Cook’s Ham Give Away

The holidays are approaching and delicious meals will grace tables around the country. There’s nothing better than a yummy ham surrounded with all the trimmings. I was thrilled when a representative from Cook’s offered Mother 2 Mother a tasty ham. I browsed their site and I found so many helpful tips on hams. They have information on How To Purchase A Ham, How to Cut The Ham, How To Garnish A Ham, and the list goes on.

Cook’s Site explains the benefits and advantages of Bone In Hams, Spiral Hams, and Boneless Hams. Not only can you find delicious hams, you can find ideas on setting the table, activities to do with the kids and tips on wrapping gifts on Cook’s site too. I love the Spiral Hams. They make great sandwiches and are wonderful in casseroles.
Would you like one of Cook’s delicious hams for your Christmas dinner? You can win one here. Just leave us a post and tell us about a Dinner Disaster that you’ve experienced or witnessed while you were a guest.
I have a Dinner Disaster. I ruined my stuffing last year at Christmas dinner. I fry my turkey, so I make my stuffing as a side dish. I purchased Seasoned Salt that I normally use, and they had changed the top on the bottle. I didn’t realize they had incorporated the shaker portion of the bottle into the cap. Instead of taking the cap off and shaking the seasoning, you now have to lift the top on the cap and shake the seasoning from there. I took the cap off as I normally do, and I poured way too much seasoning into the stuffing. It was ruined. It was too late to make a store run and there was no way I could salvage the stuffing and the ingredients. Have you ever served turkey with no stuffing? Not good at a holiday meal. My family still talks about me and the fact that they couldn’t pour gravy over their mashed potatoes and stuffing.
Tell us your story and we will randomly select a winner from the posts. We will send you a coupon for a Free Cook’s Ham up to $30.00. Don’t have a Dinner Disaster, visit Cook’s and tell us which ham you will purchase if you’re the winner. Cook’s also list the stores in your area that sell their hams. Check it out.
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This give away will end December 15, 2009 at mid-night. It is open to US Residents 18+ only. Winner will have 2 days to respond to notification. Failure to respond will result in disqualification and another winner will be selected. We would like the recipient to receive the coupon so they can purchase the ham for Christmas or New Years dinner.
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  1. Brown Sugar Spiral ham

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  4. When I was a teen I cooked a whole turkey without removing the insides which inculded a pplastic package of gravy!
    talk about alot of black smokes, alarms going off & a very stinky house!

  5. Double-Glazed Spiral Sliced 🙂
    My husband's favorite!

  6. Our dinner disaster has repeated a few times, we forget something when we sit down to eat. Last Thanksgiving it was rolls, the year before it was potatoes.

  7. First christmas,hubby made the turkey but forgot to take all the stuff on the inside out!


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  12. My first turkey I ever made for Thanksgiving I had the oven set so low that the turkey wasn't done on time for everyone and we had to eat something else.  It was raw inside.

  13. I save all my ham hocks for French Market Soup:

    French Market Soup Recipe

    2 c assorted dry beans (hint – pick ones the same size so they cook evenly!)
    2 qt Water
    1 Ham hock
    1 1/4 tb Salt
    1/4 tb Pepper
    16 oz Can whole tomatoes;
    -coarsely chopped,
    – don't drain
    1 1/2 c Chopped onion
    1 Clove garlic; minced
    1 Chili pepper; chopped
    1/4 c Lemon juice

    Sort and wash the beans.  Place in a large heavy soup kettle.
    Cover with water that reaches 2 inches above the beans.
    Soak overnight.
    The following morning: Drain the beans, and add 2 qt water, ham hock, salt and pepper.
    Cover and bring to a boil.
    Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until beans are tender.
    Add remaining ingredients.
    Simmer for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Remove ham hock from the soup, take the meat from the bone, chop and return to the soup.
    Makes 2 1/2 quarts

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  17. I'd get the hickory spiral ham.  7-10 people is just about what we need!

  18. I guess I'm lucky enough not to have had any kitchen disaster yet.

    But I would choose the Classic Semi-Boneless Half Ham (Serves 15-20)if I win.

  19. I was getting everything ready to have Thanksgiving at my house.  I turned the oven on to preheat it and heard a POP.  I opened the door and discovered my heating element had broken in half!  I had to take everything I was going to bake over to my Mom's and cook it there.

  20. The Spiral Sliced Boneless Ham would be my pick

  21. Cook's Double-Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham for us please.

  22. I might win because I forgot to take out the plastic bag of nasty stuff when I roasted a turkey!

  23. I would love to get the Double Glazed Spiral ham, thanks!

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  30. I would want the Spiral Sliced ham.  Thanks!

  31. I'd love the double glazed spiral sliced 🙂

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  40. well I used pumpkin pie spice instead of poultry seasoning for a dinner where I was making some stuffing


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  52. I can't really think of a real cooking disaster, but I would definitely be purchasing the Boneless Spiral Ham if I should win!
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  53. My worst disaster was the first Thanksgiving we spent at home by ourselves as a family.  I bought a frozen turkey the night before Thanksgiving not realizing that it wouldn't be thawed out by the next morning (what was I thinking?) We would up eating a frozen pizza,


  54. I haven't ruined a holiday meal, but one Thanksgiving a long time ago, but mom made the meal but she didn't make or get any gravy.  Apparently I made her feel really badly about it….I remember just being shocked that she didn't have any….she still makes a big stink each year announcing that she made sure she got gravy for me.

  55. I would purchase ham steaks so that we could have ham year round. sharonaquilino at hotmail dot com

  56. Apparently some types of potatoes aren't meant for mashing as I found out one Thanksgiving. I don't know what kind they were but when I tried to whip them, they just turned into a sticky, runny mass. Very unappetizing and you couldn't even make an impression in them to hold the gravy.

  57. I don't see my first entry about my Turkey Dinner Disaster.  Here's the Ham that I'd choose if I win: Double-Glazed Spiral Sliced.

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  65. My husband just cooked our first family turkey in the oven.  He left the oven door open to let the pan cool off, prior to picking it up.  When my husband left the kitchen, our dog went into the kitchen and bit down into the hot turkey and pulled it out the oven and it fell on the floor!!  We both was so upset, because there went our Christmas Dinner!!  My husband took the turkey and threw it outside!!  Hours later, our dog went outside to potty, and found the turkey and ate it.

  66. I would prob pick the Double-Glazed Spiral Sliced

  67. I just came back to check my entries and noticed my 1st entry was not there, so here it is again

    I would like the Steamship Ham Roast

  68. I'd like the quartered spiral sliced ham


  69. My biggest disaster was not telling my brother and family to come half an hour before we intended to eat…so maybe they only would have been half an hour late!

  70. I would buy tboneless spiral sliced ham he

  71. I like the Spiral Sliced Boneless Ham. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  72. Not really a dinner disaster – but hopefully a dessert disaster is okay. I remember offering to bring dessert, and I decided I would bake my first apple pie. Oh I should really say that I tried to make an apple pie. It came out so bad that the crust wasn't edible. It literally needed an ice pick to break it apart. Everyone was so polite – they ate the inside like it was apple sauce.


  73. Tammy Pereira says:

    I fortunately haven't had a dinner disaster to share with you, however, if I won this contest, I would like to get the bone less Spiral Sliced ham I saw on the Cooks web site.  Thank you and Happy holidays!

  74. My dinner disaster was for Thanksgiving and I didn't cook the turkey all the way through.

  75. There was the year instead of putting gravy in the gravy boat my mother somehow filled it with grease which was poured over potates, etc. 🙂

  76. I moved to VA and not long after I had a client give me a southern ham. Little did I know that they needed to be soaked in water for a day or two to remove the salt. As a result of not soaking it, the ham was so salty you could not eat it. Lesson learned:)

  77. I make a less-than-traditional chicken parmesan using pre-cooked breaded chicken tenders. One time, I had my husband pick up the ingredients, and he picked up breaded tenders that weren't cooked. Since I just heat the tenders through, add warmed sauce, and then melt parmesan and mozzarella on top, the tenders were completely raw when I served them to my parents. Of course, we still talk about my serving them raw chicken during one of their first dinners at our house. Thanks for this giveaway!
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  78. My mashed potatoes were so runny – I was talking to people instead of paying attention to how much milk I was adding.  I have one friend who insists on retelling the story of my mashed potato soup every holiday.

  79. One Thanksgiving I served my guests mashed potatoes that were the consistency of glue!

  80. I would get the Boneless Spiral Sliced!  Yum 🙂

  81. I'd choose the double-glazed spiral sliced ham!

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  92. I'd buy the Cook’s Premium Spiral Sliced Boneless Quartered Ham 🙂 *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  93. My dad tried to make dinner for my mom's Birthday–He slightly burned this chicken pot pie and accidently used sour milk in the recipe.
    Happy Birthday Mom!

  94. The first time I fixed a turkey, it came out gorgeous — but then I realized I had cooked the "innards" and neck inside the bag inside the bird!! It was OK, but I got teased about it for years.

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  97. My worst was 3 years ago when I cooked the plastic bag of giblets in the bird. I had never cooked a turkey before so I wasn't aware of it. It smelled up the entire house family still laughs at me.

    🙂 Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! 🙂

  98. No major disasters, but this Thanksgiving I forgot to add eggs to my dressing and it turned out gooey with a strong taste of seasoning.  Everyone said they loved it, but I think they were being nice.  We love ham-thanks for the chance!

  99. I'd choose the boneless spiral sliced ham. Would be perfect for Christmas dinner.

  100. I messed up the Thanksgiving Turkey gravy the other day. I poured off ALL the liquid and then had nothing to make gravy. Thank God I had a jar of chicken gravy in my pantry.

  101. My holidya cook story was burned hands. It was my first dinner for company when I was 19. I didn't know hot peppers would burn your hands if you chopped them.

  102. I want Spiral Sliced

  103. I can't recall any major disasters at my hand (probably blocking them out!).  However, we were invited to a barbecue with another couple at their house.  They served exactly 4 hamburgers, (one for each person) 4 little servings of fries, and nothing else!  We were STARVING by the time we left!

  104. I'd get a Cook's Double-Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham if I won.

  105. Double glazed spiral sliced bone-in ham is what I would choose

  106. worse i have done is make a casserole put in the oven -back when the bulb was not covered well it -the bulb – exploded all over the casserole and it was not edible as it has peices of the light bulb in it what am ess

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  109. Would get the Double-Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham–have had it in the past and it is delicious.

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  110. Many years ago, the family gathered at my cousin's house for Christmas dinner.  It was her first time being the main cook for the meal, and when the turkey was on the table we learned that she had not realized that the giblets were in a bag inside the bird.  It wasn't really a disaster, since everything was really tasty, but she has never forgotten them since!

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  115. Trying to impress a boyfriend, many years ago, I was cake and use wax paper to line the cake pans.  The wax paper caught on fire in the oven and we had to use a fire extinquisher to put the cakes out.  Not a good impression on my abilities to cook I guess.
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  116. all of my pie crusts were a diaster nobody would eat them. i do a lot better now needless to say

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  118. I'd get a double glazed spiral ham.  We had one for Thanksgiving & it was awesome!

  119. Someone gave me a turkey bag to bake the turkey and stuffing.  There was no box and no directions, so I baked the turkey according to cookbook directions for roasting turkeys.  When my son helped me remove the turkey from the bag to the platter, the turkey broke into thousands of pieces of bone and slop onto the platter.  I've never used a turkey baking bag since.

  120. Sorry, don't have any dinner disaster stories~ So, if I were to win, I'd get a bone-in Half Ham like we do most Christmases. We *love* Cook's Ham products.

  121. No one disaster just the fact I burn every single thing that gos i my oven
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  122. I would get a boneless spiral sliced ham.

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  124. Mine is the typical Thanksgiving disaster story. I was making my first dinner for the whole family. I really wanted to impress. Instead I cooked the bag of giblets in the bird. It would have been fine except it was a plastic bag that held all the giblets. It melted inside the bird, it stunk and tasted horrible.

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  131. I would probably get the Traditional Bone-In Whole Ham.  Gotta have the bone for soup!

  132. @Jakiesmom, Thanks or stopping by.  I agree, you have to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.  When you're in college, there's nothing like being home for the holidays and having a great meal.  You do look forward to it, lol.  I'm sure you did hurt your mother's feelings.  As mothers we try to so hard to make times special, but I believe at moment she knew how special that meal was to you.  Does she have turkey for Thanksgiving?  We love comments, please visit us again.

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  139. I'd like to get Double-Glazed Spiral Sliced Bone-In Honey Ham !

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  143. my worst thanksgiving was when i was in college…i came home expecting a turkey…and my mom decided to make a ham…because there were so few of us…i was so upset…don't get me wrong..i love ham at easter and christmas…but at thanksgivng???my mom still brings it up…i think i hurt her feelings!

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  153. My Christmas disaster was as a young mom with 2 tiny kids I was thinking I was invincible and could have a HUGE CHristmas celebration and meal for my entire HUGE family. I decided on swiss steak, salads, vegetables,potatoes, and MANY desserts and homemade candy assortment. I wanted to do it ALL myself. I worked for days cleaning and had my house so nicely decorated. I did what I could ahead while the kids napped.
    Come what may, on the day of this extended family party with almost 40 people invited, we ended up with a blizzard and everyone had to cancel. We were going to do it 2 days later but I ended up in urgent care with strep throat, along with our 4 year old. EVeryone of course canceled for the second time and we ate over 20 lbs of leftover Swiss steak for WEEKS (put in freezer). I have never made it or eaten it again SINCE!!! I learned I was not superwoman and have also learned that pushing too hard and putting yourself through too much stress during the holidays is VERY unhealthy!!!

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  154. I would get a boneless spiral sliced ham.

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  161. My disaster was my first Thanksgiving to cook for my entire family,mom had passed the serving spoon to me,an NO ONE told me that Turkeys had "insides" it cooked okay until my dad went to carve it an he cut into paper???He said honey didnt you put your hand up the butt an remove the"giblets"WTF is a giblet???an put my hand up its butt!!!!!! welllllllllll nooooooo,they all had a big laugh an he removed the steaming bag of "stuff" the turkey was cooked okay except for that,you know I read the directions an it didnt SAY anything about hand up the butt an pulling out stuff!!yuck,I did it the next year,an yes my dad checked before carving


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  177. I was about 12 and my Mom had me BBQ the turkey which would of been fine except that it was not thawed all of the way.  We carved the meat off at it cooked.

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  179. The first Christmas I was with my now husband I dropped the whole pan of gravy on the floor and sat in it crying my eyes out!  It was awful!  We are such ham fans, this would be awesome!

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