Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We feel very blessed to have all three sons home for this Thanksgiving.  I want to wish each of you a wonderful holiday, as well.

May your day be full of smiles!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Creamy Potato Soup

On a cold day, there's nothing better than a hot bowl of potato soup.  My version  has potatoes, onions, celery and carrots in a creamy broth.

1.  On a cutting board, finely mince:  2 cloves garlic, 2 carrots, 1 stick of celery and 1 yellow onion.
Place in large pot with 2 TBSP heated bacon drippings.  Let cook a few minutes until onions and celery are transparent.

2.  On same cutting board, chop about 6-8 large potatoes that have been peeled.  I like to mix two kinds, here, I used russets and Yukon Gold potatoes.

3.  Pour into the pot:  1 can Swanson's Chicken Stock and enough water to finish covering the potatoes.  Add salt to taste. Bring to a boil and then simmer.  As potatoes get fork tender, mash some to thicken the soup.

4.  Dilute 1 can Cambell's cream of chicken soup with 1 can of milk.  Stir until smooth and fold into the potato soup.  

5.    Mix a little flour with water (in a container with a tight lid) to make a thin white sauce and fold that in at the end to thicken.  Continue to simmer.  

6.  When the soup has thickened to the consistency that you like, chop green onions on top and add coarsely-ground black pepper to taste.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Collard Greens-Big Flavor but Less Fat!

 Collard greens sometimes get a bad reputation as a fat-laden food.  My sons made some great collards this past weekend that were full of flavor, but relatively healthy!  It's all in their cooking method and the way they layered the flavors.  

Make sure that your greens are fresh and well-cleaned!  They can have sandy grit on them.

1.  In a large pot, start with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and add 1/2 of a large onion, diced, and a couple of cloves of garlic, minced.  
2.  For that bacon flavor, they tossed in 1/3 C of Hormel real bacon pieces.  When this has all sizzled for a few minutes, pour in 1/2 large container of chicken broth or stock.  
3.  Add a smoked, cooked chicken wing or two (theirs was from a rotisserie chicken from the store). 
4.  Bring  to a boil and drop in your collard greens.  Let simmer until they're tender!  (Bake a pan of cornbread!). You are now ready for a real treat.  Salt and pepper to taste.