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This Weeks Deal - Returning to the world of Ham. 
Feb. 1, 2012 3:35 pm 
Updated: Feb. 20, 2012 12:00 pm
In returning to my blogging roots.... making the grocery dollars stretch, this weeks feature is ham....a whole lot of ham! I found this profound as one of my first blogs here on AR was about ham.  Following Pam's lead to provide faces for our many faceless recipes and with our assignments for the AllRecipes Ambassador program.  I decided to combine this all into my blog.  

I found a deal on bone-in Farmer John hams for .99 lb. (Thank you, Stater Bros. Markets)  
For just under $13.00 I hauled home the deal of the week & started searching for recipes that involved ham, used ingredients I had in the pantry and refrigerator and needed a picture.
Apricot and Honey Ham Glaze

First on the agenda was Apricot and Honey Ham Glaze. I will tell you - this was a real surprise. I liked it! I don't usually like sweet meat but the mustard in this glaze gives it a good kick. I didn't glaze the whole ham, just a few slices for dinner. No Baking Papa decided this makes an excellent dipping sauce. Will I make this again? You bet, this is a keeper for us.

Curried Ham Popover Pie

For breakfast the next day I made Curried Ham Popover Pie. This is not a keeper for us but it does have potential. Not all is lost, it now has a picture and another review.  Another one bites the dust!  

Next up was a recipe of Chef John's.  
Honey Mustard Sauce.

Chef John's Honey Mustard Sauce - this is a keeper! (Can you believe this needed a picture?) Great for dipping the ham in and wonderful on ham sandwiches. All the ingredients were in my pantry and it made a nice step up from the standard mayonnaise mustard combo we usually use.

The next night we had one of the grandkids here....she likes ham so it was ham reheated with mashed potatoes and green beans. You know, those two sauces mixed together are really good - even better tossed together with the green beans on your plate.

Let me say - there is one good way to use up a bunch of ham - have the grand-kids over! They can power it down like they have never seen food before.

Where do they put all that food?

Here is a recipe that met all my criteria - it needed a picture -
 the ingredients were all things I had on hand and it used ham!
Introducing Modern Colcannon!  
I used a slightly different approach to this recipe using all the same ingredients.  I had a good sized bowl of leftover mashed potatoes and a wedge of cabbage leftover from making coleslaw.  I added a half of an diced onion with 1 Tablespoon of butter to a skillet  & sauteed the onion for a couple of minutes - added the cubed ham and the cabbage with 1/4 cup of water.  Covered and let the cabbage steam.  Meanwhile I heated the mashed potatoes in the microwave - stirred them and added a Tablespoon of mayonnaise.  When the cabbage was almost done - take the lid off and let the juices reduce.  Stir in the potatoes.  Done!  One skillet to clean up and a filling meal to boot.    
By the way - that Honey Mustard sauce is great with this. 

Ham in this house REQUIRES Delicious Ham and Potato Soup.  An older recipe with a ton on reviews and pictures.  If you have not tried it, you must!  

I have enough ham set aside for Ham and  Orzo Salad - this is a keeper recipe (with a few tweaks) and a favorite of one of my clients.  This recipe just paid for my entire ham!

I will also be making some Split Pea Soup and a Ham and Bean soup but those have to wait.  I am a bit souped out so I am freezing the makings for those until inspiration to make another soup strikes.  It might help if the weather would cool off.  It has been in the high 70's to low 80's here.  Hardly soup weather. 

So there you have some ham ideas - I hope this helps stretch those grocery dollars a little bit further.  

Now, I am off to shop the ads for next week.   I think I am grilling some more chicken with that lovely Apricot Honey Glaze.   

 I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Penny Lane. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Penny aka Baking Nana.   
Feb. 1, 2012 4:15 pm
BN, you are such a Ham! JK, loved the descriptions and the photos! :)
Feb. 1, 2012 4:16 pm
Sassy - I am a Ham! LOL! Just here, Hamming it up in So. Cal.
Feb. 1, 2012 4:21 pm
LOLOL. I just did a great ham and bean soup last week with the ham bone and diced ham from one I cooked for New Year's. Had the last for supper tonight.
Feb. 1, 2012 4:35 pm
Who would think that I needed to look for new grilling recipes in January and February? Geez....
Feb. 1, 2012 4:41 pm
Boy Lady you sure know how to spend $ 13.00!! Lol gotta love those grandbabies huh? They are like locusts! The sauce will be made by me soon. I was looking for something for dinner tomorrow. Thanks for the idea! I love bubble and squeek too! (calcannon). Good way to use up leftovers. Wonderful blog Nana! Thanks so much:)
Feb. 1, 2012 4:44 pm
They all look fantastic-what about grilled ham steaks or grilled ham n cheese quesadillas? Weird weather.
Feb. 1, 2012 4:45 pm
I think spring has sprung here, too, B'Nana! I had too many covers on the bed last night, and I didn't have to bring my baby sweet basil plant indoors at all last week! Loved this blog, as well as the chicken one. I've kind of gotten in a rut with BLSL chicken breast. Need to roast a whole one soon, just for a taste of that crispy skin! I'm glad you had good luck with the ham. The last one I bought on sale was TOOOOOOO salty, and it wasn't a salt cured ham.
Feb. 1, 2012 5:02 pm
Very inspiring blog! I always seem to have fact I have quite a bit to use up, thanks for the ideas! Beautiful photos!
Feb. 1, 2012 5:25 pm
Amazing job Baking Nana. Isn't it fun to get so much out of one simple cut of meat. I am now hooked on Costco's whole organic fryers (in the fresh refrigerated meat section) and I am making those delicious birds do triple duty. Tonight......Copy cat recipe of Rubio's Chicken Tortilla Soup. It smells heavenly here :)
Feb. 1, 2012 5:39 pm
You always make me hungry
Feb. 1, 2012 5:53 pm
Amazing job Baking Nana. Isn't it fun to get so much out of one simple cut of meat. I am now hooked on Costco's whole organic fryers (in the fresh refrigerated meat section) and I am making those delicious birds do triple duty. Tonight......Copy cat recipe of Rubio's Chicken Tortilla Soup. It smells heavenly here :)
Feb. 1, 2012 7:06 pm
Great blog on stretching our grocery dollars. I bought a ham too about a week ago. They must be on sale everywhere right now. Anyway, I had about 1 pound left and wanted to make some Ham Spread. I found a recipe here on AR and it was icky. I think the problem was using "dill pickle relish" in it. We just really didn't like it at all. If you have a favorite Ham Spread recipe, would you please share it? If I had some ham leftover, I'd make that yummy looking Ham and Potato Soup. Beautiful pictures too Penny.
Feb. 1, 2012 7:10 pm
Feb. 1, 2012 8:03 pm
Hi Patty! Not just for feeding my crew but in order for me to keep my prices in check I have to know prices and a good deal when I see it. I scoop those deals up when I see them - then there are weeks when there is nothing good "on sale' - those weeks I can shop in my freezer & just make a trip to Cardenas to get vegetables. Those teens are indeed "Locust". It is hard to stay ahead of them.
Feb. 1, 2012 8:08 pm
Hi Ken. I grill all year long but I do miss soup season. We don't get much weather but a little rain brings on my soup mojo. Thanks for the ideas. I have to try your chicken recipe you posted. Thanks!
Feb. 1, 2012 8:20 pm
Hi Bibi - Weird weather for sure. I agree - BLSL breasts leave me lacking for ideas and they seem to lack the taste that I expect. I buy them but I need to look into those organic breasts that Mauigirl is talking about. Geez - I see another price increase coming.
Feb. 1, 2012 8:23 pm
Wyattdogster - thanks for stopping in. I, like you keep adding ham to the freezer - like tonight. I have to remember to use it!
Feb. 1, 2012 8:25 pm
Mauigirl - Please post that soup recipe. I MUST get those chickens from Costco. Thanks for the tips!
Feb. 1, 2012 8:27 pm
Hi Linda - I am glad I made you hungry - that means I did my job. :) Isn't food grand?
Feb. 1, 2012 8:31 pm
Candice - I don't make Ham spread - sorry. Maybe someone else will have a clue as to this recipe. When ham is on sale they are awesome - when not the price makes me choke. :) Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 2, 2012 5:15 am
Baking Nana, your photos are stellar. I loved your stretch a dollar blog. Our ham favorite is ham and potato soup. Yum. I just filled my freezer with a side of beef, home grown and the taste of the beef is just wonderful. So, I won't be buying any beef for awhile. Here in our local grocery stores-Hamburger is $2.99 a lb. and who can afford T-bone steak at the sale price of $6.99 a lb.?
Feb. 2, 2012 5:50 am
My wife baked a ham last night which means I am now thinking Ham Paninis of some sort. Your blog has inspired me.
Feb. 2, 2012 8:26 am
I love your blogs. Thank you for sharing your great ideas. No matter what the income, stretching your food dollars just makes sense. Please keep on developing this blog toic.
Feb. 2, 2012 8:27 am
...topic, that is.
Feb. 2, 2012 8:53 am
Good morning Lela. I am envious of your freezer full of beef. Can you believe that ground beef was $3.99 lb at Albertson's yesterday! That wasn't organic or extra lean it was the 85/15 ordinary ground beef! No Thanks.
Feb. 2, 2012 8:55 am
Great idea Doug! A Ham Panini sounds great. I will might have to mix up some more of that mustard sauce. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
Feb. 2, 2012 9:12 am
Mamaw - Thank you! I agree, it doesn't matter what your income level is - for me it is sad that it is those who can least afford it that get taken advantage of. I will pay top dollar for premium beef or seafood - but why pay top dollar when you don't need to? The sale ads are pretty slim this week. Mostly processed packaged foods for Super Bowl - I guess I will be shopping in my freezer.
Mrs. C 
Feb. 2, 2012 10:50 am
YOUR BLOG is tops! I have been away from AR for six months... so glad I checked my subscriptions. I am inspired to 1)spend more AR time 2)write my blog again 3) eat ham!
Feb. 2, 2012 12:35 pm
Thanks Mrs. C - glad to see you back! Sounds like you have set some good goals... I agree, write your blog & eat some ham! :)
Feb. 2, 2012 5:17 pm
I wish I liked ham. Every time I see a great blog like this I think what a versatile meat it is, but I just don't care for it. I would buy ham steak a few times a year because DH loved ham, but I ate everything else. It may be because ham showed up fairly often when I was growing up and I swear it multiplied in the fridge, because we always ate it for the best part of a week.
Feb. 3, 2012 4:53 am
Good morning BSM - For me it is pulled pork that multiplies - no matter how many meals I make with it, there is still more. It seems to be never ending. I was not home yesterday when the grandkids got home from school. By the time I got home they had consumed a whole bag of ham! They won't do that with pulled pork, darn! Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 6, 2012 6:52 am
Your pics are always great, BN, and your creativity inspires! I am not a huge fan of ham, but I definitely want to try those sauces with other meats some time soon. Keep bringing us your ideas!
Feb. 6, 2012 7:15 am
Great Blog BN ~ I Just love ham. We dont eat it to often here as my hubby is not a fan. The honey and apricot glaze looks gorgeous.
Feb. 7, 2012 10:41 am
wisweetp - I am glad you found the sauces inspiring - they are really good and would work well with many things. Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 7, 2012 10:42 am
Hi apple.strudel - Try that glaze on pork or chicken, I think you will like it. :)
Feb. 8, 2012 8:04 am
mmm, love ham, it has so many great uses. It reminds me of a cooked chicken, the recipes are enless.
Feb. 8, 2012 1:26 pm
You're making my recipe box bigger, BN! Thanks for the dollar stretchers; cooking for two, we need to replay the big hunks of meat! This ham blog and the chicken blog have been very inspiring, keep 'em coming!
Feb. 13, 2012 11:04 pm
Just picked up 2 hams at Costco, their spiral ones. Had them for .49 a lb! Now I really need to make the most of them. BTW, I froze one of them cuz the date was Feb 15th. Is it safe to defrost and cook it up at a bit of later date? Thanx!
Feb. 20, 2012 11:58 am
Blaize - sorry I didn't see you post....yes, the frozen ham will be safe and fine to cook at a later date. You got a good deal, for sure. Enjoy!
Feb. 20, 2012 12:00 pm
Lissa - I know what you mean about cooking for two and dealing with the large cuts of meat. Packing some away for another day solves that.
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