bourbon maple glazed easter ham plate

Bourbon Maple-Glazed Ham {recipe}

makes 1 ham, about 8-10 servings

Ingredients

for Ham:
1 8-10 pound bone-in ham
Bourbon Maple Glaze (see just below)

for Bourbon Maple Glaze:
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup maple syrup
½ cup Bourbon
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
juice from half a lemon, approximately 2-4 tablespoons
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Directions

Start Roasting Ham:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Trim outer layer of fat on ham down to about ¼-inch thick. Using a sharp paring knife, make shallow criss-cross cuts across the surface of the ham creating a “diamond” pattern.

Place the ham in a roasting pan with sides high enough to catch juices and drippings. Cover with foil and place in oven. Roast for about 1½ to 2 hours before adding glaze. The ham will roast in total for about 2 to 2½ hours, or until the internal temperature of the ham is 140°F.

While Ham is Roasting, Make Bourbon Maple Glaze:

Whisk all of the ingredients for the Bourbon Maple Glaze in a bowl until the brown sugar is mostly dissolved (it may not dissolve all the way).

Complete Roasting the Ham:

Remove ham from oven, remove foil and save it, and brush the ham with all but about 2 tablespoons of the glaze. If you do not have a brush (I don’t), use a spoon and carefully drizzle the glaze and spread over the ham.

Continue roasting, uncovered, for another 30 minutes to an hour, or until the internal temperature of the ham is 140°F. If the glaze on the ham starts to turn too dark, cover with foil.

Remove ham from oven and let rest uncovered about 15 minutes.

RESOURCES and NOTES

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beta-carotene-juice-flat-thedeliciouslife-700
I don’t generally drink orange juice unless it’s in a mimosa, in which case I generally request my mimosa “hold the orange juice.”

But when it comes time “to juice,” the January verb, I still don’t drink straight up orange juice, but I do use very-in-season citrus and other vegetables to sneak huge, healing doses of fresh turmeric into my system.

Turmeric is one of what I call the “Super Spices,” which include cinnamon, cloves, and ginger (basically, pumpkin spice latte). The active compound in turmeric, curcumin, is what gives turmeric its yellow orange color and is what gives the spice such potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Some people drink pure fresh turmeric shots, saying it has an “earthy” flavor, but you know what else has an earthy flavor? The earth, which is made of dirt, and turmeric tastes like straight dirty dirt to me and I can’t stand it by itself. So, I have to bury turmeric’s flavor deep inside citrus juice or carrot juice or both.

Or curry.

Or, I just don’t eat turmeric at all and powerdose it in pill form.

(Ginger, on the other hand, has an intense heat, but tastes “sweet” to me.)

Recipe for my favorite “orange” juice with turmeric, below, followed by an easy visual if you’re punching out a quick juice for one.
tangerine juice and carrot clementine turmeric juice

tangerines in bowl

fresh turmeric

Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Carrot Tangerine Turmeric Juice

makes about 16 ounces of juice

Ingredients

4-6 large carrots, scrubbed (no need to peel)
2 whole peeled tangerines
2-inch piece of fresh turmeric
optional: 1-inch piece of french ginger, whole peeled lemon, spear of fresh pineapple

Directions

Wash everything and make sure they’re all dry. It’s great if the fruit and vegetables come straight out of the fridge so the juice is cold.

Send everything through the juicer one by one. I have no idea if this is important to the mechanics of the juicer, but I start with the “softest” vegetables like tangerines (and lemons) first, and end with the turmeric.

Stick your juice in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill it down before drinking it.

carrot tangerine turmeric anti-inflammatory juice

carrot tangerine turmeric anti-inflammatory juice

citrus roasted salmon
Recipe first, my personal notes and shopping resources after.
{ click for CITRUS-ROASTED SALMON with HERBS recipe }

ginger miso broth soba noodles shiitake mushrooms
The most important part of this recipe is the Ginger Miso Broth, which you will make and sip and eat all the time in so many different ways. Because it’s January, because it’s the new year, because the weather is beyond ice cold (even here in LA, where it’s not literally freezing, but for us, it’s kinda freezing), the Ginger Miso Broth is the base for a health-supporting bowl of green tea soba noodles, grilled shiitake mushrooms, broccolini, and soft-boiled eggs. { click for GINGER MISO BROTH with SOBA and SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS recipe }

green shakshuka with chard kale zucchini { click for GREEN SHAKSHUKA with CHARD, KALE, and ZUCCHINI recipe }

Jacques Torres Three Day NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies { click for JACQUES TORRES’S THREE-DAY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES recipe }

cranberry cheddar grilled cheese { click for CRANBERRY WHITE CHEDDAR BRIED GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH recipe }