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Valentine’s Day? Forget Chocolate
Posted By Jenny On January 22, 2013 @ 9:43 am In Pork and Beef | 9 Comments
I lied to Andy last Thursday. I called him from the car at about 5:00, which was two hours into a four-hour pick-up and drop-off marathon, and said I hadn’t had a second to think about dinner. I had thought about dinner. I had thought about it several dozen seconds that day — in the morning before I left for work, in the afternoon when I had returned from work with just enough time to wolf down a late lunch while standing in front of the fridge (thank God for string cheese) and then a few more times in between activities. “We have nothing to eat for dinner,” I told him via Bluetooth. That part wasn’t a lie. But since he’d be home from work before we’d be home from tennis/doctor/soccer, I figured he could deal with the slim pickins situation.
A few hours later we were sitting down to a frittata . (The girls, egg-haters both, had chili  that had been thawed from the freezer.) I figured it would be a bare-bones, clean-the-fridge kind of frittata, but as soon as I had a bite, I tasted it. Bentons ! How could I have forgotten? The country ham that I gave Andy for Christmas. The country ham that, when you have it around, means you are never far from a really tasty dinner. The country ham from Tennessee that David Chang and Sean Brock use in their (internationally-acclaimed) restaurant kitchens and that our friend Sean (different Sean) first shipped to us a few years ago as a thank-you gift. The ham that we keep in our freezer and deploy in the smallest amounts whenever we need a hit of smoke or depth — in pea soup , white bean soup , pasta with peas . The stuff is good. The stuff means we’re in for a treat. The stuff would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for someone you love a whole lot.*
*The waiting list can sometimes be long, your Valentine may have to be willing to accept a late gift. Also, no one’s going to stop you from ordering their bacon  either.
P.S. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, just one-clicked two of these .
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 frittata: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/what-we-can-learn-from-a-cast-iron-pan/
 chili: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/first-place-loser/
 Bentons: http://bentonscountryhams2.com/hickorysmokedcountryhams.aspx
 pea soup: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/split-pea-soup-with-ham/
 white bean soup: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/tomato-white-bean-soup/
 pasta with peas: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/could-not-have-been-easier/
 bacon: http://bentonscountryhams2.com/hickorysmokedcountrybacon-2.aspx
 these: http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Valentines-Press-Out-Book/dp/037587514X
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