Jen Karg gets started preparing a ham dinner using an old family recipe. She is wearing an apron from her husband's grandmother. | Photos by Judy Buchenot
Jen Karg measures out the ingredients for a ham glaze that is added to a cooked and shredded ham. A binder filled with recipes compiled by her mother-in-law provided her with over 200 tried-and-true recipes.
Jen Karg checks to make sure her ham will fit in the roaster before she starts cooking it overnight for 6 to 8 hours.
Eating well during the holidays sometimes depends on who you know. Jen Karg, a 36-year-old Aurora mother of two, knows two amazing cooks who arrive like elves for the holidays. On Christmas Eve, her mother, Nina Richardson, teams up with her twin sister to cook …