Friday, December 30, 2011

Leftover Ham

My Aunt Betty gave us a wonderful gift of a large smoked ham this year.  Initially, I prepared it by baking with some homemade plum pomegranate jam as a glaze.  It was delicious, but we had a considerable chunk left over. 
Yesterday was one of those days where cooking felt like a drudgery....especially after Christmas.  T & I spent much of the day cleaning up the Christmas decor and I did some laundry.  When it was time to start dinner, I stood in front of the open fridge, taking inventory.  We had some eggs, the ham, bagged shredded hash browns and cheese.  Decided on a simple frittata.  It turned out so well, that I thought I would share.  Between the three guys and myself, it was polished off.  E is not feeling well and he appreciated the savory comfort food aspect.

1 bag shredded potatoes
1-2 cups chopped ham
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 eggs
olive oil
salt & freshly ground pepper
cheese (if desired)

Heat oil in skillet (preferable one with a lid and higher sides).  Add chopped onion to hot oil and let cook for about a minute.  Add potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.  Toss in ham and combine all.  In separate bowl, crack and beat eggs.  Pour eggs over all and fold in to make sure they are combined.  Turn down heat and cover.  Let cook until eggs are cooked.  Season with salt & pepper, sprinkle with cheese, if you like.  The boys had Cheddar.

This would taste really yummy with spinach & Feta cheese if you don't have (or care for) ham.

Enjoy!  Here's a favorite pic of T & C reading Christmas stories.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge

This is perhaps the easiest fudge recipe ever.   I think we made it in less than 5 minutes and it was so good.  I love my classic fudge recipe that requires time, stirring, several different chocolates, etc.  Charlie changes everything around here and since he loves to cook, speed is of the essence.
Peppermint Marshmallow Fudge

3 cups milk chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 bags)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick butter)
1/2 bag of peppermint marshmallow (Jet-Puf's seasonal variety)

In large bowl, microwave chips, butter and condensed milk just until chips begin to melt.  Stir well until all chips are melted and fudge is smooth.  Gently fold in marshmallows.  Pour into greased 9x9 pan and chill until firm.

These are really, really pretty.  I am sending the bulk of them with my dear husband to work so I don't eat them.