If you've been nominated commander-in-chef this Easter, this guide will lead you into a successful campaign against a hungry family.
Step 1: Craft a menu Craft a solid Easter dinner menu before putting together your final shopping list and heading to the store. Collect recipes from the friends and family you expect to attend.
TIP: There are many traditional Easter dinner recipes available online.
Step 2: Be traditional or not Choose a main course. You can be traditional with a succulent glazed ham as your centerpiece for your Easter feast, or break tradition with roast leg of lamb instead.
TIP: Precooked hams are the easiest to prepare since they only need to be warmed through before serving.
Step 3: Mash it up Peel and slice large russet potatoes. Bake with milk and cheddar cheese for some au gratin spuds. Or boil and mash them with butter and Gruyere cheese for a clever twist on boring mashed potatoes. Make them the day before the meal for quick preparation when your company arrives.
Step 4: Go green Saute fresh green beans in butter and garlic, or toss cooked green asparagus in a pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper for two side dishes that both taste great and are good for you.
Step 5: Toss a fresh salad Toss a fresh salad, complete with leafy, green lettuce, colorful peppers, tomatoes, crisp cucumber, and match stick carrots. Serve with a variety of creamy and vinegary dressings.
Step 6: Include dessert Include a homemade or store-bought dessert like carrot cake, a meringue pie, individual strawberry tarts, or egg-shaped frosted cookies.
TIP: If you're making all your desserts from scratch, bake and decorate a day or two ahead of time.
Step 7: Put it all together Bake your main course and warm the potatoes you made the day before. Saute your veggies and prep your salad as the meat cools. Set the table and enjoy your feast with family and friends.
FACT: According to the American Meat Institute, Americans ate 23.3 billion pounds of pork from 116 million hogs in 2008.