I give up. From now on I am only buying country ham slices. I don't know what I was thinking buying a whole country ham in the first place. This is not your regular ham. This is a southern, heavily salted and smoked, country ham. The kind that is sliced very thin and served with black eyed gravy. I soaked this thing for 3 days. Then I baked it for 5 hours. Then I wrestled the skin and fat off of it. Then I tried to slice it. It was really difficult to slice. Then I was overwhelmed by the smokey smell. It was horribly strong and I m very sensitive to smells. Then I threw it away. I know when to admit defeat. I'm showing my northern here.
Then I made Rice Krispy treats. I hate making Rice Krispy treats but my family loves them so I made them anyway. I used scraped vanilla beans in them for flavor. If you click on the pic you can see the little browns seeds.
I hate making them because it takes forever for the marshmallow to melt.
I also made a grits casserole to freeze for the kids to take back with them. This is a really good recipe if you like grits:
prepare 2 cups of stone ground grits according to package directions
16 oz. bulk breakfast sausage
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated gouda cheese
salt and pepper
Brown and drain sausage. Lightly whisk the eggs. Mix the grits, sausage, eggs, cheeses and salt and pepper. Pour this mixture into a 2 qt. casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set in the middle.