Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter and Tie Dye Act II

Hope everybody had a wonderful Easter or Passover this week! As usual we ate too much
On the menu....spiral cut ham, pineapple rings,

Best Ever Rolls (Randy's Mom's recipe),

Luscious potato casserole (See recipe HERE),

and a new to me Asparagus with Buttery Bread Crumbs.

We also had deviled eggs that somehow didn't make it out of the fridge! Snack for me tomorrow :-)

Asparagus with Buttery Bread Crumbs
adapted from this recipe found on Serious Eats

1.5 pounds asparagus
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, crushed with a chef's knife

1. Wash, dry and trim off the woody bottom portion of the asparagus.

2. In a large zip-top plastic bag (if you're an earth murderer like me) or a long, shallow dish, combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon zest and juice, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper, and crushed clove of garlic. Add the asparagus and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or in the fridge for as long as you like.

3. After marinades, saute asparagus until tender (I added a bit of water to make them more tender).

4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until the crumbs take on an amber color and smell like you couldn't possibly resist eating them by the spoonful. Serve the asparagus with crumbs sprinkled over top.

There are two Easter traditions that I love...dying eggs and Pocking them. Now I know that most of you know what dying eggs is, but only a handful of you know about pocking. See my Luscious Potato casserole from last year above for details. And stayed tuned below for this years winner. Last year I tried a silk dying method of egg coloring using some old ties that I've collected that produced some pretty cool results so I thought I would give it a try again this year.

Its kind of hit and miss since some of the dyes adhere less than others.

I blew a few of the eggs so that I wouldn't have to throw them away if they turned out. Luckily some of my favorites ended up being the blown eggs. Including this groovy one.

The effect is really neat and on some looks a lot like tye dye

But on others you get a LOT more detail

The shiny shell is simply vegetable oil rubbed on

I wish I knew how to get the fabric on a little smoother because you get white spaces where the wrinkles are

Which can actually create a neat look on some eggs

I guess in a way it adds to the look

I love having a chance to use my Deviled Egg dish

And some of my egg cups

I think the Easter Bunny likes them too

Because he left a few in our baskets

So because the dyes on these eggs are not necessarily food safe (not really sure?) I boiled a few more eggs to eat. I ran out of time so didn't dye these. So the pocking contest was a little dull....especially since I DIDN'T win!!!! Randy won again!!! Dang him.

I'm joining in over at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday! Check it out HERE.


Debbie said...

Happy Easter Suzy! I'm copying all the recipes! Yummo! I think next year I will try the eggs. They are works of art1

Mimi said...

Suzy, hope you had a Happy Easter! Those eggs are beautiful.

Bobbi said...

Everything looks so great...I love your mosaic to! I hope that you have a wonderful new week!

Cathy said...


I adore the mosaic of your beautiful eggs!

Happy Mosaic Monday!

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing such lovely and yummy photos. Happy Easter from Vancouver Island, thanks for sharing your dinner with us all! Michelle

bj said...

OMGosh...those are amazing eggs. Just fantastic.
Love your mosaic..YOU DID GOOD! :)

Queen of Dreamsz said...

I love the eggs and that potato casserole sounds great..gotta save that recipe...thank you. ♥

I'm visiting for Mosaic Monday [a bit late] drop by to visit when you have a moment.

Stephanie ♥

32˙North said...

What a great technique for making some outstanding looking eggs - thanks for sharing!


Dishesdone said...

Great looking eggs, Suzy! You lost again??? I remember you doing the silk tie method last year!

All your food looks delicious! Not a fa of asparagus. but yours does look good, my kids would love it!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I know you just let Randy win on purpose ;)

Beautiful eggs once again, Suzy! The colors are just gorgeous. Randy's mom's rolls look luscious!

Marsha said...

A belated happy Easter to you and Randy! Your meal looks so good - I love everything you chose to serve.

Those "tie" dyed eggs are so cute I was going to try them this year but we weren't home so I didn't even get any decorations out, I so enjoyed seeing yours!

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