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Wished I had posted this sooner, but instead of film-themed wine, how about film-themed HAM with a smokey bourbon-based glaze? And it's cheap too! And your relatives will love it, although that may be the bourbon. (add additional to their taste) 1 inexpensive sale supermarket shank or butt fully cooked ham (ready to cook full ham would be be better, but they're not as easy to find) These are on sale RIGHT NOW. Glaze the ham with this Mustard & Whiskey Glaze, modified from a recipe from the Virtual Weber Bullet site: 3 1/2 tablespoons JST Brown bourbon-- (“Preacher! Go on down and get me some bourbon. J. T. S. Brown. No ice, no glass.”) * Fast Eddie Felder (Paul Newman, 1961) 1/4 teaspoon molasses 1/4 teaspoon maple syrup 1 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice revise to taste. When it's right, you'll know. Feel free to experiment. If JSP Brown can't be found, substitute with the more expensive Elijiah Craig (preferred), or the more refined and caramel-flavored Old Forester Signature 100 proof, and reduce the molasses and maple syrup. For a bonded bourbon, JSP Brown has a dusty, cherry flavor. It's OK and it saves $. Since the ham marked fully cooked is in fact fully cooked, it's just a question of adding more light smoke flavor, so give it about an hour at 325 degrees, then add the glaze for another 30 minutes. If necessary. if the dinner is somewhere else, oven warm or microwave at the location (and add more baste). I've always used a charcoal grill or smoker for this recipe to provide a little more smoke flavor. Light flavored smoke wood like apple or cherry is preferred. Additional hickory might turn this ham into smokey bacon.
I finally saw FAMILY PLOT to complete my course viewing and I really enjoyed it. I thought all the characters were well cast and the performances excellent. And humor was rampant. I especially liked the following bits of food related humor (FRENZY has wonderful food humor as well): 1. The scene where George (Bruce Dern) and Blanche (Barbara Harris) are at the kitchen table eating hamburgers and arguing with their mouths full of food. George even spits some food out while he's talking (reminding me of the inspector in FRENZY who spits out one of his wife's culinary creations when she leaves the room). 2. The scene where Bruce and Barbara are waiting at the mountain cafe waiting for Joe Maloney and George is drinking beers and burps rather loudly. 3. Arthur (William Devane) and Fran (Karen Black) are speaking over the intercom to the Bishop they kidnapped prior to releasing him for the ransom and when asked if he's ready the Bishop says he hasn't finished eating his chicken. I loved the slapstick car chase scene down the mountain road, especially the part where Blanch is panicked and starts choking George with his necktie (FRENZY?) as well as sticking her legs upward (reminding me of the corpse in the potato truck in FRENZY). This film has so many classic Hitch elements. For me I think Hitch was really just having fun with this film (maybe more than any of his other films). One last bit of trivia/humor. There is a street sign prominently featured in one shot near the apartment where Arthur and Fran live and one of the streets is BATES AVE (I don't need to say what this references).