Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dinner At Maxine's.

Saturday night, Maxine served a lovely dinner.
Her glazed ham was absolutely delicious and I just happen to have her recipe.
 Maxine's Glazed Ham 
 1 bone-in ham, 7-9 pounds, rind cut off, fat scored, and water added Set oven rack on lowest level. Preheat to 250 degrees Remove rind. Score fat into diamonds. Line pan with foil. Set ham on wire rack. Bake until scored fat is very visible, about 1 hour. Remove ham and brush with glaze. Return to oven for 3-4 hours until a thermometer registers 140 degrees. Let rest before carving. 

 Cranberry Dijon Glaze 
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce, mashed with fork 
1/4 cup brown sugar 
2 TB Dijon
 2 TB sweet sherry or port or 2 tsp red wine vinegar 
Her Pineapple Casserole was the perfect complement to the ham.
 Pineapple Casserole
  2 16-ounce cans chunk pineapple, drained
 6 TB flour 
1 cup sugar
 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated 
1 stick butter, melted 
1 stick Ritz crackers, crushed 
 Pour pineapple in 9 x 13 inch dish. 
Mix sugar and flour. 
Spread evenly over pineapple. 
Layer cheese and crackers. 
Pour melted butter over top. 
 Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Salad of mixed greens with toasted walnuts, cucumber, carrots, green peppers, cheeses, tomatoes, and avocados with a simple dressing of lemon juice, Balsamic vinegar, and oil. 
I made the biscuits.

Maxine also served a sweet potato casserole.
Oooh. Lookey who showed up. Brother Hawthorne. 
And Sister-In-Law Hawthorne. 
And Giusseppe Capricornicus and his wife Giovanna. 
Dinner, as always, was wonderful and the company was excellent.
I started cleaning off the table and cleaning the kitchen counters, and loading up the dish washer, and when I came back into the dining room ...
... there was a party. 
As in a surprise birthday party.
 And when I say surprise,
 I mean surprise, since it wasn't even my birthday. 
Ya got me, Maxine. 
What a happy little party.
Happy Birthday ...n? 
And check out all my loot. Thanks, Maxine and everybody.


Marion said...

Hey Rosie, what kind of ham was that? Smoked city ham? Raw ham? Looks good.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

I'm pretty sure it was a raw ham. Maxine can't eat smoked.
I've left a message for her and will let you know when she calls back.

Marilyn said...

Looks like a lovely dinner.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

From Maxine:

The ham was smoked with hardwood with water added on the label---but not hickory smoked—can’t tolerate that but hardwood is ok