Really, the answer is, what doesn’t?! How about salted caramel? I only burned myself a little (ok, a lot, hot caramel is HOT!) but the girls at the office confirmed these are YUM…Thanks Danny Macaroons for publishing a cookbook so we can all bake up your deliciousness at home. What to try next? Spiced pumpkin? Eggnog? Tiramisu? Red velvet with cream cheese frosting? Pretzel-potato chip-Butterfinger? (Yes, for real) Oh my…This weekend was a beautiful Saturday to be outside, then a temperature drop on Sunday that made it feel so good to stay home and make hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick and Bulleit Bourbon (thanks Carter at Diageo), Serious Eats’s recipe for Cheesy Mashed White Beans with Kale, Parmesan and a Fried Egg (thanks J. Kenji López-Alt) and my first POT ROAST (thanks, Pioneer Woman!), all with Humphrey on my lap and a glass of red wine in my head because you just HAVE TO open a bottle for the pot roast.And thanks, Danny, for granting my wish for an Asian macaroon sketch at the launch party, too cute.
In the Event Industry we talk a LOT about what is going on the dinner table: and I don’t just mean food. A vital part, but the cliché is true: you eat with your eyes first. For a special family occasion of almost a dozen people there were other things to think about as well. Like a little spring flower arrangement in egg cups:using the flowers from a $10 baby bouquet from Aspen Marketplace, Hoboken’s iteration of Garden of Eden. Why are there little, tiny holes in those plastic eggs? No matter, a dab of hot glue and the eggs can hold enough water.Kellogg’s extends its Rice Krispies treat brand with Hidden Surprise Easter Eggs, and I added some springy sprinkles from NY Cake since I love color in desserts.The bunny seemed happy:At my Mom’s table for holidays we use the family Mikasa china pattern:I love her special seasonal touches throughout the house every time I visit: a colorful flag at the front door, orchids in the kitchen, 3 kinds of tulips in the bathroom in beautiful old bottles, pots of cheery flowers on the windowsill keeping the bunnies company, silk flower rings on the candlesticks and in the centerpiece, and satin bows in shades of spring tying the linen napkin at each place setting. Even a small touch makes each guest feel special. John didn’t even want to untie his!Easter spiral ham: like. We enjoyed this one from Trader Joe’s a favorite family destination. I’m always impressed that the one on 6th Avenue in Chelsea can be packed with tons of people on line even in the middle of the day.My Mom bakes this sweet Easter bread every year, the recipe originally from a magazine and now carefully printed on an index card. Growing up I loved the yeasty scent of the rings rising under tea towels on the counter. A new creation was birds’ nests made from chow mein noodles held together with chocolate. We must also have a JELL-O mold at every family gathering and I’m always impressed when my Aunt Liz successfully unmolds it. Many varieties have met the table over the years, sometimes two at a time! The cute Woodland Friends Easter Egg Holders are by my new favorite blogger Lia Griffith: love her tagline “handcraft your life” and I’ve been meaning to make her paper flower patterns. Speaking of crafting, I love snail mail: such a sweet, tangible touch, especially these days. Thanks to my neighbor and childhood friend Kate from Koru Wedding Shoppe for this bunny butt card. We’ve known each other since kindergarten when we started all sorts of projects together and you can see more of hers on Koru Wedding Style. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend, whatever you were celebrating.