Monday, November 30, 2009

Honey Baked Ham

Source: Otis
Whole Cloves
Brown Sugar
Cherries from jar
Pineapple Rings
2 jugs of Apple Juice
Toothpicks (not colored)

Inject either maple syrup/honey into the ham. Then slice in the top of the ham about 1/4 inch deep going diagonally both directions about 1 1/2 inches apart so to make sort of a diamond pattern all over the top of the ham. Where the “x” are press a whole clove down into each center. Drizzle honey or maple syrup on top, I also fill the bottom of the pan with about 2” of apple juice, cover with aluminum foil and bake as directed.

About 1 hour before ham is done, uncover and base w/ apple juice, sprinkle with brown sugar (sparingly). Using tooth picks, place cherries (from a jar) on top of ham. Place pineapple rings around the cherries and bake uncovered the remaining time. Bake uncovered for the last hour. Watch carefully so no parts of the fruit burn. Ham is actually one of the easiest things to bake EVER! It doesn’t get dry and it goes with ANY flavoring. So you can use coke, any type of fruit juice, really whatever the you want!

Rating: A
Everyone loved it

Mummy Face Pizzas

Source: Kraft Foods
1 plain bagel, cut in half
2 T pizza sauce
2 sticks string cheese
4 slices black olives

Heat oven to 400F. Spread bagel halves with sauce. Pull cheese into thin strips; place in random criss-cross fashion on tops of bagels to resemble mummy bandages. Trim ends with kitchen shears. Add olives for eyes. Place on baking sheet. Bake 10 mins or until bagels are crisp and cheese is melted.

Rating: B+
Super easy and fun for kids.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

1 1/2 Tbs margarine, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Combine the margarine, salt, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce and pumpkin seeds. Mix thoroughly and place in shallow baking dish. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Rating: B+

Chuck's Favorite Mac n Cheese

1 (8oz) pkg elbow macaroni
1 (8 oz) pkg shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 (12 oz) container small curd cottage cheese
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1/4 cup crated parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, add pasta, and cook until done; drain. In 19x13 inch baking dish, stir together macaroni, shredded Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle topping over macaroni mixture. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until top is golden.

Rating: A
We really liked, but will do less bread crumbs next time.

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast

2 (10.75oz) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (1oz) package dry onion soup mix
1 1/4 cups water
5 1/2 pounds pot roast

In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix and water. Place pot roast in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture. Cook on high setting for 3-4 hours, or on low for 8-9.

Rating: B+
Very easy! I didn't eat any, but everyone else said it was good.

The Best Chocolate Cake

Source: Mamma Cobb
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup crisco
1 stick margarine
1 cup water
4 tablespoons cocoa
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat over to 350°. Grease and flour bundt pan. In large bowl mix sugar and flour and set aside. In sauce pan put crisco, water, margarine, and cocoa. Bring to boil. Pour over sugar and flour mixture, and beat. Add eggs and beat. Add buttermilk, vanilla, cinnamon, baking soda & mix well. Pour into bundt pan and bake at 350° for 35-40 mins.

Rating: A-
My mom's from scratch cake recipe that's been in the family! Always a favorite:)