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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mini-Meme! Two Questions About Easter Food...

Easter is a feast day... The day the sacrifices of Lent are over.. I don't practice Lent, as my personal beliefs didn't include it- but it did become a largely celebrated day, which usually includes a big meal! Ours this year, looks like a replay of Thanksgiving...(Brined!) Roast turkey(22lbs.) dressing(sage sausage stuffing) the famous(or infamous!) green bean casserole, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, gravy.. and a spice cake for dessert!
Last year I did boneless leg of lamb over charcoal, but this year we have two guests that aren't open to new treats- so turkey it is!
Back to the two questions...
1. What do you consider your traditional Easter meal?
2. What was your oddest Easter meal?
Me first! 1. Generally in these parts, the norm is a baked ham... I like ham a lot, but more in sandwiches and salads...
2. Sunrise Service breakfast- as a kid, our town held a huge service at the civic auditorium- not enough, and not good....
Answer honestly, and have a good Easter this year...
P.S.- Brining poultry is the single thing you can do to make your bird the best it can be! 1 cup of non-iodized salt per one gallon of water, soaked 1 hr. per pound of bird, will make it the best you ever made!

33 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Turkey with all the trimmings would be a traditional Easter meal here but as we're going out for the day tomorrow we could end up having a burger - I'll let you know! :)

Happy Easter/Holiday.

buffalodick said...

Ake- I just finished brining the bird- what a monster! 18 more hrs.- and cooking will commense!

Marjie said...

Easter ham or Easter lamb is our tradition. Depends on what mood moves me. I can't say I've ever had a weird Easter meal, but I've been in charge for 30 years.

Hit 40 said...

Ham also is the tradition. My favorite/weird meal for Easter was with my hubby before we got married. Ditched the families. Got fast food and well...

Jeanne said...

Ham is traditional, and I don't recall ever eating anything way out there. Had some delicious lamb last year at my daughter's. Her wife can grill!

buffalodick said...

Marjie- I've done most of the cooking too! Lamb is my favorite, but I shoot to please the crowd!
Hit40- I'd love to just have Easter brunch- but nobody is up yet!
Jeanne- I vow to cure a ham someday..I know how, I just need and old refridgerator!

HoodChick said...

I love turkey, but Easter is always about the ham. I'm going to mom's and it's never been a bad deal.

HalfCrazy said...

I don't practice Lent either! Looks like you ate some delicious food and pretty heavy meals, I envy you!

Heff said...

I hate Easter...family, in-laws...Yuck...


Hey, sorry I missed the steelhead post. I'm lagging....

Scarlet said...

I don't usually practice Lent, although I had wanted to this year. Too late now.

If dinner's at my house (with my American husband) we make ham. If I go to a family member's house, we have the "traditional" Cuban feast, a pig roast in the Chinese box with a side of black beans and rice, yucca and plantains. It's what Jesus would eat.

buffalodick said...

HoodC- When my folks got older, I took over!
HalfC- I look forward to fixing a big meal for friends and relatives!
Hef- Enjoy the day... Hope Donna is feeling better...
Scarlet- Well, him being Jewish I don't think he'd eat ham or roast pork- but if you say so... Have a good one!

Odat said...

"Hoppy" Easter to you and yours......
When I was at home and younger my Mom always made leg of lamb......I can't really make it like her so I don't. Later I was the one who made Easter Dinner, I made a turkey and a small ham......I usually like scallaped pototoes with the ham too.

I can't recall if I ever had an odd meal, just odd people at the meal! :-)

Peace

buffalodick said...

Odat- Happy Easter! I miss Easter baskets, don't you?

doggybloggy said...

typically lamb of some kind - lamb chops, leg of lamb - rack of lamb - I grew up in rural New Mexico and we raised our own lambs - I cant recall any oddities...

G-Man said...

1. I married into a Polish family, so all the tradional stuff applies.
Piorgi, Kapusta, Kielbasa, Ham.
And always a Meat called Krakoska, of which I know you are well aware of.
2. Nothing odd...sorry.

Buff, I've brined a Turkey before, but I believe I also added a cup of sugar as well...

Have a Happy Easter....G

buffalodick said...

DogB- Got a great big Leg of lamb, and didn't get to use it!
G-man- I've made Kielbasa on easter, and I'm not Polish or Catholic!

K said...

Ham is the normal around here too.

But I'm tried of it and I'm making cornish game hens this year. I'll have to try the salt water soak next time.

Middle Ditch said...

No real Easter tradition here, just a sunday roast I expect, but being lazy I cooked some delicious red cabbage with apples, spuds and porky steaks.

CDB said...

Just curious.. why non-iodized salt for the brining? I have never understood this.
1> We are grilling steaks for Easter dinner, and I'm very excited since I AM Catholic (most weeks) and avoided meet for Good Friday!
2> I can't remember ever having an ODD Easter meal, except for not having Easter dinner in college. It didn't seem right, though chips and beer seemed to suffice for everyone else!

JihadGene said...

Ya got me! Turkey is da bomb! Hope your Easter was a happy one... JG

MarmiteToasty said...

No traditional easter fayre here, we did have loads for dinner thought so I cooked a big sunday beef roast, but me lads had stuffed so much chocolate they didnt eat that much LOL..... so at least we have loads of beef for sarnies left over :)

Can think of any strange easter time, never celebrated it in my family when I was a kid.... never even had an easter egg bought me until this year lol..... thats how much of a saddo I am.... lol.... and no I aint eaten it yet..

Hope you had a lovely easter ((Buff)))

x

Bina said...

I'm gonna sound like I'm having a pity party, but I'm not, this is just how it is.

I don't remember anything special about Easter when I was little, and since I didn't have my kids this weekend, I didn't do anything special. We ate out (one of the worst steaks I've ever had!), I mulched and mowed and cleaned house.

But next year, you can invite me to your feast!!!!

buffalodick said...

K- I never thought I'd say this, but the turkey was too big! 22lbs was overkill!
M.D.- Sounds good to me!
CDB- Iodized salt can leave a streaky discoloration(grayish)Back in the 20's and 30's they added iodine to salt as a dietary supplement(for goiter, I think!) We really don't require that anymore..
JGene- Thing was as big as a bomb!
Marmy- My kids were in their 20's before we stopped getting them a basket- kind of a fun joke!
Bina- 5 more people could have come over! What a pile of leftover turkey!

doggybloggy said...

iodine deficiency affects about two billion people and is the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.....

buffalodick said...

DogB- Should have finished my sentence- In USA... The third world have all sorts of deficentcies in their diets- iodine being one of them, Vitamin C and D a couple more..

Minka said...

Easter lunch is pretty much regular with some soup, meat and so.
The important thing is really Easter brealfast:
HAM, must be ham, horse raddish - grated and mixed with hard-boiled-eggs or grated apple, you can add some cream also. The bread must be fresh.
Paper tissues come handy - horse raddish
can bring a tear o two into your eyes, but that's fine.

buffalodick said...

Your heritage comes out in what you eat on Holidays! I think the nieghborhood of Russia, Poland, or a surrounding country? Welcome to the blog!

Chef E said...

The only odd thing would be if I even cooked on Easter...my kids always went to their fathers family for that holiday. I actually cannot remember what we did as kids, maybe our regular family camping, fishing thing...now I know what is wrong with me, low iodine :)

Donna-FFW said...

Im a Polish girl, with a hint of Hawaiian.. We grew up with kielbasa, ham, babka, pierogies, every easter morning!

Oh and homemade horseradish with beets.. the best thing ever!

buffalodick said...

Chef- My kid memories of Easter- Look for our Easter baskets(but couldn't eat any candy before breakfast!), dress up in new Sunday clothes, go to Sunrise service, then regular service.. Home for big meal, usually dry because we were all at church!

buffalodick said...

Donna- Big Polish influence in this area.. I come from Dutch, but Kielbasa, perogis, kapushka, pivo, krackoska, etc., all well known to me... down to the lamb shaped butter on Easter...

urban vegan said...

1. Enough dark chocolate to send me in a coma.
2. Enough dark chocolate to send me in a coma.

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