As Christians around the globe celebrate the Easter season, I am often reminded that it is a time of new beginnings. Many Easter rituals and events are rich in history, culture, symbolism and tradition. I love to focus on the food and the stories associated with the rich traditions.
While Easter may be the most important Christian festival of the year, it is also the religious celebration with the widest universal appeal as it is identified with the cyclical return of spring after the darkness of the winter season. This past winter on the east coast was a bit challenging for many as we all moved through the many snow and ice storms. Today, we feel the promise of spring and its new beginnings. I wish each of you, whether you are Christians or not, a Buona Pasqua! ~ Happy Easter!
On the Menu:
Mom’s Baked Ham
Roasted Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary
Broccoli with Lemon, Garlic and Olive Oil ~ (see recipe below)
Ricotta Pie (Italian Cheese Pie)
(Recipes available: Mama Mia Cucina~A Flavor of Good Food and Good Family)
Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic
(Broccolii con Aglio e Limone)
1 bunch of fresh broccoli
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 whole lemon, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted (optional)
Cook broccoli until tender, blanch in cold water to stop the cooking process, and drain. In a skillet, saute garlic in olive oil. In a large bowl, add chopped broccoli, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and pine nuts. Toss well and serve at room temperature.
We refer to this dish as “the salad” and serve it on each celebrated holiday.
It is usually doubled or tripled.
(recipe taken from MaMa Mia Cucina)