Saturday, April 10, 2010
Lots of Ham on Next Week's Menu
My in-laws, wonderful people, were due to arrive for lunch at about noon yesterday. Since they were driving from Ft. Worth, about three hours away, we had told them that the meal would be ready when they got here. We had done our shopping on Tuesday, which left me plenty of time to clean and have a couple of desserts ready. And I was ready, at about 11:00 yesterday, to get the ham ready to put in the oven. The carrot cake, lemon icebox pie and salad were ready, rolls ready to warm up, cheesy hash brown casserole in the oven, table set. Just needed to mix the orange juice and orange marmalade to spread over the fully cooked ham (as directed in Southern Living's "Your Way or Your Mother's Way" food article) before I popped it into the oven for 30 minutes.
Now, let's go back to the shopping trip on Tuesday. Hubby and I rush through the grocery store because we want to get home in time for American Idol. I give him items from the list, which he brings to the cart while I gather other items. One of his is a four-pound fully cooked ham. He brings it to the cart with his other items and I ask him, "The ham is fully cooked, right?" (I had emphasized "fully cooked" when I gave him his assignment.) He gave me his "do you think I'm an idiot" look and said, "Yes, it's fully cooked."
Now, back to the kitchen on Friday. I hadn't looked at the ham when I put it into the refrigerator (big mistake). I cut the netting on the ham and looked at the label. Nothing about it being fully cooked (or smoked, or anything else.) Uh oh. I examined the entire ham. Nothing, nowhere -- which (I'm assuming) means, IT'S NOT FULLY COOKED! I glance back at the Southern Living article, which also has "Ham Cooking 101", which also estimates the cooking time for a not-cooked four-pound ham at two hours.
Okay, now I have the original ham, waiting for us (just the two of us) to cook and eat it sometime soon. Contrite husband called Van's Pig Stand and asked about buying cooked ham, which they didn't have, but they did have some smoked turkey. He went and picked it up and it was delicious. My mother-in-law said she would rather have the turkey, anyway. Everybody's happy.
Except I still have this ham.
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