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Norweigan Sweet Soup– and family traditions!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

One of my first Christmas memories with my then-new-boyfriend 10 years ago  (now he’s my fabulous husband) was experiencing some of his deeply rooted family food traditions with his parents. Norweigan Sweet soup. Spritz cookies. Norwegian Krumkake. These foods have come to mean the holidays for me, and are things I look forward to eating every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, as do my children. Growing up, I had a couple of family recipes that got handed down, but there was not really something we ate and made every year that had historical significance, so these traditions from my husband’s family have come to be a treasured part of my holidays. What traditional foods do you eat around the holidays?

To start our Thanksgiving this year, we had Sweet Soup and Swedish pancakes for breakfast. The sweet fruity goodness of the soup warms me heart and my belly!

It may not look like much, but it’s amazing! The flavors are deep and delicious, and I invariably go back for a second helping. And then left overs (if there are any) the next day or two, too.

One of the fun things about making this soup in our family is using the old crockpot my husband inherited from his grandmother, which I’m certain made many many helpings of this sweet soup over the years, too. We are glad this crockpot is still going strong, and cooks low and steady, unlike our newer and larger crockpot, which can’t seem to cook at low enough temperatures. It will be a very sad day when this hardy crockpot dies. May it live forever!

 

Just to make sure I made it according to family traditions, I had my Father-in-Law walk me though how to make it. He was gracious enough to let me stage the ingredients ;-)

Norweigan Sweet Soup

Ingredients

  • A bottle of Cranberry-Raspberry Juice (use the size needed for your family-- we had 7, so we used a large bottle)
  • Peeled and chopped sweet apple (we used 1 large Honeycrisp apple, and you could also used dried)
  • Peeled and chopped pear (you could also use dried)
  • A large handful of whole seedless prunes
  • A large handful of chopped dried apricots
  • Raisins, Dried cherries, Craisins, or other dried fruit as desired
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca pears
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. Peel and dice the fresh fruit.
  2. Dice the dried fruit (except the prunes) as needed, into the desired size.
  3. Pour the juice into the crockpot, and add all of the fruit, the tapoica, and the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Cook overnight, removing the cinnamon sticks so as to not overpower the soup.
  5. Thicken with more tapioca as needed.
  6. Serve hot or cold, as desired! (We like it hot!)

 

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

 

Oh My So Much Pumpkin

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

This year there are pumpkins everywhere. How I love the smell of pumpkin cooking and wish it would last throughout the year. Here is one way I get my pumpkin fix for the rest of the year. I make Pumpkin chips and pumpkin powder. My dehydrator is a good friend that I often use with my bountiful baskets produce. There is nothing easier than drying fruits and vegetables for later use. You don’t even need a dehydrator as the oven on its lowest setting works fine.
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Autumn Fennel Slaw

Friday, October 24th, 2014

This week we received fennel, red pears and apples in our baskets. I decided to try a more autumnal version of fresh fennel slaw by making an apple cider vinaigrette to dress it. It came together rather quickly and only needed to rest for 30 minutes for the flavors to meld. I would imagine this would be a wonderful side dish to roasted pork loin, pork chop or to top a pulled pork sandwich.

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“Lick the Blender Clean” Hatch Chile Dressing

Friday, October 24th, 2014

I keep a huge bowl of salad in my fridge at all times. I love to be able to serve my family a fresh and delicious salad with our dinners. Unfortunately the big kid (read: my significant other) isn’t an eager salad eater so I always keep a dressing on hand that will appease him. I just knew that if I could concoct a tasty hatch chile dressing, I would have a willing salad eater this week.
My 5 year old daughter and I put this together (she operated the blender and poured in the measured ingredients). Once it was done, she couldn’t get enough of it! After I poured the dressing into my snazzy dressing bottle, she licked the dressing out of the blender and I hope you will too (don’t worry, we won’t judge).


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Fennel, Tomato and Sausage Soup

Friday, October 24th, 2014

I love to share my fennel recipes because fennel is one of those things that gets a lot of confused looks at pickup.  I think that fennel is especially yummy in Italian recipes so I whipped up this soup on a recently fall evening.  As soon as weather gets cooler AT ALL, I fully embrace it.  Considering I live in Central Texas, these “fall days” are sparse but glorious.  This came together really quickly, so it worked well at my house on a week night.


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Adventure into making raisins

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The making of raisins is a wonderful journey. For me there is no better way to show my love for family and friends then by cooking for them.  These raisins are just another way for me to do that. I first started by doing a vinegar water wash of the grapes with a good rinse and dry. Then let the grapes sit on the trays for a hour so they don’t add moisture to the dehydrator. The hardest part was making sure the little stems were removed on all of the grapes. What I did find is that after drying if you missed any they stood out and you could remove them at that time. Each dehydrator is different so times will be to. Mine took 48 hours on at 145 degrees and 14 hours at 125 degrees. Every few hours I rotated the trays and stirred around the grapes on each tray.
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Summer Asian Slaw

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Summer Asian Slaw

The Asian pack has always been one of my favorites! I love to make up large batches of egg rolls and wontons ( some fried and some raw to use for wonton soup) and stock my freezer. Who doesn’t love a wok full of colorful stir fry? (more…)

Tangy Cran-Orange Coconut Chicken

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

When I was a small child, I would awake Christmas Eve morning to the smells of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, oranges and cranberries that wafted around the clinking sounds of Grandma in the kitchen preparing everyone’s favorite dishes for our dinner later that day.  Grandpa would be in the his chair humming Christmas Carols as he put on his shoes.  I could see the glow of the Christmas tree lights dancing across the ceiling from where I lay snug in my bed, cozy and warm under the heavy handmade quilt.  (more…)

Tomato Chips or Tomato Powder

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

We love tomatoes!  Whether it’s a bowl of pasta with homemade sauce or fried green tomatoes we love them in any and every possible way.  Recently I decided to do something a little different.  I decided to try my hand at tomato chips.  Yep, you read that  right, tomato chips.  I don’t buy chips because it’s too easy to sit and consume an entire bag before you realize what you are doing but with tomato chips you don’t have to worry about the added fat, cholesterol or preservatives.  The super cool thing about these chips is that you can also grind them into powder.  My kids say it smells like spaghetti in a jar because of the herbs used.  Once ground you can add tomato powder to soups, meats, eggs, anything you want, the possibilities are endless.  Customize them to your liking, use different herbs and spices, go nuts!

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Using The Entire Juice Pack

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

The Juice pack was introduced in January to  provide those participants that wanted to do a juice fast an easy and affordable option; for many it was a chance to add some extra fruits and veggies to their dinner table.  I tried juicing and actually liked some of the concoctions that I came up with, but I tend to use it to add some extra produce to the table.  I decided to try some “Retro” dishes and a couple you might not have thought of…ready?  Here we go!

Juice pack: celery, kale, pineapple, parsley, apples, carrots, ginger, beet with greens, lemons and limes

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