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Easter Cooking

Baked Honey Ham
Baked Chicken
Baked Beans
Fried Green Tomatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Stewed Yellow Squash
Sweet Carrots
Sweet Potato Custard
Corn Bread
Pecan Pie
Ice Tea
Easter was always a big meal in our family with quite a few traditions. First you had to go to church for the Easter sermon, even if you didn't normally attend. When you got home, the kids would go outside for easter egg hunting while my mother would finish preparing the meal. By mid-afternoon, we all sat down to dinner together to celebrate the holiday and family.

The main dish was usually a ham, always a spiral sliced home baked honey glazed ham baked in the Nesco or similar type roaster, although you can use the oven if you don't have a roaster. We preferred the roaster because it leaves the oven free for other dishes and doesn't heat up the kitchen nearly as much. Sometimes we would have baked chicked along with the ham, but ham was almost manadatory.

We usually had a variety of side dishes including sweet potato custard, mashed potatoes, sweet carrots, stewed yellow squash, baked beans, and green beans. If the green tomatoes were in yet, we would also have fried green tomatoes as well. Of course you have to have cornbread and a salad to go with it too. We always have more desserts than we can possibly eat with the favorite being pecan pie. Don't forget the ice tea!

Remember, it is important that the whole family sit down to eat together. This is a family holiday not a cafeteria holiday!

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