Once again, my sister has agreed to continue the family tradition of hosting a big meal on Easter, despite the fact that we're pretty much the most secular group of people imaginable. We'll have at least ten people - a comfortable combination of relatives and friends.
The main entree is easy: my company offers a discount on Honeybaked Hams which are then delivered to your desk on the Friday before the holiday. I stuck with the "small" 7-pound ham because, seriously, how much ham can a person eat?
Last night I was relaxing at home all evening watching TV and surfing when I realized just as I was getting ready to go to bed around 1:00 a.m. that I hadn't made my Easter cheesecake yet. It needs to cure for a couple of days before being served, so I was up until about 3:00 a.m. baking my usual delicious recipe but with a ginger cookie crust. I'm a little concerned that the crust may have overbrowned, but it's hard to tell because there's something spilled in the bottom of my oven that's smoking a bit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Me suggested that peach topping would be good with the ginger/walnut crust, so I'm looking forward to serving it that way tomorrow.
Originally I was thinking of making an asparagus souffle as a side dish, but after looking at a bunch of recipes I decided it was too much trouble. However, I did run across a veggie snack that sounds delicious and would use up a bunch of the frozen edamame I have: Garlic Edamame. If I don't make it as an Easter appetizer, I'll definitely try it soon.
My final contribution to the meal will be my usual dinner rolls. They didn't come out very well at Christmas, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that tomorrow's batch will be better.
The one thing I'm not making is hard-boiled, colored eggs. Because my sister is the one with the kids, I'm sure she'll have more than enough at her house to cover our deviled egg needs.
If I were dyeing eggs, I would definitely try making the silk-dyed eggs I've been seeing all over the 'net in the past week or so. I just don't have the time or motivation to go to the thrift store for silk ties this year.
So that's my plan for tomorrow.
Today I'm heading to Parkville, Missouri to meet up with some of my friends and get to know some of my Twitter buddies in person. The plan is to have lunch and do a bit of shopping.
I can tell this is going to be a very lovely weekend.