Post-Tax-Return Meals (Whether You Got a Refund or Not)

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who’s expecting money back from Uncle Sam this year. Or perhaps you’re like the rest of us who kept crunching the numbers on our returns thinking “This can’t be right…I can’t possibly owe this much,” only to come to the conclusion that: A. Yes…you do. And B. That vacation you were dreaming of is now going to be in Baltimore instead of Bali. Whether April 18th left you feeling broke or flush, here are the recipes to make to celebrate that tax season is over.

If you’re getting a refund

Splurge on Surf and Turf for Two (pictured above) for you and your honey: juicy beef tenderloin served medium-rare, jumbo shrimp wrapped in salty pancetta, and tender asparagus spears. Drizzle it all with a homemade herb oil that looks fancy, but takes all of a minute to blend up in a food processor.

Up your deviled egg game with dressed-up Lobster Deviled Eggs topped with fresh dill, paprika and chunks of sweet (and pricey) lobster meat.

Dust off the good dishes, your best wine glasses and Grandma’s silver, and throw a dinner with old fashioned glamour. Tyler’s Ultimate Beef Wellington with fingerling potatoes, wilted greens and green peppercorn sauce may call for a lot of ingredients and steps. But this complete meal takes an hour of active time total, and is sure to garner praise from those lucky enough to score an invite to your table.


If you owe:

If you didn’t find yourself in the recently-rich club, make a big batch of Black-Eyed Pea Soup. Not only are the ingredients (dried peas, carrot, celery, onion, collards, rice and a ham hock) easy on your wallet, but black eyed peas and greens are thought to represent and attract wealth and prosperity.

Cure those tax season blues with an umbrella drink like a Blue Lagoon Cocktail…the closest thing to a vacation you may take this year.

Marc’s Millionaire Shortbread Cookies with layers of shortbread, cookie butter and chocolate will make anyone feel rich.

This article was originally posted on the Food Network and can be found here!