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Karl’s Ham and Barley Soup

I do not always look on-line for ideas for dinner. Sometimes, I simply say, “What do I have in my kitchen?” I had spent too much of today planning my birthday/Chinese New Year’s feast. When I pulled my head out of the computer, I noticed that it was time to start making dinner, before a hungry wife and daughter appeared on my door step.

Karl’s Ham and Barley Soup

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Karl’s Three Course Ham and Beans

I had defrosted one of my ham steaks for a meal that ended up not happening this Sunday. I do not want to re-freeze it, so I must think of a dish to make with it. Jan, who is just coming off a soft food diet, suggested ham and beans. Real food, but soft enough not to disturb her healing oral surgery.

Karl’s Three Course Ham and Beans

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Karl’s Apple Ham Hor d’Oeuvres Spread

I went to Safeway’s today and they had half hams for 49 cents a pound. For that price I could not pass one up. I like to cut these up into one inch streaks and freeze them for future meals. Tonight, I was already planning to make a sweet potato soup for Jan, but I knew that Eilene would like a bite of ham. She has been feeling a bit protein starved lately. I saved a couple of small ham steaks for our dinner.

Karl's Apple Ham Spread

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Karl’s Ham and Six Beans

My sister, Karen, and her husband are coming for Christmas and staying a few days. With my sister visiting I will be bringing back some of my best dishes of the year to see if I can make them even better.

Karl’s Ham and Six Beans

Karl’s Ham and Six Beans

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Karl’s Dijon Ham

This weekend we are going to see the second installment of the Hobbit. This leaves me with a dilemma, what am I going to make if I am going to a three hour movie just before dinner? This is that sweet spot between Thanksgiving and Christmas when the left over hams are half price.

Karl’s Dijon Ham

Karl’s Dijon Ham

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Karl’s Caribbean Ham Steak

Today, as I was thinking about making a ham steak, I was wondering what I could do that was new and different from my usual brown sugar, vinegar and clove glaze. I made a Caribbean salad last Sunday and I was thinking that a variation of that dressing might work well. Jan thought the using a whole Habanero was a bit too spicy, but go with your own tolerance.

Karl’s Caribbean Ham Steak

Karl’s Caribbean Ham Steak

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Karl’s Ham Steak

When Safeway has a half price sale on hams (after a holiday) I buy a half a ham and cut it into ¾ inch ham steaks to freeze for later. This is later. The French girl is still with us and I decided to make ham steak, parsley potatoes and coleslaw for dinner.

Karl’s Ham Steak

Karl’s Ham Steak

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Karl’s Ham and Five Beans

My younger daughter, Eilene, has just graduated from high school and she is having a few friends (10) over this week end. Teenagers must be fed, so I have decided to make ham and beans.  One of her friends is meat intolerant (i.e. not a vegetarian by choice), so I will have to come up with something special for him. That will take some more thought.

Karl’s Ham and Five Beans

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Karl’s Ham and Beans

When Safeway had a half price sale on hams after Thanksgiving I could not resist buying one. This is a lot of meat for my three person household, so I sliced it into three ¾” thick ham steaks to freeze and I was left with a large ham bone and the grisly pieces at the end.  For me this meaty bit says “Ham and Beans.

Karl's Ham and Beans

Karl’s Ham and Beans

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