HAM IT UP
Ham makes for a classic meal around the holidays, but it can get boring if it's the same preparation year after year. In both the initial cooking of a whole ham and the leftovers it's easier than ever to find a unique twist to classic preparations, or entirely new ideas to get culinary juices flowing. If money is tight, consider using a recipe that uses ham as one ingredient rather using a lot -- that way everyone still gets to indulge in the flavor without the big expense. Lastly, feel free to play around with what type of ham is used, even if it's different from what the recipe calls for.