Recipes by JAY MORGAN


A feast for Easter (or anytime)

For a few recipes worthy of Easter Sunday dinner — but with a twist — we went back to our friends at Friday Night Porch Party.  We’ve got three words for y’all: Marinated. Lima. Beans.  


Marinated Lima Beans

  • 24 ounce package frozen lima beans
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2   cup bacon drippings
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 8 slices of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled  (Save the drippings.)
  • Salt and pepper 

     Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place the lima beans in a boiler and cover with water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring lima beans to a boil and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. In a small boiler, combine the vinegar, brown sugar, and bacon drippings. Heat until warm and set aside. Drain the lima beans and transfer to an 8½ x 11″ baking dish. Pour the reserved sauce over the lima beans. Top with the bacon and green onions. Bake for about 30 minutes. 


Belzoni Artichoke-Rice Salad

  • 2 packages chicken flavored rice
  • 3/4 cup green bell peppers, chopped
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 16 stuffed olives, sliced
  • 26-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and marinade reserved
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder 

     Cook rice as directed on package, omitting butter. Let cool. Combine peppers, onion, olives and artichoke hearts, then fold into the rice.  Mix reserved marinade with mayonnaise and curry powder; toss over the rice mixture. Serve in a large dish. 

Yield: 12 servings
Source: “The Festival Cookbook”


Bill Faulkner’s Grilled Ham

  • 1 half ham of your choice
  • 1 can of Coke
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke 

     Heat your grill to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the Coke and liquid smoke. Place the ham on the grill using direct heat. Baste the ham with the Coke mixture about every 15 minutes, cooking the ham on all sides. Cook for about an hour. 


Jay Morgan and his wife, Lou Anne, have been hosting Friday Night Porch Parties for 25 years, including at their current home in Madison since 2004. Jay invites whomever God puts on his hear during the week, and cooks like a crazy person! Follow them on Instagram @fridaynightporchparty and check out the recipes at (Headshot by Kyle Hancock Photography.)