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Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Sunday 2011

I love the holidays with my family. The conversation, the drinks, the laughter, and most importantly.....the food!!! As we sit down to devour the feast before us, our eyes sparkle. My brother looks at me and smiles the same way he did when we were kids. It's the meal we've been waiting for all week long and it's finally here! We gorge to our heart's delight. We talk about the past, the present, the future..and as I stare at the colorful array of dishes before me...I can somehow see it all come together right at this very table.

Rosemary Stuffed Pork Loin

Grandpa's Stuffed Shells

Mini yams, potatoes, mushrooms, onions and peas cooked with the pork loin and served as a side

Stuffed artichokes mini and large

The dessert spread


Grandma's Pastiera...this is a wheat pie that is a traditional Neopolitan dessert for Easter time. It's also quite delicious for breakfast in the morning with a cup of coffee. This recipe crossed an ocean for us by my Grandmother Teresea Staiano and it's a complete nod to my Italian heritage. I love the way this pic came out!! Watch out Food & Wine here I come!!

Gave it a shot with lemon bars that came out absolutely delicious! Sweet, sour and buttery yummmmmm!


Okay some may find this kind of tacky, however, not all are baking experts and let's face it....sometimes cheesy can be damn delicious too!! This is the Cheesecake Factory's red velvet cheesecake. I'm such a fan of red velvet cake and this just turns it up a notch by adding a layer or two of cheesecake. Their cakes are great for those non-bakers. You order it, it's delivered to your front door and it's a frozen cake line so you simply defrost it. You can't go wrong.

Hit me up if you are interested in a recipe of any of the above....excluding the red velvet cheesecake of course! :)

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