This ham was the best ham I have every eaten.  Ever.  It was better than the honey-baked hams that you can buy at the gourmet stores.

NOTE:  Although labeled fully cooked, the ham will still need a gentle baking for maximum tenderness and flavor.

20 Servings

  • 1 18-pound fully cooked bone-in smoked ham, room temperature
  • 48 (about) whole cloves
  • 4

Two Sisters (Sandy and Pat) Show Off Their Plates

The holidays are over and nobody is thinking about food now, but I always post the photos and recipes to our Christmas feast that Carolyn Mueller and I put on for our LAFF Gal Pals.  It is always held at Carolyn’s lovely home.  This year we had a total of 12 …


Sugar cookies, baked

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Santa is tired of cookies & milk

Poor Santa, how many sugar cookies & glasses of milk can one jolly fat man actually stomach?

Maybe if the milk is laced with some good bourbon or Kaluha, then the sugar cookies will be more palatable.  Or forget the sugar cookies. Maybe Rudolph and friends would like them providing …


Conventional wisdom suggests that Santa Claus is a devotee of milk (with cookies), hot cocoa and a certain red-canned cola.

Santa's Nightcap Cocktail

But if you ask me, after circumnavigating the globe in one night I’d want something a little stronger to take the edge off.

Which is why we’re devoting the ‘S’ alphatini to the jolly dude in the red suit.



This waffle recipe I was sent, recently, might be one to try.

As it happens, I was making up my Christmas list when a recent submission came in and it got me to thinking: I love waffles but haven’t owned a waffle iron in years. (I think I gave Mom’s old waffle iron to my brother at least 5 years …



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Lots of wonderful ways to celebrate the December holidays at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. You need not be a guest of the hotel as the local public is always invited. Last year I took my dog sitter to one of the 12 days of Christmas festivities and then we sat at the bar enjoying snacks …


Work dough

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I know sweets aren’t exactly what one thinks of when it come to food that’s good for you, but quality baked goods in moderation are good for the soul.

I grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, a city known for its bakeries, Danish bakeries to be specific. Sticky buns, kolaches, napoleons, breads all are a part of the …


Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Being a cultural Jew, I find myself in a packed movie theater with others who don’t celebrate Christmas. It’s tradition.Le chaim to beer and popcorn!

When you’re in a major metropolis city, there are many options for not celebrating Christmas. According to my friend Marianne, when she lived in Chicago, bowling alleys were open so Asians …


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