Canadian bacon, the eye of a lightly smoked pork loin, is commonly found already sliced, but it can also be purchased from local specialty shops and some supermarket meat counters, in bulk. Fully cooked, it comes in a cylinder shape, similiar to a large salami.

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 pound piece Canadian bacon or 12 packaged slices

Combine maple syrup, honey, cloves and mustard. Place bacon or bacon slices in a shallow baking dish and spoon about half of glaze on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes, basting with additional glaze halfway through the cooking. If using whole bacon piece, turn once or twice during cooking. Flip bacon slices. Remove from oven and refrigerate immediately. Drain marinade before serving. CHEDDAR CORN MUFFINS (Makes 12)

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

4 ounces grated cheddar cheese (buy it already grated)

Line muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and sugar in a mixing bowl. Pour butter, buttermilk and egg over dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Fold in cheese until just combined. Pour into muffin tins and cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. PURPLE SLAW (6 servings)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup dijon mustard

1/4 cup yogurt

1 medium head purple cabbage, finely shredded

To make coleslaw, combine mayonnaise, mustard and yogurt. Pour over shredded cabbage, stir to coat and refrigerate immediately. The Schedule

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Mix cornmeal muffin batter. Pour into tins and place in oven.

3. Mix bacon glaze ingredients, pour over bacon and place in oven.

4. Make coleslaw and refrigerate.

5. Wash grapes and cut melon into balls.

6. Remove bacon from oven. Refrigerate.

7. Remove corn muffins from oven. Cool.

8. Put beer in cooler and assemble picnic utensils and plates.