Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Well, this is at least a more timely holiday post than some of my previous holiday posts.

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone.  I don’t know why, but for some reason, it seemed anti climatic.  (But then what should my expectations be?)

It might be that since I am in the envious position of having a plethora of time off due, that I “had ” to take the entire holiday week off. I finished  my food shopping Tuesday and since I didn’t have to deal with any of the normal holiday clusterflops at work, perhaps that is why it just didn’t feel too “thanksgivingly” to me.

Due to some of the usual issues with my mother, my parents did dinner at their house with a couple of my other brothers and sisters and we had my in-laws over here.  My wife’s family from Washington DC were planning to drive out but they canceled  that due to the hyperbole of the media about the nonexistent UNPRECEDENTED SUPER STORM that never materialized.  (It’s getting so much more difficult to take the media seriously any more.)

But anywho, here’s dinner  !!!!!
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Just wanted a shot of some of the fixin’s before I got working and neglect to get photos.

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Must have mashed potatoes !!

Not going to do all ten pounds, the store had a special for $1.49 for a ten pound bag.

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I culled out most of the smaller ones and will save the larger ones for baked potatoes later in the week.

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This is actually about 1/3 less than I normally do.  My in-laws are not big eaters and my wife and daughter don’t eat too many leftovers so I had to think about how long I wanted to eat leftover mashed potatoes.  (The answer was the Sunday following!)

I goofed up a bit since I made a smaller batch, I still put in three cloves of garlic and it was a bit strong.

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A little appetizer made of chili sauce, shrimp and cream cheese.

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That gets spread on your favorite cracker.

Yum.

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And since we have crackers, we need cheese.  Some nice swiss and colby

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Kinda simple, that’s how it is at Casa del Bacon.

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PORK,PORK,PORK !!!!!!

I did the ham on the grill outside.

The burnt looking parts is just the outer fat and skin layer.

Did I mention PORK???

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Pretty much the whole spread.  Had some homemade bread too.

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OK, On Friday the dinner was fried ham.  That’s about all the ham the wife and daughter can take for the week.  On Saturday, I had ham sandwiches with a little of that good swiss cheese.

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Later on Saturday I turned the rest of the ham into ham salad  (unseen is the split pea and ham soup I made on Thursday after dinner) and this would be the end of the ham..

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Please take note of the extremely unusual use of measuring devices here.  Normally when I make egg, tuna, ham salad, it’s just “some of this, a little of that”, but this time I am using an actual recipe !!!

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All of the “wet” ingredients mixed up and the chopped ham.  I made a special effort to remove as much of the fatty bits form the ham and it made a big difference in texture coming out of the food processor.

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It made a pretty big batch.  I had quite a bit of ham to use up so I had to double the recipe.  What the wife and daughter don’t eat for dinner on Saturday will be my lunch at work until it’s gone.

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I have to say, this turned out really good !!!

Christmas dinner is just around the corner.

Ham-A-Pa-Looza

THE GOOD NEWS:     The Friday before Easter, ham was on sale and I bought one.

THE BAD NEWS:        Easter was the following Sunday.

THE GOOD NEWS:     We had ham that Sunday.

THE BAD NEWS:         By the end of the week, even I was “hammed out.”

THE GOOD NEWS:      Hams were still on sale for Easter so I bought one and froze it.

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Ham out on the grill.  What?? You’ve never had “Ham Incognito?”

This would be the ham from the freezer.

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Ahhh, there she be !!! A couple of hours on low heat just to warm it through.

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This would be the first time that I had ever tried making gravy from a ham.

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Straining out the lumps and what not from the “gravy.”

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Get ready Porky, the knife is coming for you !

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Some potato galette and steamed green beans to go with the ham.

Oh, and the “gravy.”  Now I know why you don’t make gravy with ham juices.  It was just a little bit salty. Not quite Dead Sea salty, but close.

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For day two of the ham, it was fried ham and hash browns.

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After day two, this is what was left.

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The survivors for day three.

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Chopped it up and into the food processor.

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All chopped up.

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The fixn’s for “ham salad.”

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Mix,mix,mix.

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Eureka !!! Ham Salad !!!

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A nice ham salad sandwich with tater tots.

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Day four.  I’m using the ham bone from the first ham that I had saved in the freezer and the current ham.

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Another great pot of split pea soup that should last me a week for my lunches.

Thanksgiving Dinner

For no particular reason, I chose to make a ham this year.  The traditional American Thanksgiving is good, but it can be better with pork.

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Here’s “The Ham of Truth” after being on the grill outside for about 3 hours.

Oh, those burned bits of pork are the best !!!

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My daughter “made” some pumpkin bread.

A shrimp dip appetizer.  Cream cheese spread out with chili sauce and tiny shrimp. (On crackers)

Pepper Jack and Colby cheese with smoked oysters. (or as I call them, bacon of the sea) YUM !!!

This is “Squashy”.  My daughters little sister.

As always, I was too busy doing a lot of the cooking  so I don’t have photos of the rolls, mashed potatoes and squash.

This was dinner on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Here is dinner on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  My daughter loves fried ham, but she was tried of it at this point !!

The wife made a Potato Galette.  If you have never had this, it’s kind of like a fried potato pie.  What’s not to like???

I still had a good amount of ham leftover on Sunday, so I made a double batch of my split pea soup.

I soaked the peas over night and even though the directions on the package said you didn’t have to soak them, they seemed to cook much faster and they creamed up better.

Bzzzz,bzzzzz,bzzzzz.

Mmmmm, adding the last of the ham.

Lunch for Week XIV

Back to making another classic: Split Pea with Ham !!

Normally when I make my lunches for the week, I end up making enough for just four lunches, leaving me to forage on Friday.  But this week I made a double batch of the soup and not only will there be five lunches, each one will have a bit more then normal !!

And of course, the finsihed product.

The ham was on sale at the supermarket “Buy one Get one Free” and with a coupon that I had, it made this ham only about $5.00 and total for the week of lunches will be under $4.00 since there is much more soup, I won’t add any crackers.

Oh, and as a footnote, No, I did not use all of that ham in the soup.  I used only about a 1/4 of it and will slice the rest of it for fried ham and hash browns for a dinner this week.

Lunch For Week XI

For various reasons, we had a splendid ham for Thanksgiving.  And with that, I will have a couple of days of ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy for two lunches.  The rest of the week I will have to “wing it” with other leftovers.

Many years ago I saw this Kids in the Hall sketch:

WARNING !!! ADULT LANGUAGE !!

To this day, whenever anyone  asks me how the ham is, I have to fight back the urge to say………

Fine Ham Abounds, Mom !!!!