MAY
09
2013

Creamy Potato Soup

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Hello readers! Today I wanted to share a yummy comforting soup recipe with you. It’s a simple creamy potato soup that is not only easy to make, but definitely warms the belly on a cool day! Ingredients: 1 pound bacon, chopped 3 Tbsp. butter 2 stalks celery, diced (I omit this to please kids, but it gives the soup nice flavor.) 1/2 sweet onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 potatoes, peeled and cubed (I prefer red potatoes) 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup heavy cream (Can sub. milk to reduce calories) 4 cups chicken broth or stock Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded 2  green onions, chopped Method: 1. In a Dutch oven, or large pot, cook bacon over medium heat until done. Remove bacon from pan and chop. 2. Drain off all but 1/4 cup bacon grease. Add onion, and celery to pot and sauté until soft. Add garlic and cook about 1 more minute. 3. Add cubed potatoes, butter, and flour and stir well. Sauté for another 2 … [Read more...]

MAR
07
2013

Zuppa Toscana Recipe

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Hi everyone! Did I mention that I’m Italian? And I married a German? Well, since our wedding my father-in-law has hassled me about always serving Italian dishes whenever they come over. And so tonight I was feeling a little crazy and decided to make up my very own recipe for Zuppa Toscana. I figured with the hearty combination of potatoes and Italian sausage we’d both be happy!   Of course before giving it to my father-in-law I tested it on his son and grand-children. And whoot whoot! We have a success! All the yummy goodness of Italian cuisine combined with the hearty meat and potatoes that my German in-laws love. And not only did my husband say it was delicious, but all of the kiddos liked it as well. Except for the Teeny Tot, who didn’t like the potatoes for some reason. Which is weird because she likes potatoes. But who knows, she’s picky. And she ate everything else except the potatoes. Which in my opinion were the best part. So anyway, let’s get to the goodness … [Read more...]

APR
03
2012

Corn and Cheese Chowder

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WOW, I’m speechless! I love the Pioneer Woman cookbook, so I’m always up to try out one of her recipes. And I assure you, this one is a W I N N E R! I think everyone but Turbo loved this soup…too many onions for his liking. But seriously, YUM! Let me introduce you to…Corn and Cheese Chowder. You can thank me later ;o) This soup is actually really easy, and I think took me all of 25 minutes or so to get ready. There is a little chopping, but not much and you pretty much throw it all in the pot and simmer. Nothin’ to it! I did alter mine a little to appease the kiddos lack of spicy things, so I’ll share it here for you, but check out the original recipe too, I’m sure it’s delicious!   Ingredients: 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) 1/2 sweet onion, diced 3 slices bacon, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 can corn, drained (Can also use creamed corn) 1/4 cup All-purpose flour 3 cups chicken broth (I used Swanson 100% natural, 99% fat free, no MSG, 14oz … [Read more...]

NOV
06
2010

Hot Taco Soup

I wanted to share a new recipe with everyone now that it’s starting to get colder out! This recipe is so yummy even the kids devour it! A fellow homeschooling mom shared this recipe with me a few years ago and we’ve made it ever since! It’s called “Hot Taco Soup”  and if you like tacos and you like soup/chili, then you’ll absolutely LOVE this! Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef 1 med Onion, chopped 2 sticks celery, chopped (I omit this) 1 - 17oz can diced tomatoes with juice 2 – 14oz cans kidney beans (or your favorite kind) 1 – 8oz package frozen corn (or canned w/juice) 1 package Taco Seasoning 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp chili powder 1 cup chicken broth Optional Garnish: shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, sour cream, sliced green onion, Fritos (YES, I said Fritos! We crunch them up and toss ‘em in the soup! YUM!) Directions: In large stockpot, brown ground beef, onion and celery. Drain grease, add tomatoes & all but garnish. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. … [Read more...]