My mother-in-law, Bette, is coming to stay with us Easter weekend. I know, yikes, right?
But while mothers-in-law in general are often the subject of hostile jokes due to their meddlesome and controlling natures, mine happens to be an excellent representative of the species. She is very smart and kind, and, unlike her daughter-in-law, she is seldom crabby.
Bette’s Jewish, but she likes to celebrate everything. Although Passover was the dominant spring holiday in my husband’s childhood, the Easter bunny showed up annually, too. My mother-in-law’s positive outlook has always led her to rejoice in all of life’s notable moments, regardless of any religion associated with them.
Easter and Passover overlap this year, and I plan on making an Easter blunch (which most people call brunch but, when my daughter Nora was three, she made an adjustment to the word, which stuck). I’ll probably make a ham (perfect blunch entrée for a lazy-ass like me) and since Bette will be present, I want to add something to honor Passover, too. We’re going to call April 24th Eastover. (Or maybe Passter. Maybe Nora will decide.)
So, what would you serve? Any thoughts? I need a nice dish that’s Easter-blunchy and a little bit Jewish-ish all at once. To inspire you to inspire me, I’m making this a contest. Send me your ideas for recipes that are not too challenging and that would please everyone. (Preferably one that yields leftovers so I don’t have to make dinner on top of having made the damn blunch.) Submit them as a comment here, and if they are not original, please include source info. (Original is preferred.) The winner gets a free signed copy of “The Crabby Cook Cookbook” and a coveted, limited edition Crabby Cook apron! (Plus maybe some leftover ham, if you live in the neighborhood.)
All submissions for Eastover (or Passter) entrees must be in by April, uh, let’s see, 20th, I guess. Okay? Go!!