Christmas

December 26, 2012 · 3 comments

in cooking at Home

Hope you had a good holiday. Despite a pain in the ass cold the whole time, I had great fun, drank  much wine, and ate fancy with family. I splurged on a few items, but got exactly what I wanted out of them. In addition to being delicious, oysters and caviar add an air of celebration, that of a rare treat,  and are a communal experience.

We also cooked a fresh ham, a first for me. After much research of how to cook a 27# ham, we wet brined it, then slow roasted it in the oven for nine hours, blasting it with the addition of a herb paste. The finished ham may not be the prettiest, a glaze would likely photo better, I was quite happy with it. It could have been cooked five degrees less, but it was very tender, and juicy in a way that I find pastured pork only to be.

Merry Christmas!

fancy things

fancy things

fancy things

fresh ham

fresh ham

  • http://twitter.com/duluthcook Sally Morris

    Thanks Jimmy! Glad your Christmas was full of cheer and wishing you a New Year of good health and prosperity!

  • NewbieNate

    Jimmy, do you have any recommendations in Atlanta for someone who is new to caviar? Either a restaurant or shop, as long as it’s relatively affordable would be great. Thanks for your help!

  • http://www.eatitatlanta.com jimmy

    I’m not 100% sure – dining out it is going to be very expensive. I know Whole Foods has some but I cannot vouch for quality. You may try Star or similar but you never know what the prices will be! I know there are great deals to be found online. This tin is $20 and is excellent, though shipping will certainly add to the cost. http://www.caviarstar.com/store/html/Products/Domestic-Caviar-2/Paddlefish-Caviar-15.html

    If you buy enough, or get others to go in on it with you, the per unit shipping cost becomes much more reasonable.

    Good luck!

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