Christmas well-wishes and seasonal recipes | Columns

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GREENSBURG – The Extension Homemakers wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Let’s not forget the true meaning of Christmas. I hope everyone will have the chance to attend the church of your choice for Christmas services with your families. A visit to a live nativity scene has always been a family favorite. I don’t know if there are any around this year.

Well, I guess I better finish my sewing. I make potholders, heating pads and coasters. I also made stockings for all the great grandchildren and filled them. It was hard to find little things to fill them with, but they’ll probably appreciate everything in them.

I give you some recipes to use for Christmas if you are looking for a change.

Fruit Glazed Spiral Ham

1 fully cooked spiral sliced ​​ham (8-10 lbs)

1 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 tsp. apricot jam

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

2 tbsp. Horseradish

Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Combine pineapple, jam, mustard and horseradish; spread over ham. Bake uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes or until temperature registers 140 degrees. Makes 16-20 servings.

Old Cheddar Cheese Balls with Dried Cranberries

2 bed. chopped pecans

2/3 tsp. dried cranberries

1/2 tsp. crumbled cooked bacon


3 bed. sharp smoked cheddar cheese, grated

6 oz. cream cheese, softened

1;/2 tsp. finely chopped pecans

1/2 tsp. cooked crumbled bacon

1/4 tsp. chopped fresh basil

Place pecans, cranberries and bacon in a food processor. Beat until finely chopped. Put in a bowl. Place the remaining ingredients in the same food processor and process until combined. Shape cheese mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in pecan mixture. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes 4 1/2 dozen.

(I think I’ll have them served before I eat pizza on Christmas Eve.)

Baked mashed potatoes

6-8 ch. mashed potatoes

8 oz. Cream cheese

1/4 tsp. Butter

1 C. salt

1/4 tsp. finely chopped onion

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 ea. sour cream

1 ea. cheddar cheese, grated

Beat everything except the cheese, add a little milk if necessary. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and return to oven to melt cheese. This dish can be made ahead, refrigerated overnight and cooked later if desired.

Sweet potatoes on pineapple rings

2 bed. mashed sweet potatoes without butter or milk

1/2 tsp. brown sugar

3 tablespoons melted butter

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

10 miniature marshmallows

20 oz. can pineapple slices, drained

Combine sweet potatoes, brown sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place the pineapple slices in a greased 9 X 13 baking dish. Top each slice with 1/4 tsp. of a mixture of sweet potatoes and a marshmallow. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through. Makes 10 servings.

Snickerdoodle Dump Apple Cake

6 ch. peeled and sliced ​​apples (about 8 medium)

1/3 tsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. White sugar

1/4 tsp. Orange juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 package Snickerdoodle Cookie Mix

1/2 tsp. melted butter

1 ea. chopped nuts

Mix the apples with the sugars and juices. Pour into an 11 X 7 inch baking dish. Place cookie mix in bowl; stir in the packed cinnamon-sugar. Sprinkle over apples, drizzle with butter and garnish with nuts. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes until apples are golden brown and tender.

(I made this and it was very good, especially when hot and topped with ice cream or whipped topping. Makes 10 servings. You can also just reheat when ready to serve.)

Surprise Meringue

3 egg whites

1/8 tsp cream tartar

3/4 tsp. sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1 C. vanilla

1 ea. mini chocolate chips

1/4 tsp. chopped nuts

Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, salt and vanilla, beating until stiff and sugar is dissolved, about 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in nuts and chips. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets. Makes 4 dozen.

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