I’m not sure how much blogging I’m going to do going forward, but the mood struck me today so here’s my first of the year.
Our lives have changed so much in the last year. Lee tore up his rotator cuff and had unsuccessful surgery. He had to sell all of the hogs because they’re just too much for him now. We have our small flock of sheep and the 2 remaining elderly ponies to care for. Lee has a lot of time on his hands these days….eeeek! I bought a couple of jigsaw puzzles to hopefully give him something to do on the cold winter days. So far we haven’t had much snow, so no snowmobiling for him yet.
I made a delicious cream of mushroom soup. Rich and satisfying. I adapted a recipe from eatingwell.com, but mine doesn’t resemble the original much. This is made in the slow cooker and takes about 5 hours.
1. Sautee 2 cups of diced shallots and 2 cloves of minced garlic in olive oil.
2. Add a little more olive oil and add 1 1/2 lb sliced mushrooms. Any kind you like. Continue to sautee until mushrooms are slightly browned and softening.
3. Add 1 cup of sherry and bring it to a simmer to burn off the alcohol.
4. Add 4 cups of beef broth. Pour soup into slow cooker vessel.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste, and 1 1/2 tablespoon of fresh thyme.
6. Mix 1 tablespoon soy sauce with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and add to soup.
7. After 4 to 5 hours on low, add 1/2 pint of heavy cream. Bring to serving temp and serve.
Not really a recipe, more of a method. I discovered that I can easily make good iced coffee using my Keurig (hot) coffee maker.
Just fill a non breakable tumbler with ice put a k-kup in the machine, and press the button to make the smaller cup of coffee. When it’s done brewing, add more ice and whatever milk/cream, etc. that you prefer. Enjoy!
- Due to the possibility of breaking glass when putting hot into a cold glass (you don’t want to clean up that mess) use a tumbler or container that won’t break and then pour your coffee into something pretty for serving.
I saw a recipe for California Roll Sushi Bowls that sounded delicious. My problem is that my husband doesn’t care for rice, and he won’t eat sushi. I turned it into a salad using shell pasta instead of rice and Lee loved it. I’ll make it again.
California Roll Salad
3 cups shell pasta, prepared
10 oz imitation crab or lump crab meat
1 1/2 cups diced English cucumber
3/4 cup matchstick carrots
1/2 cup diced onion
1 avocado, cubed
1 nori sheet chopped or crumbled
Combine all ingredients and dress lightly with Asian Dressing. You can use your favorite bottled dressing or make your own. This is the dressing I made for the salad:
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger root
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup water
Shake it up, or whisk it.
This is a hearty and flavorful soup. Perfect for cold winter dinners.
My only note for this recipe is to use baked potatoes. Boiled potatoes won’t do the trick. You need that special, nutty taste that only a baked potato can give you. Trust me.
4 baking potatoes
2/3 cup butter
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper, white
7 cups lowfat milk
1 cup low fat sour cream
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
Bake potatoes at 350 for 65-75 minutes or until tender. Cool completely. Peel and cube.
In a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt butter and stir in flour, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Gradually add milk while whisking. Bring to a boil and simmer while stirring for 2 minutes or until thickened.
Add potatoes, bacon, onions, and cheese. Simmer and stir for 10 minutes.
Add sour cream and remove from heat.
Garnish each bowl as desired with bacon, chives, grated cheese.
Makes 8 servings.
Beefy Pocket Pies
These are a variation of Pasties. I had a recipe for pasties and since I hate making any sort of rolled out dough I used crescent roll dough and they turned out nicely. The beef filling is similar to the recipe I started with but I made some changes to suit my needs.
Pastry: 2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
Filling: 1 lb. lean ground beef
1 russet potato unpeeled and grated
1 turnip peeled and grated
1/2 white onion peeled and grated
1/2 tsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
Mix filling ingredients and set aside.
Remove dough from cans and unroll. This is where you need to get a little creative. I made 6 pies with these ingredients, so you need to have 12 square or rectangle pieces of dough. seal all of the seams of the dough from one can. Spread and flatten the dough and cut it into 6 fairly even squares. You’ll have to cut and piece a bit. Mine were more rectangular, about 4×5 each. Repeat with the second can. Divide the filling onto 6 of the dough squares. Cover each with another square of dough. Roll and pinch the edges and place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve warm with brown gravy if desired, or with grainy mustard.
Notes: Add a grated carrot if you like. If you want more veggies you can cut the ground beef to 8 oz, and double up on the grated veg.