Wednesday, March 31, 2010
So, what's the holidays without FOOD? Yes, my friends- that is right- I am thinking about FOOD!
My sister asked me last night what was on the lineup for dinner, so I thought I'd share what is on my shopping list for the Easter weekend.
angel lush with pineapple
lemon meringue pie
Over the years I've tried. My how I've tried. But as hard as I try, I just DON'T love to cook. I've bought cool cookbooks and taken classes. I even had a tv installed in my kitchen with the hope of some alluring program to entice me. But no. All efforts are futile. I just don't love it. I do it because I must.
I have come to learn something about myself... I don't love food or the cooking aspect of food. I actually hate the chaos and the mess and I especially detest the sink full of dishes when all is said and done. What I do like is the artistic outlet it lends me. When I was young (before married days) I worked at a deli where I prepared different sorts of salads and fruit platters. I thoroughly enjoyed creating beautiful arrangements that were pleasing to the eye. Not sure about the taste because I never much cared.
So, in my quest to function in this capacity I have tried to find SIMPLE recipes and shortcuts to make my life easier and less stressful, because that is how I feel in a kitchen. I'm all about CHEATING! (I actually bought the rice crispy treats already made for our chocolate dipped bunny pops.)
Easter dinner is no exception. We always buy the pre-cooked, honey glazed ham (not the real stuff with all the swirls of fat- EWW!). Heat and Serve. We buy our pie from Kathy's pies the day before. Everything else on the lineup is very simple and can be done ahead of time with little effort or time spent in the kitchen.
I thought I'd share two of my favorite Easter recipes.
The first one comes from the kitchen of my friend, Vicki Garbett. I snagged it almost 8 years ago now and make it only twice a year (because it truly is YUMMY- as in, you have to plan to burn some extra calories at the gym afterwards). It is only served at Easter and Christmas at our house.
The other one was a find a few years ago and is light and perfect for a spring dessert. Plus it's lowfat and still delicious. Win win.
These are not my fanciest recipe cards, but both are available to print. Just save as a picture and then print on cardstock or photo paper. (Fomatted for 4x6 card.)
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Oh, and just so you know- I am totally buying the angel food cake already made. It cuts much better, takes less time, and tastes just as good. Why not?
What are you having for dinner?