White Bean Soup with Ham Hocks

White Bean and Ham Hock Soup

White Bean and Ham Hock Soup

Bean soup makes me of my Dad, who loves to make a pot of bean soup.  I was talking to him recently and mentioned I was making bean soup.  He had several questions and sounded very interested.  I made a note to set aside some cups in the freezer to take to him my next visit.  Maybe that’s what made this soup so good; knowing that my Dad would be judging it.  It turned out so good even my P.S. is still raving about it! Continue reading

Hawaiian Pizzas with Boboli Thin Crusts

Boboli Thin Crust Pizza

Boboli Thin Crust Pizza

My P.S. often brings home food items that end up with me participating in my own episode of Chopped.  When he brought home Boboli pizza crusts recently I was surprised.  We don’t make pizza.  We have pizza delivered or pick up a take and bake.  I love Hawaiian pizza: ham, pineapple, black olives and lots of cheese.  I would make Hawaiian pizzas for dinner! Continue reading

Loaded Vegetable Soup with Ham and Beans

Loaded Vegetable Soup with Ham and White Beans

Loaded Vegetable Soup with Ham and White Beans

It was a windy, rainy day and I didn’t want to leave the castle.  I also really didn’t want to cook but somebody had to do it.  It was the kind of day you wanted a bowl of soup and crackers and a good movie on the TV.  I had the TV movie, I needed the bowl of soup.  I had some turkey ham and a whole bunch of vegetables, soup could happen. Loaded vegetable soup with ham would happen for a  rainy day! Continue reading