Lightened Up Ham & Spinach Quiche

Lightened Up Ham & Spinach Quiche -  Chew Nibble Nosh

What have we got?  We’ve got HAM!

Every year after Easter, I run into the same predicament…what to do with all of this leftover ham?  This deliciously light and fluffy quiche took care of a bit of it last night. This may be my new go-to quiche base as it baked up so nice and light. My girls, who are admittedly quiche-wary, even gobbled up their slices and openly discussed how much they were enjoying it.  What’s up with that?  It seems the copious amounts of chocolate eggs and jelly beans put them in a good mood.

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Roll Ups

Hot Ham & Cheese Party Roll Ups - Chew Nibble Nosh

Oh, boy…these are good.

Melty, toasty, cheesy, sweet, salty, tangy, chewy, bready (I’m not so sure that’s a word.), and just plain good.  Plus, they can be whipped up ahead of time and baked later for whatever possible reason you could need to make them.  They’d be wonderful paired with a salad for dinner, or delicious as a pot luck contribution, or, in my case, the perfect thing to bring to a friend’s house for us to nibble on as we watched the game on TV.  They are just…so…good.

Overnight Artichoke and Ham Breakfast Bake

Overnight Artichoke and Ham Breakfast Bake - Chew Nibble Nosh

 In our house, special holidays deserve a special breakfast, and Easter is one of those days.  I don’t like to spend my Easter morning running around the kitchen, though.  I’d rather spend that special time soaking in the memories with my family (and quite possibly, swiping chocolate eggs out of my daughters’ Easter baskets…but you didn’t hear that from me.)

Make ahead breakfasts make my holidays a lot less stressful, and this latest one I’ve concocted is perfect for springtime.  Speckled with spring colors, and light, fresh flavors, this breakfast turned out to be just what the Easter Bunny ordered.

Split Pea Soup with Ham

Split Pea Soup with Ham - Chew Nibble NoshRemember when I told you that I had a lot of ham left after Christmas? Well, here’s the Ham Leftovers Recipe #2 installment!

I love Split Pea soup.  To me, it’s just one of those cozy, winter meals that epitomizes comfort food.  Yes, the color is less than desirable, but it sure does taste good. Whenever we have ham, I always freeze the bone to use with a pot of pea soup.  This year, the bone didn’t hang out in the freezer for too long!

Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Ham and Toasted Pecans

Sauteed Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Ham and Toasted Pecans - Chew Nibble Nosh

Christmas dinner, for us, was a small affair this year.  It was just the four of us.  Pretty quiet, and the youngest two of the four wore their pajamas to dinner.  (The cast of “Downton Abbey” would be mortified.)  It was a lazy, laid back day over all.  One that we all needed and really enjoyed.  And at the end of it, I was left with a cozy holiday feeling, and an excessive amount of Christmas ham leftovers.

I hope you guys like ham, because it’s likely that I’m going to throw quite a few hammy favorites your way in the coming weeks!

Ham, Gruyere & Honey-Mustard Palmiers

The mantra I use to get me through the holiday cooking season is simply, “Make Ahead”.  I am all about getting things prepped as early on as I possibly can, whether it be for a ginormous Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or just a smaller, intimate get together.  This is a great make-ahead appetizer for the holidays, or any time of the year, really!  You can prep these beautiful little rolls earlier in the day, store them in the fridge, and then bake them up right before your guests arrive.

Slow Cooker Ham, Cheese and Potato Casserole

Despite washing my hands a kazillion times and always keeping hand sanitizer nearby, I’ve managed to catch my first official cold of cold and flu season.  Either that or it’s allergies.  It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes, and it seems like allergy season never ends down here!

Regardless of the cause, right now I’d love to just snuggle up in my PJ’s, grab a cup of tea, get cozy, and eventually, take a nap.  Sadly, that’s not happening.  As all of us know well, life must go on, even when we have a cold.

Grown Up Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

It’s no secret that I love good food.  Good food doesn’t have to mean fancy, though.  I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that nothing makes me happier than a really good sandwich.  I remember watching Friends years ago, and while everyone was laughing over Joey’s devotion to his favorite sandwich, I felt his pain.  I understood.  A perfect sandwich is a terrible thing to waste.

I don’t know if I’d go this far, but I’m pretty close!

**Click here for the Friends bit that I’m referring to. 🙂 **