Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Have I mentioned my freezer full of cubed ham?  We bought 1/2 a hog (my niece’s 4-H project).  The place my sister takes the pig to be processed gives us whatever they decide they’re in the mood to make.  Last year we had more Italian sausage than I’d ever seen.  This year it’s cubed ham.

So of course, when I decided to make a cheesy broccoli soup, I had to put some ham in it too.  It’s a combination that works well and makes for a filling soup.  I based the recipe on the Cream of Cauliflower Soup from More With Less Cookbook.

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Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad

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It’s hot outside.  Super hot and humid.

If you’re looking for a cool dinner idea, this is your recipe.

I wish I could say that I had garden fresh tomatoes for this dish, but my plants have yet to decide to really produce tomatoes.  All I have are a few small green maters that taunt and torment me because they haven’t changed in size or color for weeks.

I’m a gardening failure.  But that’s a whole ‘nuther post.  For this dish I used a couple of store bought tomatoes and grape tomatoes (tragic because this is August) and 3 delicious cherry tomatoes from my garden.

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Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Shells with Alfredo Sauce

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Sometimes limitations bring forth the best creations.

Recently, on a message board someone wanted to make stuffed shells.  She wanted to use chicken, no red sauce, no spinach and no ricotta.  She did have a jar of alfredo sauce.  I don’t know what the woman ended up making, but this is what I suggested.  It sounded so good, I decided to try it myself.

Chicken, broccoli and mozzarella cheese fill the shells which are covered with alfredo sauce and baked.  Bonus -the recipe makes enough to put some in the freezer.

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Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper


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Roasting broccoli in the oven gives a new dimension to the flavor.  It brings out a nutty taste in the broccoli and enhances the sweetness of the red pepper.  You can vary the seasonings using seasoned salt, grill seasoning or lemon pepper, but I chose to go simple with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

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Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

I’ve been experimenting with pepper jack cheese in various recipes lately.  Macaroni and cheese seemed the perfect dish to highlight this ingredient.  Because I was afraid that using all pepper jack would be too spicy for the kids, I went with half pepper jack and half monterey jack.  It was good, but next time we’ll use all pepper jack.  Even the kids thought it would be good with the extra kick.  I originally intended to serve the broccoli along side the macaroni, but tossed it all together at the last minute.  It was a hit with everyone. [Read more…]

Baked Ham and Broccoli Rolls with Swiss Cheese Sauce

I had the idea for this dish, bought the ingredients and then almost didn’t follow through with making them.  I’m glad I did though.  The kids all loved them and so did Jim and I.  They were easy and something a little different.  You can’t go wrong with the combination of ham, broccoli and Swiss cheese. [Read more…]

Broccoli Soup

I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. I am President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.  – George Bush

I hope you don’t have the same aversion to broccoli that George Bush does, because this is a very good soup and I’d hate for you to miss out on it.  It’s warm, creamy and comforting. [Read more…]

Loaded Baked Potatoes with Homemade Cheese Sauce

Baked potatoes and salad make a great dinner, but when you add homemade cheese sauce, broccoli and bacon it gets even better.  This dinner will warm you up on a cold, winter night.  It’s also frugal and healthy. [Read more…]

Mac and Cheddar with Broccoli

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Creamy, cheesy and satisfying.  This can be a meatless meal or a side dish.  I altered this a little bit from a Rachel Ray recipe.  I used a bit less cheese than she called for and made a few other minor adjustments.  [Read more…]

Veggie Pie

When my kids were very small, and there were fewer of them, I used to make this dish often.  Somewhere along the line, I forgot about it.  A very sad thing, because this pie is healthy, easy and tastes great.  The recipe is lightly adapted from the Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook.

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