If your idea of filling an Easter basket is an impulse buy of yellow, marshmallow mini-chickens in the checkout lane at Target, perhaps you should just grab Season 6 of the Sally Jesse Show and enjoy some good couch sittin’ this Sunday? For those of your still reading, browse below for some items sure to enhance the holiday — however you choose to celebrate.
The hand-made frosted sugar cookies (above) from Le Bakers Dozen are also available in a lovely cellophane gift bag and can be personalized!
The best lamb in Baristaville is from Rosario’s — end of story. They’re at 252 Park Street in Upper Montclair and will be open Saturday the 23rd at 8 a.m. (fully staffed), selling all kinds of wonderful beef, lamb, whole goat and a wide selection of pork products. Try the ciabatta bread if they have any left!
Please do not shut your pie hole. Pies sweet and savory, scones and Cornish pasties all can be found at The Pie Shop. Samantha (proprietor of The Pie Shop) is featuring Pizza Rustica, Blackberry and Pineapple Ricotta for this Easter. If you still buy a crappy grocery store version after reading this, and it tastes –well, like crap — I will be here singing the “I told ya so” song.
Buying good wine at Amanti Vino is a magical experience. You stroll in, ask one of the super nice wine experts for the type of wine you need and your price range then *POOF* they hand you a bottle! Ok, real magic would be if it appeared in my glass while at home, but really Amanti Vino is the next best thing (and they do deliver). These are some of the wines general manager Will Sugarman suggested to me. The reds are to accompany more robust meats such as lamb and he advised the Cava and the Rose for their light spring flavors. Try some Cava with a splash of St Germain (they sell small bottles) and lemon, it is heavenly!
- Avinyo Cava Brut Nature NV, $20.99
- Le Croix de Prieur Rosé 2010, $14.99
- Alhambra Malbec 2009, $13.99
- OCD Syrah 2008, $18.99
What is the first part everyone eats off the chocolate bunny? The ears of course! The Chocolate Path has chocolate bunny ears, eggs and just about anything chocolishious to fill your Easter baskets!
Where are you going to be this Easter and what are you serving? And why is it that Gene Autry seems to be most famous for his songs about mythical holiday creatures?