A Second Chance

“Easter is very important to me, it’s a second chance.” ~ Reba McEntyre

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Published in: on March 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm  Comments (38)  
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An Easter Prelude Recipe

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(Photo credit: urbanmkr)

I am making this as a prelude to Easter dinner tomorrow. It is delicious and easy peasy which are two of my criteria for a recipe. The others of course are that a recipe have five ingredients and only three steps. While this has a few more than five ingredients, it makes up for it by being simple to put together.

This is another “Debbie” recipe—my fine gourmet friend who is the inspiration for a lot of my cooking ventures. She encourages me by telling me that “even Dave (her husband) can do it”, although if you remember from an earlier post, Dave, it turns out, is a great cook in his own right.

Hot Crab Spread

1 – 8 oz. package of cream cheese at room temperature

1 – 7 oz. can of crabmeat

2 tbsp. of chopped green onions

½ tsp. of jarred minced garlic

1 tbsp. milk

Dash of pepper (I love recipes that call for a dash—brings out my creativity)

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1/3 cup of slivered almonds

Combine all ingredients except for almonds. Mix well! Garnish with almonds.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with crackers.

Kudos to my friend Nancy for making hot cross buns from scratch yesterday—they were delicious and provided just the right note for Good Friday.

Next week: a recipe from my sister Peggy for a great pork chop dinner.

Bliss: Easy Recipes that taste good–what tried and true recipe do you keep returning to that never disappoints?

Published in: on March 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm  Comments (33)  
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Melancholy Bliss?

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Candles on Good Friday, at the Church of St. Cyril and Methodius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good Friday brings with it sombre introspection. For some of us, it is a sad day. In an effort to not eradicate this solemn day, but to lift it out of its melancholy grasp, I give you this quote by someone wise, but Unknown:

Easter is not a time for groping through dusty, musty tomes or tombs to disprove spontaneous generation or even to prove life eternal.  It is a day to fan the ashes of dead hope, a day to banish doubts and seek the slopes where the sun is rising, to revel in the faith which transports us out of ourselves and the dead past into the vast and inviting unknown.”  ~ Author unknown, as quoted in the Lewiston Tribune.

Have you ever noticed just how wise Unknown is? I think I will claim that moniker as my nom de plume.

Bliss is finding something that lifts us out of the melancholy, while at the same time giving Good Friday its due. What do you think?

Published in: on March 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm  Comments (43)  
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