Tag: leftover

Leftover Ham

by on Apr.13, 2010, under Yummies

Have leftover holiday ham? Well here is a recipe round-up with a ton of fantastically yummy looking ideas on how to keep your extra ham from going to waste.

  1. Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole – This specifies smoked ham, but I think you could substitute regular ham as well.
  2. Ham and Noodle Casserole – I would likely add a package of frozen mixed veggies to this to give it a little more color and fill. I also saw many similar recipes using various soups (Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Chicken, Condensed Cheddar Cheese, etc), so you can flavor this to your preference.
  3. Ham and Potato Cakes – CAUTION: This recipe is in metric! Fear not, here is a simple metric converter to help you through. I will be ignoring the salad a pickle garnishments when I make this.
  4. Ham Tortellini Caesar Salad – I love creative spins on Caesar salads. This one sounds especially delish.
  5. Ham and Potato Gratins – I wont be bothering with individual ramekins (cuz I don’t have any!), but I am sure this will cook up in a 13″x9″ dish just fine, just might have to adjust the temp up a bit. Gruyere cheese is also one of my favs!
  6. Ham-and-Swiss-Loaded Potatoes – These sound great! Quick and easy side dish with lots of flavor.

Of course, you could make these even without leftovers, if you just have a hankering for ham. I’ll be making one of these tonight, not sure which one yet. I’ll be sure to post an update however, and let you know how it turned out.

*Pictures used were of similar recipes.

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Over-ripe Bananas?

by on Apr.05, 2010, under Yummies

Have over-ripe bananas? I had two left from a large bunch I bought at the local farmer’s market and I just hated the idea of throwing them away simply because I had no longer been in the mood to eat bananas. I did a little searching and found this easy and lovely recipe from Kittencal’s Kitchen (that conveniently also called for some of the blueberries that I had just gotten in my weeks CSA box) and it turned out delicious.  So much so that I even took it into my office to share!

Banana Blueberry Loaf

This will make 1 – 9″ x 5″ loaf pan


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (or use maple extract)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Set oven rack to second-lowest position.
  3. Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  4. In a bowl combine the flour with the next 4 dry ingredients.
  5. In a bowl, cream the butter with sugar and vanilla until fluffy (about 4-5 minutes until no sugar granules remain, this is important!).
  6. Add in eggs, and beat well (about 2-3 minutes).
  7. Mix in the mashed banana until combined, then using a wooden spoon mix in the flour mixture just until combined.
  8. Fold in the blueberries.
  9. Transfer to prepared baking pan.
  10. Bake for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Original Recipe: Banana Blueberry Loaf

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