I know I have shared this with you before, but it’s worth repeating. My mother-in-law, Mary Jeffers is a wonderful cook. When I married Mark she gave me a recipe card book with all of Mark’s favorite dishes. I remember looking at this binder filled with 60 or more recipes in it and thinking, Make Mark’s favorite recipes? Wait… I really don’t even know how to cook. I mean I can make a mean grilled cheese, or fry up some minute steaks and pour some canned gravy over them, but make Chicken a L’ Orange, or Linguine with Clam Sauce, French chocolate Pie? Uh oh… I’m in trouble.
Growing up in Northeast Ohio in a very small Farming and Steelmill town, I wasn’t exposed to a variety of fancy meals. My mom wasn’t the greatest cook. Don’t get me wrong, she had her staples and that’s what we had for dinner every week. You know, Sloppy Joes, Beef Vegetable Soup, Meatloaf, Pan Fried Steaks or if it was summer, Fried Green Tomatoes, Corn on-the-Cob, and BLT’s. We were a big beef eating family. Chicken… WHAT? My mom made chicken once a year. When it was time for Daddy’s company picnic, she would go to the Sparkle Market(the only grocery store in town) and buy a mini-charcoal grill, a package of chicken and a bottle of Open Pit.. Vola! And Seafood? Please… I didn’t even know what fish was except for canned tuna or salmon. Mom would make a concoction of tuna, noodles, and canned soup with crushed potato chips on top or Lord help us all when she would make Salmon Patties with this white congealed sauce on top YUCK!
So now I was faced with making dishes I have never heard of. HELP!! Mary worked so hard on the binder. Every recipe hand written beautifully and organized. I gave her a big hug and with a deer in headlights smile said “Thank you, I can’t wait to start cooking for Mark”! When I got home later that night, I pulled the binder out and started reading recipe after recipe. I was thinking, What am I going to do? Is he really going to expect me to cook like his mother? I mean, I have sat at her beautiful dining room table and she has served Honey-Glazed Cornish Hens with Risotto, Steamed Asparagus, and Coconut Cream Pie for dessert.
And then I came across this recipe. I knew I could make it! I have been making these sandwiches for 23 years now and it’s one of my favorites. Yes, I know what you are thinking… I can make everything in the binder and I would like to think I am as good a cook as my mother-in-law!
I hope it becomes one of your favorites too!
Enjoy and Happy cooking,
2 pounds cold cut ham, chipped
1/2 bottle of ketchup
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. yellow mustard
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
Mix together all ingredients except ham. In a large skillet cook sauce to boiling point, add ham. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until ham is heated thoroughly.
Serve on hamburger buns.
- Classic Deviled Ham, $1.70 (frugalhausfrau.wordpress.com)