Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) dried green split peas, rinsed
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham (we used ham from the “Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham” recipe
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup julienned or chopped carrots (we chopped our carrots)
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 carton (32 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Using a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker, add all the ingredients to it, stirring to combine. Put a lid on the slow cooker and let it cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or until the peas are tender.

Serves 8.

This is such a scrumptious, filling and satisfying soup to have on a cold day. As the soup cooks, the house gets filled with all the aromas from the soup which just gets you that much more excited to eat this when it’s done cooking. The soup has a smokiness and a light sweetness to it that we think comes from the ham. The onion still has a little bit of bite to it even after all the time spent cooking it. You could use other types of cooked ham but we think the soup tastes the best when the ham from the “Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham” recipe is used in it.

Recipe source unknown.

Take care everybody !

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Two-Cheese and Ham French Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 lb.) French bread
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 8 slices (3/4 to 1 oz. each) Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices (3/4 to 1 oz. each) Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 lb. thinly sliced cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup strawberry or raspberry preserves (we used strawberry)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut out a 30 x 18-inch sheet of heavy-duty foil. Take the French bread and slice it in half horizontally. Take the honey mustard and spread it equally over the two cut sides of the bread halves. Take the bottom half and lay it down on the foil.
  2. Take the two cheeses as well as the ham and layer them evenly on the bottom half of the bread. Place the top half of the bread over the meat and cheese and wrap the whole loaf up tightly using the double-fold seals method*.
  3. Place the wrapped loaf in the oven for somewhere between 30 to 35 minutes or however long it takes for the cheese to melt and the loaf sandwich to get heated throughout.
  4. Pull the loaf out of the oven and carefully unwrap the foil so steam can escape before cutting the loaf up into 6 pieces. Serve the sandwich with the preserves acting as a dip for it.

*We don’t know what they might have meant by “double-fold seals” but this is how we did a double-fold seals:

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Serves 6

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This is a tasty sandwich ! You’ll need to eat it right away to fully enjoy the ooey gooey cheese and the crispiness of the bread but the flavors all together are tasty. The sweetness of the honey mustard is a nice contrast against the salty, savory flavor of the ham and cheese. It can be a messy sandwich to enjoy though so we’d recommend having some napkins or paper towels with you while eating this. We tried using the preserves but the flavor overpowered any honey mustard you could taste. For us, the idea of maybe something tangy would be more appealing of a dip to use.

We don’t know where we got this recipe from.

Take care everybody !

Brown Sugar-Bourbon-Glazed Ham

This is the ham that we’ve fixed for Christmas the last few years and will be fixing again this year !

Ingredients

  • 1 (6- to 8-lb.) fully cooked bone-in ham* (we used a 9 lb. ham)
  • 48 whole cloves
  • 1 (16-oz.) package light brown sugar
  • 1 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1 cup cola soft drink (we used caffeine-free coca-cola)
  • ¾ cup bourbon (we used Jim Beam Original)

Directions

  1. Move the oven rack down to the lowest rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take the skin off the ham (we didn’t) and trim the fat down to ¼-inch thickness (we skipped trimming any fat since our ham didn’t look like it had much fat to begin with). Make shallow cuts in the remaining fat that are ¾-inch apart in a diamond pattern.
  2. Take a 13- x 9-inch baking pan out and lightly grease it (we used non-stick cooking spray). Place the ham in the greased baking pan and insert the cloves into the centers of the diamonds on the ham. In a mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar, spicy brown mustard, soft drink, and bourbon. Spoon the mixture over the ham.
  3. Stick the baking pan into the oven onto the lowest rack and let it cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes, basting the ham with the pan juices every 15 to 20 minutes (we basted every 15 minutes). Take the ham out of the oven and let it stand for 20 minutes before slicing into it, basting the ham once in a while during that time (we didn’t baste at all).

*We couldn’t find a ham that wasn’t already sliced so we ended up with a bone-in spiral-sliced ham.

This is such a scrumptious ham to serve for Christmas ! It’s definitely sweet from the brown sugar and it tastes smoky (we’re not sure if the smokiness comes from the ham or the bourbon, maybe both). The mustard also helps temper the sweetness from the brown sugar. We also loved the caramelization the ham gets by the end of the cook time.

We don’t know where we got this recipe from.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Coca-Cola or Jim Beam.

Take care everybody !

Cuban Black Beans with Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or oil
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 (14 ½ or 16-oz.) can whole tomatoes, undrained, cut up (we used Del Monte Petite Cut with Zesty Jalapeños)
  • ½ lb. cooked ham, coarsely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice

Directions

  1. Take a large skillet and pour the oil in, setting the heat to medium-high. Once the oil’s hot, add in the bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the skillet, stirring continuously until the vegetables feel crisp-tender. Stir in the beans, oregano, ground red pepper and the bay leaf. Adjusting the heat if necessary, simmer for 10 minutes before taking the bay leaf out. Serve skillet mixture over rice and enjoy !

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote Del Monte.

Take care everybody !

Ham and Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwich Loaf

Hi everybody, hope your day’s going well. When mommy was younger, for too long if she tried a recipe and we didn’t like it, the recipe would be thrown away. Looking back, she got rid of a lot of savory recipes that she could have kept. As mommy said, “It took me too long to realize that a savory recipe is basically a set of guidelines and not rules. If there’s something you don’t like about it, why not change it up so that it can become a new recipe you do like?”. With all that being said, we wanted to introduce a new aspect of the blog that we call “Can We Make This Recipe Better?” and this is our first recipe for it.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Italian bread (10 to 12 inches*)
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened (we used unsalted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown or country-style Dijon mustard (we used country-style Dijon mustard)
  • Horseradish, optional (we added ½ tsp. of horseradish)
  • 6 slices (1 oz.) each Swiss cheese
  • ¾ lb. thinly sliced fully cooked ham

Directions

  1. Preheat your gas or charcoal grill to medium heat. Take a 25 x 18-inch sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil out and spray with cooking spray (we used PAM). Cut your loaf into 12 (¾-inch) thick slices without cutting the whole way through (leave at least ¼-inch of the bottom uncut).
  2. Mix together the butter, mustard and horseradish in a small mixing bowl. Spread a little less than 2 tsp. of the butter mixture on every other slice of bread, creating 6 sandwiches. Take each slice of cheese and fold it in half diagonally, placing each slice into a sandwich afterwards. Divide the ham slices as evenly as possible, placing each portion into each sandwich, tucking it in to fit. Place the sandwich loaf in the center of the foil you sprayed earlier. Seal the edges of the foil, making a tight ½-inch fold, folding again afterwards but making sure to leave space for heat circulation and any expansion. Take your foil-wrapped loaf and place it on the grill, pulling the lid down on the grill afterwards. Allow the sandwich to cook for 20 to 25 minutes or however long it takes for the cheese to melt and the bread to be thoroughly heated, remembering to turn the wrapped loaf frequently. When it comes time to serve, make sure you open the foil carefully so as to avoid any steam that comes out. Take off the foil completely and pull the loaf apart so you have individual sandwiches to enjoy.
  3. Oven Version: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and stick the foil-wrapped loaf in for 40 to 45 minutes or until the cheese has all melted (this is the method we went with).

*Our bread was longer than what the recipe called for but we kept the thickness of the cuts the same and just ended up with some extra sandwich spots.

This was a bit of a disappointment. The premise of the recipe sounded really good but the amount of cheese we put in wasn’t enough to make it feel nice and gooey throughout plus we couldn’t taste the mustard or the horseradish at all ! The bread could also have stood getting crispier so there would be more contrasting textures in the sandwich. It just felt like the bread got steamed. Overall, we think we could make this recipe better.

Recipe source unknown.

We weren’t paid in any form to promote PAM.

Hope you enjoy life !

Mini Ham Sandwiches

Ingredients

-1 Tbsp. minced chives
-2 Tbsp. canola mayonnaise (we used regular mayonnaise)
-1 tsp. Dijon mustard
-8 (1-oz. each) Hawaiian rolls
-Thinly sliced ham

Directions

1.) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine the first 3 ingredients together in a small bowl to create your spread. Take a baking sheet out and line it with aluminum foil. Take each of the rolls and cut each one almost, but completely in half horizontally (make sure you don’t cut through to the other side of the roll). Place the rolls on the baking sheet, with the cut sides facing up. Stick the baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes or however long it takes for them to look golden. (For ourselves, we also stuck our ham slices on the baking sheet to cook at the same time as the rolls.) Take the spread and apply it evenly on the cut sides. Place the ham on the rolls, put the roll tops on the ham and enjoy !

 

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We don’t know where we got this recipe from.