It's Good Friday, which has monumental significance for Christians. But since you know all about that already, I'll just keep talking about food.
Both daughters will be coming home this weekend—actually, one is already here—and when the house is full, I tend to cook. There are reasons for that: I like to cook, sometimes Daughter No. 1 likes to help cook, and when someone says "what's here to eat?," I want to have an answer.
So, this morning I'll be making a batch of cocoa nibs cookies and two loaves of French bread. For the Europeans, what we really mean by that is longish, thin loaves of yeast bread. They may not resemble anything the French ever make, but that has no bearing on what we call them.
Because Sunday will be busy, and No. 1 may go back to school early that day, we'll have our big dinner on Saturday, and I have just finished with the menu and the resulting grocery list. I'll start with open-face cucumber sandwiches using today's bread and make deviled eggs topped with caviar. Then we'll have baked spicy ham, roasted asparagus, and white chocolate/strawberry parfaits. I'm not sure about the second side, though. It will either be a veggie orzo or scalloped potatoes, but I can't decide which. Potatoes or orzo • potatoes or orzo • potatoes or orzo, I keep saying to myself.
Which would you prefer? Potatoes or orzo? Do you do anything special for Easter dinner? And another question—would you still give your kids Easter baskets if they were in college?