The Prince George Citizen, Song Book — Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It came upon a Midnight Clear It came upon a midnight clear, That glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, good will to men, From heaven's all-gracious
King." The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing. Still through the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled,
Holiday Ham with Maple Syrup-Clove-Marmalade Glaze Courtesy “Stonewall Kitchen Winter Celebrations” (Chronicle Books, 2009) by Jonathan King, Jim Stott and Kathy Gunst ingredients 1 8- to 10-pound bone-in smoked ham (sliced or unsliced) 2 tablespoons whole cloves 2 large oranges 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup marmalade Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Trim the ham of any excess fat and place it flat side down on a rack in a large roasting pan. Using a small, sharp knife, score the ham by making a grid pattern (1/4-inch deep) across the ham at 3/4-inch intervals. (If you’re using a sliced ham, you’ll only need to make one set of cuts, perpendicular to the slices that are already there.) Poke the pointy ends of the cloves into the ham where the lines intersect, scattering any remaining cloves on the bottom of the pan. Zest the oranges, and set the zest aside in a small saucepan for the glaze. Juice the oranges directly over the ham, straining the seeds, then cover the ham with foil and bake for 2 hours, turning the pan and basting with the pan juices once or twice during cooking. Meanwhile, add the syrup and marmalade to the pan with the zest and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring.When the marmalade has melted, remove from the heat and set aside. After 2 hours, increase the oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Remove the foil, pour the glaze evenly over the ham and bake another 30 minutes uncovered, or until nicely browned.Transfer the ham to a serving platter and let it sit 15 minutes before slicing. Serve warm, drizzled with pan juices. Note: Look for smoked hams at specialty food shops and most good butchers, or in most supermarkets.You can also use a honey-cured ham, sliced or unsliced. Serves 8 to 10, with leftovers
And still their heavenly music floats O'er all the weary world; Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hovering wing, And ever o'er its Babelsounds The blessed angels sing. Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the heavenly strain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And man, at war with man, hears not The tidings which they bring; O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing!
O ye, beneath life's crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow, Look now! for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing; O rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing! For lo! the days are hastening on, By prophets seen of old, When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold, When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling, And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.
Published on Nov 26, 2010