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Plan Your Easter Ham Gift Promotions

Easter

Easter is here, and it’s the perfect time of year to reward both customers and employees alike. Ham is a Spring tradition, and here at  gThankYou we make giving the gift of ham both simple and rewarding.

It’s never been easier to order. You can visit our website for Ham Certificates, Turkey Certificates, and even for Groceries! We are also available to take your order over the phone, seven days a week. Give us a call at (888) 484-1658.

Our certificates are all about gratitude, and we go the extra mile to make sure our customers know it. We offer free Enclosure Cards with every order, and with dozens upon dozens of designs to choose from, we know you’ll be able to find the perfect card for the occasion. We also offer free customization of your favorite Enclosure Card, with a personal message and even your company logo.

gThankYou Certificates of Gratitude are a wonderful way to remind employees and customers that you are thinking of them this Spring. Give the gift of a delicious ham this Easter, we will make the entire process a breeze.

To learn about building a culture of appreciation in your workplace this Spring, download our free guide to “Workplace Gratitude” and start sharing your gratitude today!

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About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
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Delight Employees this Spring with gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates

gThankYou! Ham Gift CertificateSpring has officially started, even though there’s still snow on the ground in a lot of areas. It’s time for spring break, planning Easter with relatives, and thinking about summer plans for the family.  Your employees and clients have weathered the long winter season with you, so it’s time to show them some well deserved appreciation. Why not delight everyone with a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate to be enjoyed with family and friends this spring holiday season.

gThankYou! Makes Showing Your Workplace Gratitude Easy

With gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates, you don’t have to worry about the logistics or coordination of ordering, storing, and distributing a truckload of hams to show you care.  Call us at 888-484-1658 or order online and have your Certificates of Gratitude as fast as tomorrow morning.  We offer free “Thank You” cards to go with your order which can be personalized with your message and company logo if desired.  Click here to see our Spring Thank You Card designs.  We send you a proof for your approval.  It’s that easy.

Spring "Thank You" CardAll varieties of gThankYou! Gift Certificates are good for any Brand of merchandise selected, at virtually any grocery store nationwide.  Recipients love the convenience to buy what they want, where and when they want.  You’ll love how easy it is to share your workplace gratitude.

In this economy, employees especially appreciate practical gifts that can be shared with family and friends as shown in research by consumer and corporate incentives company Parago.

Share our FREE Ham Cookbook!

Please enjoy and tell recipients about our FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook.  The perfect complement to a thoughtful gift of a gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate. Download the cookbook now by clicking on the image below. 

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This cookbook can also be found and downloaded from the gThankYou! website under the “Information for Recipients” tab.

Want to get creative when distributing your spring ham gift certificates? Combine your gift with another to engage colleagues and have fun at work too, such as:

  • Offer a cooking class on great glazes for ham or easy sides to go with a ham dinner.
  • Send recipients home with an apron imprinted with the company logo.
  • Throw a quick afternoon party to publicly recognize great work and share your gratitude with the workplace.
  • Allow employees to delight top customers or clients with the unexpected gift of a Ham Gift Certificate.

So this spring, build loyalty, engagement and delight with the unexpected gift of a Ham for the spring holidays.  gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates make it easy for you to share your workplace gratitude, and are loved by recipients.

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime. gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin. Contact: Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog – “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

5 Easy Holiday Ham Leftovers Your Family Will Love

First, a universal truth: the best way to enjoy holiday ham leftovers may be straight out of the refrigerator, bits of crunchy glaze still clinging to the edges.

But there is the old saying that eternity might be defined as two people and a ham. After a few late night snacking binges, you may want to do something more substantial with that beautiful holiday ham.  After all, you may still have family visiting so why not try these easy and delicious ways to make the most of your ham leftovers, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch — or another midnight snack!  Your family and friends will thank you.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole from Eating Well

Breakfast casseroles are among the most forgiving of family-friendly dishes. Put whatever you have lying around the fridge, from bell peppers and caramelized onions to broccoli and asparagus, into a casserole like this one from EatingWell, and it’s a good bet it will be delicious.

Even better for post-holiday noshing, this casserole is “light,” made healthier “primarily by losing a few egg yolks and using nonfat milk. Gruyère cheese has a delicious, nutty aroma and flavor, which means that with the relatively small amount in this recipe you still get a big impact.” What a great way to start your morning.

Baked Croque Monsieur

Toaster oven croque monsieur photo by Daisy Bun

Toaster oven croque monsieur photo by Daisy Bun

Warm, gooey and sinfully simple to make, Ina Garten’s croque monsieur sandwich is baked in the oven with a bit of Dijon mustard for spice.

Mini Cuban Sandwiches

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Mini Cuban Sandwiches from Food52, photo by bigpan

What makes a great Cuban sandwich something people will drive across town for is that combination of spicy mustard, sour pickles, salty and sweet ham and juicy pork.

These mini versions from Food52, are “easy to make (and) delicious to eat … good for kids or adults.” The recipe author says they can be made ahead and eaten cold or reheated, and the mini version is perfect for a crowd.

Macaroni and Cheese with Country Ham

Mac and cheese with ham from Saveur, credit Ben Fink

The idea of putting everything and anything into macaroni and cheese isn’t new. There’s mac and cheese pizza in WisconsinZingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor has no fewer than a half-dozen variations on the menu at any time: pimento bacon macaroni, an andouille sausage mac, a version with smoked chicken, fresh corn, green chiles and monterey jack, “three peppercorn goat cheese” and a baked ziti with heirloom tomato sauce and fresh herbs.

This marvelous version from Saveur, ideal for ham leftovers, adds cayenne pepper for a little kick and repurposes leftover biscuits for a buttered crumb topping.

Shirred Eggs and Ham

Break out the cast iron skillet for this filling, simple breakfast.

Shirred Ham by Mary Britton Senseney

Shirred Ham and Eggs by Mary Britton Senseney

Shirred eggs are simply eggs baked with heavy cream, tomato sauce and, of course, your leftover ham cut to fit the skillet. This recipe, republished on Huffington Post, comes from The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes (2012). Not counting the time it takes to heat up the oven, these eggs and ham take only five minutes.

For more leftover ham recipe suggestions, download our popular “Holiday Ham Guide” today. Just click the image below!

Holiday Ham Guide

 About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

5 Great Ways to Glaze your Holiday Ham

There’s a reason everyone hovers in the kitchen while Christmas dinner is cooking. Few things make the mouth water like a succulent holiday ham, pleasantly salty and covered in a sinfully sticky glaze.

Most holiday hams available at the grocery store come already smoked, ready to warm up and eat. But adding a glaze can give your ham a little extra something, a layer of flavor and decadence that will have your guests begging for the leftovers.

Below are five great ways to glaze your holiday ham, from the classic pineapple-studded version to a more savory mustard-based glaze. Give one of these recipes a try this year with your holiday ham and make your dinner party one to remember.

Holiday Ham - Pineapple-Glazed Ham on Parade

Pineapple-Glazed Ham on Parade, photo by boodoo on Flickr.com

Pineapple and ham is a wonderful sweet-and-salty combination so well-established, it’s become a standard pizza topping. Parade Magazine’s recipe starts with a bone-in smoked Virginia ham and makes a sweet-spicy glaze using four cups of pineapple juice, peeled fresh ginger and four cloves of garlic.

With flavors of cloves, Dijon mustard and light brown sugar, the finishing touch is a geometric pattern of pineapple rings and bright red maraschino cherries.

Holiday Ham - Bill's Honey Ham from Penzeys Spices

Bill’s Honey Ham from Penzeys Spices

Bill’s Honey Ham from Penzey’s Spices smells and tastes wonderful, thanks to whole Ceylon cloves studding the meat. Bill’s glaze is a sweet and spicy blend of orange juice, a proprietary sauce called “Raspberry Enlightenment,” black pepper, honey, dill and mustard powder.

Holiday Ham - Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham from Sandra Lee

Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham from Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee makes holiday ham simple with a glaze reviewers call “a huge hit,” “fast and easy” and “the best glaze I have ever had on a ham.”

You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already, too: bourbon or whiskey, honey, molasses, 100 percent fruit marmalade (apricot preserves work in a pinch) and whole cloves. And while you have the bourbon out, whip up some amaretto bourbon punch — Martha Stewart Living calls it “robust” yet “mellow.”

Holiday Ham - Ham in Coca Cola from Nigella Lawson

Ham in Coca Cola from Nigella Lawson

“Only those who have never tried this raise an eyebrow at the idea,” writes Nigella Lawson, who has published a recipe for ham in Coca-Cola in at least two of her cookbooks: the classic “How to Eat” and her namesake “Nigella Bites.” “Don’t hesitate,” she adds, “don’t be anxious: this really works. No one who cooks it, cooks it just once: it always earns a place in every repertoire.”

Beyond sounding delicious in a delightfully low-brow way, ham in cola also looks nearly impossible to mess up. The only ingredients are ham, onion, Coke, cloves, molasses (which Nigella, being British, calls “treacle”), mustard powder and brown sugar. It involves a little bit of boiling, but the results sound divine.

Holiday Ham - Honey Mustard Glazed Ham from CHOW

Honey Mustard Glazed Ham from CHOW

With all the sweetness in a holiday ham from things like brown sugar, molasses, honey and cola, it’s nice to cut it a little bit with the spiciness of a good ground mustard. CHOW’s recipe for honey mustard ham is the simplest of them all, with only four elements in addition to ham — and one of them is butter.

With its “crunchy, sweet crust and juicy interior,” according to CHOW’s Amy Wisniewski, “all you need to worry about is getting a good-quality ham.”

Check out our free “Holiday Ham Guide” and start planning your ham dinner today.

Holiday Ham Guide

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Free Holiday Ham Cookbook by gThankYou!

Free Holiday Ham Cookbook

FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook
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gThankYou! is happy to present our new free “Holiday Ham Guide,” just in time for your holiday menu planning! It is an informative read when you want ideas to plan the perfect ham.

Our “Holiday Ham Guide” explains in easy detail how to select, cook, and serve the tastiest ham dinner for your holiday meal. Whatever your favorite type of ham, baked, grilled, fried, or boiled, use our guide for everything you need to know about ham, from glazing to cooking to carving to leftovers, and even what to do with a ham bone.

Whether you’ve been cooking ham for years or have never prepared a ham dinner before, our handy guide provides useful instruction and ideas to help you prepare and serve the best holiday meal ever!

Take a look at what you’ll find in our free “Holiday Ham Guide,” your how-to manual for the most appealing and delicious holiday dinner:

Getting Started

Everything you need to know if you’ve never cooked a ham before is in the first section of our guide. We explain what ham is, what types of ham there are and how they’re prepared for market, and how to choose a ham. Do you know how to thaw a frozen ham before cooking it? We explain that too.

Cooking the Ham

Read about different cooking methods for your holiday ham, including baking, boiling, grilling, smoking, and deep-frying, and how to properly perform each method.

Learn about different glazes and how to prepare them for the tastiest, most flavorful holiday ham ever.

We also give you tips for cooking that make preparing your ham easier and neater, such as protecting the grill from glaze drippings for quicker clean up, and not over filling the fryer with oil if frying.

Holiday Ham Guide - From Fine Cooking

From Fine Cooking

The Fine Points

Here we go over the fine points of cooking ham to help you with all the details. We tell you about carving your ham when it comes out of the oven, what tools to use to best prepare a ham dinner, and how to use leftovers (they make delightful appetizers, casseroles, and pot pies!), including how to use the ham bone.

Additional Resources

Our “Holiday Ham Guide” provides additional resources such as information about the best side dishes and appetizers to prepare and serve with your ham, sources for ham recipes, and popular recipe sites. We’ve prepared so many ideas and so much inspiration here, you’ll have no problem planning a mouth-watering menu for your best holiday meal ever.

Check out our FREE “Holiday Ham Guide” and start planning your special ham dinner today. You and your guests will be delighted!

Holiday Ham Guide

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

One Ham Bone, Three Great Soup Recipes

Just like I’ll fight (nicely, of course) the other cooks at the Thanksgiving table for possession of that flavorful turkey carcass — such a great way to make stock — I do the same at Easter for the ham bone.

These rainy April days are the perfect time to take that ham bone out of the freezer and put it to good use for some great tasting and heart warming comfort food.

Bean soups especially benefit from a long simmer with a ham bone, whether or not there’s much meat left on it. If there is, that’s just a bonus; slice it off at the end and add it to the soup.

Allow at least two hours for each of these soups, and know that they’re just as good reheated for lunch.

SPLIT PEA SOUP

One of my favorite spring soups is split pea, that hearty staple, even better when it’s studded with bits of ham. Ina Garten’s recipe for split pea soup, taken from the original Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, is a simple and delicious way to start.

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To use your ham bone in this recipe, submerge it in the soup during the last 40 minutes of cooking. Depending how much meat comes off  the bone, you may be able to reuse it if you refrigerate it between uses.

NEW ORLEANS RED BEANS AND RICE

Red Beans & Rice

John Besh’s beautiful, coffee table-worthy cookbook, “My New Orleans,” is 384 engaging pages of stories, recipes and Southern inspiration.

I first made this fragrant pot of red beans and rice on Super Bowl Sunday, with the justification that the game was being played in New Orleans, and so red beans and rice were perfectly appropriate.

This simple recipe starts with the trinity (green pepper, celery, onion) and gets flavor not only from smoked ham hocks, but also from bacon fat, cayenne pepper and, of course, Louisiana-made Tabasco sauce. The red beans freeze well, too.

HAM BONE SOUP

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

Everything is better with bacon, and that includes Melissa Clark’s simple ham bone soup, adapted from an old Junior League cookbook. According to Clark’s piece in The New York Times, “The soup was simple: boil a bone with beans and a bay leaf, and dinner was done.”

Add a green salad and some crusty bread and you have a wonderful meal to share and savor!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Ham FREE eBook: Spring Ham Primer

gThankYou! is excited to announce our free eBook,
“A Spring Ham Primer”.

gThankYou! Spring Ham Primer

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We believe a glazed ham is the perfect centerpiece for a spring party or holiday celebration. If you’ve never cooked one before, gThankYou! is here to help with this quick step-by-step guide on how to cook your ham, as well as suggestions for side dishes and additional places to look for great recipes.

Novice or seasoned pro, you’ll find useful tips and resources in this handy Ham Primer.  gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificates are a popular employee gift this time of year.  Share this free Primer with recipients, include one of our free personalizable spring-themed enclosure cards and make your Certificate of Gratitude gift truly special!

Here’s a peek at our “A Spring Ham Primer” Table of Contents:

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. How to Choose and Cook a Spring Holiday Ham
2. Great Ways to Glaze
3. Recipes
4. Super Side Dishes for Spring Ham
5. Resources

Download your free copy now by clicking this link:
“Spring Ham Primer”

For more recipes and “how to” posts about Ham, be sure to check out the links to these popular gThankYou! posts.  More posts are available under the “Ham Recipes” category so check them out and let us know what you like!

More Ham Posts!

Please enjoy your new Ham Primer and let us know about your spring ham feast!

Bon Appétit !

The gThankYou! Team

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey, or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

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Ham Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining

A holiday ham doesn’t have only one part to play in your end-of-the-year celebrations. Check out these great appetizer ideas for passing around at family gatherings — all finger food and easy to execute.

Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

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From Ina Garten, The Food Network.

This is one of my favorite holiday appetizers. It starts with premade puff pastry and comes out of the oven bubbling and delicious. (I especially like it because it doesn’t involve filling little individual quiche cups or wrapping dozens of shrimp in bacon. Who has time?)

You can vary the cheese — cheddar is great for a more kid-friendly version, as is part-skim mozzarella — and any hard cheese could substitute for Gruyere.

Smoked Ham Roll-ups

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From Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats.

This is another take on the “make something big and cut it into small bites” school of appetizer cooking. You could skip the horseradish, add some chopped sundried tomatoes to the cream cheese or augment with green onions for color and a little onion flavor.

Deviled Ham Sandwiches

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From Lisa Lavery on CHOW.com.

Deviled ham comes together quickly in a food processor, blended with pickle relish, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise and spices. Recipe author Lisa Lavery says to served the ham “with fancy crackers, or enjoy it on bread for a departure from the everyday ham sandwich.”

Bonus: This can be made three days ahead, to give you more time for other things on the day of the party.

Mini Buttermilk Biscuits with Ham, Arugula and Fig Preserves

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From Louisa’s Catering on GroupRecipes.com.

Feel free to cheat on the buttermilk biscuit part of these tasty little sandwiches, a riff on the classic fig/ham combination commonly found in tapas form (usually with a cured ham, like Parma or prosciutto). Fresh arugula lends crunch and a touch of spice, while the fig preserves go beautifully with the saltiness of the ham.

Mini Frittatas with Ham and Cheese

From Cooking Light.

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Credit Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

These bite size frittatas will require the purchase of a mini-muffin pan if you don’t already have one. But they’re savory, surprisingly light (even with regular instead of reduced-fat ham) and so simple to make, that could be a worthy investment.

Made with onions, chives,  cheddar and egg, these taste great hot and at room temperature, so they’re a cinch to make ahead.

Have fun entertaining!  Merry Christmas one and all!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.

Christmas Ham: 5 Wonderful Recipe Sites

When it’s time to find the best recipe for a holiday ham, most new cooks will turn to the usual suspects: the Food Network, Epicurious.com, or—even faster—Google.

But there are great recipe websites that fly a little bit under the radar. Use these five sites to make the most of your Christmas ham, whether it’s the centerpiece of a feast or the filling for a fantastic breakfast quiche.

From Fine Cooking

From Fine Cooking

1. Fine Cooking

This magazine might fly under the radar a bit, but it’s a treasure trove of excellent recipes. On the website, find a fine-looking bourbon and orange glazed ham, another with cherry-pomegranate glaze, and a handy guide on how to choose a ham.

2. Donna Hay

Donna Hay is a cookbook author and food personality in Australia, so don’t feel like you should have heard of her if you don’t follow the Aussie food scene. Her recipe for a ham glazed with whiskey, marmalade, and mustard, studded liberally with cloves, looks like the holidays on a plate.

Harry and David's ham from Serious Eats

Harry and David’s ham from Serious Eats

3. Serious Eats

From Serious Eats

From Serious Eats

Perhaps known better for its taste tests and reviews of burgers and pizza, Serious Eats is a New York-based blog that translates easily to the rest of the country.

Start with the article about how to pick and cook a holiday ham (including, of course, taste-tester feedback). Then browse the site for recipes for everything from maple-glazed city ham to Southern-style country ham and biscuits. There’s even a column on what beer to drink with your ham.

4. Syrup and Biscuits

Who better to teach newbies how to make a fantastic, flavorful ham than the cooks in the South? Alabama native Jackie Garvin is the force behind this blog (which has the tagline “Sweet. Simple. Sustaining.”). She offers recipes for fresh ham (or a slow-cooker shoulder roast), baked and glazed ham, and a Swiss and ham pie she serves on Christmas Eve.

5. Tasty Kitchen

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Photo credit: Ree Drummond

Tasty Kitchen, which describes itself as “a cooking community,” is a great place to look when you’re ready to use leftovers (though there is a recipe for ham in a slow cooker, plus a homemade honey-baked ham that’s cheaper than the premade version, and probably better, too).

Check out the recipe for Hoppin’ John (if you eat it on New Year’s, it’s supposed to bring you luck!) and “Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond’s recipe for scalloped potatoes and ham.

When you are ready to carve and serve your Christmas Ham, check out How to Cook, Glaze and Carve a Holiday Ham for pointers from the pro’s!

Quick tip: Stay away from AllRecipes — the recipes aren’t vetted and can get an amateur into trouble. And a bonus! Portraits of all 44 presidents with ham. You’re welcome.

Merry Christmas!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

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How to Cook, Glaze and Carve a Holiday Ham

Few centerpieces are more anticipated than a perfectly pink holiday ham, glazed with a spiky coarse mustard and sweet fruit preserves, and sliced into lovely petals.

But if you’re cooking a ham for the first time, getting from the package in the grocery store to that beautiful Christmas Day dinner-table picture can seem like a daunting journey. So, for the newbie, this is our ham primer.

Nueske's spiral sliced bone-in ham

Nueske’s spiral sliced bone-in ham

Start with a cured or smoked (precooked) ham. (You can definitely make a fresh one, but today let’s leave that to the more experienced cooks.)

The most popular kind of ham is a city ham. Much like a brined Butterball turkey, city hams are wet-cured, injected with a mixture of salt, seasonings and curing agents. An article on Real Simple claims that “bone-in city hams tend to be moister and more flavorful than the boneless variety,” though both come ready to eat.

Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Ham

Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham

Country ham is favored in the south. These hams are dry-cured with a salt/seasoning rub, then smoked and aged. Real Simple explains, “salty and chewy, the intensely flavored meat is usually served with biscuits or incorporated into casseroles and salads. It’s sold both uncooked and cooked, and mostly bone-in.”

Bon Appétit recommends getting a ham with “some kind of bone in it. It will give you a sense of where to take the ham’s temperature to determine doneness (see below), plus, that leftover bone will bring a soup or pot of beans to the next level.”

According to a Rachael Ray how-to, “spiral hams cook faster because the heat penetrates better.” Either way, if you have a whole ham, be prepared to dedicate your oven to it for a good chunk of time.

Alton Brown, the lovable science-geek chef on the Food Network, recommends warming a precooked ham for three to four hours at a low temperature (250°F) under foil, then increasing the heat, adding a brown sugar/bourbon glaze and then upping the heat (350°F) for a final hour.

A classic holiday ham recipe on Chow.com estimates five hours of cooking and prep time, using a temperature of 325°F. The Neelys’ recipe is a little faster, about three hours for a 14-pound ham at 350°F. Choose a recipe that fits your time frame; remember that the ham will smell wonderful while it cooks!

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Photo by Zach DeSart

Choose a glaze for your ham, usually a combination of something savory or spicy, like mustard, cloves, garlic or ginger, and something sweet, like orange juice, pineapple, fresh or dried figs or even Coca-Cola. The glaze usually goes on in the last 60 to 30 minutes of cooking.  Check out our recent post, 5 Ways to Glaze a Holiday Ham, for more recipe ideas.

Finally, carve your ham. If you have a spiral sliced ham, that’s already been done for you. If you don’t, look to a step-by-step guide like the one Jeffrey Elliot put together at Huffington Post, or this one from Hunter Lewis at Saveur.

For a video, watch Ron Stapleton from Stapleton’s Quality Meats demonstrate how to carve a holiday ham. And avoid some common mistakes, like drying out the ham or burning the glaze, by reading this tip sheet from Bon Appétit.

We hope these tips and resources for cooking a Holiday Ham help you enjoy cooking yours.  Happy Holidays!

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou 
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.