Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Sunday and Dad Comes to Visit

I am still kicking myself. I forgot to bring my camera to Easter dinner at my mom's. (hangs head in shame) And since the rest of my family hasn't advanced into the digital age I couldn't even borrow someone else's camera. The worst part is that all the food was so beautiful (bright green asparagus, pink poached salmon, deviled eggs with their sprinkling of red paprika) that it was probably the most photogenic meal I've eaten lately. Without the photos all I can do is tell you that we had quite the spread - the aforementioned roasted asparagus, poached salmon with dill sauce, deviled eggs, potato salad, rye bread, ham and kielbasa. For dessert my mom made cheesecake with raspberries and raspberry sauce that was quite decadent and delicious. All in all a fabulous meal.

Later this afternoon my father stopped by for a visit. This is the first time he's seen the new house. After an early dinner at my mom's we weren't very hungry, but dad still needed something for dinner.

SP has become quite the grill master so he grilled up some moist and flavorful pork chops. Dad isn't afraid of a little fat so I made him my loaded mashed potatoes (scallions, bacon, cheddar cheese and sour cream mixed into the mashed potatoes) and creamed spinach.
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  1. Aww don't you hate that! I'm sure it was a lovely meal. :)

  2. I tried preparing that creamed spinach tonight. It did not go over well. I wonder what I did wrong.

  3. C Laz - what seemed off about it? Give me some details.

  4. Well, I did Rachael's trick of heating in the microwave and then wringing it out in the towel. From there I added the cream. It was just stringy and dry. What did I do wrong?

  5. If you were following her recipe to the letter then you probably didn't use enough cream. I think her recipe calls for a 1/2 cup, which isn't nearly enough for two boxes of spinach. The spinach absorbs the cream so next time keep adding the cream until the spinach stops absorbing it. Also add a pinch of nutmeg along with the salt and pepper - it adds a little something extra.


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