Give Your Easter Menu A Makeover

Easter dinner has a tendency to be really redundant. Every year, it’s exactly the same as the last. Same time of day. Same guests. Same menu. I get that some aspects of such a dinner are traditional, but an identical meal year after year can be pretty predictable. In other words, it’s just plain boring. (And I’m not knocking your ham, Mom. It just might be nice to see something different at Easter once in a decade.)

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That said, check out these recipes that are sure to give your dinner an update:

The Center of Attention

1. Porchetta

Deliciously savory and amazingly juicy, this classic Italian pork recipe will easily take center stage on your table. It’s a process – but man, is it worth it. After draping and wrapping pieces of pork together into one delicious roast, seasoning it with herbs like fresh sage and thyme, then roasting it in an oven with a low temperature for a few hours, you’ll have a main attraction that will make your guests swoon.

2. Lamb

Maybe you already serve lamb at your gathering, and that’s nice and all, but that doesn’t mean it’s exempt from an update. Wrap it with bacon, stud it with garlic, top it with a honey-curry glaze – just do something different.

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The Mostly Logical, Kind Of Long Reason Easter Hops Around On The Calendar

Ever notice how Easter moves around a lot on the calendar? Yeah. So did my boss. While trying to come up with Easter topics to write about, he posed this one. I scoffed. How did people not know it was because of the equinox? I thought. As it turns out, my sarcastic enthusiasm on the matter quickly came back and slapped me. The subject of why Easter is where it is on our schedules just so happens to be a pretty complex affair.

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To solve the mystery, I started with the calendars. I knew we use the Gregorian but that was the extent of my knowledge on the subject – and it is a subject. Seriously, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the word “calendars” – the history of them and how they’re figured out could easily be an entire college course. In 1582 CE, the Gregorian calendar was made official by Pope Gregory XIII. As you well know, this lovely system neatly organizes our years into increments of 365 days with the exception of leap years, which have 366. The Gregorian is a solar calendar, meaning that the dates indicate the position of the Earth on its revolution around the sun.

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Best Valentine’s Day Dinners

Fondue for two? Real original, Valentine. Instead of plating something that’s completely cliché, treat your crush to a decadent meal that proves you care about them. That said, check out these ideas. Each one is perfectly romantic and creates a swoon-worthy dinner that’ll be love at first bite.

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Veal

Alright, alright – you may have a hard time eating veal but you should try to shelf your guilt. Besides being absolutely delicious, veal’s pretty good for you, as it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. As long as your date doesn’t mind the ethics of it, veal presents itself as a dreamy dinner contender, especially a recipe like this one. It pairs the tender meat with asparagus, which is an aphrodisiac (meow).

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Unique Valentine’s Day Dates

Whether you’re going out on a first date or just finished celebrating your silver anniversary, February 14th is really important. It’s an entire day dedicated to being sweet, to showing your other half that you care, and to proving that you can be romantic. So, this year how about actually giving your crush a day to remember. Ditch the syrupy clichés and try one of these date ideas for a Valentine’s Day date they won’t forget.

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There’s No Place Like Home

Nothing’s cuter than watching classic movies in the park on Valentine’s Day. But, depending on where you live, being outside for hours in the middle of February might really freeze any shots at romance. While a beautifully landscaped lawn sounds slightly classier than your couch, you can still make movies in your living room special. Lay out a blanket, light some candles, and enjoy a delicious picnic (with champagne) as you two watch An Affair to Remember.

Paint the Town Red

When was the last time you two got all gussied up for a night out? (If you can’t remember, it’s high time you did just that.) Start with cocktails at a hotel bar and make your way with your sweetheart to a swanky restaurant for dinner. And, since you two look so dapper, be sure to preserve the moment with some photos.

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