A Simple Holiday

Almost 3 weeks have passed since Easter and I am just getting to this post now.  But that’s ok because the food I am going to share is not specific to the Easter holiday.  I just happened to make these recipes for this day but they are perfect for any day or get together.

The nice thing about Easter is that it is such an easy holiday.  There isn’t any rushing around and you don’t feel the need to be at a million different places at once.  We ate dinner at my in-laws and dessert at my parents.   I made a special breakfast for just Matt and I, an appetizer, and dessert.  And I wanted to make things I have never made.  I read through my vast selection of cookbooks and chose three great recipes.

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Let’s start with breakfast.  I wanted to make something I wouldn’t normally make for myself and Matt.  A fan of French toast bake, I made Joy the Baker’s Baked Coffee Cake French Toast.  What I loved most about this, other than getting to use my cast-iron skillet, is the crunchy edges of the bread.  It was a nice contrast to the rest of the dish.  If you want to make this easy and delicious breakfast, you must pick up the Joy the Baker Cookbook!

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Next I needed to bring an appetizer to my in-laws.  Again, I wanted to make something I have never made, and I was looking to make something more on the light side.  What is easier than salsa?!  I made The Picky Palate’s Teedo’s Famous Salsa, which is in this wonderful blog’s cookbook.  What I love about this salsa is there is avocado and a lot of cilantro in it!  You can’t go wrong with those!

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Last but not least, dessert.  When I think of Easter, I think of all the chocolate that goes along with it.  At this point, I have eaten plenty of Cadbury Mini Eggs so I wanted to make a dessert with fruit in it.  From the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, which is also a blog, I made Blueberry Cornmeal Butter Cake.  Although this is considered a dessert, I think it can definitely be made as breakfast bread.  Just change cake to bread and you are all set!   Other than wanting to fall apart every time I moved this cake, it was very good!

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Easter 2013 was a success!  Luke had a great day of opening his numerous Easter baskets and it was so much fun to watch his excitement.  Spending the day with family is always a good time and of course delicious food always makes holidays that much better!

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