This March has been one tough cookie, speaking weather-wise, but as I sit here today, in South-Central NY, it is 50 degrees with a cerulean blue sky. The air still does have a winter nip, but signs of spring are here: I saw crocus today covering a hillside, and a small flock of Red-Winged blackbirds have arrived at my feeders; it is just that elusive Robin that is missing. Any time now, any time now.
Tomorrow is Easter Sunday, and usually my family would gather for an Easter Ham Dinner, an Easter Egg Hunt, yes, still, and just be together. Not so this year.
The youngest has been on Spring Break; his classes start back up Monday morning.That means that for about 9 hours on Easter Sunday some of us will be traveling to the North Country to return him to Potsdam. Damn. Not my idea of an Easter Sunday. But education is paramount, so we will ride this with an adjustment to the dinner date. Today we will have our Easter Dinner. Baked Ham, Cheddar Smashed Potatoes, Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce, homemade applesauce, and a Pina Colada Cheesecake for dessert.
Over the course of the past year and half of this blog we have already covered applesauce and we did a Frozen Pina Colada torte back a while ago; this year I am letting #1's girlfriend make the dessert--it was quite an ambitious attempt for a kitchen newbie--and for the record too much labor for me, but I did assist and when it is done we will be posting a photo. I give her a lot of credit--it is a 4 layer cake 2 layers are cake and 2 layers are cheesecake, plus there is a filling AND a frosting. Put away the calorie counters, or the sugar meters--this one is off the scale!
Regrettably, I did not have time to make my traditional Easter Bread, the sweetbread my grandmother used to make with the hard-cooked colored eggs that I made and posted last year--you know, it's that not enough time thing again.