Good morning! Still loving this awesome weather and all the cherry blossoms in my neighborhood have begun to bloom.  I’m sooo ready for summer, just in case you didn’t catch me mention it a few hundreds times or so..

What are everyone’s plans for summer? Any great vacations planned? I’m dying to go to Alaska, but I’m not going to talk about that now because my mind is on warmer weather and I probably won’t make it there until August of next year, so for now, I’m looking forward to returning to the shore after being away since Hurricane Sandy struck, and took out both my sister’s house as well as my grandparent’s house.  On another note, I’m getting ready to plan our fourth annual cousin’s weekend which is one of my favorite summer weekends.  We started this tradition a few years ago and each year it’s gotten bigger and more fun.

I can’t wait to hit the beach, feel the sand in my toes, and enjoy longer, warmer days.  Is it just me or does everyone feel healthier in the summer?? And magical things always seem to happen in the summer.  The jersey shore and closeness to NYC, make the four seasons of jersey, worth it.  If not for those two things, I don’t think I would be able to survive in this state.  I grew up at the shore, and so many of my family members did as well.. almost all of my memories as a kid, are with my cousin’s at the shore.

Anyway, speaking of family, I’m excited once again to celebrate with mine this Easter weekend.  If you are looking for a ham that’s going to knock everyone’s socks off, this is the one for you.  I love this ham and I worked really hard at perfecting this recipe.  It has just the right amount of sweetness and savory tones.  Plus, I get to use blood oranges which seem to peak this time of year.  I love how beautiful they are, their taste, and how they photograph.  I also love how easy this ham is to make and how fool proof the recipe is.  It really takes no time at all to serve up this delicious main dish.

Blood Orange Molasses Glazed Ham

serves 14-16

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup mustard
  • 1 cup all natural orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 blood oranges

Instructions

  • Fully cooked, bone-in 8 pound ham
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Rub the ham with the garlic powder, sea salt, smoked paprika, ground cloves, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper, and place it in the roasting pan
  • Slice an orange and place the slices around the ham
  • Place the mustard, orange marmalade, molasses, honey, garlic cloves, and juice and zest from remaining orange, in a Vitamix or blender, and puree
  • Pour the mixture over the ham and place in the oven
  • Bake for 50 minutes then switch to broil (hi) until the top turns brown
  • Sprinkle with any left over zest and serve

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