Monday, February 1, 2010


My big red pot with ham and cabbage in it this time.

Sometimes the heart needs warming. Sore throat, stuffy nose, damp, gray day, troubles on your door step. Yesterday I made New England Boiled Dinner. Big meaty ham bone, carrots, onions, potatoes and cabbage. It is a humble and rather unphotogenic meal, but it did warm the heart. The resulting pot liquor was steamy hot and pungent. I am always surprised by my vegetable-hating and especially cabbage-hating kids. They seem to go for the pot liquor and ham, potatoes and carrots even though they won't touch the cabbage. Mia especially loves the carrots. Roger and I devoured it and felt heartened by it. He is even learning to like cornbread muffins. I am happy to say that not one bite of that ham was wasted. I found a way to use it all.