Since spring is almost here, can Easter be far behind? Or is it the other way around? Either way, the two are as entwined as roses and Valentine’s Day, as Halloween and pumpkins, as winter and Christmas.

What’s so wonderful about Easter dinner is that these recipes help you put your family favorites on the table with whatever main dish makes your family’s mouth water, or whichever savory selection brings back the most beloved memories. Settle in for a beautiful dinner and share some recipes with your family and friends.

Speaking about food, did you know that a whopping 76% say they bite off the ears of the chocolate bunny? That’s where they take their first mouthful, followed by 5% who eat the feet first, and 4% who eat the tail first. Guess it doesn’t matter if you get to eat it. Ham is the meat most often served at Easter followed by a lamb dish.

To start out this annual meal, here is a step up from the traditional appetizer you likely have served. Try it and add it to your annual surprise for the family and guests, but this can be used about any time of the year.

Top Bartlett pear slices with baked pancetta, crumbled goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey for an easy, salty-sweet appetizer recipe that tastes delicious and looks gorgeous.

Save the final step of drizzling honey over Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear for each guest to do.

Pancetta Crisps with
Goat Cheese & Pear

12 thin slices pancetta about 1/3 lb

1 Bartlett pear

1/2 4-oz. package goat cheese, crumbled

Freshly cracked pepper

Quality honey

Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs

Arrange pancetta slices in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.

Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a paper towel-lined wire rack using a spatula. Let stand 10 minutes or until crisp.

Core pear with an apple corer. Cut pear crosswise into 12 thin rings. Arrange on a serving platter. Top evenly with pancetta and goat cheese; sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle with honey just before serving.

Yield: 6 servings