• Easter Sides We Love

    Mar 28, 2018

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    There are many ways to celebrate Easter, but pretty much all of them involve food. And while the glorious and traditional Easter meal tends to oscillate between lamb and ham, what makes it different and delicious is a bountiful variety of sides. From scalloped potatoes to string beans and squash, your options are seemingly endless. To help you fill your plate this Easter, Timbercreek brings you these great side dishes.

    Scalloped Potatoes

    Perhaps the #1 most traditional Easter side dish, scalloped potatoes are irresistible. Whether gratin, creamed, slow-cooked, or oven-roasted, they provide the starchy backbone to any Easter dinner. Check out some options here.

    Asparagus

    In season from February to March, Asparagus is a popular Easter side dish. Toss some in olive oil, salt, pepper (and cayenne for a kick), then bake until browned. Or cut into 1” sections, slice in quarters lengthwise, and dress with vinaigrette for an asparagus slaw. Read more here.

    Roasted Heritage Carrots

    Heritage carrots are beautiful, have you tried them? They come in amazing colours like purple and red. Pick some up from an organic store or produce market, wash and peel (not even necessary) them, trim their stalks to be even length, and toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake until tender but still firm, then drizzle with balsamic glaze, and garnish with parsley or basil. See more.

    Peas with Bacon and Shallots

    Pass the peas, please! We love peas -- they are an iconic symbol of spring. Take them to a whole new level with this Peas with Bacon and Shallots recipe. Cook ½-1 pack of bacon until crisp, remove, and keep 2 tbsp of bacon fat in the pan. Toss in chopped garlic and thinly sliced shallots, cook until soft, add ¼-½ cup cream, lemon zest/juice, salt and pepper, and bring all to a simmer. Throw in frozen peas, cook through, crumble bacon on top, mix, and serve immediately.  See more.

    Snap Pea and Radish Salad

    Radishes and snap peas scream spring. They're totally in season, crisp and fresh tasting. Combine them with a killer creamy avocado dressing in this winning side dish recipe. In a bowl, combine 1lb sugar snap peas and about 12 quartered radishes and set aside. In a blender, combine avocado, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro. Blend and gradually add olive oil (and water as necessary), blending until the mixture is a smooth purée. Toss salad with dressing to coat and serve immediately. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes you try some of these amazing Easter side dishes this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

     

     

  • The Best Easter Main Courses

    Apr 10, 2017

    Spring has sprung and it’s almost time for Easter! The big day falls on Monday April 17th this year. If you’re planning a feast with family and friends at your Timbercreek home, Timbercreek Communities wants to help out in the kitchen with some delicious recipes for the best Easter main courses.

    iStock-177695439Crown Roast of Lamb

    This Crown Roast of Lamb is an impressive cut of meat for a special culinary occasion. It’s perfect for an Easter dinner. It’s prepared in about 45 minutes by arranging two racks of lamb in semi-circles and cooking for 8 to 12 minutes per pound with minced garlic, fresh thyme, coriander, and rosemary. The video will help guide you along.

    Sugar Glazed Ham

    An old fashioned Sugar Glazed Ham, with it’s sweet golden brown coating, is a fabulous main course for Easter. The sweetness of the brown sugar is complemented perfectly by the mustard and vinegar. Best of all, it only takes 5 minutes to prepare, so you’ll have more time to spend with your family while it bakes for 1 ½ to 2 hours.

    Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna

    This hearty Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna is an excellent vegetarian Easter entree.

    It’s loaded with five pounds of fresh (or frozen) spinach and 3 pounds of wild mushrooms, and topped with a Madeira wine and parsley sauce. Frozen spinach can be used in place of fresh in this recipe.

    Salmon with Dijon Dill

    This Salmon with Dijon Dill will make a refreshing change to your Easter Holiday meal. The rich sauce is made with butter, dill, Dijon mustard, shallots and white wine. The sauce is a rich addition to the delicate flaky fish. This dish only requires 20 minutes of hands on time and another 20 minutes of cooking time.

    Lemon-Thyme Split-Roasted Turkey

    The classic pairing of lemon and thyme gives this Split-Roasted Turkey a springtime feel that is perfect for your Easter feast. The split-roasting method also saves time when compared to a traditional roast turkey. You’ll need 30 minutes of prep time and only an hour and a half to 2 hours in the oven.

    Happy Easter from Timbercreek Communities!

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