A Little Soupy

October 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Even though it only lasts for like three days, I love the fall. I also love soups and using my crock pot, so you can tell good things are happening to me right around now. Case in point: I went to a friend’s place late last week and she had a ton of potatoes leftover from her latest CSA delivery so she had to share. Oh drat, that meant I had to make a cheesy, broccoli potato soup!  I used this recipe as inspiration because Scott doesn’t eat real person cheese but I deviated from it a bit, as I often do when using recipes.  Here’s what I ended up doing:

So good it's scary

So good it’s scary

I took all of the potatoes (like two pots full) then boiled them until soft and threw them in a crock pot with like six cups of water. I put the shallot, garlic, onion and carrots in a food processor then dumped all that in the pot too, then steamed some frozen broccoli and added it as well. I used regular seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic salt, basil, thyme, everyday seasoning) along with some fake shredded cheese, then used a hand immersion blender to mix everything up. Then I basically let it all sit in the crock pot for a while until it was hot, added some more “shredded cheese” and then voila! Good to go! It was super easy and since I shoved it all in the crock pot, I didn’t have to sit around watching the stove all afternoon. You can feel free to use all of that extra time to clean up the kitchen, read a book, dance a dance or write me a letter telling me how pretty and nice I am. Then you can enjoy some delicious soup!

FYI it’s particularly good when paired with cornbread and pumpkin pie. Then again, what isn’t?

 

 

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Foodie Friday

January 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

Hey look!  I remembered this was a thing (at least on my blog)!

What with the whole still not working thing, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking.  And it’s not like I’m not TRYING to find work – duh.  I’ve had three interviews in the last three days and I have another scheduled for Monday, so that’s something.  I’ve also been contracted out to do some content writing for a former client of mine, all of which is at least keeping me busy.  As is the cooking, since it’s not exactly like I’m eating out every night of the week these days.

Soup's On!

Soup’s On!

Soups have been a big hit due to the cold weather and this meal was no exception.  This particular soup was made in the crock pot and featured garbanzo beans, lima beans, kale, red and yellow peppers, tomatoes and onions.  The salad was a simple combination of arugula, spinach and romaine lettuce with onions, cranberries, feta cheese and a dark Italian dressing.  The bread shows off my homemade pesto, which I created by putting a cup of basil, half a cup of olive oil, crushed garlic and sunflower seeds into a food processor.  Most pesto recipes call for pine nuts or even walnuts but hey, I was working with what was on hand and trying to avoid going to the grocery.  The sunflower seeds worked and the pesto was a perfect touch to some toasted bread.

As for the spaghetti, to tell the truth that was leftover from I don’t even know when and I found it in my fridge as I was making the pesto.  When I originally made it I mixed kale and peppers in the sauce and then added some vegetarian meatballs.  When I reheated it for this meal I put it all in the oven with a generous layer of cheese on top and it tasted almost as good as new.

My shoestring budget may not allow many trips to restaurants right now but with some creativity and a whole internet’s worth of recipe choices, I can still eat like a queen!

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Foodie Friday!

November 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Another delicious crock pot masterpiece!

I love pumpkin pie this time of year and was inspired to make pumpkin pie pudding in the old slow cooker a few weeks ago.  To make this, I needed:

  • 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup Bisquick
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • whipped topping to go on top

Now since it’s another crock pot recipe, you can bet your ass it’s easy.  You basically mix everything but the whipped topping all together, toss it in the crock pot on low and walk away for about 6 or 7 hours.  This gives you time to go to the gym, clean your apartment and take a shower.  Or take a huge nap.  Or have an extra long dance party.  Or read most of a book, write some of a book or watch 3 or 4 movies.  You get the idea.

And this is the result:

Mmm pie...

Mmm pie…

While the recipe calls this pudding, it tastes mostly like the inside of a pumpkin pie.  I sprinkled a generous amount of pumpkin pie spice on the whipped topping when I served it and it was pretty great.  Of course, if I’m going to be completely honest I should admit I prefer actual pumpkin pie better.  I even have some in my fridge right now.

Gotta love the holidays!

 

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Foodie Friday!

November 15, 2013 at 11:46 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Man, I love my crock pot.  As in, my first child might just be named Crock.  Or Pot.  Ok, maybe not Pot.

When I was home a few weeks ago, my mom gave me a HUGE butternut squash that my sister had given to her.  It was large and intimidating and I’m pretty sure it was sent home with me because no one else knew what to do with it.  Frankly, neither did I and for a few weeks I just worked it into my Halloween decor.  However I took down decorations last weekend and that blasted gourd was still sitting there, taking up a large portion of my kitchen table and mocking me.  So on Sunday I decided to destroy it.

That turkey is pretty much the extent of my Thanksgiving decorating.

That turkey is pretty much the extent of my Thanksgiving decorating.

By destroy, I mean cook and then eat its insides.  I still wasn’t sure what to do with it but luckily the internet exists and was able to help me out.  Using my superior search engine skills, I was able to figure out how to roast it and then what to do from there.  I started by taking a huge knife and giving myself a pep talk on not chopping off any fingers.  Then I cut the whole squash in half, put some butter and brown sugar on it and placed the halves open side up in the oven for about half an hour.  After taking it out and letting it cool (this is very important, trust me), I was able to cut the whole thing up into smaller pieces.  Then I dumped everything in that amazing device known as the crock pot, added two cups of water (or milk) and some of the fresh herbs my momma also sent me home with and walked away.  Ok, honestly I danced away because I was so excited to be doing some more easy cooking.

I used my handheld immersion blender about four hours later to liquefy all of the chunks and make everything nice and smooth.  I added some more herbs and butter, then got ready to eat.  When I served it I added a spoonful of Greek yogurt (or sour cream or something similar) and blended it together before chowing down.  I actually think that yogurt really helped bring the soup together but Scott passed on that and said his was still good.  Of course he has to say things like that or I kick him in his sleep, so try it for yourself to see what you think.

It was really tasty, really healthy and REALLY easy.  Just how cooking should be!

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Foodie Friday!

October 25, 2013 at 11:44 am (Uncategorized) (, )

Since the weather has been stupidly cold, the crock pot was busted out this week.  If I’m going to be honest I should mention that I had nothing whatsoever to do with cooking today’s featured meal – it was all Scott.  I was going to post about the dinner party I had last weekend but I left the recipes I used at home and kind of wanted to include them, so Scott’s meal it is.  Trust me though, the soup is definitely worth a mention!

Seriously, who doesn’t love the crock pot?  You just dump a bunch of stuff in and then go about your merry way until it’s time to eat.  Those rules definitely applied here:

Soup's on!

Soup’s on!

Like my fun Halloween decorations?

So here’s what was included:  carrots, peas, corn, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, red peppers, black eye peas, brussel sprouts, potatoes and lots of quinoa.  Most of the veggies were actually frozen to begin with but the crock pot doesn’t care about silly things like that.  Scott threw this together in some vegetable broth on Monday night and we both enjoyed leftovers for lunch and dinner all week.  It was the perfect way to warm up and he has earned himself the honor of all crock pot cooking for the rest of the winter!

Oh well, a girl can dream…

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Soup’s On!

January 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , )

In an effort to stay warm during this cold snap and also in an effort to kick the ass of the cold that tried to attack me earlier this week, I’ve been eating a lot of soup.  Like, a lot.  I even made some on my own in my handy-dandy crock pot and it turned out so well I figured I might as well share.  And it was so easy!

Crock pots are wonderful because you can just throw everything in, turn it on and go to sleep (which is exactly what I did on Tuesday night).  I always forget how simple it is to cook in a crock pot but this was a good reminder.  To get started, I raided the fridge, freezer and cabinet and grabbed anything that looked halfway decent.  You can do the same, or just use what I did:

  • vegetable broth

    Campbell's has nothing on me.

    Campbell’s has nothing on me.

  • spinach
  • frozen leeks
  • two cans of vegetable lentil soup
  • one can of black beans
  • frozen vegetables from a bag
  • vegetarian Italian sausage
  • pre-cooked quinoa

Every single thing on my list is available at Trader Joe’s, in case you’re curious/hungry/cheap like me.  Anyway, I really just dumped all this into the crock pot, turned it on for 8 hrs and walked away.  When I woke up in the morning my entire apartment smelled delicious and I brought some with me to lunch for the day.  And not to brag or anything, but this was the best damn soup I’ve ever made.  Maybe the best soup that anyone, ever, has ever made, anywhere.  Or maybe not, but it was still very good.

However, it does not look good when it leaks out of its container in your bag onto the ass of the jeans that you brought with you to wear out after work.  In that case, it looks like someone had an accident and needs a diaper.  Just letting you know.

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