It’s 2014 now.
Time for me to write 2013 on my rent check until roughly August.
I’m fairly certain that you guys know me well enough by now that you know how I spent my New Year’s Eve: with a pork product. And I DID.
In reality, I spent the evening with my friends Alison, Cagney, and Jennie. We had a relaxed New Year’s Eve, on account of desired laziness and Alison and Cagney’s baby being under the weather. We made dinner, Cagney obsessively watched Miley Cyrus Takeover on Fuse, we got super drunk*, and I was home by 12:20.
*We did not get super drunk even a little bit. No hangover on New Year’s Day? Great start to 2014.
As for the dinner making, our motto was New Year’s Easy. COPYRIGHT ME 2013.
Our menu was as follows:
- Oyster Cracker Snack
- Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham
- Stuffing with Sausage
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Chocolate Pudding with Espresso Salt
I was responsible for ham and squash. And as promised, they were so easy you could get super drunk and rage all night and still make them without cutting your fingers off.**
**We did not get super drunk at all, we flipped the channels between Jackass the movie, the aforementioned Miley Cyrus takeover, and the New Year’s Eve shows making fun of the people who stood in front of Times Square.
The ham is unbelievably simple, but has amazing flavor. Sticky sweet and deeply smoky because of the bourbon.
Why haven’t I put bourbon with ham before? It was a revelation. And all you have to do is baste the ham every half hour. And you have time to get, like, monumentally drunk.***
***We did not get monumentally drunk. I fell asleep for a minute on the couch at like 11:30 because I get sleepy. And this is a picture of Alison PROBABLY asleep in her dog’s bed.
Make this ham. You don’t be disappointed. You’ll have plenty of leftovers. And even if you don’t get drunk, at least your ham did.
Honey Bourbon Glazed-Ham from PopSugar, originally adapted from Southern Living
- 1 fully cooked, bone-in ham (7-9 pounds)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Several shakes of Tabasco sauce
- 40 whole cloves
Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove skin from ham and trim fat to 1/4-inch thickness. If ham is not precut, make shallow cuts in fat 1 inch apart in a diamond pattern. Place ham in a 13- x 9-inch pan.
Serves 12-15 people.