Friday, March 29, 2013
This being Easter weekend, if I were home, there would be a ton of baking done! Ever since I was a kid this was "the" holiday for eating, even more so than Thanksgiving. On this weekend we would do the baking of cream pies, rice pies, ricotta pies, wheat pies and apizza gain (Italian meat pie). The apizza gain is really the only pie that is ok on a healthy eating plan if you watch your portions. It really is just a mixture of diced ham, eggs, basket cheese, romano cheese and all baked in a pepper dough crust. It is tradionally eaten for breakfast on Easter morning but then at any time thereafter. Usually we have leftovers for dinner.
The Italian Cream pie is made with egg yolks, sugar, milk and vanilla which makes the cream part and then a sweet crust. I subbed the sugar with Splenda and this is for Easter dessert. I don't make the other pies anymore as there is just too much food and too many sweets.
Hey can you see my mouth watering just thinking about all these goodies!!
I'm making hard boiled eggs but don't have coloring here but when I get home, I'm going to color some. I always bring these to my parents as no one colors eggs anymore. I think my Dad really gets a kick out of them although he won't admit that he loves them.
Easter dinner is spiral sliced ham, potatoes and sometimes sweet potatoes, corn, broccoli casserole and other assorted veggies. Dinner rolls and salad finish off the meal.
Since I am away, Easter will be postponed till I get home and can have it with my daughter and parents. (It's ok that my parents also have it on the correct day with my sister and her family) Sometimes you just have to keep the traditions going or celebrations end and become like any other day. It's important to me to keep them alive and although my daughter doesn't cook the traditional foods, I think she really enjoys when we are together and have them. Perhaps after I am gone, she will pick them up but if not, she will have her memories.
My daughter did learn how to make the sweet Easter braided bread. It is her contrabution to the meal and I appreciate it because I know it is a lot of work. It's one bread that comes out better when you do the kneading by hand instead of using a bread machine.
I think the hardest part of the weekend is not eating the finished product until Sunday. You look at it and want it but can't touch it!
I wish you all a very Happy Easter weekend. Remember your own traditions and pass them on. It's nice to be modern but never forget the past, they were good times too!!