Glazed Ham 101 and Mrs. Kostyra's Babkas From Martha Stewart, Author of The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics and The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics
Throughout my childhood in Nutley, New Jersey, holiday meals--and even summer picnics--often included a delicious smoked ham. My father would take special trips into Manhattan to Mr. Kurowycky's shop on the Lower East Side, which specialized in Eastern European-style cured meats. When Dad returned home, wed score the ham, brush on a thick layer of brown sugar, and bake it in the oven.
I've made many of my own trips to Kurowycky's until very recently, when the store closed. As for the hams preparation, I tinkered with the family recipe, incorporating different spices and sweeteners to create my own glaze. In this version, the spice from the yellow mustard and fennel seeds balances the brown sugar and molasses, while the fresh bay leaves wrapped around the shank bone add an ornamental and flavorful finish. --Martha Stewart
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About the Author
Martha Stewart Living
magazine was first published in 1990. Over the years, more than two dozen books have been published by the magazine’s editors.
Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of best-selling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show
, the successful daily syndicated television show.