Leftover Hambone and White Bean Soup

hambone soup

If you have a leftover ham bone from a spiral cut ham sitting in your freezer you can make this delicious soup! This recipe is loaded with healthy vegetables and beans. I was surprised at how fast the stock came together. It only took about an hour of simmering for it be fragrant and full of good flavor. I decided to use a trick for it that’s often used when cooking stock for Vietnamese Pho: adding whole spices like allspice and cloves to enhance flavor. It worked out quite nicely and the rest of the soup came together in a flash. It was a great way to use up those leftovers from dinner and is a perfect soup for cold February weather.
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Thanksgiving Side Dishes and Mains

Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes and main courses. Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to get creative with a lot of different dishes!

Main Courses:

Ginger and Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast


Side Dishes:

Mashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Dil

Garlic Mashed Potatoes








Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

Roasted Butternut Squash with Caramelized Onions, Gruyere, and Sage








Cranberry Sauce with Pinot Noir

Gingered Cranberry Sauce








Garlic and Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprout

Roasted Beets


Prosciutto, Manchego and Fig Jam Sandwich

A while back I made a prosciutto, mozzarella and fig panini on ciabatta bread. I wanted to revisit those flavors because I loved the combination of smoky and savory prosciutto along with the sweet and fruity fig jam. Instead of mozzarella I went with Manchego which is a cheese that I have been using quite a bit in sandwiches lately. Manchego is a little bit sweet and a little bit tart so it worked perfectly with the other ingredients. I decided on sourdough bread instead of ciabatta just to try something a little different. The sandwich turned out really great! I loved how the flavors balanced each other really well. It’s really easy to make too since it only needs 4 ingredients! The fig jam can be sweet so I just spread it thinly over the bread. It was a great combination of sweet and savory flavors, so I will definitely be having this again!

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Ginger and Honey Mustard Glazed Ham

A slice of savory, spiced ham is a great dinner to fight the winter chill.  I picked up a small hickory smoked ham steak with the bone in and decided to make a simple sauce of mustard, honey, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.  I broiled the ham for a few minutes on each side and the results were very good.  The ham was flavorful but not too sweet which was the effect I was trying for.  For a side dish, I made a simple baked sweet potato which was super tasty with the glazed ham.

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Ham and Lentil Soup

I have been sort of obsessed with my crock pot for the last few months. All I can say is get one (crock pot companies should be paying me for this advertising!) This soup is great for the slow cooker–the ham cooks nicely and flavors the broth without being too salty. I threw in the ham bone for added flavor.  I liked how the lentils got really soft and almost dissolved in the broth. This soup turned out great and I will definitely make it again sometime.

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