite of mine.

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  2. How is it that you NEVER made deviled eggs before?! You look like such a good cook, and thats a staple at our house, I thought everybody made those!

    It all looks yummy!
    ~Angela

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  3. This looks great! How long do you roast your asparagus?

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  4. WOW! Everything looks great and it's a WONDERFUL spread, but that rack of lamb looks AMAZING! My mouth is watering and it's not even 8am!

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  5. Jenny - Thanks! I love them, too.

    Angela - I never had to make them before. My mom or stepgrandmother, or mother-in-law would always make them for any family function. You know how it is - someone is "known" for their deviled eggs so they always bring them. :) We changed things up this year so I got to try my hand at making them.

    Michelle - Thanks! I usually do asparagus at 450 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the asparagus and how firm/soft you like the finished product.

    Katie - LOL! Thanks. :) This was our first time trying rack of lamb at home and we were very pleased with the results.

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  6. deviled eggs are one of steve's favorite things - I'm curious, what did you put in yours? (they look really good right now)

    the lamb looks great - whenever I make one, I do a crumb mustard thing but rub in rosemary.

    and ham. mmmmmm ham. my favorite favorite holiday meat. yum.

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  7. Oh Home Cook, it is I who should be thanking you for taking over my kitchen and creating that fine Easter feast!

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  8. Ok, you're going straight to the top of my blogroll. I'm thrilled to have found your blog and your meals look simply divine!

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  9. Melissa - I kept it simple: mashed egg yolks, salt, mayo and a smidge of yellow mustard. I *think* I may have put some fresh pepper in as well, but I don't remember.

    I thought rosemary would be great with the lamb, but my mom wanted to try the mustard crust. Maybe we can combine the two next time. :)

    Alotta - It was a pleasure cooking with you, as always. :)

    Liz - Aww...thanks! It's nice to know people like what I'm doing here. I tried to access your blog by clicking on your name, but the link seems to be broken. :(

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  10. that's great HC - they look simple and that's just how I love them. the only other thing steve adds, cause he usually makes them himself (shocking!), is pickle juice.

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  11. Everything looks wonderful. I'm very impressed with how well your lamb turned out - it's gorgeous!

    Isn't it funny when you realize you've never had the chance to make simple things . . . last summer I made potato salad for the first time! Much like you, my Grandma had always made it and I'd never had the chance. Come to find out, I like mine better! LOL.

    Thanks for sharing your Easter dinner with us.

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  12. Melissa - Pickle juice, huh? I've never heard of that but it sounds good. Like it would give them a nice tang. I love pickles!

    Angie - Thanks!! It was funny to realize I've never had the chance to make them before. :)

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