Jalapeno Ham Hash

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Despite having a list of lip-smacking Easter leftover recipes, another one popped to mind I had to try:  Jalapeno Ham Hash.  When I was growing up I loved Corned Beef Hash.  Of course it was from a can but I could not get enough of the tiny cubed potatoes and corned beef.  It was not until I was an adult that I realize it could be made from scratch and frankly was completely different, and much more robust with flavor.

I love dishes like hash as they incorporate different flavors and textures that make the dish interesting.  We have a favorite post-Thanksgiving hash recipe that uses up turkey, stuffing and potatoes.  It’s incredibly delicious and we plan for it as loyally as we do our standard Thanksgiving dinner recipes!   One of the things we most love about it is a fantastic crunch thanks to slivered almonds.

Jalapeno Ham Hash  - BoulderLocavore.com

The idea of sautéed jalapeno pepper and ham sounded fantastic to me.  I learned last year with a few of my leftover dishes that ham marries well into spicier Mexican or Southwestern recipes (such as Cheesy Ham and Black Bean Nachos).  Most of us only make a ham for the holidays so it’s not something we spend a lot of time experimenting with.  As we’ve been enjoying redo’s of plates of Mashed Potato, Ham and Peas from Easter itself and of course ham sandwiches, I decided to sauté some of the abundant leftover ham with potatoes, onions, garlic, jalapeno with some smoked paprika and three in some roasted Pepitas for crunch.  It’s a comfort food dish, and one that would be perfect with eggs for a hearty breakfast or paired with a salad for dinner.  It’s complete in less than thirty minutes and will store well as a leftovers too!

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Gluten-Free Easter Leftovers Recipes

Gluten-Free Easter Leftovers Recipes BoulderLocavore.com

Hoping you’ve had a fun, delicious Easter!  As with every holiday there are usually tons of Easter leftovers; especially in the ham and hard-boiled egg department.  Today I wanted to share a some favorite, delicious recipes to help you work through those leftovers, making dishes just as wonderful as your Easter feast!  I'm including some recipes from talented colleagues as well with any notes to make the recipes gluten-free. Do you have a favorite gluten-free Easter leftovers recipe?  If so I'd love to hear about it! Hawaiian Chopped Ham Salad Smoky Ham Cheese Potato Frittata Cheesy Ham and Black Bean Nachos Spilt Pea Soup with Red Wine and Ham How to Make Peppery Ham Stock Huevos Diablo (Devil Eggs) Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwich with … {continue reading}

The Dogs of Boulder Locavore and the American Kennel Club

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This post brought to you by American Kennel Club. All opinions are 100% mine. I’m very excited about today’s post!  Over time you’ve had peeks into the Boulder Locavore clan though you have not yet met the four legged part of my family.  I’m delighted today to introduce you to my dogs….. This is Guinness. And this is Guinness with my daughter.  She is one year older than Guinness. This is Coal. Coal is a year older than my son. And this is Lola. We love Lola. We can’t really get enough of Lola... She’s so cute in that never-going-to-be-Prom-Queen kind of way. As with most families our dogs are as integral to our tribe as the humans.  I frankly can’t imagine a day without them in it. Our eldest dog, Guinness, a pure bred … {continue reading}

Egg Cup Coconut Panna Cotta

Egg Cup Coconut Panna Cotta - BoulderLocavore.com

Easter is this Sunday and if your menu isn’t fully set, I have a fun dessert idea for you which is beautifully flavored, simple and quick to prepare:  Egg Cup Coconut Panna Cotta.  If you have not tried panna cotta, it is a creamy custard that takes minutes to whip up, and sets to a fantastic consistency in a few hours of chilling.  Traditionally panna cotta is made exclusively with cow milk however I wanted to ‘spring it up’ and used a combination of some dairy half-and-half with a favorite non-dairy milk of mine Silk Coconut Milk.  The coconut milk has a light, fun flavor that makes the panna cotta deliciously unexpected. Loving to create the unexpected, I felt serving the panna cotta in decorative egg cups would be really fun.  I feel Easter tends to be full of chocolate, … {continue reading}

Elderflower Gin Fizz with frozen Berry ‘ice cubes’

Elderflower Gin Fizz #Easter - BoulderLocavore.com

Easter is not just for kids.  And cocktails are not just for evening.  Easter brunch is a perfect time for a cocktail with light flavors and some fizz.   This cocktail is a great choice for any warm weather brunch: the Elderflower Gin Fizz.  The botanicals in gin mesh beautifully with St. Germain elderflower liqueur which is flowery and lightly sweet.  The color is a sublime faint peachy color too! Instead of the traditional ‘over the rocks’ approach for this libation, I froze blackberries and raspberries to act like ice cubes but all some visual appeal and a nice bite when the cocktail is done! We have yet to nail down our Easter meal plans but I always love some whimsy in the table décor.  Fun, unexpected plates and glasses.  Place holders such as lime green mini buckets … {continue reading}

Smoky Ham Cheese Potato Frittata

Smoky Ham Cheese Potato Frittata - BoulderLocavore.com

I’m playing a bit of Easter recipe catch up.  Between our Spring Break travel, finishing off taxes, a bout of a bug hitting one of my kids for five days, I woke up last weekend feeling I’d lost a week.  Can you keep a secret?  I have not done one smidge of preparation.  Yikes! I shared a number of fun dessert recipes last year perfect for Easter.  Hidden Rainbow Easter Egg Cake (a pound cake with a psychedelic egg inside), Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cupcakes and Gourmet Easter Candy Bark.  Roasted Balsamic Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts is so simple and delicious, perfect as an Easter meal side dish.  There are a number of great Easter option including egg coloring methods that you may found rounded up here. I always like to add new options each holiday and today I’ve … {continue reading}