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.