Sunday Dinner at Grandma's

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What an exciting day! My mailman brought my contributor's copy of Gooseberry Patch's Sunday Dinner at Grandma's. YIPPEE!!

I was so excited to get this particular book in my hot little hands. I was especially close to my own grandma and learned from her just what kind of grandma I am going to be when that day finally comes. Such a great theme for a cookbook. As I browsed through this book, I read lots of recipes that just brought thoughts of grandma's and the love they infuse into all they do for their families and the dishes that they make. I also saw some familiar names like Tina from akagramma. I have bookmarked MANY recipes to try but I thought I'd share my recipe that is published on page 142. A very simple, yet yummy recipe and of course it involves a cast iron skillet. Another quick thought, I love keeping a stack of bone-in ham steaks in the freezer. They are a great addition to bean and split pea soups, casseroles and since they thaw and cook quickly, they are homemade fast food. This is perfect served with a baked potato and/or a simple green salad.

Ham Steak & Apples Skillet
(Printable Version)

3 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cups apple, cored and diced
2 1-lb bone-in ham steaks

Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add brown sugar and mustard; bring to a simmer. Add apples; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Top apples with ham steaks. Cover with lid; simmer for about 10 minutes more, until apples are tender. Remove ham to a platter and cut into serving-size pieces. Top ham with apples and sauce. Makes 6 servings.

Sharing at Foodie Friday.


  1. Gail, what a good idea to keep these ham steaks on hand. How fun to be published in a Gooseberry book. I have a couple of the Christmas ones and enjoy them. Joni

  1. Tina said...:

    Great minds think a like, huh? I'm excited to be published in the same cookbook together!
    How recipe in Sunday Dinner at Grandmas is on pg 142! (just had to mention that! hehe!)
    I can't wait to try your recipe, it sounds great! I'll blog about it when I do and give you ALL the credit!
    This is another awesome cookbook..going to sit down now and start tagging recipes! I'm like a kid with a new toy!
    Thank you for mentioning my blog in your post!

  1. Congrats on the Gooseberry Patch cookbook. I really like the idea of keeping ham steaks in the freezer.

  1. Martha said...:

    Congratulations and the recipe sounds yummy!

  1. That does look really good. I like the sweetness that apples add to savory meats :) :) Yummy!! That's exciting about the cookbook :) :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather ;)

  1. Roberta said...:

    BIG congratulations on being published Gail! Just love having another "Foodie" get some recognition! Thanks for sharing and looking forward to many more of your recipes. Have a great weekend! I'll be posting my recipe tomorrow...too pooped tonight! Roberta

  1. Jacqueline said...:

    Don't you love the memories that recipes bring back. Congratulations on being published! How fun. This sounds wonderful, I like the combination of flavors.

    PS I had to sit and just enjoy the music (Greensleeves/What Child Is This)!

  1. B-Z-Quilting said...:

    Sounds great, I will have to try it soon. One of my goals for the New Year is to try at least one new recipe for my family every week. I have so many of the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and will have to look for this one. Congratulations on getting one of your recipes in there!

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    Thanks for your sweet, sweet comment. Hope you will stop back in and enter the giveaway!

  1. Shelia said...:

    Congratulations on being in the Gooseberry Patch cookbook! I love these cookbooks and yum, your recipe sounds delish! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  1. That sounds so good. Would you believe that I've never even bought a ham steak in my life and I'm 65? I've printed out the recipe and will now be looking for ham steaks in the grocery store.

  1. Debbie said...:

    Well, congratulations on being in the cookbook! The recipes that I get from you are always the type that you feel comfort, just like Grandma's cooking. It's a natural fit!

    This one looks delicious. I'm positive my husband would love it. It has some of his favorite flavors.

  1. Congratulations on having your recipe published in Gooseberry Patch. I love their cookbooks. I have recipes in 4 cookbooks. I am a gooseberry patch junkie!!! I will have to try your recipe. YUMMY!!!

  1. Congratulations! Your recipe sounds marvelous. Ham steaks and apples are on the grocery list.


  1. Congrats! I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks and I am a Early Bird Reviewer as well. I really want to get Sunday Dinners at Grandmas. I can't wait until april because I too got published in two of their cookbooks. Isn't it so exciting? Your Ham Steak and Apple Skillet recipe looks wonderful.

  1. Kathleen said...:

    Would you believe I have not one memory of anything my grandparents cooked? They both died when I was young, Nana was only 54.
    Congrats on being featured in a GB book again, that's great!

  1. Congratulations on being included in the cookbook! The recipe sounds great!


  1. Marlis said...:

    Congratulations! That is wonderful. I love the idea of the ham steaks.. what a duh moment, as in why didn't I think of that? I can't wait to try your recipe.

  1. So excited for you!!!!!!!!! And what a great recipe. Thanks.

    Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

  1. Kristen said...:

    Great recipe, great tips - and great job being published in a cookbook! Excited for you!

  1. Beth said...:

    Hi Gail, Sounds great, and I look forward to more recipes from this cookbook. My grandma was a great cook, too. A specialty was homemade chicken and noodles. She used the egg yolks for the noodles, and with the whites she made angelfood cakes.
    Blessings, Beth

  1. Pam said...:

    Congratulations! And what a great cookbook to be in. The title alone will sell a lot of copies!

  1. Congratulations on being published! Love the title!

  1. Shirley said...:

    That just sounded so good to me. I printed it off and will have to go get some ham steaks now.

  1. Congratulations on being published in a cookbook! I will definitely try this--it sounds delicious. My Mom passed down my Grandmother's cookbook to my daughter this Christmas. And my sister gave her my Grandmother's apron! Oh well, I'll have to borrow. Linda

  1. Kathy said...:

    Congratulations! That's marvelous! The recipe sounds so delicious! And I am hungry now!!!

  1. Congratulations on being published! Your recipes sounds wonderful. I love all the Goosebery Patch cookbooks and can't wait to get this one!

  1. Congrats on being published! How exciting! I absolutely love these type of cookbooks. The tried and true ones are the best. As you know everyone puts their BEST recipes in it. ;) Thank you for sharing your recipe...I'm going to have to try it. :)

  1. thecountrycook said...:

    Thank you so much on your lovely comment on my blog post. I'm so happy you did so I could find out about your blog! You have some lovely recipes on here. I'm your newest follower :)

  1. Warmest congratulations, Gail. We look forward to the recipes you send...they're really perfect for our cookbooks. Thanks again! :)

  1. Barbara said...:

    This sounds like a wonderful cookbook Carrie, hope to get one too, hugs and blessings, Barbara

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