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Ham and Herb Cheese Ball

Ham and Herb Cheese Ball

I love a good cheese ball for an appetizer. This is one of my favorites, but I think it’s because it is my own creation. 😉 Serve with your favorite cracker or as a spread on your favorite meat sandwich.


8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 -2 tooth picks of doTerra Dill Essential Oil
1-2 tooth picks of doTerra Basil Essential Oil
pinch of Salt
1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
2 tsp Chopped Green Onion
4 Slices Deli Ham Chopped (I love using Black Forest)


Mix mascarpone cheese and cream cheese until smooth. Add  essential oil and salt. Fold in remaining ingredients. Form into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 12 – 24 hours before serving.

Roll into a ball


Potato Ham & Leek Soup

We participate in produce co-op called the Bountiful Baskets. When we got leeks for the first time I did not know what to do with them. I googled leek recipes and I found a Potato Leek Soup. I started with that recipe, but found it bland. So I added some onions and ham to it. The next time we smoked ham I kept the bone and some of the ham in the freezer for the next time we got leeks. I replaced the chicken stock by boiling the bone to make ham stock. We found that smoked ham is our favorite in this soup.


1 ham bone
1 1/2 cups leeks
1 medium onion
2 T Garlic
2 cups yellow potatoes
2 cups diced ham
4 T unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups whipping cream
2 cups half and half


Step One:

Boil ham bone in 4 Qt Water for 30 minutes on high.

Step Two :

Chop leeks and onions. Crush Garlic and Cube Potatoes and Ham.

Step Three:

Remove bone form the water. Add in leeks, onions, and garlic. Return to a boil.

Step Four:

Add in potatoes and return to a boil. Once boiling turn heat down to medium for 10 minutes.

Step Five:

Add in Ham, turn up to high and return to a boil. Add butter.

Step Six:

Whisk together flour and whipping cream together.

Step Seven:

Reduce to medium heat. Add whipping cream mix to the pot. Whisk in half and half and continue whisking until thickened.

Step Eight:

Remove from heat and enjoy.

Makes 12 to 14 1 cup servings.