Monte Cristo: Not Your Ordinary French Sandwich

What to do with all of those Easter leftovers? My suggestion are sandwiches, but let’s make this one memorably delicious. Monte Cristo? Yes! Let’s turn French toast into a sandwich to remember, shall we? People have strong opinions about the Monte Cristo sandwich, a double­decker of Swiss cheese, ham, and chicken or turkey, battered, fried,…

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What do the French Have For Lunch? Croque Madame

In France, Croque Madame is a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with the addition of a simple white cream sauce and fried egg. The Croque Monsieur is the same, but without the egg. This creamy, cheesy, slightly salty, flavorful French delight originated in French cafés and bars as a quick snack or lunch. Typically, Emmental…

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Country Ham, Mushroom, Green Pepper, Red Onion & Spinach Frittata

Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelet or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables, rice or pasta. The word frittata is derived from Italian and roughly translates to “egg-cake” In essence, you can literally add any favorite, savory edibles that you have in your fridge, saute to…

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Tuscan Crock Pot (Or Not) Smoked Virginia Ham, White Bean & Potato Soup with Thyme

It’s Soup Weather!! Warm, scrumptious and satisfying to the soul. This hearty concoction (with a touch of northern Italian influence) can be prepared either stove-top or in a crock pot. Full of fresh root veggies and their wonderful, crisp Autumn flavors. The fundamental essences are even more incredible dished up the next day. I serve it with…

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Guest Chef Wednesday! Ellie’s Easy & Delicious Ham and Potato Soup

A hearty, easy soup that’s ready in 45 minutes. Perfect for using up leftover ham. Break out the crusty bread and crisp salad greens! This soup is quick, easy in all of its luscious, satisfying and creamy deliciousness. INGREDIENTS: 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes 1/3 cup diced celery 1/3 cup finely chopped onion…

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Grilled Hawaiian Ham & Swiss—Delish!

Buttery, caramelly, slightly salty and sweet! “Great Sandwiches” served up today at Once Upon a Spice! These bites of lusciousness offer the perfect combination of tastes for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner. Turkey ham may be substituted, but Swiss is the only way to go for your choice of cheese. Emmentaler works well too,…

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“Red Jacket” Colcannon

Colcannon is a customary Irish potato dish that is not only rich in flavor, but folklore and history as well. It’s also a perfect recipe to make with the kids while sharing its interesting history! Contrary to popular belief that this is a St. Patrick’s Day dish, by tradition, it’s actually made on All Saints Day…

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