Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's All About the Food

Happy Easter!!

This year I eagerly volunteered to plan and prepare the Easter dinner for our family.  Now that I have plenty of time, I've loved getting creative in the kitchen and have been cooking dinner most every night.  I pretty much know my parents will eat anything I put in front of them.  However, preparing a meal that will please everyone - including my grandparents, brother, and his girlfriend - is a totally different task.  Especially considering the traditional holiday meals feature ham, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, rolls, etc.  Don't get me wrong, my Mom is a fantastic cook, everything is always delicious, and our holiday meals are always memorable.  This year though, I wanted to try something a little different.  The challenge was to prepare a fresh meal featuring local meat, seasonal produce, and fresh ingredients that didn't scream "healthy".  I THINK it was a success - everyone gave their praises and cleaned their plates.  Maybe they were just being nice, or just maybe I convinced them that healthy can be delicious as well.

Here's our meal in pictures.

Hmm . . . guess I need to work on the skill of the family photographers.

Appetizers/Light Lunch:
Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips

Cumin Curried Hummus with Veggies

Deviled Eggs

Nut and Jelly Bean Baskets

Lamb Kabobs with Israeli Dipping Sauce

Quinoa Tabbouli

Roasted Brown Butter Asparagus

Glazed Carrots

Rum Caramel Covered Pineapple over Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter and the Bunny was good to you all!

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