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~ Culinary Q&A & Kitchen Therapy Too (4/29/11) ~

Culinary Q & A #2 I did indeed get up at 3:00AM this morning to watch The Royal Wedding.  As the old Beatles song goes (to the best of my recollection): "Got up, got out-ta bed, dragged a comb across my head.  Went downstairs to have a cup...", and, for me it was to watch BBC America's broadcast of this magnificent event. If you think this is crazy, I understand completely, BUT, having been a 3:00AM participant in the wedding of Prince Charles and the beloved Lady Di thirty-something years ago, this was one wedding I was not going to miss.  Without getting all blubbery, it was a most amazing event, exhibiting the perfect balance between royal pomp and circumstance and understated class I have ever witnessed.  With all the ugliness that is going on in current events these days, it was wonderful to leave it all behind for a few hours and partake in a fairytale with a happy ending... kitchen therapy at its best!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter holiday.  I fulfilled all of your requests by posting my recipes for lamb and ham, which do go hand-in-hand together at Easter time, as well as posted recipes for what to make with the leftovers!  

~ Succulent Boneless Roast Lamb w/Creamy au Jus & Mel's Cheddar 'n Mint Mashed Potatoes ~, which can be found in Categories 3, 11 & 19, plus a recipe for leftover lamb:

~ Roasted Lamb Sandwiches w/Lemon-Mint Mayo ~, found in Categories 2 & 20.

~ Handling Ham(s):  Choose What's Right for You ~, found in Categories 15 & 16, along with:

~ "A, B, C", That's as Easy as Easter Ham Can Be! ~, found in Categories  3, 11, 12 & 20, plus a recipe for leftover ham:

~ A Hearty Fifteen Bean, Ham & Vegetable Soup ~, found in Categories 2, 10 & 22.

To view a short video/slideshow of each of the recipes:

Download Succulent Boneless Leg of Lamb w_Creamy au Jus & Mel's Cheddar 'n Mint Mashed Potatoes-Medium_3

Download Roasted Lamb Sandwiches w_Lemon-Mint Mayo-Medium

Download _A, B, C_, That's as Easy as Easter Ham Can Be!-Medium_2

Download Hearty Fifteen Bean, Ham & Vegetable Soup-Medium

Kitchen Encounters had one extremely flattering comment and a request from a Facebook reader, which I will happily comply with.

PICT1824  C.  Cheryl says:  Melanie, please share the picture of your Russian Easter Pysanky eggs, the one you posted on Facebook, with your blog readers.  I know it is not food, but it is art, and you are one very talented artist in both departments!

Q.  Cheryl asks:  Melanie, would you consider doing a blog post teaching us how to make your eggs?  I've never seen anything like this before and I would love to know more.

A.  Kitchen Encounters:  When I posted that picture on Facebook on Good Friday, I was overwhelmed by the response it got, and, you Cheryl are not the only person who asked for a blog post about making them.  I am determined to do it, but I cannot promise it in a week or two, meaning:  while this is doable, it will take me quite a bit of time to do it right.  It will be a post that I will work on in my spare time, and it might take a couple of months before it is done.  But I assure you:  "So it shall be written, so it shall be done." ~ Ramses II

Have a nice weekend everyone, and once again:  To leave a comment or ask a question, simply click on the blue title of any post, scroll to the end of it and type away!

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipes, Commentary, Photos and Videos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2011)


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