Friday, October 18, 2019

Red Devil Cheese Ball | Snack Ideas | Recipe

Our family has always enjoyed Melba Toast, both for snacking and as a base for some of our favorite brunch appetizers. Here’s one of my favorite family recipes for Red Devil Cheese Ball which you can use as an appetizer spread on Melba Toast.

Red Devil Cheese Ball
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Party Appetizer Red Devil Cheese Ball

Fall is upon us, although with today’s weather in New England you’d think you were back in February when all we've had are Nor'Easters especially along Cape Cod and the Boston Area!   Vermont and New Hampshire have already had snow on some mountains.

Soon enough though all the cold weather will be behind us and we’ll back camping at the beach and lakes before we know it.  One of the items I’ll definitely be packing when we go camping is low-calorie, low-fat snacks like Old London Melba Toast.

So here's an idea for your Holiday Parties - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas will keep us busy.

Red Devil Cheese Ball

On my blog I’ve written how I’ve embarked on a new diet plan.  Melba Toast will can help put you on the right track towards a healthier summer lifestyle.

For over 80 years, Old London Melba Toast has provided a great alternative to heavy breads or crackers, for healthier snacking. Most of the products are made with all-natural whole grains, which helps a simple snack like Melba Toast and hummus make you stay fuller longer, and less likely reach for junk food.

For more creative options, visit for a variety of Melba inspired recipes such as Chocolate Pistachio Crunch, Atlantic Salmon Bites and Lemon Meringue Tarts.  These are great for entertaining on the deck or patio!

Easy cleanup with Handmade Kitchen Dish Cloths from Moomettes Crochet

Farmhouse Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths

Red Devil Cheese Ball

1 (8oz) package cream cheese
1 (4-1/2 oz) can deviled ham
1/2 cup walnuts (crush in blender)
Dash Worcestershire & tabasco
1 tbl green relish
1 tbl dry onion soup

Mix ingredients and then chill 1 hour.
Form into balls and roll in nuts.
Chill another hour or more before serving.
Serve on Melba Toast.

© Frugal New England Kitchen

I wrote  this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Old London Melba Toast and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ham and Spaghetti Casserole | Easy Ham Casserole Recipe

Here's a family favorite easy and quick skillet supper pasta casserole recipe for a weeknight using ham steak, canned stewed tomatoes and spaghetti. It's pretty inexpensive to make, and I like to keep the canned ingredients on-hand for a hurry-up dinner .

Easy Quick Night Supper

Ham and Spaghetti Casserole Dish

My mother-in-law was Irish and never cooked spaghetti and meat sauce. If my husband and his siblings wanted Italian pasta, they had to order it out!  This is my mother-in-law's version of pasta that we fondly refer to as "Irish Spaghetti Casserole."  It works well using either leftover ham and then use the ham bone to make pea soup!  You can also use canned ham or a ham steak in this casserole recipe.

Ham and Spaghetti Casserole Dish

It's even easier to make if you do OAMC freezer cooking. I've been putting up quite a few make-ahead freezer mixes to simplify mealtime preparation. Here's one of the ham meal starter mixes that I put together using a freezer recipe from The Family Homestead eBook cookbook:

Easy cleanup with Handmade Kitchen Dishcloths from Moomettes Crochet !

Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths

Ham and Spaghetti Casserole

1 ham steak, cut into cubes
2 cans (16 oz.) stewed tomatoes (or 1 can stewed tomatoes, 1 can regular tomato sauce)
1 large green pepper, seeded and cut into cubes
2 - 3 tbl. cooking oil
salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese, to taste
1 lb. cooked spaghetti pasta

n a large sided frying pan, add oil, and saute cut up ham steak until golden brown.
Add cut peppers and saute until tender.
Add stewed tomatoes, (including the juice).
Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions separately.
Drain and add to ham mixture. You may not want to add all at once so as not to use up all the juice.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Add parmesan cheese if desired.
Serve with crusty garlic bread.

© Frugal New England Kitchen

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Banana Chocolate Bread Recipe

This easy recipe for Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread does double-duty for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

Homemade bread is always a treat. My daughters are always asking me to make banana bread. Both think this is the best banana bread because it's double chocolate, made with cocoa chocolate and chocolate chips. My charming son-in-law likes plain banana bread. Sweet bread is really pure comfort food and goes well with a glass of milk or your morning coffee.


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

I like to double the recipe and freeze several. Mini loaf pans are the perfect size if you're bringing a hostess gift.
Chocolate Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

We prefer the mini semi sweet chocolate morsels in this dessert bread.  The addition of cocoa powder gives this chocolate banana bread a nice, rich chocolate flavor.  You can add nuts if your family likes them.

Another family breakfast bread favorite is this easy Monkey Bread made with Maple Syrup!

Easy clean-up with my crochet handmade Dish Cloths from my Moomettes Crochet shop!

Yellow Handmade Cotton Dish Cloths

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups ripe, mashed bananas (about 2-3)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups King Arthur flour
1/2 cup Hershey's cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup Nestle mini morsel semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional)

Heat oven to 350.
Spray bottom of 8x4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Beat sugar, eggs, and oil in large bowl at medium speed until combined.
Beat in banana and vanilla at low speed.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; beat into banana mixture at low speed just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spoon batter into pan.
Bake 60-70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes.
Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

© Frugal New England Kitchen