Easter

Bring all of your family and friends together this Easter with a great meal or party. You’ll find unique ideas for any kind of crowd, whether it’s a more grown-up affair or your house will be swarming with kids. If the thought of hosting an Easter celebration is making you stressed already, don’t worry, we have tips and tricks to make your party go smoothly. First, you’ll want to start with the Easter menu: Try twists on the classic ham recipe—or serve brunch items if you’re hosting a morning gathering. While you’re dreaming up what to serve, you’ll need to set the table with some pretty decorations. Pick something you can keep out all spring to stretch your time and effort. Another big Easter tradition is the egg hunt, so take a look at these egg dye ideas and follow these tips to plan a memorable one for the kids.

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Lemon Cornmeal Sandwich Cookies

Cornmeal cookies might not sound like much. But these lemon juice and zest-flavored stunners prove that when it comes to desserts, often the simplest pleasures are the most satisfying. By adding just a half-cup of cornmeal to the dough, we created cookies that are both sweet and savory, crunchy and chewy. As the cookies cool, you’ll mix cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and more lemon juice to create a creamy, tart filling for the sandwich cookies. For optimum enjoyment, refrigerate the finished cookies until the icing firms up a bit, about an hour (but feel free to taste-test one or two as you’re working).

Berry Shortcakes

Don’t be fooled if you think that photo looks like it holds the secret to a real shortcake biscuit recipe. We actually just use store-bought biscuits (or ones made from a mix) for this semi-homemade take on the summer classic. After all, fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, along with homemade whipped cream, are the real stars here. After soaking the fruit with a bit of sugar and whipping up cream and sugar, you’ll halve the biscuits, and use them to sandwich a mixture of fruit and cream. This is what long summer nights are made of. (And yes, we’re referring to the dessert and our little shortcut.)

Carrot-Celery Slaw With Yogurt Dressing

For a healthy take on coleslaw, we developed a yogurt dressing recipe for this crunchy salad. A blend of plain yogurt, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, and salt coats the shredded carrots and celery stalks. Fresh chives garnish the easy dish, which makes for a great lightened-up side dish to burgers or barbecue chicken sandwiches. Next time the kids request hot dogs for dinner, you can agree with a smile, and put this simple salad on the side to work a some vegetables into the meal. And since this dish lacks the typical mayonnaise-laden dressing, leftovers keep well in the fridge—perfect for a fresh salad the next day.

Honeyed Carrots and Oranges

Glazed with honey and slow-roasted in the oven, this carrot side dish proves a pretty sweet way to eat your vegetables. We used whole small baby carrots—and we don’t mean the little nubs you buy in a bag. Look for miniature carrots at the farmers market or grocery, or opt for regular carrots, peeled and trimmed and cut into thin, long sticks. You’ll toss the carrots and sliced orange with olive oil, honey, salt and pepper, than roast for just about 30 minutes. The versatile finished dish works well alongside chicken, steak, and turkey, and while it feels fit for a special occasion, the dish is simple enough to make anytime.

Strawberry Long-Cake Roll

A cake roll may not be what comes to mind when you’re dreaming of what to whip up for dessert. But take it from us: This just might be the quickest cake you could ever bake. Think of it like a sweet burrito: You’ll bake a thin vanilla cake in a jelly-roll pan, before turning it out over powdered sugar and rolling it up. Next, whip heavy cream with a bit of sugar and vanilla to create a decadent filling. Unroll your cake for a minute, spread it with layers of whipped cream and fresh strawberries, and roll that treat back up. Sweet.

Coconut Raspberry Cupcakes With Raspberry Buttercream

Three words: Raspberry buttercream icing. The topping that adorns these moist coconut raspberry cupcakes couldn’t be more perfect. Not to mention, these homemade treats look like they came straight from a spendy bakery. First, the batter benefits from buttermilk, sweetened, flaked coconut, and a cup of fresh raspberries. After letting the from-scratch cupcakes cool completely, you’ll whip up a basic buttercream and mix in strained raspberry jam. Once the mixture’s smooth, transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and add some dramatic swirls on top. Truly, with this fruity frosting, it’s hard to have too much.

10 Recipe Ideas for Leftover Hard-Boiled Eggs

We’ve all been there. Maybe you hard boiled a dozen eggs on Sunday night, with a plan to eat two for breakfast each morning that week—and you ran out of steam by Wednesday. Or maybe you’d planned on a few egg-salad sandwiches, but alas, the lunch has lots its luster. We’ve got 10 ideas for how you can put leftover hard-boiled eggs to work, for any meal (or snack, for that matter). Of course there’s the classic deviled egg, but we push beyond that with five different preparation ideas. Then there’s the tastiest Cobb salad you’ve ever encountered, and plenty of genius tricks for disguising or otherwise jazzing up the leftovers: One of our recipes involves grating hard-boiled eggs to use as a filling for delicate tea sandwiches; another involves slicing the eggs and layering them over English muffins for delightful miniature pizzas; and don’t miss our deconstructed Niçoise salad, which requires very little prep but boasts lots of protein, a tangy and easy (ahem, bottled) dressing, and plenty of crunch. Perhaps you’re searching for a little bit of inspiration for an egg salad that’s not bland and boring. Read on for three ideas that use curry powder, fresh herbs, and pickle relish to embellish basic sandwiches. Who knows, after clicking through our ideas for leftover hard-boiled eggs, you might be inspired to boil a pot of water and make another batch. Hard-boiled eggs will last in the refrigerator, in their shells in a baggie or sealed storage container, for at least one week.

Maple-Glazed Ham

Looking for the ultimate glaze for ham? Look no further. Our glaze combines pure maple syrup, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper for a coating that’s savory and sweet, with just the right amount of kick. And there’s not much prep involved in making the glaze itself. Rather, as your ham roasts, you’ll mix the glaze ingredients together in a bowl, and brush the mixture over the meat two times, in its last 40 minutes of baking. This relatively hands-off approach makes it easy to cook side dishes and set the table while your maple-glazed main finishes cooking in the oven.