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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Monday, December 17, 2012 1:14 AM

Nashville’s Loveless Cafe has changed ownership and expanded over the years but all the favorites remain, from the homemade blackberry and peach preserves to the slow-cured country ham (see the review). If you are not familiar with Southern country ham, know that it is really only a distant cousin to the hams found in most of the rest of the country (and maybe a 32nd cousin to sliced deli ham). The meat is saltier, drier, with a tighter texture and far more complex and interesting flavor (and one that, for some folks, takes some getting used to).

That excellent country ham is available at the Loveless Cafe’s online store. They offer it fully-cooked and spiral-cut, or in packages of center-cut slices, or pieces sized for slipping between biscuit halves (ohhh, Loveless’ delectable ham biscuits!). Or, if you take to heart Dorothy Parker’s assertion about two people and a ham, you can give the gift of eternity with a whole uncooked country ham. That’s 14-16 pounds of cured pig for the very reasonable price of $69.95. We’ve ordered a whole Loveless ham for Christmas in years past and not only was it very fine ham but we enjoyed every scrap and bone into the following summer. Hardly eternity, but we’re not complaining!

Don’t forget to order some of Loveless' great jams, too:

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