Easy Baked Coca Cola Ham

Easy Southern Classic Ham all year around.  My Mother feels that the coco cola pulls some of the salt off and tenderizes the inside of the ham.  It also gives it a wonderful caramelization on the outside. EASY BAKED COUNTRY HAM This is the perfect recipe for any holiday celebrations.  To finish out your meal, serve this with  Southern Spoonbread ,  Mama's Southern Baked Beans ,  Carrot Souffle , and  Simple Broccoli Cauliflower Salad . Easter is such a beautiful time of the year.  Here in East Texas, it has been uncommonly cold the last week or so, and you would never know that sparing is here except for the beautiful blooms. Another Thing Easter brings is the time of the year we have Easy Baked Country Ham aka Coco Cola Ham. Our Easter mornings are so busy with getting to church, taking pictures, and preparing a delicious meal. A baked spiral ham basted with Classic Coke can sure make it so much simpler. Spiral hams cook faster and are presliced, so there is little carving at the

Easter Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Chocolate Dipped Oreos , as double stuffed Oreos are amazing enough and then comes dipping them in chocolate. Oh, my!  Super easy and fast to make for any holiday treat. This year for Easter, I was determined to make some Chocolate Dipped Oreos .  We had these treats for Christmas this year, and they were the bomb.  So much so, I had to hide a few just to give out some in my Christmas Gift Boxes .  This recipe has been circling Pinterest for awhile now.  I would see them a lot, and then they would go out of site, but around the holidays, they come back around.   They truly are amazing, not to mention C-R-A-Z-Y easy to make..  You think---how can you make Oreos, which are already amazing, even better.  Just dip them in chocolate and you will see!

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie + an easy method for cooking the filling! {Granny's Recipe}

Homemade Coconut Cream Pie , a classy southern pie for years.  It is made with a homemade rich and creamy filling, covered with pillows of whipped cream and sprinkled with sweetened coconut. Easter just screams Homemade Coconut Cream Pie , and I mean homemade from start to finish. This recipe comes from my Mother, who was the Queen of pie making in our family. She could whip out pies of every kind in little of no time.  Her secret was to have plenty of pie crust made up, and in the freezer.  When she was ready to make cream pies, all she had to do, was pull one or two out of the freezer and pop them in the oven.  While they were baking, she would go ahead and start making the filling.  She would use a certain pot every time and stand at the stove just stirring away because you couldn't walk away while making the pie filling. Making homemade pie filling is intimidating to some people. They just don't know when it is ready. Here is a little secret my Mot

Southern Style Coleslaw + How to make the dressing to go on it! {Granny's Recipe}

Southern Style Coleslaw , a quick and easy side dish served up with a lot of Southern dishes, fried chicken, catfish and delicious BBQ.  A few simple ingredients, cabbage, carrots and the perfect dressing are all you need. This recipe brings back memories of my Mother shredding her cabbage and carrots in one of those Stainless Steel Saladmaster Food Processors that was popular in the 60's and 70's.  It would take no time, and she would have her Southern Style Coleslaw made and on the table for our meal.

Homemade Tartar Sauce Is Sure To Compliment Southern Fried Catfish {Granny's Recipe}

Homemade Tartar Sauce , ridiculously easy dipping sauce to make and eat with Southern Fried Catfish, Salmon, and most any seafood.  It uses ingredients that are already in your kitchen. There is a restaurant close to us that serves the best catfish, but what they serve before you ever get the catfish is a favorite.  They bring out these little bowls of sliced onions, green tomato relish, and coleslaw with baskets of hush puppies.  We sit there and eat until they bring the fish out.  By then I am stuffed. This recipe comes from my Mother.  She made  Homemade Tartar Sauce  not just for when we were eating  catfish , but also for the times she made her  Salmon Croquettes . The recipe is easy with few ingredient and one that you cannot go wrong with.  It is more about the ratio of the onions and pickle relish.  We like ours on the oniony side rather than on the pickley side. Mixing it up is the same.  One thing I do today that my Mother didn't do is to pat dry the

The Very Best Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes {There is more to sweet potatoes than just #pies and #casseroles}

The Very Best Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes, slices of sweet potatoes covered with a buttery brown sugar mixture and cooked until the edges are caramelized.  A side dish that graces tables in the south especially around the holidays. The season for sweet potatoes is ending here in East Texas and farmers are getting ready to plant for the next season.  I had several small sweet potatoes left in my bin and decided to make my husband some Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes to go with a pot of Purple Hull Peas, Skillet Fried Okra , and a pan of Cornbread . You know here in the South we are known for eating a meal consisting of vegetables only. These candied sweet potatoes are buttery sweet--almost close to being the dessert to the meal instead of a vegetable. A sweet lady at the office where I use to work with gave me a secret to making the best Candied Sweet Potatoes. Sweet Potatoes have a lot of water in them so rather than boil them in water and then ca

Southern Fried Catfish (An Icon of Southern Cooking}

To my delight, my oldest grandson, Elijah called me last week, and asked me if he could bring me some catfish over to the house, and we have a fish fry.  The answer is always yes when it comes to my grandchildren asking me to make them something, and this time was no different.   Southern Fried Catfish ---who can resist? There are two rules in my house when frying catfish, one is the oil is hot enough to light a match when tossed in the oil, and two, NEVER stir the catfish while frying.  This cools down the oil and causes the fish to hold the oil, and be greasing.  As for the breading, we use  simple ingredients--a cornmeal mix and plenty of salt. The basic truth here in Texas is Southern Fried Catfish is an icon of Southern cooking.  There maybe some discrepancies on how to fry and bread catfish, but there are no discrepancies on it being a Southern classic.

Chocolate Cherry Blossoms {Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge}

Chocolate Cherry Blossoms, a  retro chocolate cordial candy sitting on top of a rich chocolate cooking.  Now that is a winning flavor combination for a Valintine Celebration. I am happy to participate in Behind The Curtain Dessert Challenge this month hosted by a blogger friend, Sheryl from Lady Behind The Curtain .  This month's challenge is cherries and chocolate, so today I am bringing  Chocolate Cherry Blossoms.  These cookies are easy and quick to make into a holiday treat.   Valentine's is today and what better time to make them.   All you need is 4 ingredients, a bought cookie mix, butter, cocoa, and an egg.    The cookie mix has a perfect texture, and I went with the Cherry Cordials to push down in the center.   You may want to use Cordial Kisses if you prefer, but there is just something nostalgic about the cordial cherries I couldn't pass up.   I have fond memories as a child getting them for a Christmas gift.

Wow Your Valentine with this ~ Valentine's Day Breakfast For Two!

Making your Valentine's a lovely breakfast doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming.  Keep it simple and sweet! One of my husband's favorite ways to eat an egg, is an egg in a hole. To put a little WOW in this somewhat boring way to eat an egg, I decided to make Valentine's Egg In A Hole . Arn't they cute?   French toast is another favorite of my husband's. So I thought why not make some Cu te French Toast Hearts out of the little hearts from the egg in a hole---genius don't you think? I thought it was, although, I know there are others out there who have probably thought the same thing.  Shh, he doesn't know that! This breakfast in itself is gorgeous, but if you would like to put a little more WOW in this already gorgeous breakfast, serve some dipping chocolate in a  small bowl and fresh fruit.  We are having fresh pineapple, since that is my husband's favorite.  I know there are a lot of his favorite in the pos

Jennifer's Hot Artichoke Dip {Super Easy Dip for a Super Bowl Party!}

I always request my daughter, Jennifer to bring her Hot Artichoke D ip to our Super Bowl party.