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Ham and Swiss Ciabatta


Thanks Kat for the suggestion!


Deli Ham
Sliced Swiss Cheese
Ciabatta Bread
Horseradish Sauce (find it in the deli)
Dijon Mustard


Take your bread and open them up. Place ham and cheese on the bottom slice of the bread. Wrap with aluminum foil. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and aluminum foil. Top with 1-2 slices bacon, lettuce and tomato. Take horseradish sauce and mix in mustard in equal parts. Spread on roll. Very yummy!

Ham and 15 Bean Soup

Ham and 15 Bean Soup

ham soupIn the grocery store section that has the bags of dried beans and split peas they also carry bags that are ready to make into soup. I bought the 15 Bean Soup bag. The directions are on the back and make it so easy to follow. I love making soup on the weekends when I’m home and can watch it and stir on occasion. Serve with some whole grain buttered bread or make drop biscuits.

Ham and Pea Soup

split pea and ham soup

I wanted to make ham and pea soup. My family including my kids love this soup and have eaten it since they were babies. Normally after I make a ham for the family the next day I use the leftover ham and bone to make soup. In case you didn’t know the secret to soup is the bone. I asked the butcher at my local grocery store if he had a ham bone I could buy. He said they didn’t. I told him why I was looking for one and he suggested ham hocks. I had never used these before. He assured me thats what he uses in his pea soup. I asked are they salt cured or sugar cured. Because salt cured is better in ham soup. Sugar cured is OK, but not the same. He assured me they were salt cured and then told me I knew what I was doing to have asked that question. Kudos to me!

split pea soup IMG_20140218_160732-2

Next buy a bag of split green peas. They are found in the isle where the bags of different beans are. Normally the rice isle.


  • 1 package Ham hocks
  • 1 bag split dried green peas
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 chopped potato


In a large soup pot add the peas and the ham hocks. Cover with water. Place on burner on medium. This takes most of the afternoon for the peas to become mushy. You may need to turn the burner down so it doesn’t cook too hot and boil over.

Add onion, carrot, and potato. Salt and pepper to taste and  continue cooking. Cook until the peas are basically melted. Take the ham hocks out and let cool. You will need to peel off the skin and discard. Pick of the meat and add to pot. Throw away the ham bone too.

Be careful if the ham is salt cured you want to make sure to salt to taste and not over salt. I do like a good bit of pepper in my soup. You can make the soup thick or thin as you prefer. My mother likes it thick almost like mashed potatoes. I prefer it to be more runny. It’s all in how much water you add.

Serve with buttered bread or drop biscuits.

Ham and Broccoli Casserole

ham and broccoli casserole

This is a tasty dish for the winter time. This recipe can also be changed up easily to make Ham and Scalloped Potatoes if you wish.

ham and broccoli casserole IMG_20140227_114950


  • Ham 2 Cups
  • Penne Pasta 2 Cups dry pasta – (Pronounced Pen-nay)
  • Mozzarella Cheese 1 Cup – shredded
  • Broccoli Florets 1 Cup (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cream Sauce Recipe
  • Crouton Recipe


Start with my Cream Sauce recipe. Cook the Penne Noodles. After the cream sauce is done, add the Ham, Penne Pasta, Mozzarella Cheese and Broccoli. Pour into an 11×9 greased dish. Top with my Crouton recipe. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour.

If you prefer to make Ham and Scalloped Potatoes, omit the broccoli and mozzarella cheese and swap the Penne Pasta for sliced potatoes. This will take longer to cook the raw potatoes. So cook it for an hour.