There are a few times a year that I cook for my parents and their friends - usually Thanksgiving and Easter. So, I was saddened to think that this year I wouldn't be able to plan and execute a menu for Nonna, Nonno, and their ballroom dancing buddies as we all hunker down in our homes and shelter in place to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.
In 2014, we had a Hoppy Easter; 2016 had the Mann Clan on the road for Spring Break, but I created a menu and cooked the dishes ahead of time for Joe and Sally's Easter Brunch.
In 2017 I served a Locally-Inspired Menu; Easter 2018, though, we were just back from a three-day robotics competition, so we went to our favorite restaurant and had La Balena Carmel serve our Easter feast.
Obviously there are a lot of years missing in that line-up. But here are a couple of throw-back photos that I love of the Nonni with the boys at Easter, doing Easter crafts or playing games at the table after the meal.
I decided that I wasn't going to let required social distancing keep me from creating an Easter menu. So, on Sunday, I'll be making this and delivering the meal to my parents. We'll wave at them from a safe six-foot distance and wish them a Happy Easter!
Maybe I can still get D to make an Easter centerpiece for them.