a cooking blog from one foodie to another... I rarely if ever use real measurements... my recipes are more like guidelines... but along the way we usually land on something kinda delectable...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Becky's Soup

One more request... the recipe for Becky's Soup... by the way, the infamous Becky Glomski was at my house over the weekend.  I told her how famous her soup has become in my circles.  She had NO idea she was a celebrity!

This recipe is not one I really use exact amounts for, so hang onto your seats folks!

Put a slab of butter in a pan with a swoosh of EVOO.  Add a few cloves of fresh garlic and then saute a big package of fresh sliced mushrooms in there.  When the mushrooms are sauteed, season with a little salt and pepper.  Then add 1 big can of Cream of Mushroom soup and 1 full can of milk.  Using a whisk combine the milk and soup.  Cook until completely combined (no more of those freaky little lumps in there).  Add a couple of handfuls of grated Parmesan cheese.  Cook until completely melted and incorporated.  Add a BIG dollop of sour cream.  Whisk to speed up the incorporation (don't wanna cook the soup too long with the sour cream in there).  Serve and enjoy!

btw... in a pinch I have been known to do ALL of the following when making this soup (although not all at one time I don't think)... while it wasn't as good as the above version, we still liked it.  

*used garlic powder
*used canned mushrooms
*used Parmesan from a can

However, you slice it this soup is G-O-O-D... GOOD!  I have had MANY people tell me, "I don't even like mushrooms and I love this soup!"  So give it a try!  Even if you are a mushroom-a-phob.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Corn Chowder

We <3 soup!  Fall is the BEST time of year because it allows us to SOUP it up!  Just last night (as I made corn chowder) the kids and I were fantasizing about all the soups we can make in the coming weeks:  cheesy vegetable, white chili, beer cheese, french onion... Mmmmmmmmmmm!  Can't wait!  But for last night, on the menu was:  Corn Chowder.

I am NOT lying to you.  This version of corn chowder we ate last night was LITERALLY the best thing I have EVER put in my mouth!  Holy Cow!  It was GOOD!  I used this recipe, but as always I tweaked....

***To begin with I doubled it because I wanted to have leftovers for lunch today :)
***Also I just eyeballed the butter and EVOO.
***left out the thyme because I didn't have any
***used vegetable bouillon cubes because I didn't have canned vegetable stock
***half a bag of frozen corn (SERIOUSLY? who has time to saw the kernels off cobs of corn?  GET REAL!)
***left out the parsley again didn't have it

I think the reason this soup tasted so good was because it was a heart attack in a bowl.... the butter and cream made it SOOOOOO rich and yummy!  I think the biggest thing though was:  I FINALLY found HEAVY whipping cream.... typically I have a hard time with this.  The store seems to carry half n half and whipping cream, but this was the first time I actually found HEAVY cream.  I believe that was the golden ticket.

Changes I'll make next time I make this :  (I know... I know... if it's not broke don't fix it, BUT I would have done just a couple of things a little better)

***triple the amount of potatoes in the chowder.... It was not chunky enough
***double the amount of corn in the chowder

So give it a try and let me know...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

[this one's for you Christine!]

I have LONG been intimidated by making homemade frosting.  However, Christine Melang got me all hyped up on buttercream... "It is the BEST on cupcakes, Jami!  Buttercream frosting, Jami!  Buttercream!  Buttercream!  Buttercream!"

Finally I googled and found a recipe and guess what?  It was NOT that difficult!  So here's the one I chose... you BETTER try it Christine!

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cinnamon roll pizza

This is a Jami creation.... I just decided to try it out and it was FABULOUS!  We <3 it!  This is the most hodgepodge not a real recipe I think I have ever posted, but that's how I make it so here's what I do:

Make pizza crust dough in my bread machine.  (You could just buy one of those pre-made Pillsbury type crusts or a box of pizza dough to prepare.)  Split the dough in half and roll each half out into a circle the size of my pizza pan.  Place one crust on the pan and set the other crust aside.

Take a package of cream cheese (softened) and mix it with 1 tsp of vanilla and powdered sugar.  (I honestly don't know how much.  I just kinda add and test, add and test, until it tastes good.  I like my cream cheese filling to have a little tartness left and not be too sweet.  You might like yours different.)  Spread the cream cheese filling out on the first crust.  Cover it with the second crust.  roll up the edges to seal the filling in.

Melt a stick of butter.  Pour melted butter over the top crust.  Make some cinnamon sugar (about 1/3 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon).  Shake this over the melted butter.

Pop the pizza in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 min.  While is is baking make the icing.  Mix powdered sugar (about 1 cup) with milk (about 3 Tbsp).  When the pizza comes out of the oven, drizzle the icing over the top and let sit for at least 5 min before cutting into wedges.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mmmmmmm!  We <3 chocolate chip cookies!  I make 'em just like the Nestle Tollhouse with a few caveats:

***make SURE (double dog SURE) that the butter is SOFT before you start
***increase vanilla to 1 Tbsp instead of 1 tsp

PERFECT cookies EVERY single time!  enjoy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Slow Cooker Lasagna

I worked 39.5 hours last week! And that was with being off most of the day Monday! It was INSANE! By Friday we NEEDED an easy dinner. Google brought me to a recipe for lasagna in my slow cooker and VOILA! Dinner with ease!

Basically if you have ever done no-boil lasagna (where you don't boil the noodles and you add a cup of water to your spag sauce), it is the same thing but in a slow cooker. One note: clean up is NOT easy!

Start with spaghettie sauce, then layer: noodles, parmesan, sauce, mozzarella repeat ending with a layer os noodles, sauce, mozzarella only. Pop your slow cooker on low, and it is ready in 4 - 6 hours. (NOTE: do NOT leave the slow cooker on, even on warm, once it is done or the noodles make get cemented to side ALSO: I plan to try spraying the sides and bottom w/non-stick spray first to help w/clean up after.)

Yummy Limeade Punch

*I first consumed this delectable beverage at my friend Renee's 40th b-day bash. Her sister Christine is a MASTER in the kitchen and the food at that party was AMAZING!

1 can frozen limeade (+2 or 3 cans water)
1 can frozen pina colada mix (+1 can water)
1 2-liter of lemon-lime soda

Mix it up!
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