Zucchini and Ham Mac 'n Cheese

August 27, 2015
by Mimi Holtz

Zucchini and Ham with Mac ‘n Cheese: Simple and Extraordinary

treesI enjoy walking in the woods here in Vermont.  When I was a little girl, this part of the woods was just pasture, but over the years the trees have grown tall, creating this spectacular setting for a morning stroll.

fern and mossIt’s fun to notice the little patches of moss, lichens on the stones, and ferns that just grow wherever they wish.

mossy rootsThese moss-covered roots look like giant snakes, don’t they?

sunrise in VermontThis morning I woke up in time to catch the sunrise through the screened window of the upstairs bedroom. There’s just something about Vermont that allows the most ordinary sights to become extraordinarily beautiful.

Paquet FarmWe stopped by the Paquet Farm to buy some fresh vegetables at their farm stand,  and I took this photo of their barn with my phone camera.  Just an ordinary barn along the road that I hardly noticed as a child  looks stunningly beautiful to me now.


I transformed that simple photo using  an I-Phone app called Waterlogue to make this watercolor image of the barn.  Magical!

Today  I transformed some ordinary ingredients from the fridge into  a delicious dish for lunch.  Since I’m sharing the beauty of Vermont,  I’ll share this simple recipe for our  extraordinary lunch with you too!

Zucchini and Ham with Mac 'n Cheese
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: American
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Use fresh summer squash with bits of ham and leftover mac 'n cheese to make this creamy comfort food!
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 5 slices of deli ham, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 cups of prepared mac 'n cheese
  • ½ cup grated Italian blend cheeses
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the squash and sauté until tender, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the ham and the mac 'n cheese and let them warm up.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, and stir.
  5. Sprinkle with Italian cheeses.
  6. Serve warm.

Zucchini and Ham Mac 'n Cheese



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by Mimi Holtz
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after-rainA rainy day like today reminds me of board games, jigsaw puzzles, and crafts; reading a whole book ( or two) in one sitting; baking cookies or sewing a new skirt; knitting/crocheting; making homemade soup. Chilly rain that smells like a mountain stream. Sweatshirts were invented for days like today, when the pond water is warmer than the brisk air.

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pinterest peachy punch

July 30, 2015
by Mimi Holtz

Peachy Sunrise Punch

orange-peach-raspberry drink

I am in love with this glass of peachy orange goodness.  And that splash of red on top?  It’s raspberry puree!  No need to add alcohol to this refreshing summer thirst-quencer.  Want to feel like you’ve spent a week at a spa?  Make this punch and invite some friends over for a Play Day!

During the past month I have had more free time as  my church choir is on their summer break and only a few piano students are coming for  lessons during school vacation.   I was remembering the days when our kids would have friends come for a play day,  and the moms would end up visiting too.   One day I was chatting with a food blogger friend who is also a  mom whose kids are grown up, and mentioned that maybe WE should have a play day just for us.  The very idea of a day OFF made us both positively giddy!  We set a date and mentioned it to a few more gals that we both knew.  Each of us marked our calendar, reserving  an entire day just to spend together for no reason but fun and laughter!   Why didn’t we think of this before? Continue Reading →

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by Mimi Holtz

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chicken tamale potato salad

Today I tried a new potato salad using Del Real Foods Chicken Tamales in Green Sauce.  Remember when I made the Beef Tamale Pie with their Beef Tamales?   Now that it’s summer, I’m craving potato salad,  and I’m looking for ways to add flavors and ingredients for a one-bowl dinner that can be made ahead of time.  Del Real Foods is hosting a recipe contest, so I requested some more of there products to try.  Continue Reading →

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by Mimi Holtz

Chicago! Eat Write Retreat 2015: VIP Luncheon with The Golden Door

Golden Door luncheonIsn’t this the cutest kitchen?  A few weeks ago I was treated to lunch here, hosted by The Golden Door Resort and Spa, which is just a few miles from our ranch.  I flew all the way to Chicago to attend the Eat Write Retreat food bloggers’ conference and so did Chef Greg Frey Jr.  from the Golden Door!  He carried  ruby red grapefruit grown on the resort property in California to make those refreshing mocktails you can see on the table!  A busload of food bloggers from all over the United States arrived Continue Reading →

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