Cooking up a Thanksgiving feast is a big job, so it’s not unusual for the host to turn it into a potluck or request that certain guests bring a dish to pass. If you’re suddenly on the hook to bring a side, Southern Living offers plenty of last-minute recipes that will keep the crowd coming back for seconds, including glazed carrots, skillet mac-and-cheese, corn pudding and no less than five styles of mashed potatoes. And if you’re really stuck for something to bring but not at home in the kitchen, you can always put together a cheese tray or bread basket to complement the dinner.
Taking the family out for an Easter brunch can get costly, with restaurants competing to offer the most lavish seafood towers, made-to-order omelets and carvery plates. It’s simple to stage a family feast on a budget, however, if you shop wisely. Watch for deals on mainstays like ham and leg of lamb; crowd-pleasing sides such as deviled eggs, asparagus and scalloped potatoes are in-season and inexpensive to prepare. Check out sites such as the Food Network for seasonal ideas, and you’ll be able to create a spring banquet for a fraction of what you’d spend at the local buffet.