Ham and corn, in two filling meals for fall
On the first chilly nights, a roast in the oven and a steaming kettle will warm the house. Select a small, boneless ham, sometimes called Daisy or nugget, which is cured and fully cooked and needs only a quick glaze and reheating. Bake the ham for 30 minutes before the initial basting with a glaze made from the pan juices. While the ham is in the oven, cook the ears of corn - there’s a lot of late-harvest produce in the markets - then steam your family’s favorite green veggies in the same pot.
Corn chowder is a bridge between warm and cool weather, featuring the sunny flavors of the fresh kernels and the hearty richness of a cold weather stew. Most chowders are thickened with a roux, a mixture of butter and flour, as we do here. Saute vegetables in a blend of oil and butter; then stir in the flour and toast it, stirring all the time, for a few minutes. This takes away the raw taste. Add milk, chicken stock, potatoes, some ham, and corn kernels. Two meals to ease the transition into fall.
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