Lightly sweetened and yeast-risen breads are a traditional part of Greek and Italian Easter celebrations. Whether it’s a customary part of your family’s Easter or not, it’s surprisingly easy to bake an authentic recipe at home with eggs, butter, sugar and any number of fruit or nut add-ins, and the finished loaf serves as an impressive, homemade centerpiece on your holiday table. Just in time for Easter Sunday, we’ve got two airy and authentic recipes that will become family go-tos from here on out.
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We’ve got the cutest snack and dessert ideas for spring — including shortcuts, trade secrets and a few recipes that require no baking at all. Check out these downright adorable treats.
The Largest (and Cutest) Egg-Shaped Cookie (pictured above)
Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe — or a package from the store because we’ll never tell — then it’s all about frosting, sprinkles and fun.
You’ve dyed the hard-boiled eggs and you’ve readied the ham. But what about the side dishes for your Easter feast? Look no further than a tray of bubbly, oh so cheesy scalloped potatoes. Not only do they feed a crowd, but they’re also endlessly creamy and comforting. Read on below for our best-of-the-best recipes.
Scalloped Potato Gratin
With more than 500 fan reviews and a 5-star rating, Tyler Florence’s easy-to-make recipe is a tried-and-true favorite you can trust. The secret to his recipe is steeping the cream with herbs and garlic for flavor that doesn’t overpower the finished product.
Your family may have its share of Easter Sunday traditions that make you itch with excitement year after year: tearing open the Easter baskets, hunting for eggs in the yard and spending some quality time together. But, odds are, you aren’t so tied to the work it takes to put on the annual holiday meal. This Easter, ease up on prep (and make space in your oven) with our fleet of family-favorite slow-cooker recipes, tailor-made for your Easter menu.
Bet you didn’t think you could cook your Easter ham without an oven. This super-convenient technique easily produces a juicy and tender ham, while a tangy-sweet sauce of apricot jam, Dijon mustard and brown sugar brings on sweetness and shine.
On St. Patrick’s Day, it seems we’re either donning head-to-toe green, rushing out to join a band of revelers, or sitting down to an austere dinner of dry corned beef and over-cooked cabbage. If only we started pickling our briskets at home rather than slapping a few store-bought slices onto a plate with a side of bland vegetables, this traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish would likely have a different image altogether. Perhaps corned beef will never achieve the pizzazz of, say, a sky-high double-bacon cheeseburger. But what it lacks in visual bravado it makes up for in intensely meaty, almost buttery flavor — if it’s done right. If you’re giving corned beef a second try this year — and we highly recommend that you do — there are a few things to know.
Repeat after us: “Just because food could be dyed green doesn’t mean it should be.” And while we’ll gladly take a slice of a bright green cake once a year, we can’t help but feel that St. Paddy’s Day is the perfect reason to celebrate all those delicious dishes that are already green. This list is a mere smattering of our faves.
Green Smoothie Bowl (above)
Because we all know that holiday celebrations didn’t really happen unless you Instagram them — and this bright green breakfast bowl is totally ready for its close-up.
One of the most-colorful symbols of St. Patrick’s Day is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I set out to make a cake that incorporated a little of both: the bright, bold colors of the rainbow as well as the mysterious gold at the end! This cake has a simple buttercream rainbow design complemented with gold sprinkles around the upper edge. But that is not where the fun ends — once you cut into the cake you will see three beautiful golden ombre layers!
St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate, but it’s become more socially acceptable to get drunk off of green beer and do a bar crawl than to actually sit down and enjoy some nice bar fare and a good beer. So, to break with that tradition, we asked chefs around the country to share their favorite Irish pub — no green bagels allowed.
You know those seasonal mint milkshakes that are sold at a certain fast-food joint around St. Patrick’s Day? Those can be expensive and packed with ingredients you may or may not be able to pronounce. Not ideal, right? Enter your new favorite frosty March treat.
Good news for all you V-Day procrastinators: The holiday that celebrates chocolate, floral arrangements and, you know, love is on a Sunday this year. So even if you’ve waited until now to plan a date night, you still have plenty of time to get it right. And might we suggest making your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special this year?
Here are some of our favorite dishes that take a wee bit more time and effort to complete than, say, your typical taco night. Resist the urge to scramble for a restaurant reservation, and give one of these a try instead. After all, nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked meal.
Coq au Vin (above)
Ina Garten convincingly (and unsurprisingly) proves that this classic French dish is easy to make, but it’s not really a one-pot meal. Still, the construction is rustic and uncomplicated, simple ingredients give way to deep savory flavors, and the dish feels special as soon its name leaves your lips.