Monthly Archives: April 2014

Tangerine Glazed Ham


Here she is, in all her deliciousness. My husband, who is not a big ham fan, came in and said “I’ve got to dip into some of that ham today. That looks incredible!”

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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Tangerine Glazed Ham in the making…


My current situation. 🙂

90 more minutes in the oven to bake to let those tangerines caramelize.

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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Easter prepping…

Knee deep in the kitchen. I have my vanilla bean cream cheese frosting finally on my carrot cake, my fennel potato gratin is assembled, and now prepping the ham before I go to bed. The ham is rubbed down in olive oil, fresh sage, salt, pepper, and ground cloves. Tomorrow after it bakes a while, I will finish it with a tangerine glaze that will fall all over the ham and coat those carrots. If all goes well, will give you a peek at the finished entree tomorrow. I can hardly wait!



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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


Easter Dinner in the making…


It’s Good Friday, and I am looking forward to some good eats for our upcoming Easter Dinner. I try to look for new inspirational dishes to try, and it just so happened I stumbled across this recipe for Glazed Tangerine Ham. It looked so delicious, I had to take a camera shot! I want to keep our meal simple, budget friendly ($100 to be exact), but memorable, and here is what will adorn our “prepared table” this Sunday:

Tangerine Glazed Ham with Baby Carrots
French Green Beans with Shallots
Potato-Fennel Gratin
Truffle Deviled Eggs
Homemade Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Is your mouth watering yet? I know mine is. I am pleased to offer this menu because it is a mix of simple and elegant, with a little decadence thrown in, which is what I’m all about.

Happy Easter. See you in the kitchen. Right now, it’s time for me to “hop” to the store so I can make this happen.

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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized


Homemade Granola


All stored up, and ready to go. One plain, one with dried fruit and nuts. And no, that is not my cereal bowl you see, but it could be! Lol!

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Cinnamon Apricot-Pumpkin Seed Granola


YUM is the word. I am tickled pink that my granola turned out so well. I stored one container of granola plain, then I created another granola mix with dried apricots, pumpkin seeds, dried banana chips, and cinnamon. This could be my morning cup of cereal, yogurt topping, or just a quick finger snack in a ziplock bag when on the go. Any flavor variation would work, so let your palate be your guide!

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Homemade Granola, in the making


Hello world, I’m back! I know I have been gone a minute, but let’s just say “I have a lot of irons in the fire.” Food is my first love, always has been, so I promise you will see me here on my blog more regularly. Please feel free to comment and give me a shout out. I would love to talk food with you. 🙂

Now getting back to what I’m up to in the kitchen. In my effort to eat more clean, I’m trying to replace store bought items with more homemade creations. Which brings us to granola. I found a recipe by Ina Garten for homemade granola and used it as a blueprint to make my own. The basis of any granola is oats, nuts, oil, plus any other variation you may like to add. In this, I used oats, sliced almonds, and dried unsweetened shredded coconut. I used coconut oil, a little ghee, honey, and a touch of vanilla bean paste to give it flavor. I then baked in the oven until golden brown, and took out to let cool. What you get is the most delicious slightly toasted and sweet granola that will supersede any you would buy at the store. Once this cools, I will add in a few yummy toppings in half a batch to make it over the top, like dried apricots, dried bananas, pistachios, a little cinnamon, etc. I do like to reserve one container in it’s purest form with no extra ingredients on days when I just want nothing more in my flavor profile.

Homemade granola, topped over unsweetened yogurt with drizzle of honey or maple, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and fresh sliced bananas or berries makes for a perfect breakfast or snack. I hope I can enjoy all the above, if I can only restrain from reaching and eating handfuls before it cools.

Bye for now, but not for long! 🙂

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Posted by on April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


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