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When the Easter Ham is Gone.... What's for Dinner? 
Apr. 14, 2012 6:21 am 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2012 4:46 am
Last week was Easter and I host Easter Dinner at my house.  The star of the dinner table is always a glazed, spiral sliced ham.  Scalloped potatoes made with the help of hubby also always grace the table.  This was the first holiday celebrated with my son, Steve, not present.  For those who don't read my blogs regularly - Steve (who will be 23 tomorrow) graduated from college and then moved 1400 miles away to South Dakota to live with my sister and start his career as a youth corrections officer.  It was a strange feeling to not have him here, but luckily he's a "good boy" and calls his mother often; I miss him but I can handle his absence.  But it's only been since March 2nd.   :)

In addition to Steve being absent my son-in-law had to work and my brother was unable to make it up this year.  That means 3 big eaters were missing.  It doesn't mean I cut back on the size of the ham.  Oh no. Not me.  I subscribe to the thought that it's far better to have too much food than to run out.  What that means is I bought a 9.5 pound ham to feed 9 people.  What that also means is I had leftovers, even with sending ham home with my daughter for my son-in-law.  Jon and I had ham two nights and there was still plenty left over.  So I "visited" my old, dear friends - The Cookbooks.  I knew there would be a recipe to use up some of this ham I had.  I found an interesting recipe in one of my many Taste of Home books.  It was a ham, egg, and potato casserole.  This recipe called for 4 hard-cooked eggs chopped and mixed with sliced cooked potatoes and diced ham.  I didn't have the sour cream called for so I subbed with a can of cream of mushroom soup.  I topped it all off with breadcrumbs and popped in the oven.  Yummy!  I had just enough left over to take for my lunch on Friday.

I got home from work on Friday afternoon and realized I had to think of something to make for dinner that didn't call for ham as one of the ingredients.  Alas!  I found a package of crablegs in the freezer that I had purchased when my grocery store had them on sale.  I always have shrimp in the freezer, too.  I also had some ciabatta bread I had made.  We finished the meal off with a vegetable stir-fry and a bottle of chardonnay wine.

Even though we had fewer people for Easter dinner - I also did not cut back on desserts.  There weren't as many leftovers in that department - but that's a whole different story with this crew!
Apr. 14, 2012 7:49 am
Hello Mother Ann. I bought a 9 lb. ham and since I only had seven people to feed, We ate the ham for a couple of days. Then, I froze the rest. I think I will make ham and beans later on this month. I like your idea of ham, egg, and potato casserole. I am thinking after all the gorging during Easter-Yogurt for breakfast. Now, if I can only turn that plan into reality. LOL!
Apr. 14, 2012 7:52 am
Hi Lela! My breakfast this morning was the last hot cross bun. I had thrown the last 3 or 4 into the freezer, but we took them out already last night for a late night snack. LOL
Apr. 14, 2012 2:03 pm
Yes, Mother Ann, it does feel strange when the children scatter. My younger son and his daughter are on the west coast, and I'm lucky to see them once a year. I make their visit into a holiday, no matter what day they are with me! Don't know what it is about ham--I always have some leftover, no matter how carefully I plan.
Apr. 14, 2012 3:32 pm
Oh, leftover is a good leftover to have; so versatile. I didn't make dinner at Easter, but when I do make holiday dinners, I always make too much. The 'boys' (now 40 and 46) just don't eat like they did at 20 and 26!
Apr. 15, 2012 6:02 am
Bibi - My older sister lives in S.Dakota (that's where Steve is living right now) and when she comes home it is always a holiday. We all get together and we eat a lot. I enjoy the leftovers, but only for a day or two.
Apr. 15, 2012 6:03 am
Thisni Caza - That's another thing I've noticed - the "big" eaters have slowed down some, but in our case we have the "new big eaters" aka the teenagers.
Apr. 15, 2012 5:52 pm
For eleven years, I worked weekends seldom having that time off. When I retired I had to re-learn life on weekends. Easter especially seemed strange with the granddaughters grown. The one constant that remained was ham. As it had in the years past, it's bounty graced our table for too many days. The reason for so much ham is simple; small hams just don't cook as nicely as hams eight pounds and larger.
Apr. 16, 2012 3:16 am
Mike, I'll have to tell Jon I now know why I always buy a bigger ham; I want it to cook up nicer. We finished the ham up yesterday in a pot of black-eyed peas I made to go with fresh crappie from his early morning fishing.
Apr. 16, 2012 2:16 pm
Ah the leftover ham. Sounds like you did it justice :)
Apr. 21, 2012 5:49 am
I like a big ham for leftovers to freeze for recipes in the following three months. So... I don't blame you for going all out.
Apr. 22, 2012 4:46 am
CJ - I've always liked to have leftovers, too. They seem to make all that work for a big meal worthwhile.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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