Seasonal Sundays (Week 15) Easter Recipe Ideas

Check the calendar, yikes, Easter is just two weeks away. So today's recipe collection might be called, The Great Big Easter Basket of Recipes, it's packed with ideas that I do hope inspire your own spring-time gatherings, Easter or otherwise ...
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

The last time I saw Fiddler on the Roof was probably in 1971 and certainly at Winnipeg's Rainbow Stage, the wondrous spot that is Canada's largest and longest-running outdoor musical theater.

But we watched it on TCM recently, mesmerized, the 1971 movie version so familiar and yet, NOT.

How can it be that I know all the music, all these years later?

Fiddler on the Roof is sometimes described as a "charming story about Jewish life in early 20th Century Russia."

But Fiddler is really about how the Russians exiled Jewish people from Ukraine in 1905.

How "charming" is that? The truisms hold: Timing is everything, Context is everything.

Fiddler resonates on a personal level, even if I don't remember my Canadian family talking about it. I don't think my great-grandparents were either Jewish or Ukrainian but I do believe they left Ukraine in the late 1890s and settled in the Manitoba prairies to grow wheat.

Seeing the movie, especially the final scene, well, it offers up a fresh understanding of their departure.

Anyway, I recommend the movie, it gives new meaning to the term "political theater". I just checked, it's $1.99 to rent on Amazon.

More Info If Russia's invasion of Ukraine feels familiar, look to Broadway in the '60s

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: Spring's not showing yet near this small lake in the northern reaches of the Ozark Mountains about an hour south of St. Louis. But underneath, of course, the season's best greenery is preparing to burst forth and make itself known. Lent, too, may appear barren and lifeless until the promise of rebirth is kept ...


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.

Twice-Smoked Ham ♥, how and why to smoke a smoked ham a second time for Easter, Christmas and holiday hams.
  • THE RECIPE Twice-Smoked Ham How & why to smoke a smoked ham a second time.
  • WHY THIS, WHY NOW Is Easter even Easter without a big ham? If there's someone with a smoker in the family, share this recipe and see if you can get someone to take a smoked ham and then smoke it again. You'll never go back ...
  • AND DON'T FORGET Spicy Raisin Sauce for Ham My grandmother's recipe, always-always served with the Easter ham, the Christmas ham, the Sunday ham.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

How to Steam Eggs ♥ Simple technique for soft-cooked and hard-cooked eggs at the same time.

Easter Recipe Ideas

Easter Ideas & Recipes ♥, from Hot Cross Buns to Twice-Smoked Ham.

Traditional Easter Breads

Hot Cross Buns, an Easter tradition ♥, spiced sweet buns topped with icing crosses.

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.

Quiches for Easter Brunch

Spinach Quiche with Red Pepper & Feta, another classic spinach recipe ♥, creamy custard packed with fresh or frozen spinach in a homemade or refrigerated crust. Budget Friendly. Company Worthy.

Light Tomato Basil Quiche Recipe ♥, a make-ahead, healthy, vegetarian and light quiche recipe.

Asparagus Custard Tart ♥, a simple vegetable tart, perfect for spring brunches and light suppers. So pretty!

Easter Morning Breads

Mom's Blueberry Coffeecake, another easy summer recipe ♥, moist and delicious with fresh or frozen blueberries. Rave reviews!

Rhubarb Muffins ♥, less sweet, all whole-wheat, moist and fruity.

Mom's Perfect Biscuits, the family recipe, perfected by three generations of biscuit makers and one persistent food blogger. The secret ingredient? One egg.

Special Spring Salads

Seven-Layer Strawberry Salad with Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing, another show-stopping salad ♥, a strawberry riff on the classic seven-layer salad.

Summer Black-Eyed Pea Salad, another crowd-friendly salad ♥

Smitten Kitchen's Avocado-Cucumber Salad ♥, addictively good, so many variations. Low Carb. Gluten Free.

Creative Ideas for Easter Sides

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

Tourlou Tourlou (Greek Baked Vegetables) ♥, a vegan rainbow of vegetables slow-cooked in the oven. Great for parties, serve hot or at room temperature.

Greek Spinach-Asparagus-Potato Gratin ♥, layers of potato and delicious creamed spinach and asparagus.

Easter Extras

Strawberry Milk ♥, not a smoothie, almost a strawberry milkshake.

Famous Mustard Sauce (Carolina BBQ Mustard Sauce) ♥, Carolina BBQ mustard sauce from a handful of pantry ingredients, use as an ingredient and a condiment!

Pickled Asparagus, another quick pickle recipe ♥, low carb and practically no calories. No canning!

Special Vegetables for Easter

Party Asparagus with Aioli ♥ The trick to serving asparagus chilled? Salt. A little effort but definitely worthwhile for perfect chilled asparagus.

Moroccan Onions ♥, sliced, spiced and roasted onions, easy to make for one or two or a crowd. Simple but gorgeous!

Easy-Easy Slow Cooker Honey Carrots ♥, just 5 minutes prep, budget friendly, healthy and kid friendly.

Worth Waiting For: Easter Desserts!

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.

Chocolate Cream Puffs Stuffed with Strawberries & Cream ♥, barely sweet little desserts just two bites big, perfect finger food.

Coconut Cream Pie ♥, how to move grown men to silence. Super fast to make.

Good to Know

How to plant Lenten Grass, an old Finnish tradition ♥, helping children mark the season of Lent.

Thinking Ahead

Some of us plan meals a day or two ahead – or reality, right? even an hour or two ahead. But for those who start planning for Easter before the Christmas decorations are put away and New Year's when sunning by the pool, this list's for you. Start here!

Something New to You? A Challenge!

It's one thing to know what we like. It's another to get caught in a rut of repetition. Every so often, I may offer a challenge to try something that just might be new. The challenge is yours to accept – or y'know, not – but I hope to pique your palate!

Perfect Hard-Boiled Ruby Eggs ♥ What's the secret ingredient?!

Savoring Sweet Potatoes: A Challenge

So usually my "challenges" are, well, a challenge, an undertaking, an endeavor, a project. But here? For a few weeks, I hope you'll throw a few sweet potatoes onto your grocery list, knowing there'll be a simple recipe to tackle. Who's game?!
Sweet Potato Casserole ♥, traditional sweet potato casserole, updated with vanilla and ginger, just a few mini marshmallows plus a pecan-panko topping. Delish!

Meal Prep

Maple-Glazed Pecans ♥, crisp and barely sweet, add a spoonful to salads, morning oatmeal, a bowl of ice cream.

This Week's Soup

Paleo Carrot Soup, another healthy soup ♥ Laced with fresh ginger, cardamon and coconut milk. Paleo, vegan and completely delicious.

Finnish Food

Finnish Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake ♥, layers of sponge cake, fluffy whipped cream and strawberries, a real celebration cake.

Lookin' for Love

We're all proud of our best recipes that family and friends (and the Internet!) just love. But what about the recipes we love but are, ahem, so far under-appreciated? This recipe is just that, it could use a little extra love!

Ham & Eggs, another hearty breakfast ♥, whether for one or two or a hungry crowd. Low Carb. High Protein.

Recipes That Stand the Test of Time

To mark A Veggie Venture's 15th anniversary in 2020, I took a hard look at the first 365 vegetable recipes from the first year to select just 15 which, all these many years and recipes later, remain ever so useful. The result is a fascinating collection of recipes, 15 Favorite Vegetable Recipes, Still Useful After 15 Years. Here's just one.

Chipotle Chickpea Salad ♥, beans mixed with summer-fresh vegetables and a smidgin of heat. WW Friendly. Rave Reviews. Gluten Free.

PS Who's noticed? I'm big on "usefulness". See? Best-Ever “Most Useful” Recipes 2002 – Present, just one recipe per year from Kitchen Parade.

Made Me Think ...

Soups & Salads Especially for April

For seasonal cooks, switching seasons happens gradually, over the course of a few weeks. Here in the Midwest, it's still definitely "early spring" so the recipes cross between soups that warm us up on those chilly days and salads that call when it's easy to stretch an outdoor meal into evening. So what sounds good depends on the day, yes? That's why I spent a year gathering all of A Veggie Venture's best soup and salad recipes into easy-to-scan month-by-month collections.

Dig into Seasonal Soup & Salad Recipes for April, so many ideas!

Here's a sample!

Green Cabbage Salad with Fresh Lime Vinaigrette, another fresh, healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Vegan. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Feeding a Sugar-Conscious Sweet Tooth

You too? We're cutting back on sweets without demonizing dessert, usually with smaller batches, smaller servings, shareable desserts or fruit desserts in addition to limiting frequency. But some times?

Easy-Easy Chocolate Sheet Cake ♥, dark, moist, chocolate-y. No mixer required.


My Top 10 Recipes are predictable, hello Should Cooked Pork Be Pink? and (Sloooow) Baked Potatoes (How Long to Bake a Baked Potato). But every week, seasonal recipes catch the internet's attention and start to trend.

Ham 101: What to Know Before Buying a Ham, a detailed guide ♥ Easter, anyone?
  • THE INFO Ham 101 What to Know Before Buying a Ham
  • THEN FIRE UP THE SMOKER Twice-Smoked Ham How & why to smoke a smoked ham a second time.

What Are Bitter Greens, more Vegetables 101 ♥, everything you'd like to know, including a comprehensive list and links to recipes.
  • Vegetables 101 What Are Bitter Greens? Everything you'd like to know, including a comprehensive list and recipes.
  • Vegetables 101 What Are Crudites? How to create a colorful Instagram-friendly platter of raw vegetables.

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