Jul 012016
 

Spicy, meaty and easy!

We don’t usually eat soup when it’s warm outside, but this soup we eat year round. To cool it down and make it seem less like soup during the summer we add sour cream, avocado slices and sliced green onions.

This also makes a fantastic camping soup because you can use all canned foods, which frees up room in the cooler. Some of the garnishes have to remain cold, but you can pick and choose which garnishes to take or leave them out completely.

Taco Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 can 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed)
  2. 1 1/2 cups cooked pinto beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 can 15 ounces pinto beans, drained and rinsed)
  3. 2 medium tomatoes, diced (or 1 can 14.5 ounces diced or petite diced tomatoes, drained)
  4. 1 bag 12 ounces frozen sweet corn (or 1 can 15.25 ounce sweet corn, drained)
  5. 1 pound shredded cooked chicken, BBQ, rotisserie, pan fried or however you like it (or 1 can 12.5 ounce chicken breast, drained)
  6. 1 can 10.75 ounces cream of onion soup
  7. 1 can 10 ounces red enchilada sauce (or 1 can 10 ounces green enchilada sauce)
  8. 2 cups chicken broth (or 1 can 14 ounces chicken broth)
  9. 1/2 taco seasoning recipe (or 1 packet taco seasoning)
Instructions
  1. Stove Top and Camping Directions:
  2. Add all ingredients to a large pot.
  3. Heat until warm (about 20 minutes). Stir occasionally.
  4. Serve with your choice of garnishes.
  5. Slow Cooker Directions:
  6. Mix all ingredients except beans in crock pot.
  7. Cook on low for 3 hours, add beans, stir and cook for another hour.
  8. Serve with your choice of garnishes.
Notes
  1. Garnish suggestions: tortilla chips, shredded cheddar, shredded monterey jack, green onions, red onions, avocado slices, fresh chopped cilantro, ancho or poblano peppers, warmed tortillas, guacamole or whatever you like with your Mexican food.
  2. Love rice? Add a cup of cooked rice before serving for something a little different.
  3. Love pasta? Try frying some Pastina in butter, boil until al dente and add to soup before serving.
  4. Replace chicken with cooked hamburger or shredded cooked steak to make Beef Taco Soup.
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Taco Soup

Jun 032016
 

This salad is especially good when using garden tomatoes. Wonderful addition to backyard BBQs, picnics and gatherings.

I try most recipes first without salt and add it later if needed. This salad seems to need the salt. You could probably do without it if using home grown tomatoes, but I haven’t tried it.

Sometimes I have to adjust the herbs depending on how strong the basil is. My basil is stronger some years than others, so if you grow your own basil, you might want to take a taste test before serving and add more if needed.

Tomato Macaroni Salad
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces macaroni noodles
  2. 2 cups tomatoes, diced
  3. 2 green onions, chopped
  4. 1 cup cubed or shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)
  5. 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped or 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  7. 1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  8. 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni as the package directs. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Mix/toss together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 2-3 hours or until chilled.
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Tomato-Macaroni-Salad

Mar 182016
 
Creamy Grape Salad
This is a really good kid friendly salad. What kid does not like grapes and there are lots of grapes in this one.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 2 pounds seedless red grapes
  6. 2 pounds seedless green grapes
  7. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  8. 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. 1 In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla until blended. Add grapes and toss to coat.
  2. 2 Transfer to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans just before serving. Yield: 21-24 servings.
Notes
  1. I made half of the recipe.
  2. Will try cutting the grapes in half, using only red grapes and adding cooked chicken for a sandwich next time.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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Dec 312015
 

Many of us eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. I used to cook dried black-eyed peas with some fatty ham and jalapeño which is good, but I wanted something a little more exciting. After playing around with some recipes online, I came up with this dish. Even my husband, who doesn’t like beans or peas, enjoyed it.

Adding tomatoes symbolize health and kale to symbolize money to the black-eyed peas (prosperity or coin) and ham (forward movement or positive motion), should make this year very lucky! Luck aside, it’s a tasty rendition of a traditional dish.

New Years Black-Eyed Peas
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 lb bacon or fatty ham, diced
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  5. 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 2 15-oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  7. 3 cups water
  8. 1 Tablespoon beef Better Than Bouillon or crystal/cube equivalent
  9. 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers (from jar), chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  11. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  13. 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  14. 1 tablespoon honey
  15. 1 bunch kale leaves, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  16. 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  17. 2 cups cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot at medium heat. Add the bacon or ham and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped onions and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  3. Add diced tomatoes with juice, water, bouillon, black-eyed peas, jalapeño, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and coriander. Stir, then cook uncovered over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and kale. Cook another 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice with grated cheese on top.
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
Adapted from Shannon Kuhn
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Apr 062015
 

Creamy Broccoli Coleslaw
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Bag of Broccoli Slaw
  2. Coleslaw Dressing

  3. Coleslaw Dressing:
  4. 3/4 C Mayonnaise
  5. 1/3 C Sour Cream
  6. 1/4 C Sugar
  7. 3/4 Tsp. Seasonall Salt
  8. 1/2 Tsp. Ground Mustard
  9. 1/4 Tsp. Celery Salt
Instructions
  1. Mix Broccoli Slaw with enough coleslaw dressing to coat.
  2. Put in refrigerator for four hours or overnight.
  3. Stir before serving.
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Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Jul 252014
 
Broccoli-Bacon Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 clove Garlic, minced (I always grate it.)
  2. 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise (No, I used regular)
  3. 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream (Nope, give me the good stuff.)
  4. 2 tsp cider vinegar
  5. 1 tsp sugar
  6. 4 cups finely chopped broccoli crowns
  7. 1 8 oz.can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
  8. 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  9. 3 tbsp. dried cranberries (you could also use white raisins)
  10. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Wisk garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add broccoli, water chestnuts, bacon, cranberries and pepper; stir to coat with dressing.
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This recipe originally came from www.webmd.com. I have changed it a little and will keep changing it till I have it just the way I like it.

Broccoli-Bacon-Salad02

Mar 032012
 

1 egg
1/2 tsp. mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbl. honey
1 Tbl. vinegar
1 Tbl. lemon juice
1 cup oil

Combine all ingredients except 3/4 cup oil and blend until smooth. Add remaining oil very slowly – drops – into the center of the liquid as it is blending on medium speed until all oil is combined and the consistency is thick.

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Dec 062011
 
 3 cups tomato juice 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 1 medium onion 1 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
 1 green bell pepper 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
 1/2 cucumber 1 teaspoon dried basil
 1 large tomato 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
 2 green onions 1/2 Tablespoon chopped fresh Cilantro
 1 clove garlic salt and pepper to taste
  1. Blanch tomato and remove skin.
  2. Cut vegetables into smaller pieces to fit in blender. Blend all ingredients until well mixed but still chunky.
  3. Chill for 2+ hours before serving. Serve cold.
Oct 202011
 

Serves 12

Ingredients

16 oz. Package Spiral Pasta 1 C Mayonnaise
1 1/2 C Kielbasa, Polish Sausage & Smoked Sausage 3 T Cider Vinegar
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) Ripe Olives, Sliced & Drained 1 Envelope Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, Shredded 1 C Salad Croutons

Instructions

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.

2. Place pasta in a large bowl; add the sausage, olives and parmesan cheese.

3. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar and salad dressing mix.

4. Stir into the pasta mixture.

5. Add croutons stir to coat.

6. Serve immediately.

Garlic & Herb Salad Dressing Mix is good also.

Oct 182011
 

Don’t waste leftover bread and save money. Use heels, french bread, leftover hot dog or hamburger buns. Cut bread into cubes in a bowl, spray them with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil and season with garlic powder, parsley and basil or oregano. Then bake on a cookie sheet @ 250 degrees until they are crisp and brown.

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