I just want to wish you a very blessed Easter holiday. I hope that you have time to draw close to family and friends and to reflect on the rich symbolism of this special time of year. Easter means many things to many people. To Christians the day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and promises hope of a new life for believers.
Some historians place the holiday long before the birth of Christ and claim that the early church merely preempted an ancient pagan holiday that welcomed the new birth of spring and honored the goddess of the moon. Go figure.
To our children Easter is the season of the Easter bunny and egg hunts. But whatever view you take you can't escape the fact that Easter represents new beginnings and fresh starts. I hope that this Easter you are filled with the hope of a new day and the promise of a new life.
And what would Easter be without glazed ham? Here is my favorite recipe. I hope you enjoy it!
|Grandma´s Easter Ham
7-8 lb. fully cooked smoked ham
1 cup of genuine maple syrup
2 tablespoons of cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of prepared mustard
Combine syrup, vinegar and mustard. Place ham, fat side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Pour about 1/2 cup mixture over ham and bake, uncovered, in a preheated 325° oven for 1-1/2 hours. Baste every 30 minutes with additional sauce. Remove ham from oven and score fat into diamond shapes. Insert a clove into each diamond. Bake ham an additional 30 minutes.
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