Apricot Bread for bread pudding
It doesn't feel much like April in Wisconsin today. But it sounds like it: The birds might be confused by the snow, but they have begun their spring songs, marking their turf and jockeying for nesting space.
I love spring. I'd to see some green grass instead of newly-fallen snow.
But I'm going to brunch on Easter Sunday and looking forward to a spring salad luncheon at my neighborhood church. These are seasonal culinary rituals I cherish.
Planning a brunch or luncheon yourself? Hear are some recipes to get you started:
- A Collection of Eggs Benedict Ideas from Months of Edible Celebrations
- An Assortment of Omelets and Frittatas from Thyme for Cooking
- Dozens of Egg Recipes from Carole's Chatter
- Eggs and Spinach from Christine Cooks
Sweet Things for Breakfast
- Apricot-Mascarpone Bread Pudding: Double this recipe to feed eight people.
- Apricot-Walnut French Toast: Great with breakfast sausages or Canadian bacon.
- Breakfast Casserole with Ham and Brie: Add lingonberry jam for a Swedish twist.
- Chocolate Bread Pudding with Cranberries: Wintry, but perfect this spring.
- Crepes au Chocolat from Cooking Spree
- Chocolate Drizzle Bundt Cakes from Lavender and Lovage
- Broccoli-Quinoa Salad: Great with walnuts and cranberries.
- Cold Broccoli Salad: Also with cranberries, but with cashews and blue cheese.
- Roasted Potato Salad with Feta Cheese: Great with cold ham.
- Cole Slaw Ham Salad: Great for and after Easter.
- Old-Fashioned Chicken Pasta Salad: The kind mom used to make.
- Warm Chicken Salad with Spring Vegetables from Thyme for Cooking
- Asparagus Tarts from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen
- Green Beans Amandine: Classic, made here with shallots.
- Green Beans with Shallots and Pancetta: Great with leftover chicken.
- Roasted Asparagus with Ham: A springlike pairing with penne rigate.
- Roasted Asparagus with Poached Eggs from Blue Kitchen
- Roasted Carrots with Brown Sugar and Thyme: Especially tasty with carrots fresh from the farm market.
- Sautéed Carrots with Apples and Pecans: My favorite recipe - ever!
I have always felt Easter and Passover were solemn occasions; saying Happy Easter somehow seems inappropriate. But this is the season of renewal, and I wish you peace and tranquility.