When I was growing up, my mother was a terrible cook. She burned more food than most people will ever cook. It's not that she wasn't trying. She really tried to cook, she was just never taught how. Mama experimented with all different types of things. She created a green onion chicken one night that actually had a green tint to it! Our dog ran from that disaster! Luckily, my daddy was a good cook and he kept us well fed!
Mama did come up with one winning item that would bring everyone to the table. She cooked a canned ham in the crock pot. How is that different from other people? Mama's recipe had one secret ingredient...
a small glass bottle of Coca-Cola. Her recipe is very simple, and I'll post it for your viewing enjoyment.
Coca-Cola CrockPot Ham
1-Canned Ham, rinsed well
1-Tablespoon of yellow mustard
1-Small Glass bottle of Coca-Cola
Place the ham in the crock pot. Add in the yellow mustard and the bottle of Coca-Cola and cook on low heat 4 hours.
It's just that simple, but the flavor is wonderful. Mama would cook the ham (sometimes as long as overnight), and make some macaroni and cheese. That food would fly off our dining room table faster than you would believe! It was a family favorite back then, and it still is today. Mama makes it exactly the same way. She insists on the small (green glass) bottled Coke! No exceptions are ever allowed!
Thinking back to my childhood, most of the "food" memories I have include Coca-Cola. It is written in my baby book that my uncle, who was 6 at the time, filled up my baby bottle with Coke, and had given it to me when I wouldn't stop crying. It was not my first word, but "Co-Ca" was actually in the first ten. I also remember the summers my brother and I spent with our great grandma, while our parents worked. During the dog days of a North Caroling summer, our grandma would place two of the small green bottled Cokes in the freezer and get them good and cold. We'd come inside from playing in the dirt, Grandma would wash our hands and faces, then grab those Cokes, pop off the lid, and we would sit in amazement as the liquid started to freeze. Ahhh, what great memories! Although I'm much older now, I can still get some comfort from cuddling up with a refreshing bottle of Coca-Cola.
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