Tasty Thursday: Easter Cooking

Well, Easter is almost upon us once more! While I love Easter, I also love the day after because of all the amazing candy that is half off in stores. The only issue is watching out for the nice old ladies looking to steal all of the sweets. It can get crazy! All that has nothing to do with today's blog.

Two things I enjoy about Easter are eating a nice spiral ham and decorating Easter eggs. I decided to talk about both of them today! First, let's tackle ham. Generally speaking, hams go on sale around Easter time because it is one of the most common eaten meats around this time of year. St. Patty's has corned beef, Thanksgiving has turkey, Easter get the ham. Soooo what is the best way to prepare a ham? In my humble opinion, a spiral glazed ham is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to prepare a meal with little headache involved. I'm a pretty big fan of the Food Network (if you hadn't figured that out already) and found a really simple recipe for preparing a glazed ham. The recipe calls for the following:

  • 1 (14 to 16-pound) fully cooked, spiral-cut smoked ham on the bone
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 8 1/2 ounces orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare the glaze in a food processor. Take the garlic first and mince in the processor and add the remaining ingredients. Take the glaze, place over the ham and place it in the oven for about an hour (or until it's warm). The good news here is that the ham is fully cooked already so you won't risk uncooked pork hitting your plate. Like I said, the recipe is super simple and really tasty. This brings us to our second matter of business, which are Easter eggs!

Easter eggs are fun to paint, dye and decorate. While most people use food coloring or packaged dye sets to make their masterpieces, I found a super easy way to make natural dyes by using the coloring from various foods. The recipes call for foods like beets, cabbage and coffee to make natural dyes. Rather than copy and paste everything that the article says (I'm pretty sure that's plagiarism), check out the article here!

What are your favorite Easter traditions?

Seth P.