It’s that time for families to get together and celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. Growing up in a traditional Portuguese family, we always had big dinners consisting of ham, roasted turkey (I was never fond of ham as a kid), and everything that goes with it. What I will never forget is the great sweetbread my mom would make for us and for all of her friends as well. Now that I am older and making the Easter dinners, I’ve tried to add new twists to the Easter celebration.
EASTER EGG HUNTS FOR ADULTS!
Who says Easter egg hunts are just for the kids? Have two: One for the children and one for the “bigger kids.” I get hollow eggs filled with written notes and have prizes off to the side, like scratch tickets, gifts cards, and even nip bottles (for those 21 years old and over).
HAVE A SPECIALTY COCKTAIL:
This is for the 21-and-over crowd as well. We hear so much about special dinners, but why not a yearly cocktail? I have a great recipe at the end of this article.
NEED A CENTERPIECE FOR THE TABLE?
Here is another use for colored M&Ms and marshmallow bunny peeps. In a glass vase, layer the bunny peeps on the bottom standing upright. Pour colored M&Ms or other Easter candies into the vase around the peeps. Then add your favorite flowers to it for a decorative centerpiece.
IT DOESN’T NEED TO BE A SIT-DOWN DINNER:
Instead of having a set time to all sit down and munch, you can do a buffet brunch with a
little more variety that your guests can enjoy whenever they get there.
Special drink recipe:
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce maple syrup
Ginger Beer (substitute ginger ale if you don’t have ginger beer)
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, lime juice, and maple syrup. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Top with ginger beer.
Maybe it’s time to make some new traditions for your Easter holiday. If you need recipes or any ideas, feel free to contact me anytime at ChefRicardoCosta@gmail.com or www.ChefRicardoCosta.com.
by Chef Ricardo Costa