Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What's for (Easter) dinner?

Marathon quote~  “We are different, in essence, from other (wo)men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” - Emil Zatopek

{the best part of this post is at the bottom, so don't miss it}

I had two fun days of cooking during Easter weekend. I cooked a lot of items but I did some on Saturday and actually had a very un-stressful dinner prep (thanks in part to the 3-hours that Sam took the kids hiking on Sunday morning).

Apple Cheddar Scones (by request). Recipe from the amazing Smitten Kitchen.
Hand-made napkin by my friend Sarah.  :)

One batch of Creamy Balsamic Dressing.  Your salads will never taste so good.  This recipe is via Suzanne via Mindy via Mindy's mom. 
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4-1/3 c. olive oil
1 (6 oz) container of plain greek (I use Chobani) yogurt
1/8  c. honey
1-2 gloves garlic pressed
salt and pepper to taste

Our Easter salad was simply mixed greens, beets, and this dressing.  Yum.

Snacks while cooking and sipping wine.

Salmon and Asparagus Frittata (that I made without asparagus b/c Sam doesn't like it, which I just don't understand.) I added chives.
Another recipe from Suzanne:  Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers.  Suzanne gave me the excellent advice to make the filling ahead of time because it is quite a bit of chopping and it makes the actual stuffing and roasting of the peppers much easier if it's all done ahead.  I would only add to the recipe that you go a little heavy on the cumin because it is so good.  Here is the link to Suzanne's post with the recipe.
All together:

And for dessert, Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp.  For this recipe I skipped the hazelnuts and used vanilla extract instead of real vanilla bean.  Served with vanilla ice cream.  Eaten while watching the Red Sox win.  Happiness all around.

I also made another big batch of my granola and then packaged it up for a bunch of lunches (the perfect serving size to be mixed with Chobani and fresh fruit). 
Bonus:  we had leftovers of everything!

Turns out, my family's passion for food has spread to my nephew Cameron, my sister Liesel's oldest.  He is 10 years old, and he wrote an essay about their recent trip to Oahu over April break.  Check out this excerpt where Cameron describes a restaurant they went to.  Cameron is a voracious lover of life, can't you tell?  I think we may have a future food blogger on our hands.

I love the pause after "the sauce" as if he is re-tasting it in his memory.  {I love you, Cameron.}


Carly said...

That's some impressive writing for a ten year old. (And my husband doesn't like asparagus either. What's up with that?)

Elizabeth said...

And it tasted every bit as good as it looked.

Liesel Stevens said...

Cameron says: I love you too, Emilie

Eileen said...

That is great writing in terms of detail and enthusiasm, and nice penmanship to boot!

Your meal looks absolutely delicious!