Oh, There’s Nothing Like Ham For The Holidays

Earlier today I was trying to figure out what I might blog about tonight, and then out of nowhere I thought, “THE HAM! I NEED TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE HAM!”

Because remember how I’ve given away fifteen pounds of Petit Jean bacon a couple of times? Well, not too long ago Misty from Petit Jean Meats emailed me and said something along the lines of, “Hey – would you be interested in giving away a ham on your blog?”

And I said, “Oh, you know me – I don’t really care for meat.”


What I really said was that I would love to give away a ham, and today, WHAT DO YOU KNOW, that is exactly what I’m doing.

It’s not just any ham, mind you. It’s fancy ham.

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It’s half a smoked spiral ham – about 7-9 pounds (worth 65 American dollars) – and here’s the description from the Petit Jean website.

Every Ozark Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced ham is individually hand -trimmed and seasoned with a blend of cloves, cinnamon, and other special ingredients before going into our old-fashioned smokehouse. Inside our smokehouse, each ham soaks up the smoke from smoldering hickory chips for at least 16 hours. The result is a ham that is fully cooked, moist and tender through and through, with a incredible smoky flavor that goes all the way to the bone.

Doesn’t that sound delicious? Petit Jean is a great company – and since I know for a fact that they do wondrous things with bacon, I have mighty high expectations for the ham.

I’m gonna leave this giveaway open until Friday morning about 10 central – and then I’ll close it and draw for a winner. Once I get the winner’s address, I’ll coordinate with Misty to see when and how long it will take to ship (that way you’ll know if it’s possible to have it at your house for Thanksgiving – or if it makes more sense to have it shipped closer to Christmas).

I’ll announce the winner here and on my blog Facebook page by noon on Friday.

So. To enter the giveaway, just answer one simple question: What dish do you look forward to the most on Thanksgiving day? Sweet potato casserole? Fried turkey (I see you, Louisiana)? Pecan pie?

Happy Ham, y’all!

This giveaway is now closed.

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  1. Pumpkin pie is at the top of my Thanksgiving menu.

  2. Ashley Smith says:

    The desserts… all of the desserts. Yum!

  3. Dressing and my hubby’s homemade cranberry sauce!

  4. My mother’s dressing, which was my grandmother’s recipe. She pulls it out and cries over my grandmother’s handwriting every year. Sweet.

  5. Dressing!

  6. Dressing!

  7. Molly Forrest says:

    Anything swimmin in gravy!

    • Molly Forrest says:

      Except dessert, of course. Gravy on dessert. That’s just gross. Anything else with gravy. ..good!!!

  8. Love me some sweet potatoes!

  9. Pumpkin pie with homemade whipping cream

  10. Lynnetta C. says:

    Dressing. I love dressing and only make it about twice a year, including Thanksgiving.

  11. Some good ol’ dressing!

  12. Pecan pie :)

  13. I love apple pie! I pace myself during the meal to be sure I have room for the pie.

  14. Mashed potatoes and gravy.

  15. My grandmother’s dressing. It has just the right ratio of cornbread, chicken and bulk sausage…mmmm. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!!!

  16. It’s all about the stuffing. And the gravy that goes on the stuffing. And maybe the piece of dark meat turkey that’s also snuggled in next to the stuffing. Sorry, starting to drool on the keyboard – better stop there!

  17. Sweet potato casserole with pecan topping- NOT marshmallows :-)

  18. The cornbread dressing–just like mama used to make.

  19. Heather V. says:

    Fried turkey, sweet potatoes, and rice dressing…..oh wait….just one?? Impossible!!

  20. The dressing……I LOVE dressing!

  21. Stuffing!!!!!!!

  22. Susan berry says:

    It’s the dressing with gravy!!

  23. Not just dressing, but Granny’s dressing. Nothing in this world like it! Oh, an some good chocolate desserts!

  24. Apple banana salad. I tend to only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I love it!

  25. My Mom’s dressing is the best!!

  26. My aunt Betty’s dressing :)

  27. My daughter’s brown rice!

  28. sheespatti says:

    Good ole southern cornbread dressing with giblet gravy!

  29. I look forward to twice baked potato casserole!

  30. HAM, of course!

  31. Dressing, no wait…. banana pudding.

  32. Can I only pick one favorite? Just one?? Well, I would say dressing, but I think even dressing gets trumped by pumpkin pie. I make other pumpkin stuff all the time; not sure why I reserve pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, but I do. And I love it so!!

    Thanks for the chance the win the luscious-looking ham! Fingers crossed!

  33. Dressing and gravy. Also sweet potato casserole, but not with marshmallows. The one with pecans, brown sugar, butter, and flour on top.

  34. The dressing, of course!

  35. Dressing, cranberry relish and chocolate pecan pie…..Happy Thanksgiving!

  36. I look forward to the Dressing! It is so good!

  37. Mashed potatoes, hands down. And then saying “Oh, just a small sliver of pecan pie, please,” and then eventually going back for thirds. I want that ham.

  38. I’m not sure I could pick just one but if you twisted my arm, I’d probably say sweet potato casserole. And, stuffing. Also? Gravy. Let’s not forget the pumpkin pie.

  39. Dressing and macaroni side by side. Mmmmm-mmmmm. And really, all the carbs. And the meats, too.

  40. spaghetti and meatballs?!?! And no, we’re not EYE-talian:)

  41. KC transplant says:

    Football and pecan pie!

  42. My husband’s grandmother (known as Mer) makes the most wonderful chicken and dressing. I cannot wait for Thanksgiving!

  43. Cornbread dressing (my memaw’s recipe). It’s my comfort food and a recipe of her’s I’m so grateful to have.

  44. Coconut pie, with or without meringue.

  45. Cornbread dressing and sweet potato casserole are dishes we only have at Thanksgiving, so those are the ones I’m looking forward to the most. Thanks for the chance. My boys would love that ham!

  46. My mom’s dressing! I could eat my weight in it!

  47. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake!
    And I have to say that I laughed reading your blog tonight because I got a pop up add asking me how likely would I switch to Poise pads. I almost needed one! :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  48. Sweet potato casserole … with pecans not marshmallows

  49. Dressing and giblet gravy! Yum!

  50. sweet potato casserole—the kind with marshmellows, not nuts.

  51. Hands down–them boberry thangies–no just kidding–the dressing!

  52. Melody Hemphill says:

    Sweet potato casserole!

  53. Pioneer Woman’s Mashed Potatoes and my Mom’s gravy!

  54. Green bean casserole, macaroni and pumpkin pie!!!

  55. My favorite dish is the one I load up and carry back to the table loaded with turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes swimming in gravy next to a side a green bean casserole and scalloped corn.

  56. Melissa in Idaho says:

    Mashed potatoes! …I am from Idaho after all!!
    Sophie, you can be sure I will be using nothing but Land O’ Lakes butter! YUM!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  57. Dressing and braised Brussels sprouts with bacon and shsllots!

  58. I’m not ashamed to say…..collard greens!

  59. I’m ALL about the sides! Mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, and my all time favorite Green Bean Casserole!!! Mmmm. I could eat sides all. day. long!

  60. Remy Bennett says:

    Mashed potatoes…or the cocktails ;)

  61. The turkey! The gravy! The cranberry! The…oh, who am I kidding? ALL of it.

  62. Now that it’s back – I look most forward to The Egg Bowl! I grew up knowing that game would be on after our Thanksgiving meal. When they changed it, I was devastated. I am so excited that it is back on Thanksgiving Day!
    But as far as food – Sweet potato casserole (with pecan brown sugar topping, not marshmallows) ;)

  63. broccoli casserole and corn casserole…both sooo YUMMY

  64. Cornbread Dressing topped with cranberry sauce.

  65. Cornbread dressing! Yum. And broccoli casserole. And homemade rolls. Creamed corn. So much goodness.

  66. I love the fried turkey, the sweet potato casserole and the dressing!!! Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!

  67. Courtney L says:

    My mother’s dressing!!

  68. For me it’s the combination of flavors that’s unique to Thanksgiving that I look forward to: Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, green olives, sweet potato casserole. Most of that is eaten at other times of the year individually, but only at Thanksgiving are they all together and oh so good.

    We do, however, have a few non turkey eaters in the house, so we always have a ham, too!

  69. Moms cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce!

  70. Cornbread dressing! Salty and buttery comfort food!

  71. I would be totally content eating a huge bowl of stuffing for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day . . . or any other day.

  72. Fried turkey is the best! And yes, I’m a Louisiana girl ;-)

  73. My Mother’s cornbread dressing.

  74. Melissa Penton says:

    It’s hard to choose just one! I think I’ll go with sweet potato casserole! I would wash it down with our family tradition Thanksgiving drink, a brandy alexander cocktail!

  75. Tough choice… going with chocolate pecan pie.

    I am near Petit Jean. Everything they do is good.

  76. Pamela Sue says:

    My moms yams and I can’t lie….a glass or two of good Pinot Noir!

  77. Aunt Annie says:

    Devilled eggs:)

  78. Dressing, the one I make with dried bread mixed with sage and onions and celery and eggs and pure turkey broth.

  79. Deborah Jurgensen says:

    Cornbread dressing!

  80. Momma’s famous cornbread dressing.

    Can’t wait!

  81. Michelle L says:

    I love all the different sides, but when it comes down to it I choose dessert- pecan pie!

  82. karen fallarme says:

    my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the stuffing!

  83. It’s funny how your own family’s food tastes best on a holiday even if, in reality, it’s not as good as someone else’s food! I love all Thanksgiving/holiday food. (Let’s be real-all food) But what I definitely what to have every year at Thanksgiving is my momma’s broccoli casserole. And now, that we are celebrating our second Thanksgiving without her, it’s totally non-negotiable! :)

  84. Pistachio fruit salad.

  85. This is an easy one :) First, take mashed potatoes and arrange into a bowl-ish structure. Then, fill bowl-ish structure with corn, turkey and gravy. Top off with sides of stuffing, cottage cheese and a roll slathered in peanut butter, and you’ve got yourself an amazing Thanksgiving feast!

  86. I love Ruffles and French onion dip.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  87. Only one!?! Ham, turkey, dressing and sweet potato casserole!

  88. Desserts!!!

  89. Elizabeth Cisneros says:

    Cornbread dressing!!! No gravy. Hashbrown casserole is a close second. Although I love turkey and ham, which are certainly supposd to be the basis of the Thanksgiving feast, I usually end up not eating more than a bite or two of each, because I have to concentrate on all the delicious sides. Plus, I feel that I should carb-load in preparation for the next day’s shopping marathon.

  90. Corn Casserole and Sweet Potato Soufflé

  91. It depends in whose family we are spending thanksgiving with. If it’s my family, I most look forward to my grandmother’s dressing. If we are spending it with my in law’s, I most look forward to my father in law’s fried turkey! Delish!

  92. Everything! But if I have to choose I guess it would be turkey, homemade cornbread dressing and giblet gravy. Yes, they should be a package deal. ;-) And since I’m here in Arkansas, it shouldn’t take the Petit Jean folks long at all to ship that haunch of smoked pork perfection to me. :-)
    *waves at Sophie and Sister*

  93. Favorite part of thanksgiving? Being with family. Oh, and the pumpkin cake dessert ain’t half bad, either! ;)

  94. Sweet potatoes!

  95. My mom’s dressing–yum!

  96. Oh yum…my favorite is the dressing (or stuffing, depending on where you live). But please, NO NO NO to the giblets. Then again, Gulliver’s Corn Casserole at 5 bazillion calories per bite is beyond delicious, too.

  97. Pecan pie!!!

  98. Laurel T. says:

    Cornbread dressing w/giblet gravy.

  99. Elizabeth says:

    Candied yams!!

  100. The veritable smorgasbord of goodness, topped with pie. I love it all. So, so good. Thanks “Sopie”!!!