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The Easter Table: Traditions of Easter Foods

Easter EggsAll around the state, families will gather this Sunday to share an Easter meal. We came across a great About.com article talking about the history of traditional Easter foods and wanted to share a couple of highlights. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.

In the U.S., many of us will be eating ham-one of the foods Americans most associate with Easter. But why?

“In the early days, meat was slaughtered in the fall. There was no refrigeration, and the fresh pork that wasn’t consumed during the winter months before Lent was cured for spring. The curing process took a long time, and the first hams were ready around the time Easter rolled around. Thus, ham was a natural choice for the celebratory Easter dinner.”

You can’t think about Easter without imagining those bright colored hard-boiled eggs. But depending on your heritage and where you live in the world, there might be other foods with a greater Easter tradition. Here are a few:

“Hot Cross Buns are an Easter favorite in many areas. The tradition allegedly is derived from ancient Anglo-Saxons who baked small wheat cakes in honor of the springtime goddess, Eostre. After converting to Christianity, the church substituted the cakes with sweetbreads blessed by the church.”

“Countries around the world serve sweet cakes in the same vein, such as Czech babobka and Polish baba. The Greeks and Portugese serve round, flat loaves marked with a cross and decorated with Easter eggs. Syrian and Jordanian Christians have honey pastries.”

“Pretzels were first shaped to indicate the torso of a person with arms folded, praying.”

Here are a couple of recipes to help with your family’s Easter table preparation:
Easter Breakfast Casserole
Easy, Delicious Ham Recipe
Easy Classic Deviled Eggs
Easter Bunny’s Favorite Carrot Cake
“Easter Egg” Cake Pops

To read the full About.com article on the history of traditional Easter foods visit: http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodhistory/a/easterfoodhist.htm.

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