Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, January 8, 2012

holiday ham

spiral ham is a very easy main entree to prepare.  it is also a very healthy choice, as the meat has minimal fat, but great flavor.  ham can be served for christmas, easter, or for any party.  i use a citrus glaze on the ham during the last 1/2 hour of heating.

most often, i choose a fully cooked spiral sliced ham which weighs less than ten pounds.  i bake the ham in a roasting dish with rack, face down, for 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees.  during the last 1/2 hour of cooking, i stand the ham up, just as in the photo, and apply the citrus glaze.

for the glaze, i mix orange marmalade and light brown sugar, and thin with orange juice to a glaze texture.  one of my recipes also suggests adding dijon mustard.   heat these ingredients to allow the glaze to flow nicely over the ham. 

spiral ham can be served with wild rice, roasted vegetables, baked apples or sweet potatoes.

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