Recipe Save: Ham & Beans

Origin:  Modified Internet
Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus overnight bean soak)
Actual Cooking Time: 8 hours
Number of Servings: 6-8 servings


  • 1 lb package dried northern beans
  • ham bone, hocks, shanks or diced ham (about 1 pound)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 6 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  1. The night before you want to cook the beans, sort the beans and remove any pebbles or beans that just don’t look right.
  2. Put the sorted beans in a large bowl or crock and cover with water, leaving about 1-2 inches of water above the beans.
  3. The next morning drain and rinse the beans.
  4. Put the rinsed beans, onion powder, salt, pepper, and ham to the crock pot.
  5. Add water.
  6. Cover and cook on low about 8 hours, until beans are tender.
  7. If needed, remove ham bone, shanks or hocks and pull off the meat. Add meat to the crock pot and mix.


I typically dice up leftover ham when I make a spiral ham, freeze it and us that when I want to make some ham and beans.  Many like to serve this with cornbread.  Sometimes I like that but sometimes it just seems too heavy.  Some light and buttery biscuits or croissants can be nice too.


Recipe Save: Clove and Spice Ham Glaze

Origin:  All Recipes
Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Number of Servings: Enough for 16 servings of ham


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Mix brown sugar, honey, brown mustard, cloves, and ginger together in a small sauce pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, 2-5 minutes.

Recipe Save: Candied Bacon

Origin:  Modified from a recipe provided by catering at work
Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Number of Servings: 6-8


  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 pound lean sliced bacon

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Process pecans in a food processor 20 seconds or until finely chopped or crush in a plastic freezer bag using a rolling pin. 
  3. On a plate, combine the sugar, flour, and pecans and mix till well blended.
  4. Line a baking sheet (the kind with a lip around all edges) with parchment paper.
  5. Dredge the bacon slices in the mixture, arrange the slices close together on the lined baking sheet.
  6. Spoon remaining mixture onto bacon and press into the bacon.
  7. Bake till browned and almost but not quite crisp, about 30 minutes.

Recipe Save – Ham and Cheese Tortilla Roll Up
You have ever-so-easy Southwest flavor going when you make a creamy cheese and corn filling that you wrap up with ham slices and flour tortillas.

Total Preparation Time: Less than 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: No Cooking Required
Number of Servings: 4
Special Features: Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes), Make Ahead


  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar cheese (6 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup Sour cream
  • 1 can (11 ounces) whole kernel corn
  • 10 Flour tortillas (6 inches in diameter)
  • 10 slices (1 ounce each) deli fully cooked ham
  • Cilantro sprig


  1. Mix cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream and corn.
  2. Top each tortilla with 1 slice ham. Spread 2 tablespoons corn mixture over ham. Top with cilantro. Roll up.

Cook’s Notes
Terrific idea for picnics! Tote the cheese mixture along with the remaining ingredients, and put them together when you reach your picnic site.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 440 ; Total Fat: 27 g ; Saturated Fat: 11 g ; Carbohydrates: 27 g ; Protein: 24 g ; Vitamin A: 12% ; Vitamin C: 2% ; Calcium: 22% ; Iron: 12% ; Fiber: 2 g

Recipe Save – Easy Sweet & Spicey Meatballs

I had these at a graduation party and they were wonderful. I was shocked when they told me the ingredients. I’ve made them ever since and they always go like hot cakes!

Total Preparation Time: Less than 15 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 1 hour
Number of Servings: More than 10
Special Features: Quick to Prepare (under 30 minutes) & Simple (6 ingredients or less)


  • 30 Prepared & Cooked Meatballs
  • 2 bottles of chili sauce (found in ketchup aisle)
  • 1 large jar Grape jelly


    1. Combine sauce and grape jelly the crockpot.
    2. Use a whisk to break up the jelly and mix until combined.
    3. Add meatballs.
    4. Simmer on low for about 4 hours or until sauce is warm and meatballs are tender and flavorful.

Cook’s Notes
Either hand roll meatballs using your favorite meatball recipe or purchase frozen prepared meatballs. If you use frozen, allow for more simmering time.

Recipe Save – Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloin

This one of the all time favorites in our house.  Everyone in our house absolutely loves this tender, roasted and flavorful tenderloin.  It is also a fabulous dish to serve for company!

Total Preparation Time: 15 to 30 minutes
Actual Cooking Time: 30-45 minutes
Number of Servings: 4-6

1/2 cup Soy sauce
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 tbs. Fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp. dry ginger
1 tbs. Sesame oil
1 lb. Boneless pork tenderloin
1/4 cup Honey
2 tbs. Brown sugar
1/4 cup Sesame seeds


  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large heavy zip lock bag. Place tenderloin in bag and coat with soy mixture. Secure bag tightly. Marinate 2 hours at room temperature, or overnight in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove pork from marinade and pat dry. Discard marinade.
  3. Mix together honey and brown sugar in a shallow plate.
  4. Place sesame seeds on a separate shallow plate.
  5. Roll pork in honey mixture, coating well. Then roll in sesame seeds.
  6. Place tenderloin in a shallow roasting pan and roast about 25 minutes per 1 lb., until a meat thermometer reads 160°F.
  7. Remove to a serving platter, slice thinly.

Cook’s Notes

Delicious leftovers in sandwiches.

Nutrition Information

Dietary Exchanges: Fat: 1.7, Sugar: 1.4, Very lean meat protein: 3.9

Calories: 310 ; Total Fat: 10.7 g ; Carbohydrates: 26.2 g ; Protein: 28.4 g ; Sodium: 287 mg ; Fiber: 1.2 g