Strawberry-Ricotta Crostini with Jamón Serrano

I’ve told you about DC’s vibrant food truck scene before, but one of my favorite trucks is Cirque Cuisine (UPDATE- RIP, Cirque). Its menu changes weekly, and all of its meals are really unique and interesting. Recently, I ordered these delicious crostini with ricotta, figs, and prosciutto. It was served over a fruity and fresh green salad, and it was the perfect lunch to eat in the grass in the middle of the day. I recreated that meal, replacing Cirque’s … Continue reading

Pasta Carbonara with Ham, Lemon, and Leeks

I love pasta carbonara (I love almost anything with eggs), but I was sure that this dish’s egg sauce would gross David out. Surprise, he loved it! I guess lots of ham is a powerful thing. The leeks and lemon also add a very unique flavor that differentiates this dish from your typical carbonara. To make this pasta, start by cooking 3/4 pound of orecchiette or the pasta of your choice al dente. While it cooks, dice 6 or more … Continue reading

Flavorful and Filling Split Pea Soup with Ham

When I was home for the holidays, my mom got me a HUGE ham bone from Honey Baked Ham. It had so much meat on it, I couldn’t believe it. Fortunately, I happened to have a bag of split peas in my cabinet that had been languishing without a purpose for most of their little lives. So split pea soup it was. And what a success it turned out to be! I have no real interest in having any type of … Continue reading