Here we are just days away from the Easter Holidays and where I am (in Calgary) we’re still pretty much restricted to spending the holidays this year with those in our bubble. Don’t get me wrong, I love my little bubble. But as a girl who comes from a large, loud Italian family where major holidays are spent with, you know, fifty family members, cooking for 3 still feels a little odd. Our family dinners are a pot luck of sorts, because who in their right mind wants to cook a multi-course dinner for fifty.
We all have specialties and mine is dessert. And I have been known to be the only one who takes on dessert for our family.
So this week, in advance of Easter, I wanted to share how I am shifting to making a small meal for 3 and give your some ideas for what you might want to try too!
Ok – so full disclosure, I wrote a cookbook a few years ago called Cooking with Auntie. And while there are many family favorites this year I am going to go with my lamb shank and truffle white beans.
What I love about this recipe is that it’s a tiny bit of work on the front end but it cooks all day and this dish will actually melt in your mouth. I have done this dish for 2-8 people and the results are fantastic every time. You can serve with a crusty bread, over mashed or roasted potatoes and the lefts overs (if there are any) are fantastic too!
Now since I specialize in desserts, coconut macaroon nests are my go to cookies for an Easter treat every year. The great thing about these cookies is they can be made ahead and frozen until needed. They make a fantastic gift and anyone who loves coconut will love them!
Last year, for Easter I created a Chocolate Caramel Cheese cake – recipe found on the Cooking With Auntie Blog.
If you go to www.cookingwithauntie.ca you can download a free copy of my cookbook and have these recipes and more at your finger tips!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!