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Having a ball: Family's holiday fare also make good year-round staple

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If I had to pick one food — just one — that embodied my family’s food traditions, that dish would, without a doubt, be ham balls.


Ham balls were what Mom served at most holiday meals and family gatherings.

When Bryan and I got married 21 years ago, ham balls were the entrée for the reception.

Ham balls are what my nieces request when they come home to visit.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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