Dana, Brett and I woke up way too early this morning (aka 8am) to zip (yes, we are now proud zipcar members) to New Jersey for Easter Sunday at Gram’s with Mom, Barry and a surprise visit from Maya Papaya. We arrived and were promptly ushered back into the car for church at the teeniest tiniest church house you’ve ever seen. After church, it was back to Gram’s for food prep. The ham went in the oven, along with asparagus and butternut squash to roast, while we peeled, sliced and diced other veggies and put together a killer cheese plate. The ham needed a few hours to cook, so it was a refreshingly relaxed day of cooking, snacking, looking through old photos (found some real gems!) and napping (for some… ie for Brett).
We started off our meal with a round of matzo ball soup that I had made last night and brought with me from New York… not sure how many families celebrate Easter with matzo ball soup, but it was delicious : ) Besides ham, we made another round of scalloped potatoes, plus a Springy panzanella salad and a caprese-inspired salad with butternut squash and avocado. And, of course, Gram’s pickled eggs, which is an Easter tradition in my family. Once we were all sufficiently stuffed, we topped the meal off with brownies and coffee before we had to hit the road back to the city.
A great Easter that I was happy to share with some of my favorite people (and one of my pups!) Hope yours were all equally as enjoyable! Salad recipes after the jump : )
PS the Easter bunny (/my mom) left me Cosmopolitan for Latinas in my Easter basket…wonder what this means?
PPS An Easter throwback photo below for laughs… I am the small child having a meltdown / out of body experience.