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A Vegetarian Easter Holiday Dinner

Most people think of Easter dinner and imagine something heavy and carnivorous at the center of the table — a spiral-cut ham, a rack of lamb, a thick pork tenderloin.

But no one wants to leave vegetarian family and friends out of the loop, and even for the meat-eaters things can get pretty heavy. Change up your 2013 Easter menu with these simple, savvy veggie-centric options from some of the web’s best recipe sites.

Pear and Pecan Salad

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This simple starter salad from Betty Crocker could be made with any variety of nuts — pecans, walnuts or even pine nuts. Whisk together a quick dressing of Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, maple sugar, salt and pepper. Make sure your pears are nice and ripe, and everything else takes care of itself.

Spring Pizza

MV7957_0 Asparagus is like an announcement in vegetable form: it’s finally spring! Perk up the Easter table with this pretty, bright spring pizza, topped with asparagus, garlic, chives and a mozzarella/fontina cheese blend.

Reviewers on Eating Well note that you can substitute green onions for the chives and feta for one of the cheeses. If the asparagus stalks are a little thicker, be sure to peel the ends.

Risotto Primavera

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This risotto primavera from Bon Appetit is perfect for Easter dinner for so many reasons. It’s rich and warm, perfect if the late-March weather is still snowy. And it’s endlessly adaptable based on what you find at the grocery store, from edamame and spring peas from the freezer to carrots, spring onions and leeks. Top it with an over-easy egg if you’re feeling decadent.

Scalloped Potatoes with Creme Fraiche

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Scalloped potatoes always feel so wonderfully holiday-worthy. These are especially good, containing creme fraiche (similar to sour cream, but milder), half and half, fresh thyme, garlic and chives.

According to one cook on the Food Network website, “I made this wonderful recipe for Easter and it was a HUGE success!! The potatoes came out beautifully creamy and the flavor was just amazing.”

Venetian Carrot Cake

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For dessert, conclude with one of the Easter Bunny’s favorites — carrots, cleverly disguised and sweetened up in this beautiful Venetian carrot cake by Food Network chef Nigella Lawson. Amped up with pine nuts, golden sultana raisins, vanilla, almond flour, nutmeg, lemon and (of course!) rum, this lovely cake will please everyone at the table, vegetarians and carnivores alike.

We wish you the best for a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We hope these recipes help you to make it a delicious event too. Bon Appetit!

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Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

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Super Bowl Pizza | Team Themed Toppings by gThankYou!

With a solid TV signal and the right group of friends, Super Bowl parties can be a blast. After-all, here in Wisconsin, it’s hard not to be a football fan…But who wants to spend all weekend wrapping water chestnuts in bacon or building elaborate gold-dusted 49ers cakes?

It’s faster and easier to pick up a variety of frozen pizzas for the Super Bowl and pop them in the oven just before the game. Take the party one step further and make these fun themed pies, and you’re just a few toppings away from an epic Niners-versus-Ravens themed bash.

Start each recipe with a quality frozen cheese pizza, such as Amy’s or California Pizza Kitchen.

For the San Francisco 49ers

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From What’s Cooking, Love?

Crab rangoon started in San Francisco, and Dungeness crab is a classic San Francisco treat. Take a cue from this crab pizza and pair crab meat with bacon, tomatoes, garlic and Old Bay seasoning.

Figs are a favorite with San Francisco chefs (they even sparked a cross-coastal spat). Use them to top your pizza, combined with bacon or prosciutto, goat cheese (the Laura Chenel brand was born in the bay area) and fresh arugula.

For the Baltimore Ravens

Matthew's pizza. [Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Matthew’s pizza in Baltimore. [Photograph: Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Maryland, known for flaky, luscious crab cakes, is slightly harder to translate into a pizza topping.

No one wants to eat crow (literally or figuratively), so approximate it with a chicken-topped pizza and add tangy hot sauce, juicy cubed tomatoes and blue cheese. Or nod to Baltimore’s pit beef legacy with a roast beef pizza, combined with sweet bell peppers, onion and sliced mushrooms.

For New Orleans, the host city

The World is My Oysetr pizza with brie, spinach and an apple and fennel salad

The World is My Oyster pizza with brie, spinach and an apple and fennel salad

Oysters are as much a part of New Orleans, this year’s Super Bowl host city, as jazz on Bourbon Street. If you can find some fat mollusks and you’re not afraid to husk them, combine them on top of a pizza with spinach, brie and an apple/fennel salad. (Or if you like them, canned and/or smoked oysters would be even simpler.)

The New Orleans Creole trinity is onions, green pepper and celery, all of which are good on pizza with some fat peeled shrimp. And whatever you do, don’t forget the Louisiana hot sauce America loves best: Tabasco.

May the best team win and here’s hoping for a great game! 

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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4 Simple Ways to Dress Up Frozen Pizza

It’s a nearly weekly source of amiable conflict in my house — do we spring for the fancy pizza, with prosciutto and pesto and sun-dried tomatoes, or do we go for classic (and cheap) pepperoni, mushroom or basic cheese?

For the past few years, I’ve pursued a Sandra Lee-style semi-homemade solution: Buy a basic frozen pizza and “fancy” it up with specialty ingredients that take just a few minutes to sauté.

Got a gThankYou! Pizza gift certificate to use? Think of it as an opportunity to get creative! Below are a few of my go-to ways to make a store-bought frozen pizza taste like it came directly from the gourmet shop downtown, no delivery tip required.

Photo from Epicurious.com

Caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and goat cheese

There are two ways to do this one. The long way is to caramelize onions by cooking them slowly on low heat in a fair amount of butter and oil. After they’ve been cooking 8-10 minutes, add thin slices of bell pepper and cook on low for about 20 more minutes.

To enhance the sweetness, you can add a little bit of sugar to the onions. (They won’t be truly caramelized unless you cook them at least 30 minutes or so, but browned onions have lovely flavor too.) Use jarred roasted peppers for a quick flavor addition.

Fig, bacon and blue cheese

Hook’s Creamery in Mineral Point, WI, makes this sheep’s milk blue for Hidden Springs Creamery.

Cut the stems from dried Mission figs and cut them into quarters. Cook a few slices of bacon until brown and crispy; drain on a paper towel and crumble. Use a quality blue cheese, like Bohemian Blue from Hidden Springs, mild Maytag Blue or Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue from Oregon.

Spinach, artichokes and feta

Canned artichoke hearts are great on pizza (be sure to drain and quarter them first). Throw a handful of spinach on before sliding your pizza into the oven and the leaves will wilt in the heat. A few oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes wouldn’t go amiss on this one, either.

Roasted garlic, fresh basil and prosciutto

Photo from Simply Recipes

This one requires a little bit of forethought, but little extra work. Slice the top off a head of garlic, set it on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the foil around the head and roast at 400°F for 45 minutes. The cloves will be melting and sweet, and they’ll slip right out of their skins.

Top your pizza with sweet roasted garlic, basil cut into chiffonade (thin curled strips) and small pieces of prosciutto, which is a lovely Italian cured ham. (Regular ham will do here in a pinch, as will pancetta or cooked bacon.)

What do you do to dress up your frozen pizza?  Share your favorite recipes!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.