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Saturday, March 27, 2010

What are you eating for Passover or Easter?

This week I spent my creative juices on nailing the menus for the next 2 holidays. After playing with Mediterranean recipes for an article, I couldn’t wrap my head around a brisket event. Joyce Goldstein said come hither and I went.

There will only be 3 of us for Passover so it will be a simple affair. We’ll start with an appetizer of Latkes topped with sour cream, smoked salmon, and dill. After the service there will be golden matzo ball soup, a salad of watercress and butter lettuce with a dill vinaigrette.

Keeping with the golden color, our chicken will be roasted with lemon, orange, and ginger. Sides? Rice with pine nuts and saffron and spinach gratin.
Dessert will be a lime scented angel food cake garnished with pistachios and raspberries.

Mark Bittman suggested I make my own variation of matzos. The jury is still out on that one.

Easter is going to be a grander affair starting with devilled eggs a whole lamb gam perhaps roasted outside with either rosemary & garlic or a mild fresh mint shallot sauce (I do have a week to figure this out). Sides? Scalloped potatoes swimming in heavy cream, rimmed with sautéed mushrooms and local asparagus with lemon zest.

There might be another appetizer or salad depending on the final guest count.

Dessert? I gearing up to make a 9 layer cake I saw in the NYT awhile ago.

The real challenge is what are we eating before and around the holidays?

Suggestions dear readers?


Sheila said...

What? No kugel?

Sheila said...

Maybe pine floats in order to save enough calories for the big feasts?
Scalloped potatoes could be swathed instead of swim? ;>)
Ahh, nope, that won't do, I just looked up the meaning and swimming is the word...

Queen Art-o-Eat said...

what are pine floats?

Sheila said...

OMG, it's a 6th grade joke. Toothpick stuck in a glass of water. I should be out pulling more weeds.

Anonymous said...

Loved the meal, the company, the tradition. Humbled by the detail of the food and by the intimate delivery of a man's religion shared with this grateful Christian.

Hope to be a repeated surprise guest. Thank you!