Cooking with Kate: Stroll Into Spring

Springtime is finally here! Even with the mild winter, it’s great to see the sunshine and the azaleas, daffodils, and dogwoods in full bloom. This time of year brings Easter celebrations, ball games, and family picnics. Here are two quick and easy dishes that are sure to please at any potluck.

Glazed Ham with Pineapple and Thyme

  • 1 (8-10 lb.) boneless, smoked ham
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a deep, 9” X 13” aluminum pan with non-stick spray. Cut ham in half lengthwise and then slice into ¼” – ½” slices. Lay slices in sprayed pan. Pour juice over ham slices. Sprinkle with brown sugar and thyme. Tightly wrap the pan with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 2 ½ - 3 hours or until ham slices are heated through. Keep warm to serve.

Cheesy Corn Casserole

  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can creamed-style corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese            
  • 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9” X 13” baking dish with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until just combined. Pour mixture into sprayed pan. Do not cover. Bake in preheated oven for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. Let casserole sit for 10 minutes before serving.