"H" Is For HOLIDAY HAM
So, you've decided on having ham for Christmas dinner this year but you don't want to stick with a plain baked ham? Glazing or spicing up your ham can add just the right festive touch! Printable Version
Country Baked Ham
1 8 lb. ham
3 quarts sweet cider
2 cups maple sugar(or brown sugar)
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon powdered cloves
1 1/2 cup water
2 cups raisins
Simmer ham in cider for 2 hours; drain. Cover with paste made from sugar, mustard, cloves and water. Place in baking dish. Pour cider over ham. Add raisins to pan bottom. Bake for 2 1/2 hours at 325* basting frequently.
Glazed Baked Ham
1 12 lb. ham
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
1/4 cup pineapple juice
6 slices fresh or canned pineapple
6 maraschino cherries
Place ham, fat side up on rack in open roasting pan. Bake in 350* oven for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Combine sugar, mustard and pineapple juice. Remove ham from oven 45 minutes prior to completed baking time. Pour off excess fat. Spread 1/3 of the glaze on fat side. Arrange pineapple slices and cherries on the glaze, pressing firmly. Return to oven and baste with remaining glaze at 15 minute intervals.
Crusty Pineapple Ham
1- 3 lb. canned ham
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 flat can pineapple slices
1 can refrigerated flaky biscuits
Remove ham from can and remove jelly. Place in a shallow roasting pan. Mix mustard and cloves with juice drained from pineapple slices; spoon over ham. Roast in preheated 350 F oven for 40 minutes, spooning pan juices over ham every 10 minutes. Remove from oven, top with halved pineapple slices. Open biscuits and separate. Place on pineapple in overlapping rows. Raise oven temperature to 400 F and bake another 20 minutes or until rolls
are richly browned. Cut into slices to serve
Ham With Spiced Fruits
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Cookbook
2 bananas cut into fourths
1 8 oz can sliced peaches
1 8 oz can sliced pears
12 maraschino sherries, halved
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 lb fully cooked boneless smoked ham
1 23 oz can sweet potatoes, drained and halved
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Mix the bananas, peaches and pears (both with syrup), cherries and pmpkin pie spice. Remove 1/2 cup syrup from the fruit mixture and reserve. Refrigerate fruit mixture. Place the ham in an ungreased baking dish. Arrange sweet potatoes around the ham. Mix brown sugar, reserved fruit syrup and the mustard and pour over ham and poatoes. Cook uncovered in 350* oven for 30 minutes - occasionally spooning the sauce onto the ham and potatoes.
Drain fruit mixture and arrange around and on top of ham. Cook uncovered an additonal 15 minutes.
Christmas 101 : Celebrate the Holiday Season - From Christmas to New Year's
by Rick Rodgers
100 easy, fun recipes--with menus and timetables for stress-free entertaining--to put you in the holiday spirit!
Your tree is up and decorated, the carolers are singing, and there's just one thought on your mind: How am I going to get Christmas dinner on the table and still have enough energy to plan that New Year's bash?
Rick Rodgers, cooking teacher and author of the bestselling Thanksgiving 101, once again takes you by the hand to help you entertain (and still be entertaining) during this hectic season. Christmas 101 features 100 of Rick's never-fail recipes, from holiday classics such as egg nog, glazed ham, and gingerbread cookies, to contemporary ideas such as Shrimp Bisque with Confetti Vegetables, Prime Ribs, and Apple Shortcakes with Brandied Cream. And since the holiday season keeps going long after the last Christmas present is opened, there are plenty of New Year's ideas, from an intimate dinner for four to an open house buffet for the entire neighborhood.
Whether you're a novice preparing your first holiday dinner or an experienced cook seeking new ideas, Christmas 101 is all you'll need.
Learn everything you need to know about Christmas cookie making, with detailed instructions on baking, storing, and mailing
Create the flavors of the season, from spirited drinks like hot buttered rum and spiced punch to holiday goodies like special breads and homemade candies
Save time with soup-to-nuts menus and detailed timetables for holiday parties, from an all-dessert "Nutcracker Sweets" party to a tree trimming buffet
Christmas 101 has holiday entertaining all wrapped up, with enough festive recipes to keep you celebrating all year long.
"H" Is For HOLIDAYS!
A HOLIDAY Feast
It is fun to go all out on a gala feast for the holidays, enjoying specialties that are not part of the daily fare. This special dinner for eight offers several cook ahead options.
HOLIDAY Party Hors d'oeuvres
Whether you call them appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, canapés, amuse-bouches, or amuse-gueules, they are the scrumptious little morsels served before the start of a full course meal.
Five Fabulous Ways to Top Your HOLIDAY Table
Entertaining friends and family can put anyone in a stressful mood, especially around the holidays. Oftentimes, the importance of a nicely set table is a forgotten factor in the evening's agenda. But setting a lively table does more than supply your guests with a place to eat; it sets the mood and develops the atmosphere of the gathering, as well as giving your guests an added topic of conversation throughout dinner.
HOLIDAY Cheer From Chef Emeril Lagasse
Man, oh man, the holidays are here and it's time to really kick it up to notches unknown!
HOLIDAYS Buffet Style
Buffet service fits perfectly into the relaxed, informal pattern of busy lives. If you have limited dining space, or if you are a do-it-yourself hostess, buffet service permits you to entertain with more ease than any other type of service, and just as graciously and pleasantly.
HOLIDAY Gift Ideas
...from our kitchen to yours...Give the gift of food. Fill decorative tins with these delicious cookie recipes. Truly a gift from the heart!
More HOLIDAY Recipes
More yummy recipes to merry up the holiday! Cooked Eggnog, Old-Fasioned Mincemeat Pie, Cranberry-Orange Warm-up, and Classic Yule Log.
Tasty HOLIDAY Tradition
Every year, right after Thanksgiving, I fill my grocery cart with delectable goodies that will fill my kitchen with wonderful smells. It's the time of year when I bake, and bake, and bake some more." Cookie recipes to warm the kitchen and a special someone's heart!
"H" Is For...
Cooking With HERBS
MMMMMM , what is that wonderful aroma? Soup? Pot Roast? Sauce simmering on the stove? Have you ever thought about what makes that dinner cooking smell so wonderful? Consider what it would smell like without herbs and seasonings made from herbs!
Few dishes have origins so embroiled in controversy as Caesar salad.
HEALTHY Recipes & Tips
"Health professionals refer to eating healthier as a "Lifestyle Change". I understand now why they are so careful with the wording they chose for this. It's a change that lasts forever and needs to be thought of that way."
"...We often see products advertised now that brag about how they have the scent of a rose and the "added power of baking soda" (or other basic cleaners, like bleach). Why not just use the baking soda? Why buy something expensive, over hyped and prepackaged when the baking soda is sitting in your kitchen cabinet?"
HOMEMADE Chocolate Syrup
What better after school snack than ice cream with homemade chocolate syrup that your kids helped to make! We have done this in our house. Not only does it save money to make your own but it tastes great and is lots of fun for the kids. Try this great recipe with your kids today!
HOME Freezer Ice Cream
Who says it has to be summertime to enjoy ice cream? Not your kids, that's for sure! Everyone loves ice cream, and what better way to beat the cold weather blues than with some cold treats?
Try these great sandwiches on game day, for a hearty lunch or serve with soup for a wonderful dinner!
Prosciutto di Parma® HAM
For Centuries, Prosciutto di Parma has been prized for its enticing aroma and incomparable flavor. Why does this world-famous ham taste so good? The makers' recipe is simple..."
HOMEMADE Pudding Mixes
Making it yourself does save money, especially if you make a large batch of instant pudding, and make servings from that. Doing it this way makes each serving cost 15 cents as opposed to 25 cents from a store bought mix.
HOMEMADE Nuts & Candy
Nuts and candy make wonderful Christmas gifts for that hard to buy for person, or as an addition to gifts you may have crafted or purchased. Family and friends love homemade treats!
HOMEMADE Cooking Spray
Instead of "greasing and flouring" pans, use this
homemade baker's magic: Beat until smooth ? cup
each vegetable oil, room-temperature vegetable
shortening and all-purpose flour. Refrigerate in
an airtight container for up to 6 months and use
as necessary to coat muffin tins, cake
and bread pans, etc.
Check out more COOKING tips in our Virtual Tipbook!
If you have an old hula hoop lying around, dig it out and play this fun winter game!
What you need:
What you do:
1. Place a hula hoop in the snow so that it can stand facing you. Form some snowballs to throw through the hoop. Practice throwing farther and farther from the hoop.
2. Tie yarn around a pinecone, leaving about a 12" tail of yarn.
3. Attach the tail of yarn to the top of the hula hoop so that the pinecone hangs into the middle of the hoop.
4. Make a snowball and see if you can hit the pinecone. Is it easy or hard? If it's easy, you might just have the aim to pitch this spring.
Check out more CRAFT tips in the Family FunBook!
"H" Is For...
Hocks are located on the hind leg, just above the hoof of a hog. Most commonly used in adding flavor to dishes such as greens, beans, soups, and stews.
Half and Half:
Half cream, half milk.
Hard Ball Stage:
Test used to determine when a sugar syrup mixture has reached a certain temperature. A rigid ball will form when a drop of hot syrup is submerged in cold water.
Hard Crack Stage:
Test used to determine when a sugar syrup mixture has reached a certain temperature. When hot syrup is dropped into cold water, brittle threads will form.
A potato dish commonly made from leftovers, usually with chopped potatoes, leftover meat, and often times other vegetables. Famous for its name is Corned Beef Hash.
With fat broken down into such small particles that it stays suspended in liquid, rather than rising to the top.
Thick sauce made from soy beans and seasoning used in Chinese cooking.
Sometimes sold in the comb, but usually as an extracted liquid and in solid and granular forms. Most recipes use liquid honey. Can be used in place of sugar for sweetening.
The French version of appetizers, served before a meal: olives, celery, pickled beets, pickled mushrooms, sardines and other foods.
"H" Is For HOLIDAY Crafts
This ornament is a classic and can be designed in your own special style. In our creation, you'll find that you only need a small handful of supplies to create this whimsical Santa! Easy instructions and photo included with this craft.
Clay Pot Santa & Mrs. Claus
Santa & Mrs. Claus are ready to bring joy to all the girls and boys. What a fun way to say Merry Christmas to your holiday host, your child's teacher, or a member of your family.