Happy Easter! Don’t you just love holidays? This morning I woke up at 7:30 to get started on the Ukrainian Easter bread, paska. The bread needs to rise not one, not two, but three times, for a total of 4.5 hours, so the process is pretty lengthy. The timing was perfect though, and Rachel and I went to church and the Farmer’s Market on one of the rise breaks.

Here’s the bread with it’s egg wash…

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…and piping hot from the oven!

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The rest of the menu included hard boiled eggs,

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two kinds of chicken sausage,

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and Farmer’s Market asparagus. All together now! Plus a lot more bread. I’m crazy for this stuff. The texture was a little doughy, but the taste was spot on.

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Oh! And the boy made mimosas for everyone too.

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For dessert, I turned to the Barefoot Contessa. Ina is my go-to for elegantly simple food. I was inspired by her summer crostata recipe after looking at pages of juicy, ripe fruit.

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The recipe calls for peaches, plums and blueberries but the market in Malibu doesn’t have a ton of fruit options in season right now, so I went with frozen rhubarb and fresh strawberries instead, with an orange juiced and zested.

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My piece, with a little scoop of ice cream!

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The rest of the day included fresh pink roses, 10 episodes of Parks & Recreation (Amy Poehler is so darn funny!) and Easter chocolates.

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Even though I’m 27, my mom still sends me an Easter “basket” full of chocolate eggs, Reeses candy, Russel Stover chocolate bunnies, Cadberry cream eggs, and jelly beans. When I say “basket,” I mean a gallon-sized Ziplock bag full of all my favorites.

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I secretly hope I’m never too old for this tradition to end. Something about holidays always makes me feel like a kid again 🙂

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