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Mom’s ham balls Traditional item makes holiday meal complete By Kayla Hawkins oliday traditions — we all have them. It’s that time of year again when we start to think about all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for, past and present. Our holiday traditions help us keep in touch with some of those things. For some of us, like myself, it is traditional to begin to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas on Nov. 1.That is when I first start to bring out Christmas decorations. The tree usually does not go up until Thanksgiving Day or the day after, but it seems we are putting it up earlier and earlier each year. In years past it had been the job of our grandmothers to prepare for Thanksgiving. My mom assumed those responsibilities many years ago and does a fantastic job of it. Although she doesn’t have to do all the work herself anymore, she still prepares a huge dinner and sets the table with her best Haviland and silverware.We all pitch in to help prepare the meal. Mark and I usually do the turkey while others bring side dishes to the table. But Mom has the biggest job of all. She still has to fix those traditional items that have been on our table for years. Her homemade mac and cheese is to die for and her ham balls — oh, what can I say? When we start to plan the Thanksgiving menu, the first thing most of us ask is,“Is Mom making mac and cheese and ham balls?” She would dare not. Funny how she gives in to our demands. My Grandma Sadie used to make the ham balls, and they were good, but I remember my mom’s as the best. It was a toss up on which recipe to share with you this month — the mac and cheese or the ham balls. The ham balls won. No Thanksgiving table should be without them, at least in my opinion. Maybe next month she’ll let me share her secret for mac and cheese. But for now, give her ham balls a try and see if you don’t just start a new holiday food tradition,Thank you, Mom. Enjoy. AL
Mom’s ham balls Ham balls 3 pounds ham loaf 2 eggs 1/2 C milk 2 C graham cracker crumbs Sauce 1 C brown sugar 1 T dry mustard 1/2 C vinegar 1/2 C water
Directions: Mix the ham loaf, eggs, milk and graham cracker crumbs together and form into balls. Combine sauce ingredients to dissolve sugar Bake just the ham balls for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and pour sauce over the ham balls.Return to oven and bake for additional 45 minutes or till done.
Recipe provided by Kayla Hawkins, owner of Café in the Park, located on the corner of 10th Street and Riverside, Adel, 993-4121. www.iowalivingmagazines.com/adel
NOVEMBER | 2008
Adel Living 19