Mom’s Pork and French Onion Soup for the Holidays

So…I’m back, after a year long hiatus. I had 2 long breaks during Christmas and New Years with Bill and decided to pull out my camera out and start taking pictures and blogging again. Sue gave me a recipe card binder for my housewarming and along with the recipe book that DGJ (Sarah, this is what I call my oldest sister. I know you’re reading this) gave me a while back, I felt motivated to pick up that knife and cook again…Not that I didn’t cook, but I just haven’t “cook cooked” for a long time…you know what I mean.

I made a pavlova during the Christmas break and it actually turned out really well. I think I’ll make another one and post about it soon. It’s quite unfortunate that I didn’t take any decent pictures of the Pavlova that I can post up here, but it was good. That is all.

Back to the New Year’s dinner, I decided to make my mom’s picnic shoulder. It’s like a glazed ham, but instead of ham, we used a smoked picnic shoulder. Like this one:

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I hope mom doesn’t see the price tag on this thing.

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I boiled the shoulder in water for 1.5 hours, took it out and smothered honey all over it. After another hour in the oven, we got something that looked like this:

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I also made French onion soup for dinner. Gruyere was sold out at Loblaw’s so I just got some Swiss Cheese:

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I actually don’t know anything about cheese.

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French Onion Soup Ingredient #1: Onions

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Fresh Thyme and Bay Leaf

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$3.99 Sherry Wine at Loblaw’s

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Lastly, you’ll need a handy peeler. (Jealous?)

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Finished Product and……..

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Thanks for reading everyone. I have some more photos and recipes that I want to post here, but I’ll wait until next week. I have some reading that I’m behind in for CGA and blogging is a great way to procrastinate.

In my next post, you’ll find out how I failed at making creme brulee!