Weekly Update: 12/26 Second Day of Christmas

Well I must say that  Christmas Day was one of the best I’ve had in quite some time.  Everything was just right, and at the end of the day, to top it all off, it started to snow.  This is what it looked this morning, about 4 inches of it:


Winter Wonderland


We had a lovely Christmas Dinner (“that couldn’t be beat”, to quote Alice’s Restaurant).  The Menu was as follows:

First Courses

Baked Pimiento Cheese Filo Pastry Wraps

Hot Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese and Water Crackers

Main Courses

Country Ham, sliced open

Roast Muscovy Duck

Glazed Baked Country Ham

Cheese Pudding

Haricot Verts

Braised Greens

Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Butternut Squash

Dinner Rolls

Watermelon Rind Pickle and Green Tomato Pickle


Boiled Custard & Fig Preserve Parfaits

Apple Spice Cake

Vanilla Rum Cake with Brown Sugar & Butter Glaze




Both of the pickles are sweet pickles.  I ordered a country ham from A.B. Vannoy Hams.  I soaked it in water overnight, then washed off any mold, set it into a pan on a raised cooling grate, cross-hatched the thick skin/fat layer on top, pouring over it a bit of the glaze I made, and adding a cup of water into the bottom of the pan.  I covered the whole thing in aluminum foil and baked it for 3 hours at 350 degrees.  Then I took it out, trimmed off the heavy fat layers, crosshatched it again, and covered it in the rest of the glaze, then baked it at 400 for 20 minutes.

The glaze was:  fig balsamic vinegar, dark brown sugar, sorghum molasses, and pineapple juice brought to a boil, then briefly simmered.

We cooked the duck as we mention in the recipe section herein.


A Superior Apple Cake


A grand time was had by all, and now we wish you a Happy New Year in the coming week!


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One Response to “Weekly Update: 12/26 Second Day of Christmas”

  1. kitsapfg Says:

    That was a menu fit for a fine restaurant! So many choices – so little time at one meal!

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