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The Best Thing Our Director of Events Made This Weekend

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We get asked all the time: What do you cook at home? Here's a little springy, Easter-y inspiration from our Director of Events, Francesca Andreani:

For the past few years, my husband and I have decided to host Easter for the purely selfish reason that we want to roast a leg of lamb. This seem like a bad idea—considering that our studio apartment is classically New York-small, our oven only fits 30 percent of our roasting dishes, and we don't have enough seats for everyone—but, mint juleps in hand, we do it anyway. It's a cooking adventure!

One killer leg of lamb, homemade rolls, and a pile of roasted veg.
One killer leg of lamb, homemade rolls, and a pile of roasted veg.

This year, we splurged and got a seven-pound leg of lamb. We rubbed it with rosemary, salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil, and cooked it for about 2 hours at 400° F. It's the perfect party roast, cooked more on the outside (for our medium-well-preferring friends) and medium-rare as you continue to cut through. This year we roasted potatoes, carrots, and spring onions beneath the lamb, marrying the meat and the side as a one-pan wonder. We also sautéed some green beans with more spring onions for a little extra green. And since it was a party, and it's not a party without carbs, our friend brought homemade Parker House rolls.

To top off this happy celebration, my mega-talented friend Teresia brought homemade marshmallow Peeps, which are decadent AND nostalgic. I just ate another one for breakfast. Eggs are in marshmallows, right?

Tags: food52 team, francesca andreani