The extend Diva Family and a number of our nearest and dearest friends gathered in the terribly chic neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn for an enormous Easter Feast. Our hostess with the mostest was Diva sister-in-law, H. - and she outdid herself this year!
The husband kicked off our celebration with a pitcher of his famous Bloody Bulls ... recipe will soon be featured on Thirsty Thursdays, I promise.
Noshes and nibbles were provided by W., aka The Snack Bee. True to her name, W. presented a marvelous assortment of luscious cheeses, bread, crackers and pate.
The Bloodies continued to flow as H. prepared the feast and the bunny ears came courtesy of The Snack Bee.
Our Easter Menu:
- 7 Hour Lamb w/Roasted Carrots and Garlic
- Glazed Ham
- Mashed Potatos
- Steamed Asparagus
- Cauliflower au Gratin
- Herbed Baby Peas w/Gruyere
- Leek, Onion and Cheese Quiche
- A Garden Fresh Salad
- A Lovely basked of baked goods ...
... banana bread, mini blueberry muffins and, my personal favorite, a scrumptious spinach and cheese corn bread. Outstanding! These treats were baked by M., seen pictured above with H., our hostess.
The husband carved the lamb and ham, and in no time our plates were full to over flowing! The lamb was provided by Marlow & Daughters Butcher Shop, a new comer to the ever-expanding Williamsburg food scene. It was magnificent! The lamb was raised in Aberdeen, New York, and if this is any indication of Marlow & Daughter's wares ... I will soon be making a special trip there so I can blog about their spectacular offerings. Stay tuned.
Suffice it to say that we were stuffed to the gills. We amused ourselves between courses by playing a wonderful game ... sent to us all the way from Italy courtesy of W.'s parents. The Snack Bee herself played the part of the Easter Bunny, offering us a variety of prize filled Easter eggs from which to choose. There must have been hundreds of them! Prizes included candy, gift cards, an assortment of wonderful wrapped gifts and cash! What a treat! Huge thanks to W. and her parents for adding to our Easter joy in this special way. We owe you ... BIG!
Eventually, we got around to dessert ... though the traditional lambie cake failed to make an appearance. I'm sorry to say that the better half of my lamb cake pan has gone missing so this year's cake was rather pedestrian, though just as delicious.
A rice pie, wheat pie, brownies and an assortment of Easter candies rounded out the dessert buffet ... though how any of us had room for it, I'll never know!
We worked off all those calories by playing several vigorous rounds of jelly bean bingo - during which I'm sorry to say I lost a grand total of $6. Personally, I think the game was rigged.
HUGE thanks to the divalicious Ms. H., for hosting such a merry holiday and to the rest of the Diva crew for their tasty contributions. I think it was our best and most delicious Easter ever. We are truly blessed to have such great family and friends.
There's a Diva in here somewhere ... bragging rights to the first one who finds her.
We will return to our regularly scheduled posting and dieting soon. Stay tuned and Bon Appetit!