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Hamming it up

Lately when I bake a ham I freeze most of the leftovers. I usually freeze one or two packages of cubed ham for in a casserole such as scalloped potatoes and ham or an egg casserole and then chop the rest in the food processor and freeze it for these Ham Balls in Barbecue Sauce.

A few weeks ago I ran across a ham salad recipe that was attributed to Paula Deen and decided to try it with some of the chopped ham from the freezer. I made it again this week and thought I would share it here to give you another idea for leftover ham and for a good lunch idea.


Here is my adaptation of Paula's recipe:

A Take on Paula Deen's Ham Salad

2 cups cooked ham, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
3 Tbsps. onion, finely minced
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 hard cooked egg, finely chopped
2 Tbsps. pickle relish
about 1/2 cup mayonnaise (enough to moisten the mixture)

Combine all ingredients, chill, and serve.


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After Easter

We had a very nice Easter and hope you did as well. We had two services at church Sunday morning commemorating Jesus's death and resurrection. The choir and orchestra provided carefully chosen music which also helped us remember the significance of the day.

Nora, Topher, and little Della came for lunch and spent the afternoon at our house. A highlight of the afternoon was staging and taking pictures outside. Della was very patient while her mother worked at photographing her in various places around the yard.



We are still eating our Easter ham. I froze the "meaty ham bone" and some chopped and some ground ham for future meals. I don't have a picture, but I wanted to include a link to a good recipe for using up some of your leftover ham. We tried this Country Casserole recently and really enjoyed it. (This recipe calls for chicken but I substituted ham.)

I hope you and your loved ones had a blessed Easter.


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Another idea for leftover ham

Years ago I attended a rehearsal dinner where the mother of the groom had made meatballs made of ham and cooked in a tangy sweet sauce. They were delicious and I have searched for a similar recipe ever since. I recently discovered this one and it's a keeper.

Ham Balls in Barbecue Sauce

2 eggs
3/4 cup bread crumbs (mine were dried)
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsps. milk
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
dash pepper
about 2 cups ground ham
about 1 lb. ground pork or ground beef (I used pork)

1/2 cup catsup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsps. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. dry mustard

In a mixing bowl combine the eggs, bread crumbs, onion, milk, 1/2 tsp. dry mustard, pepper, ham, and ground meat. Mix well and form into about 12 meatballs. Place in a greased baking dish.

In a bowl combine the catsup, brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp. dry mustard. Pour over the ham balls. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 mins. or until a temperature of 160 degrees.

These can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to one day or frozen for about a month. If frozen thaw overnight in refrigerator. I had frozen mine ahead of time and added the sauce right before baking. I served them with these potatoes. This blog has some great recipes and many wonderful ideas for preparing food for large groups.

Megan and Maddie are continuing to do well. She returns to the doctor tomorrow and hopes he will lower her blood pressure medication even more. She has posted a couple more blog posts this week here and here if you are interested in following the saga. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Family Update

Last week our daughter Megan, her husband Jim, and their son Drew drove down from Michigan to spend a few days with us. We had a wonderful time with the whole family. This visit was a brief one, so we tried to make the best of it. Here are a few pictures of the fam:

We celebrated three birthdays while we were all together. Here Jim and Megan are celebrating at a birthday party for Topher:

picture of Jim and Meg

Here is Drew:

picture of Drew October 2010

Nora and Topher are planning to be married in April, so some wedding planning was going on during the visit. Here they are while we were waiting for lunch at Hubba Hubba Barbecue in Flat Rock, NC:

picture of Nora and Topher

Mark and Katie were waiting for their lunch there too. They are also awaiting the birth of their first child in April. We are thrilled that we will have another little grandchild.

picture of Mark and Katie

And, finally, here's a picture of Rob and me during the birthday celebration:

picture of Rob and Becka

While everybody was here I baked a ham. We had a couple of meals from it with the family and now Rob and I are finishing up the leftovers. I made this casserole with a portion of it. It is sort of like a cheese souffle, but much less fussy. It will "fall" after you remove it from the oven and let it sit for any length of time, but it still tastes good and the leftovers can be reheated in the microwave. I cut the recipe in half for the two of us.

picture of Cheese Puff

Cheese Puff

6 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or whatever you like and have on hand)
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup cubed or ground ham

Beat eggs. Add flour and baking powder, then milk. Beat until smooth and then fold in the cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, and ham. Pour into a greased two quart casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the mixture is set. If you insert a knife in the middle of the dish it should come out clean. Serve immediately.

We usually have this for supper, but it would work for a breakfast or brunch if your family is apt to arrive at the table promptly. ๐Ÿ™‚


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Weekend update

DH was at a conference at church Friday night and nearly all day and evening on Saturday, so I puttered around the house. Here are a few things I worked on:

I made another batch of granola. This time I tried a tropical blend with chopped dried pineapple, coconut, banana chips, and chopped cashews. I didn't know if we would like this combination, but we've found it to be quite tasty.

picture of Tropical Granola

picture of Thomas Quilt

I worked on quilting another baby quilt. This one is made from a remnant of Thomas the train fabric and an old curtain from DS Mark's bedroom. I just need to add the borders and it will be finished. I adapted an idea from this book:

picture of Quilts for Baby

I had read about the book on a sewing blog and checked it out of the library. It was still in print and DH got it for me for Valentine's Day. All the quilts are simple without a lot of fussy piecing and are planned to go together quickly and easily.

I made a Ham Loaf for our Sunday dinner using some of the leftover Easter ham that I had ground up and frozen. My Aunt Nana used to make Ham Loaf and it had been years since I had eaten any. I made the loaf on Saturday and cooked it in the Crock Pot on Sunday.

picture of Raw Ham Loaf

DH got up at 5:30 AM to turn it on. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was perfectly cooked by lunch time. I had read this tip about putting the strips of foil in the crock pot in one of those little Pillsbury cookbooklets.

picture of Foil Crockpot

This is all that was left when I remembered to take a picture!

picture of Cooked Ham Loaf

Here's the Ham Loaf recipe:

Ham Loaf

1 1/2 lbs. ground ham (about 3 cups) (I chopped it in the food processor)
1 lb. ground fresh pork
1 cup dry bread crumbs or cracker crumbs (can use graham cracker crumbs)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
dash pepper
1 Tbsp. finely chopped onion

Topping Sauce
1/4 cup catsup
2 Tbsps. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard

Mix all ingredients well and form into a loaf. Top with some of the sauce. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours or in crock pot for about 7 hours on low. (I added another portion of the sauce about 1/2 hour before the cooking time was up.)

I served the Ham Loaf with these green beans, which are also very tasty:
(note, I hadn't added the bacon in at this point.)

picture of Green Beans Tomatoes

Skillet Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Bacon

6 slices bacon
1 large onion, sliced or diced
1 bag frozen green beans or about 1 lb. fresh, cleaned and snipped
1/2 cup chicken broth
dash pepper
1 large tomato, chopped (in the winter I use about 3/4 cup drained, diced canned tomatoes)

Cook bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble. Set aside. Sautรฉ onions until slightly browned. Add beans, broth, and pepper. Cook until beans are tender, about 10-15 mins. Add tomatoes and cook briefly. Add bacon and serve. These are very tasty and attractive.

I hope your weekend was equally full and blessed.


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