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.
No real resolutions for 2017. I would like to get serious about playing my ukulele so that’s going to be a goal for me. I’d like to do a better job of blogging too, but I can’t figure out what direction to take with it. I do enjoy sharing recipes so I know I’ll continue to do that.
I have some milestones coming up this year. My 70th birthday in March, and our 30th anniversary in October. No plans yet for either event.
I made a delicious lentil soup last night. Here’s what I put in it. I used the slow cooker, but it could be made in an Instant Pot or on the stove top.
Lentil with Ham Soup
1 pound lentils
1 ham bone or smoked hock
2 shallots, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 quarts chicken stock
1 can diced tomatoes with celery/peppers/onion
1 tsp. dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
I used the ham bone just to flavor the soup. I didn’t pick the meat off into the soup.
Happy New Year!
Younger generations prefer to learn their own lessons in life. It’s always been that way. They don’t often take the advice of their elders. Do I, as an elder, have a responsibility to share the wisdom of my experience with my children and grandchildren if I know it can make their lives better? Yes, of course.
I started on this train of thought this morning. The TV was on, and there was a cooking and lifestyle program on. The host of the show is a popular local personality. I admire her and enjoy her program, and some of her recipes. This morning she made a chicken dish that contained several processed foods….Velveeta, Nacho Cheese Doritos, and a can of some kind of cream soup. This is wrong, wrong, wrong! I feel that this much loved and admired local celebrity has a perfect platform for educating the public on clean eating, whole foods, the evils of processed foods. I’d love to see her advocating for home cooked real food, and teaching young moms how to feed their children healthy and nutritional meals. I feel so strongly about this that I wrote to her this morning.
Back in the day, when I was a young mom , I cooked and prepared nearly everything that my little ones ate. Over the years, as times changed, more processed and prepared foods found their way into my kitchen. We ate out often. Healthy eating was a thing of the past. Along with the convenience came health problems including obesity and diabetes. I’d love to spare my younger family members the consequences of poor nutrition choices. I’d love to help them learn how to shop wisely and cook good meals even when they’re busy and working. I’d love to clean all the junk food out of their lives. I have a lot of experience to share and I hope that my grands will remember that I am a resource for them and always happy to help them.
If you want to get started on feeding your family real food, please visit this website. It was an eye opener for me, and will also point you to other good resources. http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/
The graphic on this page is from the government’s My Plate webpage. You can enlarge it by clicking on the picture. If you’re a fan of Pinterest there are many My Plate boards with lots of good recipes.