Ernst & Haas with a Cause!

Come to Granada Beach tomorrow to help clean up our beaches!

Join Ernst & Haas tomorrow at Granada Beach in Long Beach from 9-11 a.m. for a city-wide Earth Day Beach Clean-Up!

We’ll be wearing red…and rubber gloves ­čÖé

Easter Eggstravaganza

Cal Heights United Methodist Church is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon!

Cal Heights United Methodist Church is hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza tomorrow, April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Children through fifth grade will have the opportunity to participate in an Easter egg hunt, crafts, games, and face painting. The Easter Bunny will also be stopping by to join in on the festivities!

Cal Height Church is located at 3759 Orange Ave. in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 595-1996.

Hoppy Easter!

Celebrate this Easter with a succulent ham and all the trimmings!

Here at Ernst & Haas, we love the holidays. Each one symbolizes something different to each of us, but the one thing we all have in common in how we celebrate is that we celebrate with good company and excellent food. Easter is no different and comparisons of Easter plans have already started being discussed throughout our office.

Here are some traditional Easter dishes (with a twist) we all hope to enjoy over the weekend:

Mother-In-Law Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

6 eggs

2 Tbs. mayonnaise

1 Tbs. spicy brown mustard

1 tsp. hot mustard

1 tsp. white sugar

salt and pepper to taste

paprika for garnish (optional)

6 pimiento-stuffed green olives, cut in half

Directions

1. Boil eggs; peel once cold. Halve the eggs lengthwise and scoop the yolks into a bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork.

2. Stir mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard, hot mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper into the yolks until well combined. Spoon into quart-size, resealable plastic bag. Snip a corner off the plastic bag.

3. Squeeze the yolk mixture into the egg halves, sprinkle each stuffed egg with paprika, and top with an olive half.

Apricot Brown Sugar Ham

Ingredients

1 (10 lb.) fully-cooked spiral cut ham

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup apricot jam

1 tsp. dry mustard powder

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

2. Place the ham cut side down onto a sheet of aluminum foil (shiny side up). Mix together the brown sugar, apricot jam, and mustard powder in a small bowl. Brush onto the ham using a pastry or barbecue brush. Reserve any leftover glaze. Enclose the foil around the ham and place on rimmed baking sheet.

3. Roast for 2 hours in the preheated oven, or if your ham is a different size, figure 14 minutes per pound. Apply the remaining glaze 20 minutes before the ham is done.

Three Cheese Garlic Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, thinly sliced

2 Tbs. butter, divided

1 pint heavy cream

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

salt and pepper to taste

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

4 slices provolone cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 1 1/2 quart or larger casserole dish with butter and nonstick spray.

2. Layer half of the potato slices in the bottom of the casserole dish. Dot with half of the butter cut or pinched into small pieces. Arrange half of the garlic slices over the potatoes, then pour half of the heavy cream over. Sprinkle one cup of Cheddar cheese over the layer, and season with salt and pepper. Repeat layering of potatoes, garlic, cream and cheddar cheese, then top with the slices of provolone cheese. Season again with salt and pepper.

3. Bake for 1/2 hour in the preheated oven, then sprinkle the Parmesan or Romano cheese over the top. This will create a semi-hard cheese crust. Continue baking uncovered for another 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender when tested with a fork.

Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole

Ingedients

2 Tbs. butter

2 Tbs. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. white sugar

1/4 cup onion, diced

1 cup sour cream

3 (14.5 oz.) cans French style green beans, drained

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup crumbled buttery round crackers

1 Tbs. butter, melted

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Melt 2 Tbs. butter in large skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in salt, sugar, onion, and sour cream. Add green beans, and stir to coat.

3. Transfer the mixture to a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish. Spread shredded cheese over the top. In a small bowl, toss together cracker crumbs and remaining butter, and sprinkle over the cheese.

4. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until the top is golden and cheese is bubbly.

Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

2 Tbs. chopped onion

2 tsp. butter

1 (8 oz.) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained

2/3 cup water

1/3 cup uncooked long grain rice

1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1 tsp. dried parsley flakes

1/8 tsp. salt

dash of pepper

Directions

1. In a saucepan, saute green pepper and onion in butter until tender. Add mushrooms; heat through. Stir in water, rice, bouillon, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 14-16 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake

Ingredients

3 eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups white sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking soda

2 cups shredded carrots

1 cup flaked coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple with juice

1 cup raisins

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 8×12-in. pan.

2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour mixture and mix well.

4. In a medium bowl, combine shredded carrots, coconut, walnuts, pineapple and raisins.

5. Using a large wooden spoon or a very heavy whisk, add carrot mixture to batter and fold in well.

6. Pour into prepared 8×12-in. pan, and bake for 1 hour. Check with toothpick.

7. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.

*Cream Cheese Frosting: Combine 16 oz. cream cheese, 1 stick butter, 1 tsp. each almond and vanilla extract, and 32 oz. powdered sugar sifted.

We hope your Easter is as yummy as ours and we wish you and your family a happy holiday!

Celebrate Earth Day for Peet’s Sake!

Peet's Coffee & Tea is offering a FREE medium drink with the purchade of any full-priced mug or tumbler!

In celebration of Earth Day, Peet’s Coffee & Tea is giving away a FREE medium beverage with the purchase of any full-priced mug or tumbler.

Purchases must be made today and in stores only, and the FREE beverage will be provided at the time of purchase.

Peet’s every day earth-friendly offers include 10 cents off when you use your own cup, 25 cents off when you reuse your coffee bag, and free coffee grounds for your compost or garden.

Drink to Earth Day!

Starbucks will be serving FREE coffee and tea on Friday in honor of Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, Starbucks will be pouring FREE coffee and tea this Friday, April 22 to customers that bring their own reusable mug or tumbler.

The event will take place all day at all Starbucks locations.

Be sure to check out the video on their Web site promoting earth-friendly coffee-drinking!

Got ‘Em Done!

Tax Day is April 18 this year thanks to Emancipation Day!

If you’re one of those people that waits to the very last minute to do your taxes – and you have yet to do them still – don’t fret because Tax Day this year has been extended to April 18.

Normally, Tax Day is on April 15 – unless it falls on a weekend or federal holiday. But that’s not the case for this year. This year’s Tax Day was moved to April 18 because today commemorates Emancipation Day, the anniversary of the day Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act. The Act freed more than 3,100 slaves in the District of Columbia, making D.C. residents to be the first freed by the federal government. Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday in 2005 and although normally celebrated on April 16, is being celebrated today since the 16th fell on a Saturday.

See, this year’s Tax Day isn’t all that bad…at least there’s some fun facts about it – and a few extra days!

Goodie Baskets!

Most of us here at Ernst & Haas were fortunate enough to grow up receiving baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, decorated eggs, and little trinkets for Easter.  But with the economic conditions being what they are, many kids are having to miss out on the simple joys that come with receiving a basket full of goodies this Easter season.

So we decided to team up with the Long Beach Rescue Mission to donate a few baskets. Whether it was candy, toys, books, school supplies, or stuffed animals, we all brought in donations to make our baskets overflowing with goodness.

While we’re grateful to be able to provide for our own families, we’re also excited to help provide for others. We encourage you to do the same!