We don't always have a theme but back in March I was totally geeked to do a Route 66 thing. My trouble began when BBQ ribs was the only entree I could come up with and ribs for 12 just wasn't going to happen. So, I substituted ham and kept the other foods "along the route."
My search for a really good ham lead me (total credit for the leading part goes to my pal, Sue Ross) to Montello's in Holland, MI. It's a real butcher shop, y'all. The meat they carry and process is as local as you can get. Nice people, too.
First off, let me just say that as the hostess I got way too busy to properly photograph this event. You'll notice I never got a shot of the table.
Also, a big, fat "thank you" to Petey. He prettied up the yard and did a lot of running for me. He went way beyond the call of duty; I lost count after 5 on how many trips he made to various stores.
We decided to do appetizers on the back porch. When I say "we" I mean me. It was genius!
|Olives from Montage downtown.|
|Trail mix from the grocery store.|
|Hard to tell but that "white square" is coconut curry cheese spread. Cream cheese/curry on the bottom followed by mango chutney, chopped nuts, cilantro, green onions and coconut. OMG!|
|And now (drum roll, please), may I present to you the best, best ham IN THE WORLD! Not your average "salt lick" as Tony at Montello's said. Worth every penny. Stop over for a sammie; we have plenty left.|
|Remember the part about me not taking enough pictures? Well I totally forgot about the salad Paula brought; avocado/citrus. It was killer. You can see I remembered later on to snap the side dishes. This is the cheesy corn casserole provided by Becky.|
|Wow, almost missed the asparagus that Melissa brought.|
|We finished off the evening with this totally decadent tres leche cake that my buddy, Joy, made. Kill me now!|