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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What's Cooking Wednesday: The Easter Feast



As promised, I'm sharing evidence of the Easter Feast. I was really pining for l'agnello. Did you figure out what it means? If not, it's lamb. In my opinion, lamb seems to be the most commonly eaten food during Easter. However, instead of lamb, we had a nice pork roast. My sister was the cook, as she has been for most of our holidays recently, and was probably cooking since yesterday. So what else did the menu entail?

There was pomegranate juice reduction to drench the meat in, accompanied by roasted potatoes and asparagus. No, that wasn't all we had to eat. As an appetizer, she had also made marinated mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant. It also included prosciutto, mozzarella with red peppers, basil and olive oil, and deviled eggs. If that wasn't enough, we had a type of limoncello tartufo for dessert, which was very delicious, fresh, and cleaned the palate.


The recipe for the pomegranate juice reduction is actually quite simple, and seems more complicated than it really is. Since pomegranates are not yet in season, my sister made due with pomegranate juice. Originally she wanted to have pieces of the pomegranate in the sauce.The bottle she bought was a liter, and six cups of the juice makes one - one and a half cups of reduction.

Sorry, I would have taken more pictures, but the blogger within me was a little delayed at taking out the camera. In the first picture, you can see the bowl of reduction on the left-hand side of the pork roast.


Ingredients:

6 cups of pomegranate juice
lemon (to taste)
sugar (to taste)




Instructions:


Mix all the ingredients into a pot. Remember, 6 cups of the juice only makes 1 - 1 1/2 cups of the reduction. If you need more of the reduction, you will of course need more of the juice itself. Heat the mixture until it becomes thick.

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The pups were even willing to pose, for their Easter best! Rox-E is pictured in the first photo, followed by Smok-E, then Soph-E, with Coop-R munching away in the background. See how Rox-E's smiling? She was so excited to have her picture taken, and was very cooperative.




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