Easter Dinner Ideas

Easter is just a few short weeks away, and here are a couple gorgeous Easter dinner ideas. A bit most refreshing and refined than the normal glazed ham and thawed peas. Simple and natural, just what you want to gather around for a beautiful family meal.

 Salmon with Cucumber-Radish Relisheasaterdinnersalmon

  • 1 side of salmon (about 2 1/2 pounds; preferably wild), skinned
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced radish
  • 1/2 cup diced, peeled English cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (about 2)
  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place salmon on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast salmon until just cooked through (it will be opaque around edges), 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Meanwhile, stir together radishcucumberhorseradish, scallions, and remaining teaspoon oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with salmon.

easterdinnerside2Potato and Leak Galette with Watercress

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small leek, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced crosswise and rinsed well
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup watercress, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  1. STEP 1

    Place potato in a bowl of cold water, and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain well in a salad spinner or squeeze in a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water. Combine potato, leek, flour, nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Scatter potato mixture in skillet, and press lightly with a spatula to make sure it holds together. Cook until underside is golden, about 6 minutes. Flip. Raise heat to medium-high. Cook until underside is golden, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Turn out galette. Toss watercress with lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, and place on top of galette. Slice into 8 wedges.

Love these and want some more clever recipes for Easter?? Go to MARTHA STEWART x

What to do for local Easter events?? Well Happy Hoppy Easter! ‘Tis the season of egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, and one of the best services at church all year! Here is a little round up of some local events that are fit for the whole family.

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Mad Hatter’s Eggstravaganza! crafts, tea party, eco friendly egg hunt

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Reservation required) 

Join our mad scientists for some crazy crafts and fantastic fun. Open to kids and adults of all ages. Celebrate Spring Wonderland style. This new member’s event will feature nature inspired crafts, a mad hatter’s tea party, eco friendly egg, and more!

Egg Hunt at Sea Canyon Park! Egg hunt, games, petting zoo, Mr. Bunny

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Sea Canyon Park
  • 33093 Santiago Drive
  • Dana Point, Orange County, 92624

Activities include: Children’s Games, Petting Zoo, Easter Bunny Visits. Event begins at 9:00am Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10:00am.

 

Egg Hunt at Pines Park! Egg Hunt, petting zoo, Mr. Bunny.  

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Pines Park
  • 34941 Camino Capistrano
  • Dana Point, Orange County, 92624

Children’s Games, Petting Zoo, Easter Bunny Visits. Event begins at 9:00am Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10:00am.

Plan Special Family Events

 

The Rabbit Run! 5k Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19 8:30am-10:30am, Concordia UniversityIrvine, CA

Easter themed race staged at picturesque Concordia University. Age division awards 3 deep in 5 year age spans. Overall winner prizes. Course full of Easter prizes and eggs. Each participant gets event t shirt, hunt bag, and chance to get 12 prizes. Race, run, walk, or stroller it. Kid’s discounted. Easter Bunny at finish line for photo opportunities! OC Register 

 

Little Church by The Sea, 468 Legion St. Laguna Beach

•Good Friday Service, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary

•Sunrise Service, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, located at the end of Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach

•Easter Sunday Services, at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary

 

Having trouble trying to figure out what to wear for Easter after spending Winter in jeans and sweaters?? Spring and Easter are the best excuses to bring out all your floral, fresh whites, and bright colored frocks. But there is a way to over do it and a way to make it classy sassy. We are shooting for the latter. The key is to keep it simple, bold, fresh. And don’t shy away from a bright yellow or tangerine, what other time can you rock a sunshine dress with matching heels?? Get inspired ladies!

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Old fashioned dipped dyed eggs is alright, and maybe a bit boring, but wait till you learn how to make marbleized Easter eggs! Never again will youreggs jar kids become unamused after dunking two hard boiled eggs in a cups of murky dye. With this new technique, you’ll even get a few artsy adults in the mix trying their hand at the marbleizing madness.

What you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Fork
  • Paper towels

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  1. STEP 1

    Prepare a dye bath in a small heatproof mixing bowl: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) with 1 cup of hot water. Add an egg, and submerge it until it turns the desired hue. Remove egg; let dry, about 15 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    In a shallow, wide bowl, prepare another batch of dye in a darker or different shade; this will provide the swirls. The liquid should be 1/2 inch deep. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil (you may need more depending on the size of the container). Run a fork through this mixture, creating swirls of oil on the surface. Place the dyed egg in the marbleizing mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up the oil streaks; remove, and blot gently with a paper towel. Let dry, 30 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Try various color combinations. Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve contrasts both striking and subtle.

For more Spring Kid (and adult) Crafts, Martha Stewart has you covered!!

Make this Easter special by surprising your family and friends with fun homemade Easter treats that will be different and even more yummy than store bought desserts. The recipes are easy, yet the presentation of the treats look creative and very time consuming. They will go quick and be sure to catch everyone’s attention.

See Betty Crocker for more Easter dessert recipes that will be sure to wow everyone!

Email me at Asklauren@charleswigs.com with any questions!

 

White Chocolate M&M Cookie Bars:

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Ingredients-

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 sticks butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 bag white chocolate M&Ms

Instructions-

1. Melt the butter and set aside.

2. Mix flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl and also set aside.

3. Combine brown and white sugar in a bowl. Add melted butter and whisk until mixed well.

4. Add eggs and mix well. Also add vanilla.

5. Add flour mixture and mix until a dough has formed. Add 1 cup of M&Ms to mixture and mix again.

6. Pour dough into a greased 9×13 pan and spread evenly.

7. Add remaining M&Ms to the top. Bake at 325 for 22-26 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares and serve.

Marshmallow Peanut Butter Eggs:

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Ingredients-

12 tablespoons butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

14 oz peanut butter

1 cup marshmallow fluff

1 teaspoon vanilla

dark chocolate chips or candy bark for coating

sprinkles for decorating

Instructions-

1. Put the butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar in a bowl. Mix on medium speed with a hand mixer. Mix for about 2 minutes or until the consistency is light and fluffy.

2. Add peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until the candy is a workable texture; not too sticky and easy to handle. You might need to add a little more powdered sugar to get a more workable consistency.

3. Using a large spoon, scoop the candy onto the spoon and press into the spoon. It should shape like an egg. Peel off of spoon. Put it on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and continue until mix is gone. About 3 dozen.

4. Put the eggs in the fridge to firm up, about an hour. (I let mine sit over night, so they were really firm.) Once firm, melt chocolate and coat the eggs. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles if you want.

5. Return to the fridge and allow to firm. Store in fridge up to 2 weeks in a air tight container. When ready to eat, allow to come to room temperature first for best taste.