Welcome to The Pauley Principle!

The Pauli Principle, named for Wolfgang Pauli, deals with atoms and electron-sharing that results in new, stronger bonds. Think 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen, a shared delectable (!) electron and VOILA! Water!

Similarly, when you prepare whole food to share with family and friends, especially foods you've grown, something amazing happens. Meals become tastier and healthier. Your soul, not just your stomach, becomes fulfilled. You live life more abundantly as a result. During a shared meal, the bonds that people create grow stronger and become something new: GREATER than the sum of the parts! I give you The Pauley Principle.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Solutions for Left-over Ham! Two REALLY Easy, REALLY Delicious Recipes!

One more meal of sliced ham but then what?

Here are three things to help you stretch the ham dollar and give you more tasty meals:
1. First, freeze the large slices in usable portion size. 
2. Chunk up the rest for yummy ham salad. (Recipe follows.) Leave some meat on the bone.
3. Make a delicious and nutritious bean soup with the ham bone and those luscious pieces of ham that cling to it. (Recipe follows.)

These recipes are incredibly easy and delicious!


Start with a ham that is tasty and not dried out. A little ham fat adds flavor, but be skimpy with it. Trim carefully so as not to get gristle or chunks of fat.
I prefer to use an inexpensive grinder but I've had ham salad that is minced or chopped and it's just fine. A food processor would also give a great result. The important thing is that you use real ham, real eggs, a good quality of mayonnaise, and some pickle relish. That's it! This is SO EASY!!!

1 1/2 to 2 cups of ham, chopped fine or ground
3 to 4 eggs, boiled, shelled, chopped fine or ground
2 heaping tablespoons of mayonnaise (Hellman's is so good for this!)
1 heaping tablespoon of sweet pickle relish

Really, that's it! Just process the meat and eggs to the consistency you like. Add the mayonnaise and the sweet pickle relish. Stir it up, adding more mayonnaise or pickle relish to taste,  incorporating the flavors throughout and WOW!!! 100% Pure YUM and I guarantee you can't buy a ham salad that tastes that good and fresh! Makes a great sandwich with potato soup. Oh, yeah! Or serve with crackers.
Feel free to add onions, but your ham salad won't stay fresh-tasting as long.


1 ham bone
1 pound of navy beans
2 sticks of celery, chopped
1/2 onion, diced
sweet pepper or hot pepper, diced, to taste
2 teaspoons salt
generous pinch of freshly ground pepper
2 quarts of water to start, or enough to cover the ham bone

You can parboil the beans ahead of time, if you like. I always rinse the beans and check for little rocks but it's really pretty rare to find one! Just an old-timey habit!

Simply place all ingredients into a stock pot. Place on high heat to bring to boil. Turn down the heat to simmer, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Add water as needed. Check seasonings and adjust. 
Serve with cornbread. What a treat!!!

Question: What are some of your favorite ways to use your left-over ham or ham bone?

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