What, you say Easter and/or Passover snuck up on you this year? I know the feeling. But all is not lost! First, Passover, because calendar-wise it comes first: Common Roots Passover: Did you know the everything-as-local-as-possible coffee shop does a Passover menu every year? True that. Potato pancakes for the vegetarians, flat-iron steak and mashed potatoes for those craving brisket but afraid to make it, and matzah ball soup for all. Bring your own Manischewitz. I kid, I kid! Don’t do that. Get a Surly Cynic with the potato pancakes, or the Syrah with the flat-iron. Then recline, and ask yourself: Why is it on all other nights I am driven crazy by my Jewish relatives, but tonight I am happy? Then, don’t answer yourself, and get another drink. Now, Easter. Of course, everyone and their cousin is offering some sort of Easter buffet, the Pi Press has a nice list, Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune pulled some together, and Open Table has a long list too. If I had to pick one sit-down restaurant for Easter it would be Vincent, A Restaurant. French leg of lamb? That’s classy!
But if I had to pick one to-go option for my actual life which includes a three-year-old who’s not too big on sitting in chairs I’d pick: Some mangalitsa prosciutto from Heartland, and a quart of their lamb-liver Bolognese. Holy cow, I had some of this mangalitsa (that is, heritage pig) prosciutto (that is, air-cured ham) the other day and it was divine. Truly divine. Silky, luscious, winey, berry-like—just gorgeous in every way. Serve it simply, beside a Heartland baguette and a bit of Heartland’s special high-fat Hope Creamery butter. Dreamy. For an entrée, a $15 quart of lamb liver bolognese easily serves four, it’s creamy, it’s tender, it’s intensely good. Serve it over risotto, or if you’re in a particularly locavore mood, polenta or barley. Now head out to the yard and have an Easter egg hunt. Whatever your holiday, happy spring everyone!