Happy Easter to all of our bloggers and readers that are celebrating today. The fluffy interloper came last night and left an array of goodies for the four kids. He was forced to work a bit later by two separate questionnaires from Madie and Aidan.

Our kids are “double-dippers” — getting both Passover and Easter.

We are preparing for our annual Easter Egg hunt when we invite all of the neighborhood kids for a massive search for hundreds of eggs. We are hoping the rain passes through by the time of the hunt.  We have 300 eggs to hide this year.

I will be making our traditional mustard-herb coated lamb tonight with a favorite Cabernet. We have to do two legs for the guests and Leslie and the kids have made a bunny cake.

Happy Easter to everyone — now hop to it and eat more chocolate!

Jonathan Turley

32 thoughts on “HAPPY EASTER!!!

  1. Sitting here having my Cajun coffee, imported all the way from south Louisiana. Too lazy this morning to make beignets.

    Lot of thoughts this Easter morning, but then, there always are. There are some who will not be arising this morning. No other parent should spend Easter morning with their kid this way. I took this photo last year.

    No sister should have to spend Easter with her older brother this way:

    It is time to bring them home. All of them. Now. It is time. It is past time.

  2. Happy Easter to those of you who observe, Happy Sunday to those of you who don’t.

    Dinner sounds delicious, Prof. I’m making a ham, but maybe I’ll do lamb next year.

    And what OS said.

  3. I am here from Remulak and have a duty to report back to my planet some of the “ways” of America and this world. The Easter Thing is confusing. Is it not a religious holiday of Christians to honor the fallen hero Christ who was killed by some Italians and put on a cross in order to kill him, not put on a cross after being beheaded like the Muslims do? It is confusing that in honoring the fallen hero the flock then indulges in the aspect of the juvenile stage rabbit whom they dub “Easter Bunny”. The rabbit is purported to deliver Easter Eggs in the middle of the night into securely locked homes owned by humanoids of the “Faith” and leave those eggs brigthly colored in baskets for the children.

    One conclusion is that the adults perpetuate a myth about the mythical rabbit in order to get the early morning atention of their rather dumb offspring so as to hold their attention later in the day at a religious gathering where the more serious aspect of this Christ fellow being murdered by hanging him on a cross and then he rises from the dead and goes up to some place (not Remulak) in the sky called Heaven to live on the clouds with Angels and give guidance and sustenance spiritually to the flock below.

    What I dont understand is what part of the story do the adults believe? They call themselves “Believers” and claim to “have Faith”. Someone out there clue me in on this and explain why the children would be told such a lie and why adults would go off on the Christ on the cross thing. I have to report back and inquiring minds want to know. I spoke with a dog about this subject and he said it had to do with two other animals called “cock” and “bull” but he would not elaborate.

  4. The Turley Family sure seems to know how to celebrate holidays. By combining holidays you get the delights of Brisket, Kugel, Roast Leg of Lamb and who knows what other gastronomical goodies.

    Happy and Peaceful Easter to all of our celebrants here and a wish for many more such holidays in all of our futures.

  5. Elaine,
    I have not seen that documentary. I do remember seeing Eisenhower make that speech in a movie newsreel. It was also on the radio. It stuck in my mind because it rang true, and I believed him. And it came true.

  6. Mr. Turley, I love the way you always speak of the menu, I know your Italian mom has a lot to do w/ that. Happy Easter to you and all Christians, Passover to all Jews, and Spring for all others. But let us not forget the religion of baseball..it’s opening day, Rangers v Astros. This is the first AL game for the Astros, being re-aligned this winter.

  7. bettykath,

    If you’re out there, this is for you. This is a savory version of butternut squash I am making for the feed today. It’s delicious.

    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour
    Yield: 8 Servings


    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    4 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
    2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes
    1 cup shredded carrots
    1 teaspoon each minced fresh oregano, basil and parsley or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil and parsley flakes (made it both ways but I thought the dried had a more robust result)
    1 teaspoon salt, optional
    1/4 teaspoon pepper (preferably white, but black will do)


    In a small skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. In a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray, combine the squash, tomatoes, carrots and seasonings. Stir in the onion mixture.
    Cover and bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until squash is tender. Serve over rice if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

  8. You’re telling me all about Easter at your house without inviting me. You, sir, are a meanie! I adore lamb especially with a good Cabernet. When you roast a lamb, you have to leave a little pink in the middle. Growing up, every Sunday we would have some kind of roasted delectable: lamb, duck, prime rib, you name it. I had no idea then how lucky I was.

    Well I’ll show you! I wish you, your family and all of your friends a wonderful occasion. I know you’ll miss your sweet Molly but her gentle spirit is still with you. 😉

  9. After they (kids) hit a certain age and find out that the bunny thing is a lie, do they then question the story of the Christ guy on the cross and rose from the dead to go to heaven, or do they start being doubters?

  10. Believe or not, Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy Passover, Happy Sunday. Pick and choose which one makes you feel the best ((*_*))
    (and yes OS.)

  11. Happy Easter/Passover Professor to you and your family. It sounds like a great day of feasting and games for all.

  12. Beldar, no, no, no! You’re over-thinking it. You’re not getting invited to the good Easter celebrations because you’re a newcomer. You’re also not getting the whole story, the real history, because you’re just watching commercials which are not historically correct and the History Channel is now about something else. But Remulak definitely needs a REAL Easter celebration so you immediately need to recommend Easter in true, historically accurate form to your high command. Here’s the real deal:

    Pick a day concurrent with a significant celestial event and set it and a few days to recover aside as the date. Book a park or public woodland for the event.

    Easter was invented by confectioners millennia ago to kick off their spring sales season but it became much more than that. It aggregates many traditions and folk tales otherwise unprofitable since they apply to localized cultural groups. So you want to have tons, just tons of whatever passes for candy on you planet available. Can’t have Easter without tons of candy. Arrange the candy in great mounds and hillocks around your celebration space so people can throw themselves into them and eat their way through to the other side, like the great worms on Arrakis.

    Invite all the families and friends you have. Everyone should bring mass quantities of food and beverage. Mass, baby, MASS. Also the day should start with a forage in the park and woods for ‘medicinal’ plants, fungi and herbs, and they should be sprinkled liberally on all of the food to enhance the spiritual well being of the assembled crowd.

    Play sports, lots’a sports. It’s a day that kicks off outdoor sports season and one wants to encourage the commercial success of the sports segment of the economy symbolically. And it’s good for you. We no longer till the vanquished contestants. Now sports, like dancing, is all about physical fitness and maths, the computation of odds and probabilities. What do you think the Easter egg hunts are? Early indoctrination into gamesmanship and exercise of course. Mass quantities of sports and games.

    Dance- take off your cloths and dance with joy till’ the morning comes. Everybody that has one should bring their own musical instrument. Dancing builds community. Think: rave scene from Matrix Reloaded. Dance!

    Feast, sports, dance, feast, sports, dance, repeat until dawn. Seriously, you Remulackians are going to LOVE Easter IF YOU DO IT RIGHT. You guys will be the envy of the galaxy, for sure. Take videos with your communication devices and post them to YouTube, I can’t wait to see them.

    Peace out Beldar.

  13. Beldar here. The reason that we came to check out America was because we heard that the people in a place called New Orleans had a festival similar to our festival. The one that Lottakatz describes and recommends is similar to ours. Of course New Orleans is a French town and so we blended in and told them that we were from France. I went overboard in the learning thing and got reprimanded back on Remulak. My nickname back on planet is now Mardi. We get a solar spurt on Remulak once a Creton which is like five years and that is the time that our festival happens. So thanks for the advice and I am leaving the Easter Bunny thing in the basket so to speak because the folks back home will not understand or approve. We are from France.

  14. I think Beldar is the guy who got locked up in Plaquemine Parish driving a golf cart on Interstate 95 at a low rate of speed on Fat Tuesday. He had a coneshaped head and kept saying that he was from France. Drunk as a skunk but it ain’t illegal to drive drunk in a golf cart on Fat Tuesday. He had a lady with him from the Quarter who said she was getting paid by the hour and he said it was laid by the hour. We let em both go.

  15. It was not me. Why do they call that time of no fun before Easter, “Lint”?
    Here we are having a good time and bam, they close down Mardi Gras and start talking bunny rabbit stuff 30 days down the road.

  16. Beldar, If you have a festival on Remulak to coincide with Creton that is similar to the real Easter and or Mardi Gras but your people wouldn’t understand (may I presume) the excess’ then I suspect that they aren’t using enough medicinal organics. Obviously from your description of your research you are the man to show them the way.:-)

    Might I also suggest that in the future your research take you to Las Vegas because what happens there stays there, if you catch my drift. You won’t get in trouble at home for what they don’t know about.

  17. Thank you Lottakatz. I am writing from Vegas as I speak (or type) and one of the reasons I am here is to study the clothing worn by some of the women who frequent the casino. They do have golf carts here and I have a driver. I do not gamble but do see a lot of shows and other entertainment. I went to one place that was full of Easter Bunnies but they were really women in nice clothing and big bunny ears. They told me that it is Easter all year there. The good thing is they did not spoil it with that stuff about the guy dying on a cross. I was sent here to figure out the Easter thing and I found the right city and now the right Club. That statement about what happens here, stays here, gets repeated a lot. My Bunny Driver says she has never seen a conehead before but if she did she would not tell. So, if a fellow Remulak fellow comes here I will not get ratted out. The way things are going, I might stay here. If my money holds out.

  18. Beldar, I’m so glad to hear your research has taken you to our desert oasis of gaming dreams and that your research has led you to a Club of your liking. You’ve immediately grasped the central philosophy of the city: you’re always welcome- as long as your money holds out. The speed with which you understand, in fact, seemingly embrace some of our customs is really amazing and I look forward to reading more of your various holiday observations and comments during the coming year. Remulak has made a wise choice in sending you.

  19. Beldar:

    I must admit that as a child of the 1970’s, I enjoyed watching you drink a six pack of beer all at the same time, and smoke an entire pack of cigarettes at once. Now that I am in my 40’s, you represent to me a model customer for my business. Please send your friends from Remulak to my store for their need to consume massive quantities of products. I would be very honoured to accomodate them, and I’ve plenty of French wine.



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