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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!

Boston Market Creamed Spinach

If you are a spinach lover and haven't tried creamed spinach before, now is the time! It is comforting and so tasty, the perfect side dish to a home cooked meal. I haven't had Boston Market creamed spinach before, so I can't vouch for how close it is that, but I do know that it is extremely delicious. Enjoy!

Note: I happened to have a large bag of fresh spinach so I used that instead. My ratio of cheese sauce to spinach is a little heavy on the sauce side. Normally there would be more greens in there, but I was using what I had in the fridge.

Boston Market Creamed Spinach
Makes 8 servings

5 tablespoons butter (divided)1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup half-and-half cream4 ounces cream cheese2 tablespoons minced onions1 tablespoon minced garlic2 (10 ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed1/4 cup water1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a saucepan over medium low heat, melt 3 Tbls butter.
2. Stir flour and salt into pan until creamed together.
3. Slowly sti…

Kiddo Update - Summer 2012

It has been quite a long time since the last kiddo update. While Jam Hands is primarily about food, I do have some readers from way back who have seen my kids since they were born and a time or two a  year I like to give a little update. Here we go!

Mr. Jack  - Just turned 3

Likes: Anyone that knows Jack could answer this very easily. ANGRY BIRDS. All angry birds all the time! Angry angry angry! Birds birds birds!  He has t-shirts, stuffed animals, figurines, and of course the games on the computer (which he is playing in that first picture). The boy is crazy about the birds. He is very affectionate and full of life. He is a wild man.

Dislikes: Being bossed around by his sister.

Favorite thing to do which he is not supposed to: Getting into the pantry and raiding the snack shelf.

Funny Random: Confuses marshmallows and watermelons. Calls the watermelons growing in our garden "Marshmellons."

Miss Violet - About to turn 5

Likes: Drawing, gardening, playing outside, changing her cloth…

Monster Party!

My little monster turned three this Summer. The theme I went for this year was silly monsters. It was a small party with just a few kids attending but it was a lot of fun. I kept it simple and easy and we did burgers and hot dogs for lunch with chips and drinks. The kids played outside in the sprinklers and then came in for the party after they had burned some energy off.

All in all it was a pretty easy party to throw together for a small crowd. Happy Birthday little man!

Linking up to the parties found here.

Creamy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Holy moly. So these Creamy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas from the Sunflower Supper Club are pretty amazing. Definitely the best I've ever made. While I like the traditional red enchilada sauce, these are much, much better. A green enchilada sauce is mixed with spicy tomatoes and cream cheese to make a tasty sauce. It is a little heavy on the cilantro flavor so if you are not a fan of that, cut it way back. I happen to love it so this was perfect. Delicious enough to be served at a restaurant for sure. I served it with a quick Mexican rice and it was devoured pretty quickly. Enjoy!

One note: The original recipe didn't state what size baking dish to use, although it looks like a 9"x13" from the picture. However, using the heaping 1/2 cup per serving per tortilla, I only filled up an extra deep 9"x9" baking dish and it filled only 6 tortillas. Use your best judgement. You can make it go farther by using less filling per tortilla, or by using smaller tortillas as w…

Apricot & Clove Glazed Ham

I've got a quick recipe for you today as I am behind the scenes working on the blog this week. Apricot and Clove Glazed Ham is delicious and perfect for a special meal on Easter or Christmas, or for that matter year round as it is super simple to make. As seen in the picture we baked it with fresh cut pineapple (not canned!). My only word is advice is to please not use those water packed hams that are cheap and flavorless. Get the good stuff!

Apricot & Clove Glazed Ham

1 jar apricot preservespinch of cloves (more if you want a stronger clove flavor)
1. Mix the preserves and cloves together until well combined. (Taste for seasoning at this point to see if you want it to have a stronger clove flavor). Brush over ham as it cooks, following the instructions for cooking as directed on the package of the ham.

Nectarine Almond Pie

I may be on a pie kick lately. There is something about Summer that makes me want to bake lots of fruit pies and today I have a delicious recipe for a Nectarine Almond Pie. There is just a touch of almond in it, just enough to add a hint of flavor and uniqueness to the standard fruit pie. Enjoy a slice warm or cold, although I preferred it cold from the fridge.

Nectarine Almond Pie
Makes one 9" pie

2/3 cup white sugar4 tablespoons all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1 cup heavy whipping cream1/4 teaspoon almond extract5 nectarines1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place a large pot of water over high heat, and bring to a boil.

2. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, heavy cream and almond extract. Set aside.

3. Place the nectarines in boiling water for 30 to 45 seconds. Immediately place nectarines under cold running water and remove skins. Cut nectarines in half and remove pits. Place halves in the pie shell with the cut side down. P…

Cornbread Salad

While we are in the middle of a super hot Summer, a delicious side dish is this Cornbread Salad. A moist cornbread is topped with crunchy vegetables, a ranch sauce and shredded cheese. It is an amazing side dish to something like BBQ chicken. You will want to use your favorite recipe for cornbread for this. I use Cornbread Supreme typically, but you can use a traditional cornbread too, or even a box mix (gasp!)

If you prefer, you can crumble up the cornbread, or even cut it into cubes and layer it in a trifle dish. Or you can keep it simple like me and pile it in a 9"x13" pan and call it good. Using this method I did cut up the cornbread into large squares just to make serving it easier from the pan.

I used the toppings from Recipe Shoebox for her Chili Cornbread Salad, just minus the beans. It is refreshing and delicious. Enjoy!

Cornbread Salad
Makes one 9"x13" pan

Prepared cornbread, enough for a 9"x13" pan, cut into squares or if preferred, crumbled (