Easter Dinner For The Shelter

This almost did not happen.  I was not planning on making Easter dinner for the shelter.  They get hams donated and they prepare Easter dinner for all the homeless and the elderly in the area.   They have tons of volunteers and they do this all on Good Friday.  I assumed it was all taken care of.  However, The Blog Tech was volunteering that day and he texted me telling me that all the guys were asking what I was making and when I would be bringing it.  So, I jumped into action and made my super duper ham recipe. I made 3 of them. You can find the recipe here:  http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/search?q=ham

This does make the world's best ham.

 I thought halushki would be a good side dish and something a bit different for them.
 You can find the recipe and the final pics of it here:  http://octoberfarm.blogspot.com/search?q=halushki

 I sliced up all of the ham and made potato rolls so they could make sandwiches if they wanted to.  As it ends up, the homeless guys ate the regular fried fish that they pass out so this was the only ham they ended up getting.

 Then I made my mom's Easter rolls.  She always made these for us at Easter when we were kids.  First you make the dough:

1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2-1/4 tsp. rapid rise yeast
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Mix this all together until you have a smooth dough.  Cover and let rise until doubled.  Roll this out into a large rectangle.

 Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle it with chopped walnuts.  Roll the nuts in using a rolling pin.

 Fold the dough into thirds. 

 Slice a 1/2 inch strip. Twist them from end to end.

 Tie them in knots and place them on cookie sheets.  Let them rest until they rise a bit.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 12 minutes.  They should just be starting to turn golden on the edges.

Place them on racks to cool and drizzle them with confectioners sugar icing.  These are some of the tastiest breakfast rolls ever.

We packed everything up and delivered it to the shelter for Saturday's dinner.  My daughter leaves today to start her new job tomorrow.  My son is going to dinner at his girlfriend's parents.  I am sick of cooking Easter food so we are going out to eat Korean tonight! 


Anonymous said…
oh my gosh I laughed when you said you're going out for korean food, no flipping wonder,,,, you are the cooking queen, thats a beautiful meal and so good of you to do it on the spur of the moment, you're spoiling those fellows at the shelter, such a good thing you do.
Your mums rolls are beautiful, was she Polish?
Mary said…
You are fabulous! I am so impressed. Have a great Easter Day and enjoy your Korean dinner!
Dee said…
If I am ever homeless I hope I am in your area! Your food looks wonderful and I am sure the people at the shelter love you!
Patty Woodland said…
I'm sure you'll enjoy the Korean.
Good luck to your daughter in her new job. They are lucky to be getting her - and you if they need catering!
Betty said…
Those rolls look amazing, but I don't blame you for being tired off Easter food. It's a great thing that you did though, kudos!
I had to smile when you said you were getting sick of Easter food and are eating Korean tonight. YOU did good. ENJOY. HAPPY EASTER.
Anonymous said…
:-) Lucky that You always are prepared :-)

Everything looks just deliucious!

Have a great continuing of Easter!

Korean sounds nice, don't think I've ever had that!
The hams look delicious. I bet they were so happy to have them for their Easter meal. I off to see what your recipe is.
Barbara F. said…
Hope you had a wonderful day, you are unreal, really unreal! xo
petoskystone said…
The ham esp. looks good :) Yea...after all that time in the kitchen, Korean would sound real good to me as well!
Barb said…
The Korean sounds like a good idea to me. I wish the best of luck to your daughter in her new job! You and the blog tech are an absolute blessing to the men in the shelter.

And I don't blame you for being all-Easter-cooking-ed-out. -grin-


luckybunny said…
Well I'm droooling! This just warmed my heart. I can only imagine how grateful people at the shelter would be to have a real Easter meal and not just fried fish. What a beautiful meal.
jody said…
oh my gosh! i just went over the recipe for the ham! i cant wait to try it! i swear i could almost taste and smell it! i made a ham and it was really good to i glazed it with maple syrup. but cant wait to try this. and of course i never thought to trim the rin off... i know the shelter was happy! you are so thoughtful and caring! its wonderful how the blog tec helps out too. we still have huge amounts of snow.. hoping for a slow thaw though as flood concerns of course now.. i have the river right behind me but we have had dike work so hopefully will be ok.
enjoy your evening and your pasta above looks and sounds wonderful too! those lucky kids huh!