Holidays at Home!

Christmas Traditions – My family always has baked ham, potato salad, and baked beans for Christmas Dinner. Yum! This year I was the master chef :-)
Classic Potato Salad:
Ingredients: 5 small all-purpose potatoes
3 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 hardboiled eggs, chopped
salt, pepper, low fat mayo (to taste)
Directions: bring large pot of salted water to a boil, carefully drop in whole potatoes
boil 10-15 minutes or until fork tender, remove from pot, and cool
Peel and cube potatoes and place in large bowl
In a small bowl – mix celery, onions, S & P, hardboiled eggs, and about 1/2 cup mayo
Add contents of small bowl to potatoes – stir gently until combined
Skillet baked beans
1/2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 of a large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
8oz tomato sauce
15 oz can lima, drained and rinsed
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2) In a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet, heat the oil. Add the onions and sauté for about five minutes or until soft and translucent. 3) Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds more. 4) Add the maple syrup, tomato sauce, salt, mustard, and ketchup and simmer for five minutes. 5) Add the beans , stir, then cover the skillet with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes, stirring once during the baking process. 6)Allow to cool and serve warm.
Note: if your skillet has a plastic handle – cover it with aluminum foil and it becomes oven safe!

Baked ham with pineapples, cherries, and brown sugar glaze.

Instructions: Score ham and insert about 2 dozen cloves. Prepare glaze by mixing 1/3 cup brown sugar, tsp of mustard, and a few Tbs of pineapple juice. Drizzle over ham. Place pineapples and cherries on top. Cook for 8-10 minutes per pound (for a pre-cooked ham) at 350 degrees. Baste with extra pinenapple juice half way through cooking.

Christmas Eve Apple Pie

I used a modified version of a Bon Appetit recipe (because I forgot my Whole Foods recipe in NYC!). The filling and homemade whipped cream turned out great, but I still need to perfect the crust. I used all butter (vs. shortening) and although I added a tsp of vinegar, the result wasn’t as tender as I would have liked. I also used a “deep dish” pie pan which may have affected the crust texture. In any case, the pie was well received and every last crumb was devoured :-)

Me and Kiwi!


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