Cider Baked Holiday Ham Recipe

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Cider Baked Holiday Ham Recipe

If you’re looking to take your Holiday ham to the next level give this Cider Baked Holiday Ham Recipe a try; its moist and delicious.

There are very few recipes I have prepared using oven bags so I decided to give this one a try. The oven bag holds the moisture in, and the apple cider added to the roasting bag gives the ham a good flavor. Usually I will use pineapple slices to cover the outside of the ham but because this recipe calls for a brown sugar glaze I decided to leave them off. However I think the pineapple still would have paired with the other ingredients very well.

It does take some time to put this Cider Baked Holiday Ham Recipe together, so look the recipe over good, and allow enough time in your Holiday schedule to put it all together. Enjoy

Cider Baked Holiday Ham Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 large oven bad
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3¼ quarts apple cider
  • 8 cups ice cubes
  • 1 bone in half ham (7 – 10 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large sauce pan mix together 4 cups apple cider, cloves, and cinnamon, and bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Pour the mixture into a container large enough to hold the ham. Add 4 more cups of apple cider, and then the ice, stirring occasionally until ice is melted. Remove any skin from the ham and trim the fat down to about a 1/ 4 inch. Score the ham down about a 1/ 2 inch in a diamond pattern 1 – 2 inches apart. Place the ham in the cider mixture; ham should be mostly covered, add some cold water if needed. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. marinating ham
  3. minutes before you plan on roasting the ham remove the ham from the marinade and discard mixture. Place the ham in the oven bag along with 1 cup of apple cider, seal the bag, and cut several small slits on top for venting. Place the bag in a roasting pan and let rest for 90 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Preheat oven to 300F with oven rack set at the lowest position. Roast the ham for 1 1/ 2 to 2 hours to an internal temperature of 100F.
  5. ham in roasting bag
  6. While the ham is cooking in a medium size sauce pan mix together the mustard and 4 cups of cider. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the cider is reduced to about 1/ 3 cup. Set aside (Mixture should by syrupy – this will take about an hour). In a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar and pepper, and set aside.
  7. cider reduction
  8. Remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 400F. Let the ham rest for 5 minutes; roll the bag back to uncover the ham and using a pastry brush, brush the apple cider syrup mixture over the ham. Using your hands pack the brown sugar mixture around the exterior of the ham. Return the ham uncovered into the oven and bake until brown sugar is dark and caramelized. (15 – 20 minutes)
  9. brushing ham
  10. Remove the ham to a serving platter and let rest lightly covered with aluminum foil for about 15 minutes.
  11. brown sugar glazed ham

Adapted from Cooks Country Magazine

Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe

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frozen chocolate desert recipe

This Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe is a chocolate lovers dream. It is smooth and creamy with a rich chocolate flavor. This is another simple and good recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep time, but does require a significant amount of time in the freezer to set. With summer time coming this is a chocolate lover’s perfect desert. It is cool like ice cream, and has the smooth texture of a rich chocolate pudding.

Give this Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe a try; it’s delicious.

 

Frozen Chocolate Desert Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate (shaved into pieces)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • Whipped cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate pieces into a blender.
  2. In a small sauce pan mix the sugar and water together. Bring to a full boil, and boil for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour the hot water over the chocolate in the blender, and blend for 6 seconds on high speed. Add egg yolks and blend for another 5 seconds or until smooth. Add heavy cream and blend for another 10 seconds.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into 4 Ramekin dishes. Set the dishes on a tray and cover with aluminum foil. Freeze for 2-3 hours or until firm.
  5. Remove from the freezer 20 to 30 minutes before serving to soften up a little bit. Top with whipped cream.

Chili and Meatballs Casserole Recipe

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chili and meatballs casserole recipe

 This winter has been so cold and just does not want to give up, so I decided to put chili on tonights supper menu to help warm things up a bit.

This is not your ordinary chili recipe; the meatballs make it very unique. This recipe is very strong on the use of wine. I used my homemade wild cherry wine in this recipe and it was very good, but I am sure any good quality red wine would work out real well. I you don’t like using alcohol in your recipes I think beef broth would make a good substitution for the wine. This Chili and Meatballs Casserole is a simple recipe, but it does require a lot of cooking time, so be sure to get it started early.

I you like chili, give this Chili and Meatballs Casserole Recipe a try; it’s really good.

Chili and Meatballs Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • Meatballs
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • ¼ cup traditional dry bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Chili
  • 1 cup medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (16 ounces un-drained)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 cans kidney beans (16 ounces each – drained and rinsed)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs, except for the cooking oil, using your hands mix until thoroughly combined. Form the meat mixture into 24 meatballs about 1½ inches each. Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and brown the meatballs thoroughly. Remove the meatballs to a 13 x 9 casserole dish (3.7 quart) lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. browned meatballs
  4. making chili
  5. To make the chili sauce using the same skillet discard all the oil except for 2 tablespoons. Heat the skillet over medium high heat and cook the onions and garlic until the onion becomes translucent – about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, ¼ cup water, and then season with the chili powder, salt, oregano, and basil. Bring the mixture to a boil stirring to remove any dripping from the bottom, and then pour it over the top of the meatballs in the casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour.
  6. making chili and meatball casserole
  7. Mix the wine and flour together until the flour is smooth. Stir the wine mixture and kidney beans into the chili casserole. Cover and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  8. Serve Hot

Poached Pollock with Shrimp Sauce Recipe

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Poached Pollock with Shrimp Sauce Recipe

Lent is later this year than it normally is, but I decided to go ahead and post this Poached Pollack with Shrimp Sauce Recipe a little ahead of time. It has been a long time sense I have had fished prepared in this manner and for some reason it sounded really good for tonight’s supper; maybe because it’s kind of on the light side.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take long to cook, and requires very few ingredients. I served a baked potato on the side, along with broccoli for a vegetable, because the cheesy shrimp sauce is also very good served over the broccoli.

The next time you’re in the mood for fish, or need a Friday recipe for Lent, give this Poached Pollock with Shrimp Sauce Recipe a try; it’s really good.

Poached Pollock with Shrimp Sauce Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Pollock fillets
  • 1 can condensed cream of shrimp soup (undiluted)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1¼ shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Mix the salt and water together in a large skillet. Rinse fillets, and pat dry with paper toweling – roll the fillets up starting on the narrow end with the dark side in. place the roll-ups seam side down into the skillet. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  2. poaching pollock
  3. While fish is cooking in a small sauce pan mix together the soup and milk. Cook on medium heat stirring frequently until mixture is warm and smooth. Stir in the sour cream and shredded cheddar and continue cooking until cheese is melted.
  4. Remove the fish with a slotted spoon onto a serving platter. Top with the shrimp sauce and garnish with parsley.

 

Poached Pollock with Shrimp Sauce

12 Great Valentines Recipes to Sweeten Up Your Night

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To me Valentine’s Day is all about sharing and I can’t think of a better way than to have steaks on the grill topped off with a delicious desert on Valentines night.
If you’re staying home on Valentines night give one of these steak recipes a try and top it off with one of the delicious deserts.
If you’re going out sweeten up the day with one of the sweet treats recipes. I have listed some of my favorite recipes above this post. Enjoy
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Simple Nachos Supreme Recipe

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Simple Nachos Supreme Recipe

Here’s another game day recipe that’s simple and good. This is a basic recipe, and is really good, just the way it is pictured and written. However you could easily take this recipe to the next level by adding a teaspoon of sour cream, some chopped tomatoes, and maybe even some chopped green onions on top. Just supply the condiments on the side, and let you guests top it with their favorite topping. Be sure to make plenty because they won’t last long. Enjoy

Simple Nachos Supreme Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • 1 package Fajitas Seasoning mix
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 table spoon cooking oil
  • 1 package restaurant style tortilla chips (you’ll probably use about 1/ 2 of a large bag)
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Preheat oven to 375F.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large skillet using the oil, cook the onion, green pepper and burger until the burger is no longer pink inside; drain if needed. Mix in the water and seasoning mix and simmer for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from sticking.
  3. Cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (I used a 16 x 12 jelly roll pan if you don’t have a pan this large you can use 2 smaller baking sheets), lightly spray with cooking spray, and arrange the tortilla chips tightly together over the bottom. Place about 1 teaspoon of the meat mixture onto each chip and then sprinkle on some cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted – serve with your choice condiments.

 

 

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Cookies Recipe

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This Old Fashioned Cinnamon Cookies Recipe is a recipe that has been around for years, and makes a great addition to any Christmas Cooke collection. This is a big recipe that produces 3 to 7 dozen cookies depending on the size you make them. There aren’t many ingredients so there is a good chance you will have all the ingredients on hand. I used broken pecans in this recipe, but I am sure chopped walnuts would work just as well. Add this Old Fashioned Cinnamon Cookies Recipe to your cookie mix this Christmas; they are really good. Enjoy

 

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Cookies Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Christmas Cookies
Serves: Makes 7 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour (sifted)
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans (broken or chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size bowl using an electric mixer blend the butter and sugars together until creamy, add the eggs, and continue mixing until well combined.
  3. white and brown sugar cookie dough mix
  4. flour-Cinnamon- cookie dough mix
  5. In a separate large bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in the egg and sugar mixture along with the nuts to form the dough.
  6. Drop a heaping teaspoon at a time onto a cookie sheet lightly sprayed with cookie spray, about 1½ to 2 inches apart, and bake for 8-10 minutes. When done cookies will start to crack on top.
  7. (If you makes these to the size of the recipe it will make about 7 dozen-I formed mine about the size of meat balls because I like larger cookies it made 3 dozen. If you do this increase your baking time to 12-15 minutes.)

old- fashion -cinnamon- cookies recipe

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Craisins Recipe

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Oatmeal White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Christmas time means cookies and they don’t get much better than this Oatmeal White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Craisins Recipe. If you’re into creating cookies for the Charismas season add this cookie recipe to your collection; they are really good. I thought I would just eat one to see how they tasted but unfortunately I didn’t stop there-after 3 I figured I had better get them into the freezer or there would be none left for Christmas. This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and the white chocolate and Craisins blend very well together. The cookie dough is very thick and hard to work with a spoon, so I used my hands and formed them like I was making meatballs, and this method worked out very well. You can always press them down a little bit with a fork if you want them a little flatter. Enjoy-adapted from Craisins packaging.

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Craisins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: makes 24
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package Craisins (5 ounces)
  • ⅔ cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl using an electric mixer blend the butter and brown sugar together until mixture is creamed together and fluffy and then mix in the eggs until well combined.
  3. creamed eggs and butter
  4. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients except for the Craisins, and chocolate chips, and then stir in the egg and sugar mixture until moistened. Dough will be stiff.
  5. cookie dough
  6. making cookies
  7. Fold in the Craisins and white chocolate chips. Form the dough into balls like you are making meatballs and place them on a cookie sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are nicely browned; remove from the cookie sheet and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Makes about 2 dozen depending on size.

 

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Craisins

12 of My Best Thanksgiving Day Recipes

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Out of all the holidays throughout the year Thanksgiving Day is the one I look forward to the most. Good food, a football game and a chance to socialize with the family. I don’t have to worry about buying presents, or how much they liked them. I do what I love to do, which is preparing the Thanksgiving feast, watching the football game, and enjoying the company.

There was a time in my life that I use to be away from home driving truck when thanksgiving day came around I could be over a 1000 miles away and would push the limit to get home on time. If I couldn’t get home quick enough my son would start brining the turkey before I got there, and it always turned out fine. Right now here in Upper Michigan the snow is blowing and I am like a kid waiting for Christmas, but it’s not Christmas, its thanksgiving and I can’t wait; it’s only a week and a half away.

So when Thanksgiving day gets here, cook some food, sit back and relax, maybe watch a football game, but above all enjoy the food, and the company, during the most stress less holiday of the whole year.

Happy Thanksgiving

Below you will find a list of some of my favorite recipes that my son and I have prepared on Thanksgiving Day.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

With the holiday season coming up I thought it would be a great time to start baking some cookies with the intention of freezing some of them for the Christmas season. I have made oatmeal chocolate chip cooking before, but this recipe takes it to the next step by incorporating chocolate and chocolate chips, into the cookies.  This Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe is a recipe you will be sure to love, if you love chocolate, you’ll love these Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.

The problem I’m having is, they are delicious dunked in my coffee in the morning; if I don’t quit there won’t be any left to put in the freezer for Christmas.

If you want to take oatmeal cookies to the next level give this Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe a try; the whole family will love them. Enjoy

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: makes 24
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups old fashion rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces melt chocolate-melted and cooled
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place one cup of oats in a blender and process until well ground. In a large bowl mix together the ground oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. cookie mix
  4. In another large bowl using an electric mixer combine the butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla; continue mixing until mixture is light and fluffy. Using a large spoon mix in the melted chocolate until well combined. Stir in the flour mixture until moistened and well combined, and then fold in the rest of the rolled oats, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  5. cookie mix
  6. cookie dough
  7. Using about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough at a time, roll the dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lightly sprayed with cooking spray about 2 inches apart. (Or use parchment paper)
  8. dough balls
  9. Bake for 14-18 minutes until cookies start to crack and still show some moisture in the cracks.
  10. Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
  11. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for several minutes, and then place them on a wire rack to cool.

With the holiday season coming up I thought it would be a great time to start baking some cookies with the intention of freezing some of them for the Christmas season. I have made oatmeal chocolate chip cooking before, but this recipe takes it to the next step by incorporating chocolate and chocolate chips, into the cookies.  This Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe is a recipe you will be sure to love, if you love chocolate, you’ll love these Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.  The problem I’m having is, they are delicious dunked in my coffee in the morning; if I don’t quit there won’t be any left to put in the freezer for Christmas.  If you want to take oatmeal cookies to the next level give this Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Recipe a try; the whole family will love them. Enjoy