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Quick Tips For Holiday Entertaining

Easter Sunday is only a week away! It is time to start preparing for your large family Easter dinner. If you do not know where to start, Columbia Kitchens is here to help you make a delicious Easter Dinner for your family with ingredients already in your kitchen cabinets.

Yes, it is possible to get creative for Easter dinner with staples such as pancake syrup, spices, and apples to make exceptional dishes that your family will love every Easter, or at any other family gathering.

Planning a holiday meal can be extremely stressful but your kitchen cabinets can give you the inspiration you will need to make unique and delightful meals for your family and guests.  Making your kitchen both beautiful and user friendly will entice you to stay in the kitchen and prepare meals.   Better organization and increased storage space will help you with meal preparation as well.  The kitchen will become a gathering point for guests in your home.  At Columbia Kitchens, we can design a new kitchen that will take the stress out of future holiday get-togethers.

But first, here are just a couple recipes we would like to share with you to help you complete your Easter Dinner menu this year:

 Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin

If you want to serve pork for Easter, you cannot go wrong with this maple glazed pork tenderloin meal that serves four. Look for the following ingredients already in your pantry:

–  1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves (crushed).

–  1 teaspoon of dried marjoram leaves (crushed).

–  ¼ teaspoon of salt.

– ¼ teaspoon of onion powder.

– ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder.

-1 pound of pork tenderloin (sliced).

– 1 tablespoon of butter.

– 2 tablespoons of pancake syrup.

Once you have all your ingredients, put the thyme, marjoram, salt, onion powder and garlic powder in a resealable food storage bag. Shake the bag up well and add pork slices. Shake until all the pork slices are coated.

Next, melt your butter in a skillet and add the pork to the skillet to cook and stir for 8 to 10 minutes (until browned and with no pink center). Lastly, glaze your pork using the syrup.

Spinach Salad with Warm Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

If your family enjoys eating salad, they will enjoy this spinach salad with homemade maple Dijon vinaigrette.  This dish serves a family of four with the following ingredients:

–  ¼ cup of pancake syrup.

–  3 tablespoons of cider vinegar.

– 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard.

–  1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves.

–  2 cloves garlic, minced.

– ½ teaspoon salt.

–   ¼ teaspoon pepper.

–  ½ cup extra virgin olive oil.

–  ½ crumbled blue cheese.

– 2 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon or real bacon bits.

– 1 small unpeeled red apple sliced.

– A bag of fresh baby spinach.

Start making your salad by whisking together your syrup, vinegar, mustard, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper. Next, whisk these ingredients in oil until the mixture thickens.

Combine the spinach, apple, cheese and bacon in a bowl. Right before serving; heat up the vinaigrette in a microwavable bowl for 30 seconds. Drizzle on salad and eat.

Here are few tips on storing valuable ingredients in your kitchen cabinets:

– Make your dry spices last by buying whole spices like cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cumin, nutmeg, and cloves and grinding small batches, as you need them.

-Use resealable storage bags and containers to save room and keep dry goods fresh.  Label, date them, and store in your kitchen cabinets using a spice rack.

-Keep your spices away from direct light or heat for better efficacy.

You can also read our previous article on the Family Benefits of The Kitchen which has tips to have the children involved in preparing and making Easter dinner to make it a family affair.

If you need durable, stylish, kitchen cabinets today to store all of your family dinner ingredients, Columbia Kitchens of MD is here to help you create delightful family dinners for the whole family.

At Columbia Kitchens we offer stock builder grade cabinets for immediate purchase or you can choose from our semi-custom and custom lines which are all displayed in our beautiful showroom. When you arrive, we will also show you our vast array of custom countertop options which include: laminate, Corian, granite, marble, Vetrazzo (recycled glass), Silestone, Cambria, Zodiaq, Caesarstone, Eco, Hanstone, Swanstone, and cultured marble. Columbia Kitchens offers all this plus FREE estimates, FREE design services, and FREE in-home measuring all done by our friendly, creative staff of professionals. Let us create the kitchen design of your dreams today!

If you have any questions about child-friendly kitchen cabinets or need assistance with your kitchen or bathroom project, please contact us by calling 410.796.9090 or click here today!

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