By Chef Cynthia of Houston's Bennie Ferrell Catering (founded in 1959)
Easter is a great time of year to get together with family. Being from a family that owned a very successful catering company in Houston, I have fond memories of Easter dinner.
We always had Easter dinner at my grandparents' home because my parents always had parties to cater on holidays. After quickly getting all the parties out we couldn't wait to get to Pappas house to eat. My grandfather was a chef from New Orleans and his dinners were always exceptionally good. The table was always set with fine china, crystal, silver and cloth napkins
Over the years this menu is what our family traditionally serves on Easter, following in Pappas footsteps. I find this menu to be simple to prepare and a sure crowd pleaser.
Pappas Easter Dinner Leg of Lamb with Au Jus; Fresh Cranberry Sauce; Baked Sweet Potatoes; Rice; Macaroni and Cheese; Sauteed Spinach or Greens; Tossed Green Salad; Homemade Rolls ;Pappas New Orleans Style Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce; Fruit Punch
Our grandparents and parents are no longer with us but the memories of Easter are forever etched in my memory. The flavors of the food and the enjoyment of spending time together will always be with me. I learned valuable lessons around this dinner table including proper dining etiquette. Pappa would ask, "How do you know that food needs salt? You haven't even tasted it" We should return to the tradition of eating together, sharing stories and enjoying each other's company over dinner.