NEED A LITTLE INSPIRATION for Easter morning, afternoon, and evening? Here are links to 19 delicious April-worthy recipes which have graced my own holiday table over the years. Some are gluten-free, and all are guaranteed to please!
Make-Ahead Spinach & Cheese Strata. Take some spinach, cheese, and bread cubes, soak them in a custard-sauce overnight, bake until puffed and golden the next morning, and what do you get? Why, the uber-delicious Spinach and Cheese Strata you see pictured above. Here’s the recipe for this make-ahead breakfast or brunch casserole that no one (including Lily the Beagle) can resist. The recipe.
Low-Carb Cottage Cheese Pancakes. These are light, creamy, and utterly satisfying. Make them once, and they’ll become a permanent part of your breakfast repertoire! Here’s the recipe:
Make Ahead Gratin of Hard-Cooked Eggs. For breakfast or brunch, nothing beats this Creamy Gratin of Hard-Cooked Eggs. It’s easy to make. It’s gluten-free. And it’s rapturously-delicious. It’s also cook-friendly, because you can make the whole dish a day in advance, and then simply pop it in the oven shortly before your guests arrive. The recipe.
Dreamy Cinnamon Rolls. I wrote about these sweet, sticky, sinfully delicious Cinnamon Rolls back in 2011. And today, because I’m taking pictures for my cookbook, and because I wanted something sweet, sticky and sinfully delicious for breakfast, I decided to make them again. Are you ready for a taste? The recipe:
Easy Appetizer: Onion & Asiago Rounds. Nothing revs my engine like Onion and Asiago Rounds. These two-bite cocktail appetizers are crisp, creamy, and screamingly-delicious. They are also a snap to make. Don’t make me beg you to try them! The recipe.
Chive Pesto. Yesterday, I took freshly-cut chives, and processed them together with garlic, almonds, Parmesan cheese and a little olive oil. The result? Well, let’s just say that after one orgasmic bite, my eyes rolled to the back of my head. After two bites, I knew I’d have to share the recipe with you:
Bacon-Wrapped Grissini. Yesterday, the moment I retrieved a batch of Bacon-wrapped Grissini from the oven, Lily the Beagle appeared at the kitchen door. And who can blame her? These cocktail-appetizers are smokey, sweet, and tender-crisp. To try them is to love them. Fortunately they are no trouble to make.
Spinach, Mushroom, & Rosemary Tart. I love this tart. It’s filled with mushrooms and spinach. It’s perfumed to the nines with rosemary and vermouth. And oh, the crust! It’s buttery Pate Brisee. Who wants to taste this savory spring symphony? The recipe.
Lamb Chops with Garlic & Mint. A pair of inexpensive lamb shoulder chops jumped into my shopping cart the other day. I brought them home, soaked them in mustard, garlic, and fresh, fragrant herbs, and then popped them under the broiler. The result? Tender succulence, baby. The recipe:
Watercress Soup. A couple of years ago, my spouse and I hosted film-director James Ivory (“Howard’s End,” “A Room with a View,” “Maurice,” etc.) and seven of his friends for dinner. Since it was Jim’s birthday, I put together a special, multi-course meal, starting with a deliciously-creamy Watercress Soup. My recipe for this beautiful brew:
Ham & Kale Tart. This rustic tart makes me purr like a contented kitten. It’s filled with smokey ham and earthy kale. It’s scented with nutmeg and a splash of dry vermouth. It’s baked on a bed of tender, buttery, Pate Brisee. It’s…something you need to try. The recipe:
Chicken & Mushrooms in Tarragon Cream. I made this for dinner last Sunday. And then I fell in love. It’s a simple saute of chicken breasts and mushrooms, gloriously-enrobed in a sauce of tarragon and heavy cream. Here’s the easy recipe for this perfumed elegance:
Gluten-Free Potato Pancakes (Latkes). These are crispy on the ouside, and creamy-dreamy-delicious on the inside. Make them for Passover, Easter, or anytime you need an awesome side dish. My easy, step-by-step recipe:
Spaetzel with Butter & Herbs. Can you visit me today? Good. Because I’d like to serve you a plate of Spaetzel with Butter and Herbs. Spaetzel are little dumplings with a delicious, gnocchi-like texture. They are really, really fun to make:
Panna Cotta. I’ve been on a Tuscan-kick this month. Already I’ve made Cecina — a naturally gluten-free Tuscan flatbread, as well as some lemon-rich Polpettine. And this morning, I whipped up a batch of Panna Cotta. Are you familiar with this glamorous and outrageously-delicious Tuscan dessert? It takes all of 10 minutes to prepare.
Sugar Cookie Tartlets with Lemon Curd Filling. Meet my newest tea-time addition — Sugar Cookie Tartlets. To make them, you bake sugar cookie dough in the shape of little cups. Then you fill the cups with luscious, homemade lemon curd, and adorn each tart with a single blueberry. Hard to do? Not at all. Here’s my easy (yes, easy!) recipe for these sinfully-delicious treats:
Persian Lime Pie. I love this dessert. It’s similar to a Key Lime Pie, with this exception: It’s made with the juice and zest of common, supermarket “Persian” limes. And oh, is it delicious. Think of Florida sunshine, sandwiched between a tender, buttery crust, and a mountain of sweetly-whipped cream. The recipe:
Fragrant Fruit Salad. Here’s my super-duper fruit salad. It’s dressed with honey and lime juice. It’s scented with fresh mint. And it’s absolutely delicious for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. The recipe:
Cognac Cookies. True confession: I made Cognac Cookies this week, and all I can say is…Wow! These grown-up treats are light, buttery, and gently infused with orange-cognac. If you are over the age of twenty-one, I beg you to try them. They are incredibly easy to make.
Best Lemon Tart in the World. I made this lemon tart today, and can tell you it looks, tastes and smells like a gorgeous spring day. In other words, it’s obscenely delicious. And get this — it’s easy to make! The step-by-step recipe:
Anything in the above list sound tempting to you? You can let me know by leaving a comment. Meanwhile, Happy Easter, everyone!
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