Baked Ham with Mustard Sauce; how much is too much?

Baking / roasting times for hams (and turkeys) are all over the charts…. And I’m not doing a chart. For a ham the number of minutes per pound depends on whether it’s boneless or bone-in, fully cooked or not cooked and the weight of the ham. A larger ham takes fewer minutes per pound than … Continue reading…

Merry Christmas

  Merry Christmas Everyone!      Happy Holidays                                         Healthy Solstice  Bonne Fêtes                                                  … Continue reading…

Butternut Squash Gratin, What’s on your table?

Are you a traditionalist or an innovator when it comes to the holiday menu? Do all of the same dishes have to be on the table in the same way every year? Is some deviation allowed? Are a few new dishes permitted? Or is there open rebellion if there’s maple syrup in the sweet potatoes … Continue reading…

Christmas Breads: Cranberry and Pumpkin

These 2 breads have been part of my holiday tradition since I was in charge of my very first kitchen. It never occurred to me (one knows so little about what one doesn't know) that they would become an annual quest when we moved across the pond. For our first Christmas, in Ireland, I found … Continue reading…

Cranberry Clafoutis

One more dish for Thanksgiving… I originally posted this 3 years ago – but for anyone looking for a quick, easy holiday dessert this is it. As everyone knows, I don’t do pie crusts, therefor no pies. But I’m very inventive at finding easy substitutions. A word of warning about this clafoutis: cranberries are tart, … Continue reading…