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Eggs-cellent Easter ideas

Posted: March 30, 2010 5:55 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Egg-ceptional Easter Nests (Makes 30 nests) Wax paper 1 2/3 to 2 cups (11- to 12- ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Butterscotch or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 2 cans (5 ounces each) chow mein noodles 30 to 60 foil-covered chocolate eggs, any flavor Line trays with wax pap...

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Hosting an Easter brunch is a great way to bring friends and family together. And it doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Here are some simple things you can do to ensure a memorable celebration without the hassle.

Take inventory. Pull out the dishes, platters, silverware and glassware to make sure you have what you need.

If needed, spruce up any silver and table linens a few days before, so you can concentrate on other things the day-of the event.

Set a pretty table. For creative place cards, try Easter eggs. Put a narrow strip of tape around the middle of each egg before you dye it.

When it’s dry, peel off the tape and write each name in the white space with a thin line permanent marker.

Keep it centered. For an inexpensive centerpiece, leverage simplicity:

* Fill a glass bowl or vase with colorful Easter eggs — real or plastic.

* Put a potted plant inside an Easter basket.

* Set white or ivory votive candles on top of a flat mirror.

Plan the menu. The main thing you must always remember is to keep it simple. Don’t be afraid to use store bought items and recipes that can be made ahead of time.

These simple time savers leave you more time to relax to enjoy your guests.

* Buy instead of baking; muffins, fruit pastries and seasonal Easter breads can all be found in the bakery section of your grocery store.

* Provide a lighter side dish such as a simple fruit salad. Squeeze lemon or orange juice on the fruit to help it keep from turning brown.

* Create a simple, yet special main dish such as a crustless quiche.

With this easy recipe from Hillshire Farm, you simply combine flavorful beef smoked sausage with cheese and eggs for a mouth-watering dish.

You can prepare the mixture ahead of time, cover the baking dish with foil and keep it in the fridge until just before the party.

Remove the foil, bake as instructed and watch your guests enjoy.

You can find other tempting smoked sausage and polska kielbasa Easter recipes at gomeat.com.
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It’s true — the kitchen is the heart of the home. Ever notice how people always gather there?

Whether baking treats, making dinner or spending time with family and friends, the kitchen is my favorite place to be.

Since my day job is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens, you can bet I love to stir things up. This column lets me pass along to you some of my best recipes, tips and baking secrets.

I love making Easter baskets really special. It’s a fun tradition to put some nontraditional treats and surprises into each basket.

I like to look for little gifts that say a lot about the person getting them.

Sports stickers for the little athlete, movie tickets for the film buff ... what kinds of egg-stras do you like to give?

For younger kids, try sidewalk chalk, bubbles and bubble wands, and coloring books of their favorite characters.

Older kids might enjoy a new journal, CD or gift card.

Who says grown-ups can’t join in the Easter fun? Give your special someone a favorite DVD or a certificate for a fun night out together.

As always, I’ll be including some homemade goodies in all the baskets.

These darling Easter Nests are a cinch to make — and taste great, too.

And the Very Best Fudge is a delicious addition to any Easter basket! I’m glad it makes a lot, so there’s plenty to go around.

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