Lauren Eggertsen is an associate editor at Who What Wear. As a huge fan of trending items, unique styling techniques and It-girl aesthetics, innovative outfits are her forte. See which celebrity-inspired ideas you should try this Easter.
Easter may not receive as much hype as Christmas or New Year’s Eve, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less deserving of a head-to-toe new look. After all, the sun is out, the flowers are blooming and it’s finally time to ditch those heavy winter layers. To that end, no matter what’s on your agenda (be it attending a church service or spending the afternoon at an elegant brunch with friends and family), I’ve found a seriously stylish outfit for you by pulling some divine inspiration from fashion-forward celebs like Victoria Beckham, Emily Ratajkowski and Lupita Nyong’o. There’s a look you’ll love, no matter your personal style (there’s even a look with jeans in the mix). And the best part about these holiday-inspired ensembles? They each only require three pieces to create—and anyone can do that, right?
Meet the cake that bridges the divide between lovers and haters: our easy, moist carrot cake. Carrots seem like a weird thing to put in a cake, but not if you’re from ye olde times before the advent of processed sugar, or if you’re looking for something that grows abundantly and is rich with natural sugar. Or if you had lived through times when supplies were limited. These days, we don’t rely on the carrots as the sole source of sweetness, but they do lend a flavor layer and moisture content of their own, which have kept this cake kicking around and beloved by many.
Even so, there are many among us who don’t usually think, “Root vegetable? Mmm … that’ll make a delicious dessert!” Especially when you look at a typical slice and there are all these scraggly bits of bright-orange vegetable debris poking out of each forkful. But in our from-scratch carrot cake recipe, the carrots are finely grated, which not only helps distribute their flavors evenly as they break down throughout the cake, but you also end up with much more hydrated, visually appealing crumb. Also to its credit, our method keeps flavors simple, traditional and delicious—without walking on the wild side by adding raisins or pineapple or whatever else (though you certainly could, if you’re an advanced carrot cake connoisseur).
Topping it all, you have the rich, tangy cream cheese frosting. Cream. Cheese. Frosting. Nobody hates that. We challenge you to put a slice of this carrot cake in front of its worst enemy. The only fight that will ensue will be over the last slice. It’s really just that good.
This cherished recipe for a garlic- and rosemary-studded boneless leg of lamb and accompanying sides is published in our NordstromFriends and Family Cookbook. In its pages, contributing chef Michael Thoms shares his food and family memories associated with this classic (and delicious!) Easter dinner.
“One of my fondest childhood memories is of my grandmother’s cooking. She made cooking incredibly fun; we all got to help in the planning, preparation and serving of the meal. I think this is one of the reasons I became a chef. Her philosophy of food and cooking—let the ingredients speak for themselves—was something I have carried into my professional life. She always bought only the freshest seasonal ingredients and prepared them simply. This recipe of hers, a family treasure, reflects that style. Once a year the butcher would get fresh spring lamb, and she would be the first in line to pick out a leg.” —Chef Michael Thoms
Plated as a first course (like they are served at our Blue Stove restaurants) or all together on little skewers as an hors d’oeuvre, these Chili-Glazed Lamb Meatballs are delicious anytime of year, but work especially well as an Easter appetizer recipe idea—traditional lamb prepared with a twist for the holiday.
Greek-inspired herbs and spices flavor the interior of these baked meatballs, while a spicy pasilla chili sauce lends a smoky earthiness. The pepper glaze’s heat gets cooled down by a pool of Greek yogurt, and it’s all topped with refreshing mint and parsley scattered on a crunchy radish and cucumber salad. Easy to make, this meatball recipe with a Mediterranean flair is an impressive-looking tribute to the beginning of spring.
Our chefs, Wit & Wonder Gifts team and blog editor take the stress out of planning a full-course menu that’s memorable (in a good way) and won’t keep you stuck in the kitchen all night. In a special What’s Cooking series, we’re serving up six perfectly paired, delicious recipes and inspiration for holiday entertaining—from drinks and dessert to décor and gifts.
The beauty of this recipe is in its serious simplicity. From start to finish, you’ll be done in well under an hour—with minimal effort—and have two gorgeous racks of lamb to show for it. To complement the lamb chops, an unexpected combo of Sriracha and fig jam create a one-step sauce that’s a little sweet, a little spicy and a lot easy. Plated up and accompanied by those Gratinéed Brussels Sprouts, these peppercorn rib chops make for a main course that will leave you with a table full of happy guests and compliments to the chef.
From Grumpy Cat to Yoda, we’ve got loads of cool Easter Basket gifts for the little ones in your life. Just one of our many favorites is the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine Book & Construction Set. Founded by a Stanford engineer, GoldieBlox is an award-winning toy brand—that took the internet by storm with its viral videos—and inspires ingenuity and innovative thinking in young girls. Not to mention its construction set is just totally fun to play with.