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Monday, March 29, 2010

A Momento and a Meal

Continuing my discoveries among the pages of my Silver Palate cookbooks article from the New York Times Magazine November 4, 2001, "The Meal Must Go On...." by William Norwich. I do not do it justice by paraphrasing it...but it spoke of how the world changed a few weeks earlier and that friends with kitchens took in friends without kitchens and food... and eventually they went out again to restaurants to laugh and be "grateful, optimistic and reaffirming."

2001 was a year of losses and I kept that article pasted to my refrigerator for several months and read its ending message over and over..."happily or defiantly the meal must go on, now and for the duration." And life would be "delicious" again.

I will fold the article back up and put it in the brand new hardcover New Basics Silver Palate that arrived late last week ( a gift from my husband). It certainly looks better than the three ring binder!

And in celebration of life, family and friends here is the menu from last year's Easter dinner:

Beginnings: Tomato and fresh mozzarella. Strawberry tomatoes were cut in half and topped with small slices of the cheese, a small leaf of fresh basil and a splash of olive oil.

Entrees: A honey spiral baked ham (from Honey Ham).

Stuffed Boneless Leg of Lamb. This was adapted from two different recipes - "Stuffed Leg of Lamb" from the West Point Market Cookbook and "Roasted Garlic-Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Kalamata Olive Sauce" from the Bistro-Style Cuisine. I stuffed the Lamb with sundried tomatoes, shallots, garlic, feta and fresh herbs following the WPM recipe and served it with the Kalamata Olive Sauce following the BSC recipe.

Sides: Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese.

Mashed Yams

Roasted Asparagus

Wine: Sonoma Cutrer and Wild Horse Pinot Noir

I hope this Easter finds you with family and or friends.



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