Thursday, March 19, 2015

Flavorful and Savory Gumbo


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I have updated this recipe from when I made it way back in January of 2012, and it's even tastier!  I have only made a few minor adjustments, but boy was it worth it.  Packed with flavor and piping hot, this gumbo was a sure winner.  No matter if you are a gumbo lover or not, you're gonna love this--I gare-on-tee!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Mexican chili






I love chili!  A perfect way to warm you from the inside on a chilly day, or just warm you because it is such a comfort meal.  Well, I have come up with a perfect combination: chili and taco soup!  This dish is easy to prepare and super satisfying!  This hearty chili will land a permanent spot on you dinner menu, I know it has on ours.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Budget Friendly: Lasagna Soup






























Everyone loves lasagna right?!?  It's not too difficult to assemble either, and that's a plus.  What if it was even easier to make?  That would make it the perfect meal!  This wonderful thick, creamy soup is packed with all the classic flavors of a good slice of lasagna in each spoonful.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella 
  • pinch or two of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon old bay seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  •  4 baby carrots
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon jarred garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 lasagna noodles
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese

Steps:

Put the turkey into a skillet and mix in the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Also mix in 1/2 a teaspoon of salt and the fennel seeds.

Brown and crumble the turkey.

While the turkey is browning, pour 1 can of diced tomatoes into the blender.

Add the old bay seasoning, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Steam the baby carrots.

Add them to the blender, and blend until smooth.

This makes tomato soup.

To the slow cooker, add the soup that you just blended up, the additional diced tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of salt, the minced onion, dried oregano, dried basil, dried parsley, garlic, pepper, and ground turkey.

Break the lasagna noodles into pieces and add it to the soup.

Mix and cook on low for 5 hours.

30 minutes before serving time, mix in the ricotta cheese.

Serve with some warm, soft french bread.  Savor the flavor of delicious lasagna in a soup!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Secret to Perfect Fluffy Pancakes




What a simply wonderful way to make breakfast special.  It does take a bit of practice to make the perfect pancake, and I have a little unlikely secret ingredient to make those pancakes extra fluffy and addictively delicious: white vinegar.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Post of 2013: Best Apple Pie EVER!






























Well here we are, the last day of 2013.  For me, this year has gone by quickly, yet really slow at the same time.  I can't say I'm too broken-hearted to start a new chapter in my life.  This is the year that I turn 30 (I have a little less than a month to go,)  and I'm quite determined to make it a great one!  Hopefully this new year will be full of new adventures, and great cooking.  So long 2013, welcome 2014!  I wish all of you a wonderful new year!

For Christmas I made an apple pie to bring to one of our dinners.  I got nothing but rave reviews, so I knew that it was a recipe that I needed to share with my readers.

What a comfort apple pie is.  Slightly tart and sweet apples, smothered in a sweet spiced syrup, all stuffed in a homemade (after years of doing a store bought one, I finally faced my fear and conquered it) flaky crust.  Serve it warm with some sweet vanilla ice cream, and it is simply the perfect end to a perfect meal.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Dishes: Dutch Worsteboojes



Literally translated: sausage rolls, these made quite an delicious treat!  What could be better than a a pork and beef mixture all wrapped up in dough.  These tasty bites weren't too, too difficult to make, and they definitely weren't too difficult to polish off either.

Worsteboojes can be found year-round in many regions, however in Limburg, worsteboojes are traditionally eaten after returning from midnight mass.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Greek Christmas: Lemon Pork































I know, I know, I haven't made a post in the past couple of weeks as I promised I would do.  Our computer died.  The computer was down and out for a week.  But I have a couple of new holiday dishes for all you readers, so I will post them both this weekend.

The first of the meals that I made was Greek inspired: I made lemon pork.  Pork is a major staple on the Greek dinner table from December 6 through January 17.  Lemon pork is packed with flavor!  To compliment this dish, I also made roasted acorn squash and sweet potatoes with a lemon and maple syrup glaze.  I used pomegranate seeds to garnish my plate.  Pomegranates are a symbol of Christmas in Greece.  Pomegranates symbolize marriage, fertility, life, and hope.  I also made some candied walnuts to go on top of the squash, but they were so delicious, that I ate them all before I took a picture.  Oops.

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