Saturday, January 15, 2011

BiG tOoLs MiNi PiEs

This morning I hit the floor running at 4:30am YES 4:30AM! 

to get Robert out the door at 5:15.

working 6-6 for the next few weeks

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my hubby works extremely hard, uses BIG tools and gets REALLY filthy

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                  BIG-O nuts and bolts                           BIG BERTHA, now THAT’S one big air wrench!

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Oil refineries

So, every morning I make him a HEARTY breakfast YES, EVERY MORNING! and I’m not talkin’ about a poptart and milk, I’m making breakfast burritos, ham and eggs, baked grits and turkey sausage, etc.! Then I prepare a lunch that the other workers will swoon YES SWOON! over.

This manly man doesn’t take samwiches and Cheetos but


lunches like chicken pot pie, baked pastas, fajitas, etc.

granted, some of these are from the previous night but hey, sometimes things get better with time

like cheese, fine wine and ME

So, today I COOKED. I don’t usually share my recipes but this one is too good and too easy to keep to myself.

MiNi HaM & ChEeSe PiEs!

  ~said like Oprah when she’s giving everyone a car~


Now these are no ORDINARY pies…

When I took them to teachers’ luncheons, they would be out in the parking lot with binoculars preparing for the attack when I drove in.




2 unbaked pie crusts

2 cups cubed ham, sautéed enough to get the water out

2 cups cubed CoJack Cheese

2 Tablespoons chopped green pepper

3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese

2 beaten eggs

dash of Tabasco, to taste

dash of pepper, to taste

(You can add chopped onion, green onion, mushrooms, etc)


Mix all ingredients together except the crusts.


Cut 2½” circles from the crusts


Push crust circles into mini-muffin tin.

(I spray mine lightly with canola oil)

Fill with cheese mixture.


Bake for 20 minutes at 350° or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.

Let them cool for a few minutes.

Slide thin knife around the edges to loosen before removing them from the pan.

Serve warm. Makes 18 pies


for all you sweetsaholics out there, here’s another filling

shhhhhhh I got this from my favorite TV cook, Paula Deen

Pecan Tassies

½ stick of butter, melted
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup finely chopped pecans

10-ounces Heath toffee bits (sold in 8 oz. packages)

Bake the same as Mini Pies.

This is a party favorite! 



Do you have a favorite “mini” food? 


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Donna K said...

YUM...I like the mini cheese/egg/ham pies. Gotta try that. My favorite mini-food? Mini Haagen-Daz bars! You didn't say it had to be homemade!!

John and Ellen said...

Kathy – You are going to have to stop posting those recipes right now. I have enough trouble walking off goodies. Of course, I have already told Ellen that we NEED to try this one (MiNi HaM & ChEeSe PiEs). Thanks for sharing!


Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Quick, easy and scrumptious! We will positively have to try this one!

Judy and Emma said...

Do you deliver? :)

Gail Durham said...

YUMMY! Now I'm sooo hungry!

Sue and Doug said...

delicious recipes..going to have to print those off!..thanks for sharing!.
that is quite the job, Robert has!..good for him..at least it is only for few weeks!..getting up early is no fun!!!

Dennis and Donna said...

Look out Food Network...Here comes Chef Kathy!! thanks for the posting...

ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

I just licked across my computer screen, but didn't taste anything. Everyone else must have beaten me to it.

Your hubby is a lucky guy. And you know what? I bet he doesn't have any work friends. I wouldn't be his friend either because I'm sure with food like that, he doesn't share.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Those are big tools. I am with Judy-do you deliver?

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Wow, this sounds so good! and a fun thing to make too..I am going to copy and paste this recipe for sure.
Hubby does work hard! and I bet he burns off all the calories...lucky guy my calories just stick to my (well you know)LOL
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth
P.S. you were right we were in IL for the superman photo!

pidge said...

I must admit, both of those recipes look very good. I wonder if you could double the one with ham and eggs. I think it would be great for a breakfast pot luck. Thanks for sharing and I think your site is very interesting.

Levonne said...

Kathy, Thanks for coming by and leaving comments at A Camp Host's Meanderings. Appreciated! I love your recipes. Can't wait to try them! You are one devoted woman to your man - getting up and cooking breakfast and making a lunch! He is hardworking and deserves it. Take care and be safe...

Debbie Goode said...

Glad to see there are still women out there who actually "cook" for their husbands!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

wow Kathy, you are the woman! Cooking that large breakfast every day for your hubby! Oh my you put me to shame! I am going to use this recipe for sure. It looks so good!

One of our families favorite mini food is Bacon Wrapped mini Sausages. You use the little sausages and wrap a piece of bacon around each one and use a toothpick to hold together. Then you put them all in a 9x 13 baking pan and poor brown sugar over them. (cover them until you cannot see any sausages. You bake at 350 for around 30 minutes or until the brown sugar is all disolved and bubbly. Take them out and serve. Really they are wonderful!

♥Lee Ann

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I don't know which I liked better, the ham n cheese pies or that really cool BIG air wrench! ;c)

Wayne and Maureen said...

I see your DH working and I think this guy is the salt of the earth and then all the food and I think pass the salt so it must be true or its this no salt diet we are on...anyway keep living the life!!

BECKY said...

Hi Gal! Your man is so blessed to have a woman like you! I am always up early with my man, too! There is just something about starting my day with him that we both love. I iron his clothes for each day, and usually make oatmeal...his choice! I would rather make so many other things!

I have had pecan tassies and love them, but haven't done the ham and cheese thing! I think my whole fam would love them!

Have a fantastic weekend!

¡Vizcacha! said...

Wowsers! I don't even eat ham, and I want them.

Those are some big tools! j

The Good Luck Duck

Dennis and Donna said...

Thanks for the recipes!!! My favorite mini food is Artichoke Bruschetta...Yummo!!! Your stuff looks restaurant quality!! That man of yours HAS to work hard to work off that breakfast and lunch!