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. Continue reading “Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup”
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. Continue reading “Killer Cauliflower Soup”
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!
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? Continue reading “Summer Asian Slaw”
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! Continue reading “Spicy Coconut Kissed Egg Rolls with Dipping Sauce Trio”
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
While your potatoes and eggs boil, start to cook your bacon pieces stirring frequently.
Cut up the celery and onion. Place in a large mixing bowl.
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.
Let the bacon cool in the grease when it is done cooking.
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.
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.
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.
Copyright 2007 - 2012 Tanya Jolly & Sally Stevens
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!
“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! Continue reading “Cucumber Citrus Salad”
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! Continue reading “No Soup For You!”
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! Continue reading “Basket Fried Rice”