A big thank you to Smithfield Foods and Hunter PR for sponsoring my trip to Smithfield, Virginia. All opinions shared in this article are my own.
clockwise from top left: view of the James River from the lodge at Aberdeen Farm, "Magnolia" of Smithfield's Porcine Parade, A cotton field in Smithfield county, P.D. Gwaltney, Jr. House
Recently I was treated to a whirlwind 48 hour adventure in which I glimpsed the rich history and culture of Smithfield, Virginia. Before my trip, when I heard the word Smithfield, I associated it with ham. I think that's a pretty appropriate reaction to a town that is home to the world's oldest ham, a porcine parade, and thick humid air that delivers the scent of smoked ham to your senses the moment you step foot in town.
- 1 cup pureed cooked sweet potato
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces / 1 stick / 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cloves)
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 15 ounces of Smithfield Country ham (or your favorite), thinly sliced