Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

IMG_0001  

I grew up eating baked ham on Easter Sunday. My mother’s ham was always the shank end with its thick fatty layer cross-hatched with a knife, whole cloves stuck into the resulting grid pattern, then festooned with circles of canned pineapple slices and chemically red marschino cherries centered with a bulls-eye look. She slathered on a glaze that was a tooth-etching blend of brown sugar and pineapple juice.

This small , plain butt-end ham is impressive in its own way, generous beyond its appearance.

IMG_0003 The first meal, Sunday evening, was unadorned ham, cooked in a roasting pan with a little water and covered with aluminum foil. Two whole fully dressed sweet potatoes kept company with it in the oven. Sauteed yellow crookneck squash and steamed broccoli completed our feast.

Two ham sandwich lunches and one additional supper later, this ham has still more to give to our grateful bellies.

Today I will buy some Navy or Great Northern beans to simmer with celery, onion and ham remnants to make a pot of that old standby, Senate Bean Soup. When Buck sees a ham appear on the counter, his first thought — and salivary response — is for this end point: the soup.

Speak. Leave a memory.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Life After 50

Life at any age can be amazing! We only need to grab hold & experience it!

Contemplation

"An expression to contemplate life into words while life contemplates words into thoughts"

The Lonely Author

A quiet corner for writers to get inspired one word at a time.

Ana Linden

Writing Life

Oh, border!

dissolving lines in the world through understanding them

Do Not Annoy The Writer

I write because I can. I can because I want to. I want to because you said I couldn't.

Selected Essays and Squibs by Joseph Suglia

The Web log of Dr. Joseph Suglia

laurenwebsterphotography.wordpress.com/

...because every picture tells a story.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Dream-protecting author

lifelessons - a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown

Reflections on Life through poetry, essays and photos

CRAZY LIFE

I was born not knowing and have only little time to change that here and there

Broad Street

True stories, honestly.

Deborah J. Brasket

Living on the Edge of the Wild

The Citron Review

An Online Journal of Brief Literature

Iris Graville

Writer. Book artist. Quaker. Believes everyone has a story to tell.

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

%d bloggers like this: