Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cooking: My Easter Menu

Oh my goodness, I love holiday menus. The tried and true dishes that mark the year. Easter has to be my second favorite food holiday only trumped by Thanksgiving. But this year, I am shaking things up only a little… my family could not take anything too drastic.

A couple of weeks ago, Rachel at A Southern Fairytale posted this Bourbon Brown Sugar Ham recipe and I thought it sounded delicious. She is a fantastic cook and has wonderful recipes. 

Bourbon Brown Sugar Ham

  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 C Bourbon Whiskey
  • 2 C Brown Sugar (I think Dark would be best, I only had light)
  • 1 Tbsp ground mustard
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place your ham fat side up on a rack in a roasting pan and score in a diamond pattern.. pour 3/4 C bourbon whiskey over ham and pour 1 C water in the bottom of the roasting pan.
  3. Cover roasting pan tightly with foil or a roasting pan lid.
  4. Bake your ham as directed.
  5. Mix brown sugar, mustard and remaining bourbon whiskey in a bowl to create a paste.  When you have 40 minutes left for your ham, pull the ham out of the oven and remove the foil/lid.  Slather the paste onto the ham, use a spoon or basting tool and drizzle the juices from the roasting pan over the ham.  Re-cover the ham and place it back into the oven for the remaining amount of time.
  6. Pull the ham out of the oven, allow it to cool and then slice.


Scalloped Potatoes

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3 Tbsp butter
2 lbs (about 4 medium sized) Russet potatoes, peeled, sliced 1/8-inch thick
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh chives (optional)
2 1/2 cups grated Swiss or Gruyere cheese (about 8 ounces)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
2 1/2 cups to 3 cups of half-and-half (half milk, half cream)
Salt and pepper

Roasted Asparagus



Deviled Eggs


Strawberry Salad


Sugar Cookies

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Strawberry Pie


Plus fun Easter Candy, Easter Egg hunts, Church, Easter outfits, Pink ties on my hubby and son, Easter baskets and time with my beautiful family.


  1. That sounds delicious!!!! Hope you have a wonderful Easter and enjoy that awesome food:)

  2. So, what time should we be there? lol :) Everything sounds great!

  3. is it wrong to admit that i just licked my computer screen? looks yummy!!

  4. Sounds wonderful!!
    What time is dinner?

  5. Cynthia,
    Lord have mercy, your meal must have been wonderful! Wishing you a happy Easter Week!


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