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March 12, 2020

Recipe of the Month: St. Patrick’s Day Dinner by Marjorie Reynolds, 1945

Marjorie Reynolds, who danced to stardom with Fred Astaire in Paramount’s Holiday Inn, and is now playing in Bring on the Girls and the Sol Lesser comedy 3 Is a Family, does a fine job in the kitchen too. Try her recipe for Baked Ginger-Glazed Ham, and you’ll see what we mean.

When hams are plentiful it really isn’t an extravagance to buy a whole one, even for a small family, if you are a clever cook. Because after its appearance as star of a company dinner, the ham can make many return engagements in such a variety of unusual and delicious main dishes that you’ll be sorry to see the last of it.

Recipe page from the March 1945 Movies magazine.

So the next time you can buy a whole ham, why not give a dinner party with Marjorie Reynolds’ fine recipe to make the occasion a rousing success? If you serve it on St. Patrick’s Day, here’s the menu Marjorie suggests:
  • Grapefruit Cup
  • Baked Ginger-Glazed Ham
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Watercress Salad
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Hot Baking Powder Biscuits
  • Peppermint Ice Cream (tinted green)
  • Coffee
And here is the recipe for the star of the show:


Select a tender (uncooked) smoked ham, weighing 10-14 pounds. Place fat side up on rack in open roasting pan. If a meat thermometer is used, insert it in thickest part of ham, being sure bulb does not rest on bone.

Bake in a moderately slow oven (325°F.), allowing 18-20 minutes per pound or until thermometer reads 160°F. One hour before ham is done, remove from oven. Peel off skin. Score fat in crisscross diagonal lines, to form diamonds, using a sharp knife.

Insert a whole clove in the center of each diamond. Spread with prepared mustard. Pat in mixture of 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon flour. Pour over about 1/2 cup dry ginger ale.

Return to oven. Bake 1 hour longer, basting at 20-minute intervals with ginger ale, using 2 cups in all.


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