Safe travels to all of you who are the road or in the air this holiday weekend. It seems that I have spent nearly every Easter weekend of my life in transit to be with family somewhere: to Pennsylvania or Indiana when I was young, later on to Connecticut, or, since our daughter settled in the Boston area, to Massachusetts. But this year, for once, we’re at home.
One thing I will miss is the big family meal on a table set with the good china and silver and well stocked with assorted relations by blood or marriage. In my youth the centerpiece was usually roast ham with about 150 side dishes. And of course, the contents of Easter baskets, which were quickly foraged down to the lurid and inedible plastic grass.
Later, we adopted Cuban traditions from my family by marriage, which centered around roast pork loin rubbed with a paste of garlic and herbs and marinated in wine and citrus juice. Plus black beans and rice, or “moros y cristianos,” to take the tradition back to medieval Spain.
But this year, we’ll follow up Easter Sunday service with a different tradition, Easter brunch out at a restaurant with friends. If it runs true to form, I will not need further caloric input until Monday.
Let us know what you’re eating to keep body and soul together with family this weekend. Recipes and stories from your Easter, Passover or other spring family traditions welcome in a comment below.