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Your Favorite Traditional Easter Meal 
Apr. 3, 2011 1:40 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2011 11:22 am
As the children search for Easter eggs in the yard, we are in the kitchen preparing the feast for our family.  Growing up, we had ham and au gratin potatoes with creamed peas and a carrot cake.  My first wife and I decided to make a Chinese meal each year, and my present wife and her family celebrate with a ham dinner.
I am curious to know what you the reader do and eat on Easter Sunday.  I also know many of you live outside the USA, and I would love to hear of any traditions from other countries.
Thanks and God bless
Chef John
Apr. 3, 2011 3:39 pm
Since we came to the States we have a Ham dinner. Growing up in Germany we always had a beef roast, homemade potato knoedel, Spaezle, Asparagus and mixed salad for lunch. Then for dinner we had the goodies from the Easter basket that was blessed in church. The basket always had hardboiked eggs, butter, smoked Ham ( kind like Panchetta), salt, bread and cake.
Apr. 3, 2011 4:32 pm
ChefJohn: We are continuing the French tradition (France): Leg of lamb, green beans,asparagus,roasted potatoes (around the leg of lamb)and for desert, a "vacherin glace"(a "relative" of the famous pavlova). Does it appeal to you? Maguy
Apr. 3, 2011 5:05 pm
As a born and bred Missouri redneck, our traditional easter always had a brown sugar basted baked ham, deviled eggs, and whatever else family members brought to the celebration. My husband's family introduced me to grilled ham steaks with warm cherry sauce which has since become one of my favorite meals. This year, I am cooking the easter feast at my mother's house. She has graciously agreed to "give up the kitchen" for my use. I'm excited to provide this traditional meal for my loved ones. Baked ham will be on the menu for sure:)
Apr. 4, 2011 2:55 pm
Easter is always Leg of Lamb in our house. Some years we've done it on the grill others I roast it. I'm stuffing it with goat cheese and spinach this year. I'll serve it with oven roasted potatoes, asparagus, green beans and braised fennel. Dessert will be a surprise from my SIL. Happy Easter to you!
Apr. 6, 2011 11:22 am
We usually do ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, hashbrown casserole, corn, green beans, rolls and devilled eggs. THIS year we are deviating for the first time in my entire life due to my Grandma getting over some illness - and having COOKOUT. Burgers, hot dogs and smoked sausage on the grill, with whatever pass around dishes people bring. We'll probably still have the normal desserts of chocolate pie, chess pie and banana pudding. I'm looking forward to having a meal together and NOT having to do 1 and a half hours worth of dishes afterwards and then husband is ready to go by then and I don't get to visit at all. We wont do it every time but once in a whiles OK with me :)
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John Politte

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About Me
I have been a professional restaurant person for 30+ years. I started out as a dishwasher and worked my way up the ladder. No schooling except for hands on experience in locations around the USA. I am now starting my own business as a consultant and food writer.
My favorite things to cook
Everything-except baking and desserts
My favorite family cooking traditions
Gravy, my side of the family is mostly French , so we love the sauces and gravies.
My cooking triumphs
Starting my own public access cooking show-"It's Only Food". Did 33 shows in 3 years as the chef and producer. It certainly opened up a lot of doors and paved the way for changing the way I look at food.
My cooking tragedies
Missing my family growing up and working 80 hour weeks, but I can say that it paid off. No regrets.
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