Creamy Callas, Bunnies, Chicks, Roses & Daffodils
abound on Jefferson's Table...
We had the old adobe all to ourselves. No Chefs. No guests, just family and friends...an instinctive reenactment of the many Easters gone-by. We celebrated with revered recipes like “GaGa Potato Salad”, “Nana’s Tomato Aspic” and “Grammy’s String Beans...Sentimental favorites that everyone has in their kitchen books. Nothing nouvelle, but the very taste of them always brings home the loving memories of the cooks, who made the day so extraordinary, year after year.
The Morning was fresh and sunny. We had decided to grill outside and do Ham Kabobs instead of the classic baked and decorated version. The front yard was peppered with a merry collection of eggs. Inside? Gummy bears, chocolate, or the most favored of all...$$$. Popping the Champagne (& sparkling apple - “kid champagne”), out came a silver susan brimming with smoked oysters, cream cheese & mint jelly, spiced olives and the children’s specialty, celery boats.
Everyone was sipping and we were grilling as the air became scented with the smokey ham, pineapple, peppers and red onion. We basted all along with a zesty Chipotle spiked teriyaki sauce. Soon a sizable wicker basket was piled high with the lightest, flakiest giant biscuits imaginable. A big china bowl full of whipped honey butter followed. All the favorites now stood shinning like treasure, on the ample chopping block table, groaning in the middle of the kitchen.
Just as there seemed to be no possibility to have one drop more...out came the big platter of Carrot Cake Cup Cakes, served by the children with great care and sparkling eyes. Yum, yummy...opulent cream cheese frosting on little cakes full of big walnut chunks and golden raisins. You just can not beat the classics for crowd appeal!
Then, in a flash, the moment the little ones were waiting for...the egg hunt began.
There was dashing and darting...high-spirited rivalry...a vigorous ballet in the eyes of the olders who all stood watching, grinning and sipping the last drops of bubbly with deep satisfaction..