Buried in my Grandmother’s recipe box on an old scrap of paper was a true treasure, my Grandmother’s Ham Loaf. I can still taste that ham loaf, the top brown and crusty and the inside moist, fragrant and flavorful, almost exotic with its little touch of allspice and clove.
For as long as I can remember, the hallmark of Navy Bean soup has been the old standby, Senate Navy Bean soup – wonderful as it is, I’ve found that even those who don’t care for it like this highly flavorful Navy Bean Soup with Bacon. I’ve been making this soup for close to 40 years, now, and it is, hands down, my family’s all time favorite.
There is just something about this soup that is almost haunting. It is reminiscent of a Greek soup, yet the wild rice is clearly not a flavor normally found in the classic Greek soups. Just a lovely conglomeration of different flavors from around the globe (like so many of us are…) Easy, too.
I truly do think the leftovers are the best part of any Holiday dinner, and here’s one of my favorite ways to use them. While traditionally made with turkey, Hot Browns are great made with either turkey or ham. As a matter of fact, when I make Hot Browns, I can usually count on an extra teenager or two hanging around until dinner is served. That’s ok with me – I’d rather have them at my house!
I love using leftover ham or turkey for sandwiches, but not just any old sandwich! Here’s our favorite, and these sandwiches may very well be better than the ham itself. Hot, bubbly and delicious on crunchy, toasted bread with all our favorite things inside…
This simple little casserole works out well with Ham, Chicken or Turkey. This is nothing fancy, just “down home” cooking, and it is a great “learner” dish for a child or teenager, and especially using the short cuts.
I’m going to adopt a Devil may care attitude in this recipe for using left over Ham: This recipe takes a full 3/4 pound of my leftover ham – but it’s one of my absolute favorites, and a little goes a long way spread on crackers or Crusty Bread as an appetizer or sandwich.