'Dinner Recipes'


Todd made us roasted Cornish game hens the other night and I was reminded how, back when I was in my early 20s, I thought Cornish game hens were just the height of chi chi food. I mean, what’s better than having your own little mini-chicken, right?

Granted, my culinary landscape has greatly expanded since then, but game hens are …

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English: Teriyaki-like marinade for chicken th...

English: Teriyaki-like marinade for chicken thighs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marinating meat is a popular and relatively cheap way to spice up any dish.  The technique has been in use for many thousands of years.  It has often been used as a way to preserve as well as tenderise meat in the pre-refrigeration era (most of human history).  This is probably …

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A roast chicken is one of those meals that is super simple to accomplish and just as easy to screw up. I’m sure we’ve all experienced of overcooked, under-seasoned bird that feels like so much sawdust in your mouth, right?

Over the years I’ve found a slow-cooker to be a near foolproof way to “roast” a whole chicken without it …

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Yummy Pork Chops with Grapes

Yummy Pork Chops with Grapes

Treat mom to an amazing meal on Mothers Day. And whatever you do — don’t make her do the dishes.

Grapes on their own are a perfect snack but ever thought of roasting them? Once you do, you’ll want to put them in everything!  Like vegetables, grapes caramelize when roasted bringing out their inherent sweetness …

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Sweet Potato Spoonbread with Friends Carolyn, Nancy, and Pam

I love to try new recipes on family and friends and this one is a WINNER.  It came from this year’s December Better Homes and Gardens magazine, but I modified it slightly and used curry instead of thyme.  It is not what you think!  It is savory, not sweet.  Light and …

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Orange-Cranberry Chutney Recipe


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I loved this recipe!  When we were dividing up the leftovers before we departed for the evening, this is the one I asked to take home.  The secret ingredient is the curry.

  • 6 medium oranges
  • 1 (12-oz) package cranberries
  • 3/4 c. raisins
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 (2-inch) stick cinnamon
  • 1 small
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Mustards

This makes a great companion to the Baked Ham with Marmalade-Horseradish Glaze recipe.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

  • 1 c. dry mustard (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 T. yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 c. raspberry vinegar
  • 1 c. fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. honey
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. ground
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This ham was the best ham I have every eaten.  Ever.  It was better than the honey-baked hams that you can buy at the gourmet stores.

NOTE:  Although labeled fully cooked, the ham will still need a gentle baking for maximum tenderness and flavor.

20 Servings

  • 1 18-pound fully cooked bone-in smoked ham, room temperature
  • 48 (about) whole cloves
  • 4
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