Hubby Tony and I had a lovely, relaxing Easter weekend. Yesterday we got together for lunch with extended family members we haven't seen in person for several years. For dinner we walked to a nearby Chinese restaurant, and later in the evening attended our church's Easter Vigil. This morning we slept in. After breakfast we leisurely read the paper, then took a mid-morning walk before the forecasted afternoon rain. Son Donald came over for dinner.
With only three people eating I didn't want to make a ham and have a ton left over. When I learned that the temperature was going to be in the low 50s Fahrenheit, I started thinking of nice warm comfort foods. I ended up making Ina Garten's Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables, adding French bread and a simple green salad.
The lamb made the dish decadent enough to feel holiday special, but the warm, savory sauce was perfect on a gloomy day. Ina's recipe called for three pounds of lamb, but because of the size of the packages at the store I used 2 1/2 pounds, and added roasted brown mushrooms to bulk the dish up. No one complained. There was enough stew left over that dinner is covered for tomorrow night and I was able to send some home with Donald.