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November 18, 2019

Hello and welcome to late Fall or I think to early Winter….Most everyone in Northern Michigan has had a bit of snow which is now due…..This is a welcome site for the Deer Hunters, Snowmobile fans and the Ski Resorts……I once did all of those things but not any more…..I will just stay by the fire, keep warm and cook some of those good recipes that I put in this column.
Now with Thanksgiving here and for those who do not have turkey, I have a super delicious recipe for ham with the trimmings….I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do….


1 Precooked Ham, sliced
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
2  Tbsp. mustard
2  Tbsp. peanut butter

Mix together in a saucepan over medium heat until mixed completely.  Pour mixture over the sliced ham and place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees and bake until ham is completely heated thoroughly.  
This is a great recipe but for those who have problem with peanuts this next recipe for ham is also very good……and will serve more people….

from Mona Grimmett Link

1 15 to 20 pound uncooked country ham
1  Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2  (12 ounce) cans of cola soft drink
1   large oven bag (23 1/2 by 19 inches)
Place ham in large container.  Cover with water and let stand 24 hours.  Drain and scrub ham in warm water with a stiff brush and rinse well.
Add flour to oven bad, twist end of bag and shake to coat.  Place ham, fat side up, in oven bag.  Place bag in a 2 inch deep roasting pan.  Inset a meat thermometer into ham, make sure it does not touch the bone or fat.  Close bag with a tie and cut slits, 6 (1/2  inch) slits in top of bag.  Cover with aluminum foil.  Bake at 325 degrees for 4 hours.  Remove foil and bake an additional 1 hour more or until thermometer registers 140 degrees.  Remove from oven and cool slightly..  ** Do not use Diet Cola for this recipe.
While ham is cooking the last hour make the Raisin Sauce as follows;


2  cups Raisins
1  Tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/2  cups water
1  Tbsp. grated orange rind
3  Tbsp. fresh orange juice
2  cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
pinch of salt

Bring to a boil in a medium sauce pan, the raisins, water and salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Combine sugar, cornstarch, orange rind and orange juice, stir into raisin mixture and return to a boil, stirring constantly for one (1`) minute then stir in the walnuts or pecans.  Should yield two (2) cups….Serve over the baked ham……
**If you use this large of ham it will serve approximately 45 servings..  This is such a great recipe and is so good that everyone will want seconds…….

from Jeanne Wilhelm

1  can green beans, drained
1  can cream of mushroom soup
1  hunk of cheese (about the size of big egg)
1  small to medium onion. chopped

Melt the cheese with the soup in a Pyrex glass bowl.  Pour in the beans and onions.  Top with  French›s Crispy Fried onions and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven….Remove and serve with your dinner….
**These are also so very good and will go well with any meal…….

Until next week,  if you know of a person who might be spending this blessed holiday alone, please invite them to your house for a nice meal and a warm gathering.  God Bless,  Carol Jean
Please send your prayers for Father Joe, who is fighting cancer….

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