Friday, July 3, 2015

13 Chip Recipes

For whatever reason, I love making chips. Most of these recipes are healthy (veggies and fruit), a few of them no so much (hello, pepperoni chips), but all of them are delicious!

1. Zucchini Chips
Ever since I discovered zucchini chips (and it's been a couple of years), I eat them almost every day. That's how much I love them.



2. Yellow Squash Chips
These taste exactly like zucchini chips, so if they grocery store is out of zucchini, just pick up a couple of yellow squash.



3. Cucumber Chips
I don't like cucumbers, but I do like cucumber chips.



4. Kale Chips
I've recently rediscovered the kale chips. They remind me a lot of potato chips, just healthier.



5. Potato Chips
These are a thousand times better than greasy store-bought chips.



6. Carrot Chips
Sweet and healthy don't usually go together, but they are a match made in heaven with these carrot chips.



7. Parsnip Chips
These are kind of like a nutty potato chips.



8. Apple Chips
I made these every autumn. Eric just loves them.



9. Banana Chips
Another one of Eric's favorites.



10. Pepperoni Chips
On to the not so healthy chips. I'm going to be honest, these things are way too salty for my taste buds. However, my husbands can't stop eating them. You can also substitute salami for the pepperoni. if you so desire.




11. Pita Chips
I have gotten so many people hooked on these through the years. They are perfect with hummus.



12. Tortilla Chips
I think the thing I like most about these tortilla chips is that I can control the salt on them. Whenever we buy tortilla chips, they are always too salty for me.



Also check out: Snowflake Tortilla Chips

13. Cinnamon-Sugar Chips
Oh my god, these things are addicting! I'm not allowed to making them too often because they are so good that I can devour them in one sitting.



Enjoy!

~Krissy

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Smores Galore!

Made over a campfire, a stove flame, or transformed into another type of dessert, Smores are one of the best treats out there. I know they are one of my all time favorites. So here is a complication of Smores recipes for all you other Smores lovers!

This is my favorite Smores recipe, hands down. My husband originally made it for my birthday a couple of years ago. He made it again earlier this year for his mom's birthday. It was even better than anyone of us remembered. Made with a pre-made graham cracker pie crust and marshmallow fluff, it's also extremely easy to make!


These little cookies are freakin' addicting. Sugar cookie, chocolate spread, and marshmallow fluff, how could you go wrong?



These cookies are made with all the same ingredients as the Smores Cups; they're just assembled differently. 



These are fun little desserts or appetizers. I bake mine, but you can also fry them.



Yes, another Smores cookie recipe. What can I say? I love cookies more than any other baked good.



Eric and I love making Peep Smores. Every year we do it with Christmas Peeps over a gas stove or in the fireplace and we do it with Halloween Peeps over a bonfire. The ironic thing is, either of us are huge Peep fans. But man, do we love them in Smores!



Enjoy!

~Krissy

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

5 Ideas for Leftover Ham

I love Christmas ham. I have no desire to eat ham all year long, but I always look forward to the spiral ham with the brown sugar-maple glaze, and it never lets me down. However, after that delicious Christmas meal, I usually have enough ham leftover to eat for days and days. But I am learning that that's a good thing. There's a lot you can do with leftover ham!

1/2/15 Updated: Additional recipes below!


1. Ham and Broccoli Quiche
Quiches are a genius way to use up leftovers. This recipe belongs to my mother-in-law. But if you're not a broccoli fan, through in ham with spinach or tomato and onion. Use cheddar or if you prefer, swiss cheese. That's the other great thing about quiches--they are so versatile. 

Ingredients:
1 store-bought refrigerated pie crust
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half 
1 1/2 cup cubed cooked ham
1 cup frozen broccoli florets, thawed, drained, and chopped*
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a pie dish with the pie crust.

Bake the empty pie crust for 5 to 8 minutes. (Again, not necessary but helpful)

Place 1 cup of  the cheese, ham, and broccoli in the bottom of your pie crust. Beat the eggs and half and half together in a bowl then our into pie crust. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the egg sets in the center.

*Again, make sure your broccoli is well drained or else your quiche will come out watery and runny. 
ham mustard grilled cheese

2. Loaded Baked Potato with Ham and Cheddar
I just made these the other night and they are delicious. Made in the microwave, they are a quick and easy side dish. And if you're getting tired of leftover ham, these are a good way to use some of it up without making it the main focus of your meal.



Ingredients:
4 russet potatoes, scrubbed
1 cup cooked diced ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/3 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions:
Pierce each potatoes on top and bottom with fork. Place on a plate and cook for 5 minutes on high power. Flip potatoes over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice in half horizontally. Scoop the flesh out, leaving about 1/4-inch shell. Place the potatoes in a bowl and combine with ham, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, green onion and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the potatoes evenly between the 8 potato skin shells. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Microwave for another 1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Or put under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I made this for Eric the day after Christmas. It's a little twist on your traditional ham sandwich. I used cheddar--I'm not a big swiss cheese fan and a think ham and cheddar go together brilliantly. Anyway, he said it was so good, I had to go and make myself one.



Ingredients:
2 slices of sandwich bread
Butter
leftover ham
Cheddar cheese (we use shredded because it melts better)
Dijon mustard

Directions:
Butter one side of each piece of bread. Place ham on the unbuttered side of one piece of bread. Spread on mustard then add cheese. Cook the sandwich on a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat until the bread is a golden brown. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.

4. Ham and Cheese Omelette
I could eat this omelette every day. 


Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 tablespoon milk
Leftover ham, diced
Cheddar cheese, shredded (or swiss, if you prefer)
Green onions, thinly sliced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Directions:
In a bowl whisk together eggs and milk.

Spray skillet with cooking spray and heat pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot pour in egg mixture. When the bottom of the egg cooks, flip it over. The ham, cheese, and onions on half of the omelette. When the egg is completely cooked, fold it over, and place omelette on your plate. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Homemade Ham Pizza
So I was going to make this until I realized that I didn't have any pizza sauce, tomato sauce, or even spaghetti sauce in the house. I probably will make it after my next grocery shopping trip. But if you don't feel like making a pizza yourself, you could always add some chopped up ham to your frozen pizza.


Just swap out the pepperoni for ham.
Ingredients:
Crust
2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 packet active yeast
1 tablespoon sugar 
1 cup warm water

Toppings
Ham, chopped
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella, shredded
Any other preferred toppings

Directions:
Place water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl and let sit for 10 minutes to activate the yeast. Add 2 1/2 cups flour, oil, and salt; combine. Add more flour until dough forms a bowl. Knead 5 to 7 times. Roll into a bowl, place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or damp cloth. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease pizza stone with cooking spray.

Punch dough and place it on the pizza stone. Work it into a crust with a 12-inch diameter. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from oven and add sauce, cheese, and toppings.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown.

1.2.15 Update!
Ham in an egg salad, who knew how amazing that combination was! Here is the recipe. I had it for lunch two days in a row, so good.

I also used leftover ham to replace the bacon in my Pumpkin Soup with Sage Croutons and Bacon. Delicious! 

My husband fried up some ham (we had a lot leftover) then put barbecue sauce on it. He said it was really good, but I didn't try it.

I'm also thinking about trying a ham taco or a ham quesadilla. 

Enjoy!

~Krissy

Loaded Baked Potatoes with Ham and Cheddar

I needed to use up the potatoes in the pantry before they went bad and decided to make loaded baked potatoes. We didn't have any bacon in the house, but we did have leftover Christmas ham. Oh my god, so good! It was a spiral ham with a brown sugar-maple glaze. The sweetness of the ham just worked with the cheese and green onions. Wow.


Ingredients:
4 russet potatoes, scrubbed
1 cup cooked diced ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/3 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup sour cream (I used fat free)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions:
Pierce each potatoes on top and bottom with fork. Place on a plate and cook for 5 minutes on high power. Flip potatoes over and cook for another 5 minutes.

Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice in half horizontally. Scoop the flesh out, leaving about 1/4-inch shell. Place the potatoes in a bowl and combine with ham, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, green onion and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the potatoes evenly between the 8 potato skin shells. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Microwave for another 1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Or put under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes.



Enjoy!

~Krissy

More Side Dish Recipes:
Alfredo Green Bean Casserole
Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes 
Cheesy Tomato Zucchini Bake 
Cranberry Sauce Three Ways: Traditional, Orange Zest, and Brandied 
Mashed Potatoes 
Eric's Fried Rice
Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

Forget the ham or the mac and cheese or the mashed potatoes. This Christmas, all anyone cared about was this amazing dip. It's savory and refreshing and delicious. Both my mom and mother-in-law insisted on taking some home and my husband made me go out and buy some more crackers so he could finish off our leftovers. If only cranberries were available year round, I would make this dip throughout the year.

Recipe from here.


Ingredients:
1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries, rinsed and dried
1/4 cup green onion, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons lemon juice
dash of salt
2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened (I used low fat)

Crackers for serving. We used butter crackers, but my mother-in-law also ate the dip with tortilla chips.

Directions:
Finely dice cranberries. You can do this in your food processor (which is what I did) or dice them by hand. In a large bowl, combine diced cranberries, green onion, cilantro, pepper, sugar, cumin, lemon juice, and salt. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours (and let mine sit over night). This allows the sugar to dissolve and be absorbed by the cranberries.

Before serving, spread the cream cheese evenly on your serving plate. Pour on cranberry mixture over the cream cheese. Serve with crackers.


Cream Cheese



Cranberry dip, molasses chews, cinnamon sugar chips, ginger truffles

Enjoy!

~Krissy

More Appetizer Recipes:
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Jalapeno Popper Wontons 
Homemade Pizza Rolls
Spinach Balls with a Spicy Tomato Dipping Sauce  
Parmesan Veggie Crisps 
Cheese Puffs for Cheese Lovers!
Cheesy Twisty Straws

Monday, December 22, 2014

Molasses Chews

Normally I have a huge Christmas baking list that I have to whittle down to something manageable. This year, I'm feeling a little burnt out, I think. This is the only new recipe I tried this year (and it's a keeper!). I mostly made cookies and candies I've done before, and not that many (see my Christmas baking list at bottom of post). I have to admit, it was kind of nice enjoying my favorite treats again.

Recipe from here.



Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup whole milk
1 cup unsulphured molasses
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Candy thermometer

Directions:
Line an 8x8-inch glass baking dish with wax paper and lightly grease with cooking spray.

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine butter, chocolate, milk, molasses, and sugar over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Insert candy thermometer in the pan.

When the temperature reaches 248 on the thermometer, remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.

Carefully pour the molasses caramels into the prepared pan. Allow to cool and set for at least two hours. Remove the molasses chews from the dish and cut into bite-size squares. If you find the caramel sticking to the knife, spray the knife with cooking spray. Wrap the individual chews in wax paper.





Enjoy!

~Krissy

Christmas Baking List 2014:
Kiss Cookies
Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Men Cookies 
Spiced Rum Brown Butter Cookies
Homemade Marshmallows
Pumpkin Caramels!
Gingerbread Hot Chocolate