White Bean Soup

Simple White Bean Soup

Simple White Bean Soup

My Dad loves to make soup with ham shank and beans.  I also like to make bean soup but I don’t use the same spices.  In fact I used very few for this soup and it was delicious.  I only used a little garlic powder, salt and pepper and the ham flavor came through  very well.  The vegetables add a nice layer of flavor of course but this is ham and bean soup at its simplest. Continue reading

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Aloha Ham Spread

Aloha Ham Spread

Aloha Ham Spread

Leftover ham is always welcome in my castle.  It’s so versatile in both hot and cold dishes that it isn’t leftover for long.  It simply depends on my mood at the time.  This day I envisioned the ham in a spread on a Kaiser bun for lunch.  I’d just cut up a fresh pineapple and it was a nice sweet and tart one.  I also had fresh baby spinach on hand that would complete my sandwich. Continue reading

Vegetable and Ham Fried Rice

Ham and Vegetable Fried Rice

Ham and Vegetable Fried Rice

We often eat fried rice here at the castle.  When I make rice for dinner I purposely make extra so I can make fried rice the next evening.  Once I learned to always start out with cold rice, making fried rice was a cinch.  But making it interesting, with new ingredients, prevents boredom.  This time I wanted more vegetables.  I had zucchini to use and the other vegetables were a bonus. Continue reading