Showing posts from March, 2010

Savory Orange Slices

Salad for Spring or Summer A simple and surprising orange salad — really, why relegate oranges to breakfast?! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ This recipe is so quick and easy that I'm adding it to a special collection of easy summer recipes published every summer since 2009. Watch for new "summer easy" recipes all summer long! With a free e-mail subscription , you'll never miss a one! COMPLIMENTS! "Delightful." ~ Pauline "Yumm!" ~ Melanie The Family Grove In the 1950s, my Minnesota grandparents bought a place in Florida and flew south in a fast ’53 Ford to become snowbirds. Now if the words "place in Florida" conjure up something grand, think again. The place was a sandy patch parked with a small trailer with one bedroom and a pull-out couch in the living area. After my grandfather died, Gramma walked the beach for long hours, finding solace in the sea shells that washed up along the Gulf Coast.

Twice-Smoked Ham

How & Why to Smoke a Smoked Ham a Second Time Looking for a special way to cook a big ham for Easter, Christmas and other special occasions? Start with a smoked ham and then, yes, smoke it again. The second smoke transforms an already good ham into something that's smoky-good with perfect texture for serving at room temperature in a buffet or gently rewarmed in the oven for serving hot at the table. One of Our Signature Recipes. Whole Food, Simply Prepared. "Plain" But Perfect. Hearty & Filling Food for a Crowd. Budget Friendly. Potluck & Party Friendly. High Protein. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. Rave Reviews.

Ham 101: What to Know Before Buying a Ham

When I first started cooking ham, all the different kinds of hams, all the terms for hams, they were so confusing! It took awhile to sort out what curing is, and smoking, let alone fresh hams, green hams, country hams and even city hams. (Did you know that the number one ham is a city ham? Ever heard of a city ham before? Me either.) Here’s my explanation, everything you might want to know about ham. Ham 101 is published today along with my favorite way to cook a ham for holidays and parties, it's a Twice-Smoked Ham .

Easy Baked Fish Recipe with
Red Pepper & Cucumber Salad

Thank you, Lent, for the reminder that fish makes for a fast and healthy supper, not just for a few weeks in late winter but year-round. This recipe relies on a handful of pantry ingredients. Quick-quick, it's on the table in 30 minutes. Weight Watchers, you're going to love this recipe! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~ Observing Lent with Children Careful readers might wonder what's growing in the dish behind the plate? That's Lenten grass , an old Finnish tradition, one of my favorite ways to observe Lent. The Sad State of Fish Fries During Lent My home of St. Louis is a bedrock of Catholicism. Catholic schools abound, some 123 of them, their playgrounds filled with rambunctious kids in plaid-jumper and khaki-pant uniforms. It’s not so rare to meet faithful parishioners like my neighbors who have been married 58 years this month and still walk to Mass every morning. During Lent, many parishes host Friday-night fish fries, attracting throngs of hungry

Chicken & Wild Rice Soup or
Turkey & Wild Rice Soup Recipe

On these last chilly days of late winter, there's nothing like a big bowl of hearty soup to warm our innards. I'm so pleased with this soup, a hearty mix of leftover chicken or turkey, wild rice and butternut squash – and, preferably, good homemade stock. The Conversation: Do you roll your eyes when recipes read, "preferably homemade"? Yeah, me too. COMPLIMENTS! "It's wonderful!" ~ Anonymous “Preferably homemade”. My eyes roll at the sight of these words in recipes, do yours too? They just sound so foodie-elitist. I fear they put home cooking out of reach, setting a threshold that sounds unattainable for working families with busy lives. And yet. And yet. The first batch of this soup last fall was short on wild rice and long on mushrooms, but it was still so good – as in lip-smacking, let’s-make-another-pot-on-the-weekend good. The reason? The stock was clear and golden, like a cupful of savory wine. After Thanksgiving, the turkey