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A Celebration of the Season

Martha Stewart Living, March 2008

Steamed Artichokes with Tarragon Mayonnaise
Marmalade-Glazed Ham
Scalloped Potatoes with Leeks
Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Lemon Cake
Sugar Cookie Bunnies

This is a classic menu that comes together with very little effort. Baked ham, coated with a sweet yet tart citrus glaze, takes center stage. Roasted asparagus and scalloped potatoes round out the meal with their creamy textures and earthy flavors. Artichokes can be steamed and chilled in advance and served with tarragon-flecked mayonnaise as a simple starter. A lemon cake makes an ideal finish, especially when accompanied by bunny-shaped sugar cookies, a subtle nod to both the holiday and the season.

Shopping List
6 russet potatoes
6 to 8 artichokes
4 to 5 lemons and 1 navel orange
2 pounds slender asparagus and 2 leeks
Fresh tarragon and mint
1 jar orange marmalade
8 ounces Gruyere cheese
8 ounces each heavy cream and sour cream
Madeira or dry sherry
1 smoked bone-in ham (10 pounds)
Vodka, seltzer, and tonic (for cocktails)
White wine, preferably Riesling
Borage or other edible flowers, for cake

Pantry Items
Baking powder
Baking soda
Granulated and confectioners' sugars
Unsalted butter
6 large eggs
Chicken stock
Extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt, table salt, and pepper
Vanilla extract
Hot sauce, such as Tabasco

Cook's Countdown
The Day Before
Assemble scalloped potatoes, but do not bake; cover and refrigerate. Bake cake. Set table. Chill beverages.

2 Hours Ahead
Cook ham. Steam artichokes, and refrigerate.

1 1/2 Hours Ahead
Put potatoes in oven. Make glaze. Score ham, brush with glaze, and add orange slices; continue to bake.

30 Minutes Ahead
Make tarragon mayonnaise and refrigerate. Let ham rest. Roast asparagus.

Just Before Dinner
Garnish cake. Slice ham. Pour wine and water.

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