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Let me say this-yes I’m most definitely Jewish, but I’m not that religious.

I eat pork.  I’m not going to apologize or give a good reason (even though I have several), I just do.

So this week, my trip to the market took advantage of the sale on ham at the market.  Yes, we’ll be having a rather delayed Passover Sedar on Sunday-which will double as birthday celebrations for our son, daughter and son-in-law (the later two are in town with our grandsons).    

We’ll have the traditional fare of roast chicken, brisket, noodle kugel, tzimmes and matzoh ball soup.  For those that wish to have gefilte fish-it will be served as well-we’ll get the matzoh based desserts from the local Jewish bakery.

But I’m sorry, lately our budget is getting so tight and my table has been increasing and I really needed to find a way to serve everyone at a fee that was as close to single digit as possible.

Enter THE HAM.  Our local grocery chain had a nice Farmer John on sale for a mere $.88 a pound!!!  10 pounds went right into my cart.  If I had had room in the freezer-another one would have joined it.

I glazed it with a mixture of fig jam and bourbon BBQ sauce.  My take on a glaze I saw done on “5 Ingredient Fix” on the food network.  Everyone oohed and aahed at the appropriate moment as it got hoisted out of the oven with the baked potatoes (another great deal-10 lbs for $2.50)and the asparagus from Costco.  I served the spicy chocolate chip cookies I had made with some of the rest of the clan’s favorite “lite” cookie dough ice cream.

Best part?  I have had enough of the pig left that I have been using it the rest of the week.  As usual, when down to the “end” and only scraps and bone remain-I will make my easy breezy beer laced split pea soup.

Now-Happy Passover and Happy Easter to you all!  A very happy set of birthdays to my 3 tauruses.

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