Seasonal Sundays (Week 16)

Happy Easter, All ...
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

So hello ... and Happy Easter for those who mark the Christian celebration.

I'm feeling nostalgic for the big Easter egg hunts we once hosted, dozens of families, so many kids streaming into the field across the way carrying baskets, a parent close behind the littlest Littles. Today the weather is stormy, we'd be moving to Plan B, hiding the eggs inside.

And that's the thing, right? One of the Things among So Many Things right now, that is.

What will life look like a year from now? Heavens, how will our lives look a week from now?

Will the "weather" still be stormy? Or will the world be full of "sunshine" and small girls in Easter dresses and small boys with Easter shirts untucked?

Or will we still be making do, finding ways to adjust – and celebrate – with Plan B? Or perhaps Plans C, D, E or F?

When do we accept that This Moment, even with so much upset and uncertainty and so many unknowns, it's still life, just not the lives we imagined a few short weeks ago.

If ever there's a reminder that learning to adjust – flexing, stretching, retrenching – is a life skill.

Be Well. Be Strong. Be Safe. Be You.

PS This sounds special, I've set a reminder, Andrea Bocelli Live from the Duomo Cathedral in Milan, 1pm eastern time, noon central time, 10am pacific time today, Easter Sunday.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Like school children everywhere, the twin grandsons (age 11) are in remote learning mode including occasional art lessons with their grandpa. When the photo of the younger twin's sidewalk chalk art arrived, Grandpa just shook his head with a smile. "Maybe I should be the one taking lessons."


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Ham & Beans ♥, an easy, budget-friendly one-pot supper that makes best use of a leftover ham bone. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Did you manage an Easter ham? Don't toss that bone, it's the basis for tomorrow's dinner! Or maybe you have a ham hock or two in the freezer? This is such comfort food, something I make all year round, a big pot every couple of months. It's a good night, Ham & Beans night.

  • THE RECIPE Ham & Beans How to make Ham & Beans with a leftover ham bone.

Leftover Ham?

Easy Ham Salad ♥, a great way to use up leftover ham from the freezer.

Here's the thing. Ham doesn't freeze well. I'm not sure why but it really loses something.

That said, guess who keeps freezing ham, just so it doesn't go to waste. So imagine my surprise to figure out that ham salad made from frozen ham is wonderful!

Something for the Soup Pot

Turkey Orzo Soup with Lemon & Spinach ♥, a hearty mix of cooked turkey, pasta and vegetables brightened with lemon, perfect for spring. Weight Watchers Friendly. High Protein.

Looking for hearty but light, both at once in the same bowl?

Working On That Stash of Beans

Greek Baked Beans (Gigantes Plaki) ♥, healthy beans cooked in the oven until creamy with tomatoes, warm spices. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free.

Let's not forget, dried beans don't keep forever. In fact, "fresh" dried beans cook better, see Why Dried Beans Won't Cook. My own tack is that when I'm able to buy a new bag or two of beans, it's time to cook one too.

Strawberry Season Begins ...

Fresh Strawberry Pie ♥, with a homemade chocolate cookie crumb crust, cool, light and refreshing. Only 200 Calories. Weight Watchers Friendly. Make It Today, Serve It Tomorrow. Low Cal. Low Carb.

Less activity. More cooking. More stress eating. People are starting to ruefully admit, Covid19 may predict weight gain of 19 pounds.

We're doling out the sweets here, 100-calorie

But on Saturdays? S-W-E-E-T Time! This pie won't put you over the edge though, a slice is only 200 calories.

The cookie crust is fabulous but nobody's gonna complain about a graham cracker crust, I promise. Mine is lower in butter and sugar than most, My Favorite Graham Cracker Crust, it's crisp and sturdy, not too sweet, not too buttery.

  • THE RECIPE Fresh Strawberry Pie Fresh glazed berries in a homemade chocolate-cookie crust, a real crowd pleaser.

Peace and Quiet in the North Woods

I've been fascinated by Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg's work for many years. His book Chased by the Light is at my dad's, I pour through it every time I visit.

Chased by the Light is fascinating. It's a collection of photographs – just one shot, one actual click of the shutter button – for each of 90 days.

In today's digital world, where thousands of bad photos stack up on our phones, his work is truly something. Imagine waiting – waiting! – to find just the right shot and then getting it just right in a single shot.

It turns out that with little fanfare, for almost ten years Brandenburg was also collecting video and in 2020, it's being presented, one day at a time, at He writes: "Nature has blessed me with its gifts of subtle but powerful teaching. One might even describe these moments I give back as a form of a small prayer; a mindful effort to pay homage to a wild and natural living land."

For me, it's become a daily devotional, a moment to remember and rejoice in the wildness of the world.

Something to Read

I'm taking a deep dive into John Irving, attacking a stack of $1 books from Goodwill awhile back.

The writing, oh, the writing. The fulsome detail, without seeming like a writer's assistant's checklist.

The World According to Garp started off strong but is wearing on me 41% in. Tell me, does it pick up again?

Widow for One Year, in contrast, remains compelling a third of the way in. I so feel for Ruthie ...

What's New?!

An Old-Fashioned Finnish Cake

Finnish Tiger Cake ♥, a mini chocolate marble pound cake with stripes just like a tiger, easy to double for a large family or a party.

It's r-a-r-e for me to bake one day and share the recipe the next. But I've made many tiger cakes, even if the last time was decades ago. This one's not to miss ... especially since it's a mini cake, a nice size for the small households many of us are in.

Don't Skip the Olives!

Big Cajun Chopped Salad, another fresh, flexible & healthy salad ♥ Great with gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, crawfish boils and more.

Just chop up all your green vegetables, then add olives and toasted almonds. A real hit ...

Just Updated!

Keep Supper Simple

One-Skillet Braised Chicken with Shallots ♥, drumsticks or thighs braised with shallots in a white-wine and mustard sauce.

Make a Meal Out of Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Lasagna with Butternut Bechamel & Roasted Butternut Squash ♥, three vegetarian layers plus a gorgeous 'Butternut Bechamel' studded with roasted squash.

Some for Lunch, Some for the Freezer

Healthy Carrot Soup ♥, my cousin's famous carrot soup recipe, creamy even though it's made with skim milk, not cream. Weight Watchers Friendly. Budget Friendly. Low Carb. Rave Reviews!

Easter Is a Season, Not a Single Day

Armenian Easter Bread (Choereg or Choreg) ♥, a rich buttery braided yeast bread spiced with mahleb (or mahlab), a slice is perfect with a cup of coffee.

Eating from the Freezer ...

Slow Cooker Braised Lamb Shanks or Venison Shanks ♥ with a silky-smooth vegetable sauce. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Low Carb. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Apples Need Attention?

Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp ♥, finally my perfect apple crisp, barely sweet apples firm and tart with an extra-crispy topping. It's got a secret ingredient!

  • THE RECIPE Extra-Crispy Apple Crisp My very own "perfect" recipe, barely sweet apples firm and tart, topped with an extra-crispy topping, thanks to a secret ingredient.

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