I’m starting to feel like we ignore the holidays around here. Spent the Fourth of July in England, Bob was in Atlanta for Labor Day and I did nothing, have never been a big fan of Halloween, did a very quiet Thanksgiving and New Year’s at home, left Valentine’s Day on the calendar and now Easter. Back at home with a quiet, low key day. I honestly have nothing against holidays, I just ends up feeling that way.

But today, I did cook a very nice Easter meal. It is probably not traditional, but I roasted a chicken. Yes, roast chicken is suppose to be a no brainer, but for one reason they always intimidate me. But when we were at the butcher last weekend, I decided to try the whole hen. So, I coated the skin with a little butter, salt and pepper and popped it in the oven at 450 for about an hour. I did cover it after 45 minutes because it looked like this:

Not bad for a first time roasted chicken. I paired with with a combination of zucchini from the veggie patch, carrots, and onion and a sweet pepper sauce. Add a salad – fresh lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers and we have a beautiful lunch.

It was finally feeling like spring so we ate outside this afternoon. The wine was ok – a 2010 pino noir that was not bad, but not great. Lunch was so much better. I made a panna cotta for dessert with blueberries, kiwi and peaches (odd, but it does work and they are all super fresh) but then decided I was in the mood for brownies.

20130331-214726.jpg So while Bob watched the last episode of Season 2 of Game of Thrones, I made brownies. I’m still working on the perfect recipe. These are ok – pretty good but not perfect. So the quest continues.

Hope everyone had a happy Easter. I’m going back to vacation planning – with the summer trip moving up it gives me something to obsess over and that makes the OCD side of me very, very happy.

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