Sunday, March 24, 2013
Herbert the Lamb Makes Mariano's Easter Dinner Fabulous
There is one place we go when we want to finish all of our shopping in one trip, Mariano's. By far it is the best grocery store for when we want to get a little bit of everything, so it was the perfect place to get our Easter dinner supplies. We celebrated early this year. Luckily, #MyMarianos had everything that we needed for Easter already in their store. Check out the rest of our shopping trip on Google+.
The first thing that pops into our minds when we think Easter dinner is ham. Basically, Easter dinner is an excuse for us to satisfy our ham cravings. We really do like ham and it allows us to have ham for an entire week. Ham and eggs, ham snacks and of course, ham dinner. Mariano's has a deal with their reward cards so that you can get a deal on your ham.
Sadly, ham by itself, even a delicious spiral ham is not an entire meal. So, we stopped by the produce department and found some delightful fingerling potatoes. We especially enjoyed the purple ones. They added substance and color to our menu.
We also picked up a salad mix to cover our vegetable portion. Salad is an easy way for us to include vegetables without the extra work of preparing them ourselves.
As we wandered through the store, we passed by the bakery. Into our cart went a loaf of Challah bread which is another holiday food in our family. Basically, Challah is one of our favorite holiday foods for any and every holiday. Another excuse to pick out something that is delicious and fresh.
Of course, we needed the loaf of bread to go with our lamb butter. We've always seen them around Easter but never bought one before. This time we splurged on the lamb. Quickly, it was named Herbert. Sadly, Herbert was less fulfilling than we expected. He came out of the container a bit lopsided. Luckily, we put him out his misery on top of our fresh bread.
While we were in the bakery section we decided to pick out a dessert. Something that we can only find at Mariano's. The cookies and pies and cakes caught our attention. Finally, we decided upon a colossal cupcake. A bright blue which made our meal complete.
After we had picked out our dinner menu, we needed a snack. We swung by the foods to go section, which happily has a sushi counter. Finding our favorite spicy tuna roll, we were ready to check out and head home to start cooking.
Rosemary Garlic Pan Fried Sunset Fingerling Potatoes
1 1/4 pounds Sunset Fingerling Potatoes, washed and cut in half
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
up to 1/3 cup c olive oil
1-2 tablespoons dried rosemary
Wash and slice potatoes in half. Place in a microwave container and just cover with water. Microwave for 8-11 minutes or until just fork tender. This makes the pan frying process go quicker. Drain and dry potatoes on a towel. Once dry, toss potatoes with olive oil. Add to large frying pan on medium heat along with garlic and rosemary. Cook until potatoes begin to brown. Serve warm.
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