Posts Tagged ‘Celery’

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

When I saw the California blend of veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) sitting In the refrigerator, I knew it had to become a beautiful soup. I kept remembering a soup from my childhood called Normandy blend soup. I remember it having big chunks of the California blend of veggies, and a velvety cheesy base. I searched for a recipe but never found one, so I decided to give it a try without one.

I chopped up the veggies in nice bite size pieces, and finely chopped an onion and celery, they are necessary for flavor but not the stars of the show.

I decided to blanch the California blend prior to putting it in the soup. I wanted the veggies to still have some texture but not crunch and to keep them vibrant. To blanch them bring a pot of salted water (it should taste like ocean water, this is your chance to bring out the flavor of the veggies) to a boil. Start with the carrots, let them simmer for 6-8 minutes. Using a strainer place the carrots into an ice water bath to stop the cooking. Remove the carrots from water and place back in their bowl. Repeat with cauliflower blanch 4-5 minutes and the broccoli only 3-5 minutes.

Sauté onions and celery in the butter and oil til translucent 4-5 minutes.
Add about 1/4 cup of flour and stir, making sure all the oil has been absorbed, now allow this to cook a couple minutes. If you don’t the soup will taste of raw flour.

Now use a wire whisk and whisk the soup base while slowly adding the chicken stock. It will be very nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Whisk in a cup of milk or half and half.

Allow this to come to a simmer. Stir in the shredded cheddar and stir until melted. Now carefully add the California blend of veggies. Allow to simmer 8-10 minutes, making sure the veggies are still al dente. At this point I also added 2 TBSP Dijon mustard to really finish the flavor and texture, as well as a Tbsp. Of Emerils essence seasoning to kick it up! (I use the salt free.) season with salt and pepper to taste.

Served with a couple warmed pretzel slider buns. Delicious.

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 pound of carrots scrubbed and cit into bite size coins
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 2 1/2 cups medium cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Emerils essence (salt free)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep veggies
  2. Bring large pot of water to a boil, add salt. Water should be salty like the ocean. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  3. Add carrots to boiling water, let simmer 8-10 minutes. Remove to ice bath with a spider or strainer. Allow to cool, using spider it strainer remove to bowl. Repeat with cauliflower, blanch 5-6 minutes followed by broccoli, blanch 3-5 minutes.
  4. In a soup pot or Dutch oven melt oil and butter. Add celery and onion and cook until translucent 4-5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle flour over celery and onion and stir making sure all oil is absorbed. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Now whisk in chicken stock followed by milk.
  7. Add the cheese and stir while it melts. Carefully add in the California blend and stir. Add in mustard and Emerils essence.
  8. Bring to a simmer, allow to simmer 8-10 minutes.
  9. Season to taste, serve.

 

Killer Cauliflower Soup

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Yes, I did just describe this cauliflower soup as killer. That isn’t just a dramatic attempt to convince you to check out this blog post, this recipe turned out SO scrumptious.

Here in Texas it is Hatch Chile time. Don’t get me wrong, we love all of our chiles as much as we love to complain about summer weather but a magical chile event happens in August. Grocery stores start to roll out roasters and haul in tons of hatch chiles from our friends in New Mexico. While they are plentiful, I buy up as many cases as I can (read that as too many). As a result of my hatch chile gluttony, I preserve them and put them in everything that I can dream up. This “killer” cauliflower recipe is one such creation. (more…)

Grilled Brussel Sprout and Broccoflower Pizza

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

 

Brussel sprouts! I have been waiting for them so I could make pizza! I know it’s sounds odd, but really good. My husband who doesn’t like them much actually likes the pizza! I also had a head of broccoflower, which we like roasted and then covered in buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles. As long as I was making one pizza I decided to make a second one using the buffalo broccoflower.

I always make my dough from scratch, I love the feel and smell of fresh dough. We didn’t want to heat up the house, so we fired up the gas grill instead. The temperature needs to be about 375-400 degrees F. Roll out your crust to a size you are comfortable handling on the grill. (we often do individual sized crusts) Brush the crust with a little olive oil and place it oiled side down, close lid and wait 2-3 minutes, open lid, with long tongs carefully flip the crust over and cook another 2 minutes. Pull them off the grill and onto a baking sheet.
Add sauce and toppings, then back on to the grill, close lid and cook 2-3 minutes or til cheese melts. The crust will be dark and crisp. Carefully remove them with tongs and grill safe spatula (we found a giant grill spatula; see photo) to a baking sheet or cutting board, cut and enjoy!

My husband made the grand declaration, “This is looking a little healthy for pizza!” and then he ate three slices of each! Yay! Score for me, he ate two green veggies in one meal and liked it!

Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza

Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza

Ingredients

    Grilled Brussel Sprout Pizza
  • One grilled 12 inch crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound brussel sprouts, shredded
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl place shredded brussel sprouts, and 1 Tbsp. Olive oil, 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to evenly coat.
  2. Place the grilled crust on a baking sheet, evenly spread the cheddar cheese on crust.
  3. Add the brussel sprouts, bacon and feta cheese.
  4. Slide pizza onto a hot grill, close lid and wait 2-5 minutes until brussel sprouts wilt.
  5. Remove by sliding to a baking sheet using tongs and or grill safe spatula.

Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza

Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza

Ingredients

    Grilled Buffalo Broccoflower Pizza
  • One grilled 12 inch crust (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 head of broccoflower, in bite size pieces steamed or blanched to soften slightly
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz blue cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Place grilled crust on a baking sheet, drizzle or brush grilled crust with buffalo sauce.
  2. In a small bowl place drained broccoflower, pour remaining sauce over it and toss to coat.
  3. Evenly place broccoflower on the crust, add celery and blue cheese crumbles.
  4. Slide pizza onto a hot grill, close lid and wait 2-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt.
  5. Remove by sliding to a baking sheet using tongs and or grill safe spatula.

 

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…)

Spicy Coconut Kissed Egg Rolls with Dipping Sauce Trio

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

 
One of my favorite add-ons is the Asian Pack!  It always gives me the excuse to make up a big batch of stir fry.  Today I wanted to do something different. Why not egg rolls! Simple enough, as all I needed were the wrappers. These egg rolls receive their heat from the dried Chiles de árbol in the pack.  The coconut kiss, is a result of the rolls being fried in Bountiful Baskets scented organic Coconut Oil. Trust me, my house smelled amazing all day! (more…)

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

 

 

Birthday Bacon Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Red or russet potatoes (I leave the skin on my red potatoes but peel the russet) cut into bite size chunks
  • 6 eggs hard boiled
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • ½ onion chopped or 6 green onions chopped
  • 12 ounces of bacon sliced into little pieces and cooked. Reserving the grease from the bacon
  • Salt, Pepper and Paprika to season with
  • 1/2- 1 cup Mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. While your potatoes and eggs boil, start to cook your bacon pieces stirring frequently.
  2. Cut up the celery and onion. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Once the potatoes are cooked to your desired doneness (For me, I think I boiled them for about 10-15 minutes or until fork tender) drain them and add them to the bowl of chopped celery and onion.
  4. Let the bacon cool in the grease when it is done cooking.
  5. Cool the eggs under cold water when they are done cooking. Peel and cut them up and add them to the bowl with all the other ingredients.
  6. Start with adding ½ a cup of mayonnaise to your mixing bowl of ingredients stir it gently as you mix it up. Add the bacon pieces and some of the grease to your mixture along with a little salt, pepper and paprika to your taste. If your mixture seems dry just add ¼ cup of mayonnaise at a time until you get it to the desired texted you like. I use about ¾ cups of mayonnaise and all the grease from the bacon. I wouldn’t dump all the grease in at once. Just add a little at a time and take little tastes your salad mixture to make sure it tastes good to you.
  7. Cover and let it chill in the fridge a couple hours before serving. The longer the salad sets and the flavors marinade together, the better the salad tastes to me.
In our house on your birthday you get to pick your favorite meal to have for dinner.  My husbands birthday came around the other day and I decided (not him) to make KC Strip steaks, green beans and his favorite bacon potato salad. I am not a potato salad lover but I do like this one.  I got the new picnic pack add-on  along with my conventional basket recently so, I had everything but the bacon, eggs and a couple other ingredients to make his favorite salad. The picnic pack had red potatoes and onion in it and my conventional basket had celery.  Needless to say when my hubby came into the kitchen to dish up his dinner plate, he was thrilled to see his favorite potato salad. Happy Birthday Kevin!

 

 

Cucumber Citrus Salad

Saturday, April 19th, 2014


“Cool as a cucumber….”
Cucumbers are so refreshing! Cucumber salads are fun to make and can be flavored to add to your entree or to eat alone.  I had lots of oranges and wanted to make a sweet cucumber salad.  I added some thinly sliced almonds and celery to give it some crunch.  I hope you will enjoy this salad! (more…)

No Soup For You!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! (more…)

Basket Fried Rice

Thursday, February 6th, 2014


So…. about a year ago the big joke in my office (ok, one of them) was that we should all stock up on Spam for the zombie apocalypse.  Spam…. hmmm…. isn’t that from a Hawaiian pig?  You guessed it.  I’ve NEVER had Spam before.  My next shopping trip I made a point of adding Spam to my list…. and joy of joys when I found not only Spam, but Hot & Spicy Spam and Jalapeno Spam! (more…)

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014


What to do with leftover chicken or turkey….I finally found one every one in my house will eat! (more…)