Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ground Hog for Groundhog Day -- or is it Candlemas?

everyone looks to this little guy

For it is Groundhog Day

Brought to America, it is believed, by the Germans
"Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas Day, the day on which, according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy, he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.

4 February 1841    James Morris, Morgantown, Berks County, Pennsylvania

And in honor of

"Groundhog Day"

we often have

"ground hog"

for dinner

 Ground hog in the form of a ham loaf
Daughter Sarah's favorite!

A good use for the rest of the New Year's ham!

This recipe is from Helen Corbit of Neiman Marcus fame
given to me by dear Friend Barbara

Our forecast for tomorrow

partly cloudy!

So I suppose there is a 50/50 chance that Herr Groundhog may see his shadow!

And which groundhog?

A Kansas one?
or the famous
Punxsutawney Phil
from Pennsylvania?

And the Pennsylvania forecast is for more sun than in Kansas!
Which would mean more winter!
But for them . . . or us?

The English, however, dispense with rousing a sleepy rodent
And live by this motto:

If Candlemas Day is clear and bright
winter will have another bite
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain
winter is gone and will not come again!

I think I will go by what the Kansas groundhog sees.
That seems more fair, doesn't it?


lucy said...

Hi Martha, never heard of this ham loaf. Is it ground ham? I see cloves and a glaze is that the topping? Looks delish.


Pondside said...

MMm that looks good. I am baking a ham for dinner on Sunday - cousins from away are coming - and there are always leftovers!

Sarah said...

You have me giggling. This is a new kind of meat loaf to me. '-)
Happy Groundhog Day!

Martha said...

Lucy -- it is ground ham. I'm thinking it originated to use up the last pieces of ham to form another meal for the family. Sarah ham loaf has been around a long time. I'm thinking it just fell out of favor.

Pat said...

My Grandmother use to make a ham loaf after huge family dinners!!!
I have heard that we are to have an early Spring!!!
Disappointed over the lack of SNOW in our area,
but looking forward to fresh Herbs in the Herb Garden!!!

Rue said...

It's sunny and bright here, so if we had a groundhog, he would have seen his shadow for sure. I kind of think that it's supposed to be an early Spring for those that live in Kansas and Pennsylvania and everyone else is on their own lol

The "ground hog" loaf looks great!

And I love your new Bates bedspread. Beautiful find!