I was standing at Labriola’s Italian Grocery deli counter and it’s the first time I saw Basket Cheese. I asked about it. It’s only sold at Easter time. It can be used to make Easter pies or you eat a slice with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey. A firm ricotta like cheese. There are recipes. Recipes to make basket cheese at home and recipes to use the store-bought version to bake savory pies for Easter. There are sweet recipes too. Here’s a recipe for savory Italian Easter Pie
It’s called “basket cheese” because it’s formed in a basket and you can see the imprint of the weaving on the side of the cheese.
“Basket cheese is mild in flavor, so it forms a great combination with bread. It is eaten along with jam or honey and thus forms a great breakfast. Many people enjoy basket cheese as an afternoon snack. Relish its taste with olive oil, pepper and salt its yummy.”
Hot Cross Buns. I just read that they are to be eaten on Good Friday. Ooops!
Listed as Easy Hot Cross Buns – King Arthur Baking Company Recipe with dried fruit and currants. Do you like Hot Cross Buns?
And From All Nursery Rhymes
“The song was first published in the “Christmas Box” London, 1798. However, the song appeared earlier as a street cry. The “Poor Robin’s Almanack for 1733” published the following lyrics:
Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha’ penny, two ha’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha’ penny,
Two ha’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!
It’s a custom in many countries to bring a basket of food to the church to be blessed. Here’s an article about the tradition.
photos of Zagreb Croatia from Easter 2017
On the way to the parking garage as I was leaving town, luggage in hand….I had to stop and take a photo.
There is a Balloon Banksy at work (although the article says he’s retired) Joel Klein has been in the ballon biz for more than 40 years and runs Big Head Balloons and you can see his creations on Instagram bigheadballoons.
Seen on Sunday in West Barnstable MA. Glad I was in the passenger seat so I could snap the photo.
Peeps. Yes or no?
The 2012 NY Times slide show showing how peeps are manufactured is still available. I ate one tonight. 32 calories. I could not detect any flavor other than sweet.
I bought them on sale post-Easter sale for just 99 cents at the fabric store
Since 1953, Peeps.
Turns out this is my FOURTH post about Peeps.
There are Peep Haters says Julie Bosman in NYTimes 2012 article . “But for such an innocent, marshmallow-and-sugar pastel candy, the Peep is surprisingly polarizing. Peeps-hater Web sites show pictures of Peeps dipped in liquid nitrogen and smashed with hammers. Admirers dress them in costumes and arm them with plastic swords. Matthew Beals, director of the 2009 documentary ”The Power of the Peep,” said their appeal endures because ”they coexist as both cute and horrible.”
(What Will One Admit to Eating When No One is Watching ?)
I was driving up Bunker Hill , turned right onto Highland and someone was snapping a photo of this display. Of course I pulled over to the curb, rolled down my window, snd did the same.