For years now, I have cooked my family’s Easter dinner for my friends in Los Angeles. Each time I had it, the party grew and grew until last year we had 60 or so RSVPs. I love sharing this tradition with people in my life, but I’ve been so swamped with cooking and chatting that I haven’t actually enjoyed the meal myself in several years. Moving to New York had a way of bringing the event down to a more manageable size, as we don’t know many people here yet! It was lovely to meet friends of friends and finally eat my favorite meal of the year.
Everything we make is traditional, though I’ve added a honey ham to help me with filling people up, and I always make a fun dessert that changes each time. In the past, we have made mini blueberry pies with honey brown sugar ice cream, a hilarious kaleidoscope Peep cake, and Cadbury egg ice cream just to name a few. Here was the menu for our first party in the new place:
Potato Pierogies and Sauerkraut Pierogies w/buttery onions and the Mondrick sauce
Aunt Anna’s Easter Bread
Hard cooked eggs w/ horseradish
Orange Coconut cake w/ toasted almond ice cream