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April recipes (2013)

 
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pattit
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:29 am    Post subject: April recipes (2013) Reply with quote

I was surprised to find that this months recipe topic had not been started.

Ham and Bean soup

First we boiled the ham bones to make some stock. We added enough chicken broth to make 6 cups broth
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 pound dry great northern beans (we used a large can of ready to use beans to make it faster)
1 cup chopped carrots
2 medium potatoes, chopped
1/2 stalk celery, chopped
1 cup chopped onions (I used 1 teaspoon onion powder)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 bay leaves
2 cups chopped ham
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
mashed potato flakes to thicken

You can skip the first paragraph if you are using canned beans.
Rinse the beans, and pick out any broken or discolored ones. In a large pot over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Add the beans and remove from the heat. Let the beans sit in the hot water for at least 60 minutes.

Bring the stock and tomatoes to a boil, add the onion powder, garlic, dry mustard and bay leaves. Now add the chopped carrots, celery and carrots. Simmer for30 minutes, then add the beans, the chopped ham and the pepper. Let this simmer just until the ham and beans are thoroughly heated.

If you like your soup more thick than it is, you can add mashed potato flakes until it is to your liking.

Our ham had been baked with brown sugar and pineapples, the sweetness of that perfectly balanced the tomatoes. You may have to add some sugar if you ham was not glazed.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patti~

The days are flying by, and I forgot to start the April Recipe thread. Thanks for starting this thread and posting your recipe.

I do have to smile, though. When I had a lot of family here last week Saturday, I also made Ham and Bean Soup, but mine is a little different than yours. I'll give your recipe a try. When did you make your soup? Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I made it on Tuesday, I had enough that I froze a container of it to have later. I hadn't made this in a long while so we really enjoyed it.
How about posting your recipe? It will be interesting to see the differences.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mom's Best Chicken and Broccoli

1 (6 ounce) package stuffing mix
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 (10 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 ounce) can chicken and broccoli soup (couldn't find this so just used the cream of broccoli soup)
2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
1 (8 ounces) carton sour cream
4 cups cooked, cubed chicken
2 cups instant rice, cooked
1 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli florets, thawed

Preheat oven to 350º (175º C).

Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions; using 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 cup butter listed above; set aside.

Combine soups, celery, sour cream and 1/2 cup water in large bowl; mix until they blend well. Stir in chicken, rice, broccoli and gently toss until mixture blends well. Top with stuffing mix. Spoon into sprayed 3 quart glass baking dish.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for additional 15 to 20 minutes or until bubbly around edges.

Serves 6.

Source: 365 Easy Casserole Recipes

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK. Here is my Ham and Bean Soup recipe. We've always liked this recipe. It was also a perfect addition to a gluten free lunch.

~~Vicki



VICKI'S HAM AND NAVY BEAN SOUP

1 pound bag navy beans, washed and sorted
2 quarts water

3-1/2 to 4 quarts chicken broth (or, water with ham or chicken base)
1 meaty ham bone
1 onion, chopped

ham slice, minced (optional)
1 onion, minced
2 stalks celery, minced
2 carrots, shredded
2 to 3 red potatoes (peeled or unpeeled), diced
parsley
garlic powder
salt (depending on the saltiness of the ham)
black pepper (approximately 1/4 teaspoon)
sugar (less than black pepper)
oregano (less than sugar)
basil (less than oregano)
paprika OR smoked paprika (less than basil)

-- The night before: Soak navy beans in water.
-- In the morning: Add more water, an inch or two above the beans. Bring to a rolling boil. Boil for a 2 minutes, skimming the foam. Drain and rinse in colander.
-- Pour beans into Dutch oven. Add broth or water with ham/chicken base, ham bone, and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer a couple hours, until meat is almost ready to fall of the bone. Remove from pan. Chop meat and return to pan.
-- Saute chopped onion and celery for 3 to 4 minutes. Add ham, onion, celery, and carrots to soup.
-- Add herbs to taste. (I don't measure, but add approximately 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.... less and less of the following ingredients.)
-- Cook 2 to 4 hours, until thick and creamy. Adjust seasoning to taste.

NOTE: The sugar may not be needed if the ham is very sweet.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks very good Vicki.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheese and bacon in puff pastry

Not exactly a recipe, but an easy to prepare snack or warm breakfast treat.
You need a beaten egg for brushing the pastry, bacon or ham, any kind of cheese to your liking, grated cheese and puff pastry. As for baking, 25 minutes at 180C/350F.





Brush three sides of the puff pastry with the egg



Put on the bacon,



and the cheese. Don't over do it, cheese and bacon are both very salty and you still need to be able to fold the puff pastry together without pulling it apart.



Fold the puff pastry and seal the edges



Brush again with the beaten egg.



Sprinkle with the grated cheese, and put in the oven at 350F/180C and bake for 25 minutes until golden.




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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, Fan! These will be a hit here. What size is the puff pastry? I only have large sheets in my freezer.

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