Western Omelette Casserole

For Christmas morning, I wanted to make a different type of breakfast casserole than the egg/sausage one I usually make.  We have to have some kind of protein to counteract the cinnamon rolls, frozen fruit cups, and hot cocoa.

I set out on a search to find a recipe that suited me, but since I’m picky, I couldn’t find the perfect casserole.  So, I created one based on several recipes.  I knew I wanted ham, peppers and onions.  And it needed to be something I could make the day before and pop in the oven on Christmas morning to bake.

The result was exactly what I hoped for.  The green and red pepper made it look Christmasy, but it would be good for any brunch.  It would also make a good breakfast-for-dinner meal.  I didn’t get a photo of the ingredients, but here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Potatoes and Ham ala Julia Child

I’ve been reading Julia Child’s book My Life in France. That led me to order “The French Chef”, her cooking show on PBS, from Netflix.  What fun!

I have to say that I’m surprised how many of the recipes she shares are accessible for the average cook at home.  I’m not sure why it surprised me, because that is who she wrote for.  She aimed to bring French cooking to American kitchens.

This dish is based on one that Julia Child shared on her TV program.  She used smoked sausage in hers, but I substituted cubed ham.  I don’t remember what kind of cheese she used.  I admit that I have some more tweaking and trying to do on this recipe.  The sauce didn’t thicken like I’d hoped.  I’m pretty sure I did it like she said, but something didn’t work.  It may have been that I used milk along with the half & half.  Julia Child said that would work, but I only have 1% milk instead of whole.

However, the taste was wonderful!  I could really taste the potatoes.  You know how sometimes they are just there and you don’t really notice them?  Not so with this dish.  The ham was a nice complement and it was all underscored with Swiss cheese, garlic and onion.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more…]

Scrambled Eggs, Ham and Muenster Cheese Skillet

We needed a quick dinner one night (I feel like I say that all the time!), so breakfast for dinner worked great.  I really wanted to make Scrambled Egg-wiches, but I didn’t have any English muffins.

Instead, I cooked the eggs and ham in the skillet and then placed Muenster cheese slices over the top.  The cheese melted into the eggs and ham perfectly.

Super fast and it tasted great too.

How often do you have breakfast for dinner?  How often do you cook this type of food for breakfast?

Ham and Potato Chowder

Is there anything lovelier than soup?

At the end of a long day full of a kajillion tasks and responsibilities, a bowl of soup soothes the rough edges on a frazzled family.  Serve it with warm, buttered cornbread fresh from the oven and dinner will be the best part of your day. [Read more…]

Grilled Sandwiches

grilled sandwiches done

Have I mentioned how much I love our new grill?  Oh yeah, I think I have.

The other day I was reading a post on The Happy Housewife about a panini party.  That sounded good, but I don’t have a panini grill.  I usually use the George Foreman, but this time I thought it would be fun to grill the sandwiches outside.

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BBQ Ham Steak on the Grill

bbq ham done

In the quest for a quick summer meal, I don’t think you can do better than ham steak on the grill.  It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, there are very few dishes to wash and it’s quick.  You can even throw it on the grill frozen, which is great if you fail to plan ahead to thaw it out.

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Red Beans and Rice with Ham

red beans and rice with ham done

This recipe is a great way to use leftover ham.  You could also make it with smoked sausage if you like.  I had grilled ham slices the day before and needed to use up the extra.  The recipe makes enough to feed about 8 people, so if your family is smaller you may want to only make half.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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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…]

Croque Monsieur – “Fancy” Toasted Ham and Cheese

I found this recipe in a Rachel Ray cookbook.  She talks about eating these sandwiches in Paris.  That sounds nice.  I just ate mine in the kitchen.

I adapted her recipe a little bit.  She says to use Gruyere cheese, but I couldn’t find any so I used Swiss.  My kids called these “inside out sandwiches”, because the cheese is on the outside of the bread.  When you grill them, it toasts to a flavorful crust. [Read more…]

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