Ham and Lentil Stew

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Happy Easter everyone!  Are you about to be inundated with leftover ham?  I know that ham sandwiches are a favorite but they have never worked for me.  I prefer something warm and delicious to use up my leftovers. Warm, delicious, surprisingly healthy.  And this ham and lentil stew, while not the most photogenic of dishes, is very tasty.

I learned that lentils are very similar in some respects to split peas, so think of this as the best ham and pea soup you have ever had.  It also freezes well if you have so many leftovers that you wind up with way too much stew and leftovers of your leftovers.

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Rich Chocolate Pudding

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When I made the banana pudding  a few weeks ago I mentioned I was going to have a lip biopsy done… well it happened and went very well.  However my bottom lip is now twice its normal size and I need soft easy-to-eat foods.

Plus something inherently comforting sounds nice as well.  And there are few things more comforting than a delicious bowl of rich, chocolate pudding.

This pudding is perfect: intensely chocolatey, smooth, creamy, and easy to make.  If you are not an intense chocolate person I don’t see why you couldn’t substitute 6 ounces of milk chocolate chips, or butterscotch, or even peanut butter chips if you liked.

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