My father came to visit for the weekend and was supposed to spend a nice weekend with us (drive in Friday, drive home Monday). He got in late Friday, no problem. Saturday he woke up in excruciating pain. It turns out he was running down the street during a blizzard (why? why would you do that?) and slipped, falling hard on his back. I convinced him that we needed to go to the urgent care center, where we spent the next 5-6 hours. It turned out that he had broken a rib and the muscles between his ribs were seizing.
So instead of a weekend of fooling around Colorado, we had a much more relaxed weekend. In fact, we had such a relaxed weekend that we almost didn't move. Poor dad could barely even eat because he was on two different types of muscle relaxers and painkillers. Even so, I decided to try to make a tempting meal to make him feel better.
I had bought a nice spiral-sliced ham at the grocery store and had a nice bottle of Maker's Mark (from making the bourbon balls), so I decided to make a Bourbon glaze (p. 583). The glaze was simple--red wine, bourbon, brown sugar, garlic, and orange zest.
I used my brand-new garlic press I bought from Ideeli. Ideeli is another of my favorite websites. If you like to shop, it's the perfect website. It has deep discounts from designers, which change every day. I LOVE it. My most recent purchase was the Anolon garlic press and a beautiful pot for much cheaper than I've ever seen them before.
I poured the glaze over the ham. It poured like water.
I was not in love with this glaze. It was so thin, it all dripped off! I wasn't very impressed. How was the flavor? Who knows? It all dripped off! I know that it smelled strongly of red wine and not nearly enough like bourbon. I won't bother with that particular glaze again.
Steamed broccoli (p. 260) is another one of those no-brainer recipes.
Chop broccoli, add to the steamer, and steam until done.
Done and delicious! I don't understand how so many people hate broccoli when I love it so much!