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Traditionally ham is the meat of choice for Easter dinners, but this year why not try something different, say like, leg of lamb. Good lamb is delicious and can be a rare treat. I will share a recipe on how to roast leg of lamb. I haven't fixed one for many years, but we do enjoy it. Buy a 7-8 pound of leg of lamb. Around here you may have to pre-order one as many stores and butcher shops won't have them available. Leave on the fell (thin parchment covering or skin which helps leg keep its shape and keeps the meat moist and juicy while baking). Wipe meat with damp cloth or paper towel: rub surface with cut clove of garlic or onion, your choice. To add flavor to the drippings, put a few onion slices in the pan during the last half hour of roasting. Place roast on rack, skin side up in a shallow pan. Salt and pepper to taste. Roast in a slow oven (300 to 325 degrees) about 30 to 35 minutes per pound of meat. Do not cover or add water. Insert a meat thermometer so the bulb reaches the center of the meatiest section. 175 degrees for medium and 180 degrees for well done. Remember lamb must be eaten hot.

Enjoy.

And another tradition is deviled eggs, what else to do with those hard boiled eggs and here is a simple recipe I use. For six eggs...1 tsp. vinegar, salt and pepper, 1 tsp. mustard and 2 tbl. butter melted. 1/4 cup mayo or salad dressing. Cut the eggs in halves and remove the egg yolks, mash and mix in the ingredients and whip until smooth. Put back in egg white halves. Chill and enjoy. For a garnish you can use paprika, olive slices or bacon bits.

And I received some feedback on my recent columns, which i enjoy and appreciate. The first one came from the A&W Corporate office commenting and thanking me for using them in my story and for this I received two 2017 root beer mugs and two five dollar gift certificates, so makes you wonder who reads your column and how far away. But it was a treat and I appreciated it.

The next comments came from my son, Boyd, who reads the paper faithfully. He told me I forgot Evink's upholstery and the John Deere business. John Deere was in the Stettner building which I did mention and John Deere came later. I also forgot the Senior Citizens Center, which was strange as I spend many afternoons there playing smear or whist. But again, it is all history now.

Have a good day and Happy Easter!

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