Planning an Easter dinner? Try these recipes from Southern cooks

For many people, Easter dinner starts with a well-prepared ham, like the one pictured here with pineapple.

Particularly in the South, Easter is a holiday that rivals Thanksgiving and Christmas from a culinary standpoint.

Here are some Easter dinner ideas from noted local cooks and foodies:

Glazed Ham, from Tanya Baker

For years, Tanya Baker has spearheaded — and done the cooking for — a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal, offered free to the community at Carver Community Center, serving hundreds for each meal.

Its an understatement to say she knows her way around a kitchen, and she knows what she likes for an Easter Sunday meal. It starts with a well-prepared ham. For her, it’s simple: a brown sugar and Coca-Cola glaze, and pineapple. While a lot of people add cherries, she does not, and she wraps it all tightly in foil.

“I want it to have the ‘done’ look,” Baker said, “that browned look.”

Ingredients are easy:

  • Ham (pre-cooked is OK to save time)
  • Coca-Cola
  • brown sugar
  • Pineapple slices

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Place ham on aluminum foil large enough to surround the ham before it goes into the oven.

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