Soup

French Onion Rice and Pork Chops

French Onion Pork Chops and Rice

When I was first married I had to fix pork chops at least once a week for my husband.  He adored pork.  But I think I ruined it for him by overcooking it.  I cooked them to death.  I could do a pork roast ok, but the poor little pork chop was like leather.  So as the years went by he changed his tastes and didn’t ask for them too often.  I figured out if I told him we were having pork chops for dinner he would either suggest we go out or he might bring home a pizza.  I kept a package of pork chops in the freezer for quite a while. I’d pull it out to thaw and he would put it back in the freezer!  It worked!

I think if he were still here he might like this pork chop recipe.  I think it would be good with chicken too.

French Onion Pork Chops and Rice

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Super Bowl of Chili

Are you ready for some football? If not, at least some football watchin’ food? I watch the game for the scores because I have to know that for a project at work I’m not allowed to talk about. I plan for the game for the food and my little project.

Chili

I secretly make chili all year long trying to find the best tasting recipe for this little challenge our family has each year and the cook-off we have at work. I’m not competitive or anything like that.

I have tweaked this one just a few times. I think I got it pretty good tastin’. Enjoy the party and the game!

Be sure to check out the all week party that we have for the Super Bowl.  There is some great stuff going on there.

2013 Superbowl and Chili

Soup Cures Everything

Brrrrr its gonna be cold again this weekend. My daughter has been sick.   Soup cures all these things!  We have also been working to make sure ALL of our posts are categorized and that is complete.  So, on the collage below I can provide you a hyperlink to all the soups.  Yay!  Enjoy if you haven’t seen these before.  We are working on some new and exciting stuff for Super Bowl and Valentines Day that we will start to share on Sunday.  So, ya’ll come back now….ya hear!

Brrrr...Its Cold Have Some Soup

Quinoa Chili Stew

I love a good chili.  Unfortunately the calories and fat associated are not good for a weeknight.  Neither is the time involved.  This Quinoa Chili Stew is made from all vegetables but it tastes like meat.  A spoon licker for sure.

Summer Squash Soup

I had the best garden this last summer.  Now I am enjoying my harvest.  That’s what this time of year is about, right?  Enjoying the fruits of my labor so I can get excited to do it again.  I put yellow and zucchini squash in the freezer for just such a day.  This was warm and comforting for my laryngitis although it did not restore my voice.  Some day we may talk about how hyper I get when I can’t talk.  Let’s just say it is not high on my list of things I wish for!

Serve with corn muffins or a flour tortilla or a fresh baked hot roll.  I made these yeast rolls from a recipe at The Southern Lady Cooks.

It is time for New Friend Friday and do I have a treat for you this week.  If you haven’t met Marci or heard about her lovely home, come on over and sit with us a spell.

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Ginger Soy Chicken Noodle Soup

A Guest Post by Big Sister

Great minds think alike!  As the Tumbleweed Contessa was defending against the cold weather with her pressure cooker Chicken Soup I was whipping up a chicken soup from a friend.  I gladly moved back to Texas a few years ago because I could not stand cold and cloudy any longer.  This week we are having an unusual stretch of that weather which is so reminiscent of those days before I moved.  I was frumping around my house with all my layers on and staring hopefully at the window when this recipe dinged in my mailbox.  It really did turn my frown upside down.  I still need to see the sun mind you, but this helped.

Michelle B. gave me this recipe.  It is absolutely divine and OH SO EASY.  The soup makes enough for 8-10 people but we ate almost all of it between two of us.  This is going into my list of regulars for sure.  Don’t skip the greens in this one.  They count as vegetables and add great flavor.

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Cold Weather Chicken Soup

I think I am in love with my new T-fal pressure cooker.  Whatever I can think up, I can make when I get home from work and have for dinner.  I don’t always know what I may want for dinner when I leave in the morning.  Sometimes I go home at lunch (I work about 15 minutes from my office) and put something in the crock pot.  Now I can do it when I get home in the pressure cooker.  That way I have time to read some blogs and answer email while dinner is cooking.  I’m all about multi-tasking.  When the weather said 80% chance of snow for tomorrow, I knew I needed soup for lunch the next day. And guess what?  It snowed!   This is just outside my office.  I know it’s not much snow to some of you, but to West Texans this is just right!

What I like is the “long-cooking” flavor that develops as it is cooking.  Soups are the only thing I have made so far.  Next I am going to try a pot roast.  I really like pot roast, though none of my family cares for it.  My Momma made the best pot roast with potatoes and carrots and gravy.  Then she added a butterscotch and chocolate cream pie to that. I would love to have some of her pie.  I don’t do pies, and I don’t need them.  I can taste this meal still.

This soup is magic!  Day-long simmered flavor in 30 minutes.

Take a minute to stop by and meet my new “ramblin” friend Diana at New Friend Friday.  She is a creative lady with great ideas who has been a really good blog learning resource for me.

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Low Fat Enchilada Soup

Time to get on those New Year’s Resolutions.  Put the cookie dough away and get back to basics.  I am starting with one of my favorites.   It has been cold and gray and nothing will do right now but soup.  I initially thought of one of my rich and warm chili recipes but that contradicts with any sort of healthy eating.  This soup has all the flavor and very little fat, depending on how much cheese one uses for the top and the kind of tortilla chips added.  You’ll note in the picture that I got a little heavy handed with the cheese, but hey, I didn’t have greasy chili!  Somewhere this started as a Weight Watcher’s recipe that I got from a friend over the phone.  I have made a lot of changes to suit my taste including omitting the chicken.  It isn’t a lot of fat, but if I don’t need or miss it, why not leave it out?  Room for more cheese!

Vegetable Soup Cooked Under Pressure

Do you cook food according to the weather?  I do.  It was forecast by the weatherman to cool down to really cold (for El Paso).  The first thing I want to make is vegetable beef soup.  I didn’t have time to spend the day watching a pot of soup, however and I wanted it now. I have a new pressure cooker that Emeril sold me while I listening to him on Home Shopping Network. I’ve never bought anything off that, but it was easy!  It is a T-fal electric pressure cooker. The instructions said it would take 30 minutes to cook a pot of vegetable soup.  Right, I’m not believing that.  I thought, “Why not give it a try?”  I used my basic soup recipe and voila- soup in 30 minutes.  This recipe can be made in a crock pot too.  I was a little worried if it was cooking at all. I couldn’t smell anything and it didn’t bubble and spit like my mom’s old one on the stove.   I went out to the garage and when I came back in I could smell the soup. Yum! I’m getting hungry.  After the pressure is relieved and the lid will open safely, you have soup. And I mean good soup like it has simmered all day on the stove!

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Healthy, Easy and Hearty Chicken Stew

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our East Coast friends and family and everyone there too. We are thinking of you and this bowl of soup is just right for cold and wet. Take care!

I think I have been too busy at work, my volunteer job and kitchen creativity.  I’m tired.  I have been so busy I haven’t even written some of these wild concoctions up for you.  I have become determined to make easier and healthier meals for a while.  When cooking becomes a chore, I need to reevaluate what I am doing.  So, I made this simple Chicken Stew.  It was good and easy.  The recipe serves 2, but of course it can be multiplied.

Chicken Stew

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato, diced 3/4”
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Water or chicken broth for simmering the chicken and adding to the stew

Simmer the chicken breast in a large open pan with the bay leaf, the oregano, salt and pepper.  Meanwhile, dice and cook the potato in a separate small saucepan until tender.  Add the bell pepper, celery, carrot and onion to the chicken.  Cook all these together for about 10 minutes.

Remove the chicken breast and cut it up when tender, returning it to the stew.  Add the potato without draining too much water off.  Add more water or chicken broth if needed and adjust for seasoning.   Add the frozen peas last and let this simmer to warm until the peas are tender.

Mix 1 teaspoon cornstarch with enough water to thin and add to the stew.  Simmer until ready to serve.  The stew is not thick.  You can make your’s thicker with more cornstarch.

I served this with a large spinach salad with balsamic vinegar.  It was an-easy-to-prepare meal that was warm and good. Just what the Doctor ordered.  Well, not my doctor, he wants me to eat lettuce and mashed cauliflower.  In any event, it made me feel better.  I need to rest up because the busiest cooking time of the year is upon us.

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