My favorite Easter dinner is happily also my easiest dinner! For my Baked Virginia Ham, all you do is buy a spiral cut smoked ham, make a glaze with garlic, chutney, mustard, brown sugar, and orange juice, pour it all over the ham, and bake it for an hour. Easiest Easter dinner ever!! Which leaves me plenty of time to make my decadent Carrot Cake with Ginger Mascarpone Frosting for dessert!!
Houseguests for the weekend? It’s the perfect time to treat everyone to Overnight Belgian Waffles! I make the yeast batter the night before, let it rise on the counter, and the next morning all I need to do is whisk in some eggs and baking soda and pour the batter into a hot waffle iron. Serve the waffles with bananas, crème fraiche, and warm maple syrup and your friends will love you!!
So many people ask, “What does Barefoot Contessa mean?” It was the original name of my specialty food store after a movie with Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart. But for me, it means being both elegant and earthy, which is exactly what I love about these Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs. I’ve taken simple deviled eggs and dressed them up for an Academy Awards Party with smoked salmon and caviar. How bad could that be?? No matter who takes home an Oscar, this one’s sure to be a winner!
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Unfortunately, if you chill the dough for too long and then try to bring it to a temperature where you can roll it out, the outside will be too soft and the center will be too hard. What you can do, though, is roll out the dough, cut out the cookies, and then refrigerate or freeze them until you have time to bake.
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