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Culinate Newsletter March 31 10

(mailing, James Berry)

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 h1. Dear readers,

 We're not big ham eaters around here. But last December I spotted a huge, bone-in, dry-cured ham at the farmers' market and, feeling festive and nostalgic for the Christmas hams of my childhood, decided to claim it for a party we were hosting in a couple of days.

 I hauled my ham home and tucked it into the basement fridge, then put it out of my mind for the next 36 hours, while I went to work on the parts of the menu I felt more confident about.

 Finally, midmorning on party day, we remembered the ham. In haste, we consulted the internet. We looked over Dana Bowen's ham story and the rest of the ham content in the December issue of Saveur. We read [/content/2770?utmsource=NL03312010&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=HTCEHam&utmcampaign=Ham "Mark Bittman on ham."] Finally, we applied a simple glaze, wedged the whole lot into the oven at about 1 o'clock, and crossed our fingers. By the time guests arrived after work, it was warmed through and perfectly flavored.

 If you want to serve an Easter ham but aren't sure how to go about it, help is here. Bruce Weinstein and his partner Mark Scarborough have just come out with [/books/collections/allbooks/ham?utmsource=NL03312010&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=Booksonham&utmcampaign=Ham "a book about all things ham."] Bruce, a Jewish kid from New York, may seem an unlikely ham fan, but on Culinate this week, he  [/articles/features/jewishhameaster?utmsource=NL03312010&utmmedium=email&utmcontent=Jewishhameaster&utmcampaign=Ham "shares his hilarious account"] of how he came to love the pig's hindquarter. 
 Kim Carlson
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