My youngest brother talked me into making a holiday ham for a recent family brunch, and while I groused about the extra work, it was mostly for effect. I was quite happy to “have” to make one.
(How did he talk me into it? By telling me that his newly minted 1-year-old loves the stuff. I pretty much agreed immediately. I’m a pushover that way.)
This same brother is the only one in my immediate family who actually likes turkey, so we’ve always had a ham on the Thanksgiving table as well as a small, token bird for him. But I’ve been known to make a full-on holiday ham for no particular reason, not just for a celebratory feast, because it is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to feed a crowd — even if the crowd is made up of people who happen to be living at my house at the time.
Cooking a ham may seem intimidating if you haven’t tackled one before. Here’s what to look for at the store, how to cook it, why it works for a busy working mom, and what to do with all those leftovers.
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