I've received many invitations to judge cooking contests which I always decline with thanks. I've just never felt comfortable doing that.
But when Chris Erlich, the Event Coordinator for the Ft. Nisqually Living History Museum invited me to a sampling of authentically-prepared 1855 Washington chow, I couldn't resist, especially since I got to wear a real-deal 1855 outfit.
That's right. The only difference between me and a real ham is that a real ham can be cured.