An 8.6 pound ham is a bit of a commitment for two people.  Ham sandwiches last night, sliced ham tonight.  I think tomorrow a good portion is going to be vacuum-packed and placed in the freezer.  I want fried ham this Sunday.  Besides veal cutlets and dirty potatoes, nothing can invoke my father more than fried ham.  And french bread toast.  It’s just amazing how some foods can conjure up someone.  Not that we ever has “spiral cut” hams growing up.  Back in the dark ages, ham came in a funny-shaped can you opened with a metal key.  (Coffee cans were opened the same way).  Fond memories, indeed.

But back to the present…

I had sweet potatoes, I had carrots, I had mushrooms, I had asparagus, and I had fresh herbs.  I had our side dish.

I peeled one sweet potato and one large carrot.  Sliced both and nuked them for about 5 minutes.  I then put them into a buttered casserole with the mushrooms and asparagus, chopped dill, rosemary, basil, and oregano, salt and pepper.  That went into a 400º oven for about 15 minutes.

The fresh herbs from the garden were great.  Veggies perfectly cooked.

And there’s Buttermilk Cake for dessert tonight.

I can’t wait for Sunday!