With Easter just four days away (not counting today), Shop with Style’s, Amy Sewell joined me to dish on her favorite Easter dinner menu ideas the entire family will love- from the traditional green bean casserole, to the holiday ham, (my grandpa’s) favorite wine, and delicious pies. She also shared tips on how you can get the family involved in the holiday, and why it’s so important for your children to know their family history!
Candace Rose: With Easter less than a week away, what are some family favorites?
Amy Sewell: “Easter really is all about family, and the nice thing is you can really get kids involved. I worked with several companies to put together some ideas.
First, the green bean casserole is something that really is a family favorite. This always seems to be on the table for every holiday, and it’s something that’s easy enough for older children to help with. To get that really great crunch and flavor that we all love with that, you want to use French’s French Fried Onions. Now these are the onions that were actually used in this original recipe when it was developed more than 50 years ago. It gives you that really great combination of flavor and crunch, and you can get them in the original, as well as cheddar variety. It’s a really great way to add some variety to your holiday menu.
A great thing to pair that with is of course a holiday ham. If you want to get a nice zesty glaze on that ham, you can use dijon mustard with Chardonnay to really create a nice glaze for that, for your table.
Well, the next thing you want to think about is having some delicious wines for your dinner. And Beringer wines has some really great options for you- their White Zinfandel, the Moscato and Pinot Grigio are some of their most popular light and refreshing wines and these happen to be wines that pair perfectly with everything on your Easter menu- from the ham and the turkey to the creaminess of that green bean casserole to the pies that we have here. The other thing that I love about these wines is they’re also affordable. Since you can find them at the grocery store it’s easiest to pick those up when you’re shopping for the rest of your dinner.
Finally, desserts are always a big part of the holiday meal- the kids are going to have all their chocolate candies from their basket. But we have some really delicious pies that are really great for anyone who is at your dinner. This is a Mrs. Smith Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie. It’s made with real butter, it has an abundance of apples in it and it has that yummy brown sugar topping that is so delicious. If you’d like a cream pie on the menu as well, Edwards Desserts has this really delicious Hershey’s chocolate cream pie. This is made with a really rich chocolate cookie crust and it’s topped with delicious layers of chocolate and whipped cream. These are obviously desserts that would be delicious year round. That’s especially nice when you have the whole family together and you want to spend time with them rather than spending all your time baking in the kitchen.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any other tips or ideas for family celebrations?
Amy Sewell: “One thing that we love to do as a family is to share family stories whenever we’re getting together during the holidays. We sit around and we tell the same stories over and over. We laugh at ourselves of course, but we really enjoy that. As the family has gotten larger with kids and now some grandchildren in the picture, it’s a really great way to pass those stories along to them and help them learn the story, learn the family traditions.
There’s a really interesting research study that came out just about a week ago that showed that children who know their family story are much happier, they’re better adjusted, and they’re more successful in life and with their own families. What a wonderful tradition and what better time to get started than when you’re gathered around the Easter table.”
Candace Rose: Absolutely. Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Amy Sewell: “I think just remember the reason for the season. We get so caught up with the chocolate and the food, but it really is all about celebrating Easter and enjoying that time together as a family.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Amy Sewell: “You can check out my website at ShopWithStyle.com.”
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