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Enter the Christmas Basket, 2012

In my pantry today:2012basket2

Instead of actually typing out a list of everything in the 50+lb tupperware bins my brothers and I each received from mom and dad this year, here’s a snapshot of its contents on my kitchen table. To know why this is happening check out last year’s post explaining the wonder of these baskets. In fact, these baskets warrant quoting directly from that post:

You know all those things at World Market or Big Lots you’d like to try but don’t have the disposable income to waste? SANTA’S GOT YOUR BACK! Now, this is not to say my folks are highfalutin and can slap together jaunty foodwealth like this so easily — it is a process in which three equal baskets must be compiled over the weeks or even months before the holidays. My parents are more-than-admirably steadfast in their goal of sibling equality. It is a labor of love, and one for which I will gladly go ahead and clear out some cupboards.

In lieu of writing (and/or then typing) a list of every item, I’ll share a couple photos of some of my favorite individual basket items:

2012basket_bayleaveFlavored (cooking?) Oil: I imagine I understand why this might’ve been on the clearance rack. I mean, I “bay leave” why.


OSTRIM beef/ostrich “jerkee”: This might be more respectable were it named less like a nightmare about haircuts.




Larry the Cable Guy Cheesy Tuna Dinner: To be fair, not everything in the basket is necessarily intended to be edible. I don’t give two whits what a picture of Larry the Cable Guy tells me to do with my tuna.

Hamming it Up in Hamtown, or “Who Needs an Entire BAG of Bones?”

In my pantry today:

  • 1 meaty hambone, ceremoniously frozen after its Christmas gifting from Mom and Dad
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can “Italian” flavored diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can green beans
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • 1 15 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 c leftover cabbage
  • 2 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 4 c water

Oh, the meaty hambone! It’s from one of them-there high-end holiday hams, so it’s definitely not got any such sort of canned or “poor” taste. As someone who falls under the poverty line I find this increases the flavor, and only serves to justify my “Mostly” form of vegetarianism.

Put everything in a big pot. Cook it for a day or more on L after bringing it to occasional slow boils. Make sure you also stir at intervals while inhaling deeply of its promising odor. This particular pot has been on the stove for two days and will be quite proud by that at dinner time.

5 spoons. One can nearly never best a good hambone.