Easter, whether you are religious or not, is celebrated around the world. In addition to observing Jesus rising from the dead, people celebrate a seasonal rebirth. Modern interpretations of these celebrations give us the Easter basket and the Easter bunny.
March is my favorite month for birthdays. It gives me another excuse to make what in my family is the traditional birthday cake -- German chocolate layer cake. In addition to my own, my brother, Bob, has a birthday this month. I try to be especially nice to him this month because he is a gardener and sometimes I reap the benefits -- March is a good month for gardening, too.
One of my favorite convenience products is puff pastry sheets. I like to keep a box or two in the freezer. Pepperidge Farm makes a nice product. The sheets come two to a 17.3-ounce box. You can use just one sheet at a time, but be sure to wrap and freeze the other one -- this product dries out quickly and the uncooked sheets will keep only a few days in the refrigerator.
It’s Christmas week already -- can you believe it? Keep some time open for a family breakfast believe it? Hopefully, you will have plenty of family and friends to spend the holiday with. Maybe a leisurely breakfast can be on the schedule -- there’s nothing better to get the day started. These recipes can be made ahead of time -- even the pancake can be prepped the night before.
Dips are great for entertaining -- there’s no doubt about it. Whether it’s a casual get-together or holiday-themed bash, a rich, creamy dip tops the list of must-have party foods. The first three recipes are from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
The caramel apple pie dip is a sweet, creamy rendition of an American staple.
The blue cheese beer spread is a tangy beer cheese dip that is perfect for New Year’s Day bowl games.
And the mascarpone spread with brandied walnuts adds a festive flair to your appetizer lineup.
If you are doing an all appetizer lineup, be sure to include additional protein-based choices and include some raw vegetables and fruit for a good balance.