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Part 2 of 2 - Easter eggs au Natural

Part 1 - Fancy Eggs

Part 1.5 - Paper couture

And now, Part 2.  If you eschew the chemical dyes and wish to channel your inner Laura Ingalls Wilder, this post is for you.

When I was little, I used to watch my grandmother dye eggs according to the Onion Skin method, which produces eggs like those shown below.  Instructions are here.

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You can also create stunning red eggs, in the Greek tradition.

Lastly, Martha Stewart has (of course!) a very comprehensive guide detailing many different types of dying methods and their resulting colors.  Beets, cabbage, and coffee - oh my!


What to do with all that matzo

Passover begins tonight!  For some, that means a house that has been thoroughly cleaned in accordance with tradition (plus the very modern desire to "spring clean"), an interactive dinner that lasts for hours ("Is it time to eat yet?"), and matzo.  Lots and lots of matzo.  There are lots of suggestions out there for what to do with all that matzo, which, let's face it, can get a bit boring.  Here are a few recipes that look so good, they almost make me want to buy some extra boxes.

First, from a charming little blog called Matzo Outside the Box, we have Brie en Matzo Croûte.

Another inventive brie (not the cheese, but the method of preparing matzo) comes from Jayne Cohen's recent book, Jewish Holiday Cooking.  Her Savory Artichoke Matzoh Brie (pg 479) would be a lovely brunch offering.

From The Kitchn by Apartment Therapy comes a twist on the well-known matzo toffee.  This is Matzo Crack:


from The Kitchn




...and finish with this Kosher Champagne Cocktail from Gourmet!


Easter Eggs, Part 1.5 of 2 - "Ouef Couture"

Today I was going to write about natural methods of dying eggs, but I then I found this and just had to share it with you.  The delightful Jeff Rudell has designed Ouef Couture... fabulous paper dressings for the hip, cutting-edge egg.  Such an inventive alternative to the dyed egg!  Follow the link for how-to instructions on several designs.


Ouef Couture at CraftStylish.com


Stylish Seder Plates

We celebrate multiple holidays here at the House of SCS, and while that sometimes means extra work, usually it results in extra enjoyment.  Like the upcoming Easter/Passover period.  I honestly don't remember where we got our Seder plate, but I do seem to recall that it was one of those last minute "OMGwerememberedeverythingbutthesederplatehurrygobuyone!!" moments.  It's fine.  It serves its purpose, but it won't be winning any design awards, um...ever.  These offerings from the Jewish Museum shop, however, make me think it's time for an upgrade.  They have many, many types in their inventory, and it's easy to find one that fits your style.


Contemporary: Scroll Plate by Liz Ross



Floral: Garden Plate



Artistic: Seven Species Wood Plate



Natural: Teak Plate


Spicy Spirit


I subscribe to several of those email newsletters announcing all that's new/hip/cool on the local scene.  Sometimes it's just an overwhelming deluge of restaurant openings and indie fashion designers who don't really fit my taste, but every now and then, a useful tidbit lands in my inbox. Such is the case with yesterday's blast from Urban Daddy. A locally made spirit that tastes like the delicious chili-chocolate heaven known as mole poblano?  Yes, please. Would it be overkill to pair it with a Vosges Red Fire bar?  Perhaps, but I'm willing to live dangerously.  BTW, this is a limited edition spirit, so hop to it.  Find where to buy on the link below.

From North Shore Distillery in Lake Bluff

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