Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole 010 These white tulips were waiting for us when we arrived as well as a fantastic cream of leek soup. Merci Jean.

Hope you are enjoying your long weekend to celebrate Easter.

Are you cooking a  ham this year?

This was my Easter post for 2011 and you will see how I bake my Ham for Easter

I have a great recipe for you to make a special meal with your leftovers.

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

2 cups cooked cubed chicken

2 cups cooked cubed ham

1 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, chopped

1 celery rib, finely chopped

4 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)

1 cup milk ( depending on desired thickness)

2 tablespoons flour

Salt and pepper  to taste

1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1 cup shredded cheese

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1.  In a large saucepan on medium heat, melt butter. Add in onion, celery and
mushrooms and sauté 5-6 minutes or until soft.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and flour until smooth; pour into saucepan. Add
in salt, pepper, poultry seasoning; stir well and heat through.

3.  Add cubed chicken and cubed ham.

4.  Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in shredded cheese. Stir often until cheese is

5. Pour into prepared casserole dish; press down so all meat is covered with sauce.

6. Heat in Microwave at high for 7-10 minutes. or bake, uncovered at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.

Serve over hot cooked noodles or rice, if desired.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole



Sage's Tips

For a one pot meal line the bottom of your dish with cooked rice or pasta.

Herbs 2011 001Getting anxious for those herbs.

Thank you for your visit. Very happy to be back cooking and baking in my kitchen.

Happy Cooking!


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  1. Have a happy and blessed Easter weekend, Rita! I am having pork tenderloin. xo

  2. No ham for us - since it's just the two of us we're having rack of lamb. Hope you have a wonderful Easter

  3. Happy Easter Rita. What a delicious recipe for leftovers. Unfortunately I will not be able to use this recipe this week because we will be dining on leg of lamb. I will bookmark this recipe for future reference. Your basil plants look good and healthy.

  4. Happy Easter! Love your basil plants! can't wait to grow my own!

  5. Joyeuses Pâques à toi aussi! Ton assiette me semble succulente!

  6. Dear Rita, Happy to have you back.
    A wonderful ham recipe.
    Happy Easter my dear and blessings, Catherine xo

  7. What lovely tulips to come home to. The casserole looks delicious, I'd love it.
    Happy Easter, Rita!

  8. Happy Easter dear Rita, this look yummy and I love your basil!!

  9. Happy Easter Rita, love the recipe, but I'm going to my brother's for dinner . . . so no leftover ham for us :-( but I'll keep this recipe for another day! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Very nice recipe, I do chicken a lot so I should have a go at this soon. I love the tulips too. Hope you are having a nice Easter XX

  11. Happy Easter Rita! Your herbs look gorgeous. The basil seeds I saved from last year's crop are just beginning to peek:)

    Thank you so much for sharing the Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole too. It looks delicious and seems like even I can whip it up, lol...

  12. That's my kinda meal! Happy Easter, my friend. I appreciate your kind comments and I sure hope you have a wonderful Easter. Love that cordon bleu. Mouthwatering.

  13. Hello Rita...sorry it took me so long to visit...and Happy Easter to you as well ;o)

    Making ham is traditional for us and my Grandma's recipe was respected with just a few tiny tweaks. LOL

    Nice to finally get acquainted with your blog. That chicken specialty looks so appetizing.

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  14. happy Easter and what a lovely son you have

  15. Gorgeous tulips, great food and family. It doesn't get much better than that!
    Happy Easter, my friend!!

  16. Hope you had a great Easter too! The tulips are beautiful.

  17. those tulips are lovely, happy Easter.

  18. Happy Easter for you and your family dear Rita! For us in Greece Easter will be this coming weekend. The tulips are beautiful and your Gordon Bleu is the perfect way to use the leftover ham! Looks delicious!

  19. Cream of leek soup sounds amazing and your casserole does too. How nice to come home to flowers AND food!

  20. I hope you had a great Easter weekend Rita...and this chicken casserole looks great, so flavorful.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

  21. Hi Rita :-) It's great to meet a new Canadian friend! I am in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. Your recipe looks just delicious and is something I will absolutely make. I too am anxious for summer and my fresh herbs!

  22. That sounds really good! Although, I don't think I could get away with it. My husband has loved Chicken Cordon Bleu ever since the vacation up in New England many years ago. When we came home, I had to find out how to make it. Now he only eats it at home.
    Thanks for the ideas!!!

  23. Hope you had a happy Easter. What a nice looking bunch of basil you have! I'll trade you some rosemary for some basil? :)

  24. hello...Your recipe looks delicious and tasty. I liked your blog..Happy to follow you dear.Do visit my blog in your free time.

  25. Happy Easter Rita. We had ham and turkey, my mom doesn't like ham and wanted turkey, so we had both. I'm hoping you had a wonderful one. I can't wait to get out and plant some herbs, we are working on the yard, so I'm just doing pots this year.

  26. Welcome back Rita! I know how that feels. Vacation is wonderful, but getting home to your home roost is almost better. I'm glad to hear you had a good Easter. That casserole looks absolutely divine!

  27. Welcome home, Rita. I baked an extra large Easter ham so I would have some leftovers and your casserole recipe is one I know we will enjoy. It will be so nice to have fresh herbs in my backyard.

  28. Love the angel with the wooden spoon! I'd bake a ham just to try this recipe for leftovers!

  29. This does sound like a delicious way to use leftover ham! Hope you had a wonderful Easter, Rita! Beautiful flowers too.

  30. Wishing you a belated happy Easter Rita. I don't know where the time went. Ham was a tradition in our family when I was growing up and you've brought back great memories. We adore left-overs in our house.

  31. A delight to have you visit me! We had a Ham for Easter and lots of leftovers,just may try your recipe. It sounds wonderful!

  32. Beautiful tulips. Hope you had a wonderful Easter!!!

  33. Your herbs look so "green" and beautiful! They will be great for your cooking.

    Chicken cordon bleu casserole looks amazing! I can't believe that it is cooked using leftover from Easter :D

  34. This casserole is such a good idea! It looks creamy and super comforting. Hope you had a great Easter!

  35. BElated Happy Easter Rita.....Hope U had a wonderful time.....Love the casserole tell u the truth I have never cooked & my daughter love ham so we get our share from deli section :).....I love your herbs....I have been so lazy, only been planning haven't planted anything yet for this season....

  36. I absolutely love how you use the leftovers, it's amazing how many good dishes you can come up with them! My family would love this, have to give this a try!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us, and I love your herbs, they look so healthy and they're really useful when you cook.


  37. Now I do like to save left-overs and so glad to see something good come of them, this sounds out of sight. I see many of my friends have already left messages and I just want you to know Rita that it is so nice of you to drop by and thank you for your kind words. Pierce is a dear friend I met online several years ago and I just love her and Doug.

  38. I like the microwave option for this dish! You must be planning your herb garden. :)

  39. Fantastic use of leftovers and such a creative casserole!


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