Cooking your Ham for Easter

I’ve been asked recently how to cook a ham and in which pan to do it in. An average size ham can go into one of your Lifetime dutch ovens, a 6 qt. or 8 qt. should work well. Preheat the pan on medium with the lid on and when water dances in it, place your ham in the pan and cover. Wait until it browns a bit and turn your burner down to low.

Lifetime Dutch Oven

A ham at the store is always precooked so you are basically only heating it up. Give it about 45 min. to an hour on low and it should be delicious! Y- Your ham will be tender if cooked this way.

For those of you who would like to use the turkey (oven) roaster, you can place the ham without preheating in the roaster and cook it in a preheated 350 degree oven for an hour or so. Again, you are heating your already cooked ham.

Cooking Spagetti Squash–No Oven Required

I first had squash like this at our son’s house in Florida. He’s a terrific cook and always makes us interesting meals. Our daughter in Massachusettes sent me most of these pictures after visiting us and going home and making it for her family. According to her husband, it gets a “Thumbs Up!” This recipe is an A+! Thank you for the pictures!

What a Spaggetti Squash looks like

Place cut pieces in either a 4 or 6 qt. dutch oven; add about 1/8 cup of water to let the squash steam; cover, using your stovetop, start on medium heat and reduce to low when lid “puffs” It will take about 30-45 minutes to cook after reducing the temperature

After cooking, take out each piece of cooked squash and using 2 forks, shred the squash into long pieces
After it is all shredded, you will have it use the same way you would any pasta; for lasagna, or like angel hair pasta

You can mix in a refrigerated pesto sauce for a very delicious meal. Just heat and serve.
I love this Pesto from Sams Club. This is the one I use., but I find that you can use shelf pasta, also, like the one from Aldi’s.



By using “Blue Magic” metal polish we purchased at Farm & Fleet, we used a stainless steel cleaner such as Bar Keeper’s Friend and finished it with Blue Magic polish.  We used a scrubbie sponge such as Chore Boy on the rough side and got as much off as possible.  Then using a clean soft cotton cloth, we polished it by rubbing it in.  Voila!  Good as new!

By the way, the bottom picture is a reflection of taking the picture, not more burnt pan!

Stuffed Green Peppers

I love stuffed green peppers and bought two beautiful perfect green peppers at a roadside stand.  This is how I made dinner last night:

First, using a steamer and pan with water in it, steam the ground beef.  It will be tender and devoid of grease which will drip into the water.  I used grass fed hamburger meat I bought at Aldi’s.

  Add minced onion.  I used a Vadalia.

Add fresh basil.  I grew this myself in my herb garden.

 Boil your rice.  I bring to a rolling boil, time it 90 seconds, cover and let sit for 20 minutes.  I used brown rice.  You can either make your own sauce or use any spaghetti sauce you have on hand.

I used 3 cloves of minced garlic.

Add some tomato paste and fill the can with water again and add that to your mixture.

Now, stuff the peppers, adding the remaining hamburger mixture to the bottom of the pan, cover and cook for 1/2 hour or more.  Start your burner on medium and turn down to low after the lid is hot and starting to puff.  Cook for 1/2 hour.

I don’t bother to precook the peppers.  I just core them and rinse them well.

Enjoy, I love these peppers!

Eggs on Toast

I love making breakfast for my honey!  Sour dough toast with thick sliced bacon done on the griddle and over-medium eggs  sprinkled with sharp cheddar cheese cooked in the 8″ gourmet skillet.  Eggs are so easy to cook in the gourmet skillets!

Cooking “hard boiled” eggs without water

Happy Easter!  I just cooked a lot of eggs without water to make our annual Easter breakfast.  I need perfectly cooked eggs to use to make the sauce and the grated yolks from.  Here’s how I did it.

1st, prepare the pan with very wet doubled paper towel lining the bottom of the 11″ stovetop skillet.

Next, lay all the uncooked eggs on the bottom of the pan, single layer.

Cover and start on medium heat and wait until the lid puffs out some moisture.  Turn to low and cook for 14 minutes.  When finished, immediately put into an ice bath meaning ice and water.

Next peel your beautiful eggs!  I just bought these 2 dozen eggs last night!

I had to separate the yolks from the whites, but I wanted to show you how beautiful they are.  They have a moister texture and better flavor than boiling.

I’ll post our picture of breakfast in the morning.  Hope you have a blessed Easter.   Did you know that hard boiled eggs and the tradition of egg rolling symbolize the boulders that rolled away in front of Jesus’ tomb?

Sprinkle with a little Paprika and voila!  Delish!

Chicken without oil


It’s easy to cook meats without grease.  In this case, just preheat pan on medium, wait until water beads up in pan and put meat in pan and cover.  Wait 5 minutes; flip over; wait another 5 minutes and your food is ready to eat!  Enjoy!  Let me know how you did when you tried this!

Cleaning the Cookware for first time use

When you receive your cookware for the first time and  take it out of the box, make sure to immerse it in hot soapy water with 1 C white vinegar .  Scrub well all over with a sponge.  It takes the manufacturing oil off along with the polishing compounds used to make it shiny and new!  Once you do this, you will never have to do it again.  If you don’t do this and you heat your cookware, it will turn a golden yellow and things will tend to stick to it.