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Crustless Quiche with Ham, Asaparagus, and Gruyere

Ham and Asparagus Quiche Hot from Oven

Thanks to the National Pork Board, I have ham leftovers before Easter this year!  I was given a free ham for myself and the opportunity to give away a ham to one of you – just in time for Easter.

While there are a million ways to use leftover ham, I think one of the best is to bake it up in a simple crustless quiche.  I decided to brighten up my usual ham and cheese quiche with some tender green asparagus.  I know that ham and asparagus are a classic combination, but this was my first time making a ham and asparagus quiche for myself. Continue reading →

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Spiced Turkey Burgers with Green Olives and Feta

Spiced Turkey Burger Lettuce Wrap

These are by far the most flavorful turkey burgers I’ve ever tasted. The mixture of warm roasted spices, fresh herbs, feta, and olives set these so far apart from the average grilled meat patty that I almost hesitate to call them burgers.  I didn’t even bother with a bun – the crisp cool lettuce wrap served as a perfect balance to the warm spiced turkey burger. Continue reading →

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Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon, Leeks, and Thyme

Herbed Macaroni and Cheese with Leeks and Bacon

I love making homemade mac and cheese because the possibilities are endless.  You can play with cheese combinations, pasta shapes, and additions like meat, vegetables, herbs, and spices.  When it comes to this comfort dish, I rarely make it the same way twice, but it’s always delicious! Continue reading →

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Banana Pecan Oatmeal Brûlée

Banana Pecan Oatmeal Brulee

I’m always learning new things from friends and readers on Facebook.  This idea for Banana Pecan Oatmeal Brûlée came from a quick breakfast exchange with my friend Renee: Continue reading →

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Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe

Smoky Spiced Black-Eyed Peas and Skillet Corn Bread

While it’s hard to believe that another year has flown by, I have to say that I’m more than ready to move on.  Goodbye, 2010, I’ve learned a lot from you, but you won’t be missed.  I’m heading into this new year arms outstretched, with open heart and mind, ready to learn, experience, and share. Continue reading →

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Grilled Rib Eye with Havarti Horseradish Fondue

Grilled Rib Eye with Havarti Horseradish Fondue

Wisconsin Cheese Talk asked me to write about my experience making Chef Michael Symon’s Grilled Rib Eye with Wisconsin Havarti Fondue.  It was absolutely delicious!  You can check out the photos and read about my first experience using fresh-grated horseradish at Wisconsin Cheese Talk.

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Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Cilantro Pepita Pesto

Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Cilantro Pepita Pesto, Pomegranate Arils, and Cotija Cheese

I don’t always love pumpkin soup.  So many winter squash soup recipes out there are very sweet and seasoned with either pumpkin pie spices or store-bought curry powder.  I do love pumpkin pie, but I prefer to eat it after dinner.  I know there’s a reason these flavor combinations are so prevalent – winter squash is absolutely delicious mixed with warm spices and sugar.  I just prefer something a little different in my soup bowl.

This spicy, smoky, and creamy soup is exactly what I was hoping for.  Brightened with a dollop of cilantro-pepita pesto and a generous squeeze of lime juice, it was really hard to stop after one bowl (so I didn’t).  I had some pomegranate arils in the fridge so I added a handful to my bowl along with a sprinkling of crumbled Cotija cheese.  The sweet crunch of the pomegranate seeds and the salty cheese were perfect with the soup and pesto.  And the more lime juice I squeezed on top, the better it tasted. Continue reading →

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Fall Fest: Hearty Spinach and Sausage Soup Recipe

Spinach Soup

I’m thrilled that Fall is here.  The days here are still really warm but the nights have been cooling down nicely allowing for perfect brisk mornings that make me dream of pumpkin carving and apple pies.

But spinach?  I can’t say I dream of that often.  Well, spinach is the theme for this first week of Fall Fest so I pushed aside my thoughts of pumpkins and apples and decided to make a hearty soup chock-full of spinach and sausage, perfect for the cooler weather that seems to be on its way.

I bought spinach and sausage specifically for the soup, but the rest of the ingredients were just things hanging around my kitchen that needed to be used up.  Please just use the recipe as a jumping off point and feel free to throw in whatever you happen to have hanging around your kitchen. Continue reading →

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