Recipe of the Week: Home-style Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

3-4 lbs bone-in chicken (use a whole chicken or just breasts and thighs)
Water (approximately 4 quarts)
1 onion, rinsed, roots and skin removed, onion chopped
The skin and top layer from an onion, rinsed, (remove the paper sticker from the grocers!!)
1 handful of parsley, rinsed, left whole
2 whole cloves (or use add 1/8 t of ground cloves with the thyme)
2 t whole pepper corns
2 bay leaves
6 large carrots, peeled and sliced
3 celery stalks, trimmed and sliced
1/4 cup celery leaves, minced
2 t dried thyme, crushed
Kosher salt to taste
Pinch of rubbed saffron threads

For the directions, click here.



Recipe of the Week: Black-Eyed Peas, Creole Style

Start the New Year off right with a southern meal designed to create plenty of luck for everyone at the dinner table. Black eyed peas form the solid foundation of a tasty southern New Year’s Day tradition. To bring financial good fortune, serve up a side of your favorite leafy green. Mustard greens are standard, but you can use any leafy green you love – spinach, cabbage, or the interesting greens from sweet potatoes.

What delicious New Year’s Day traditions do you enjoy?

Happy New Year!

Ingredients:

4 oz bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 oz ham, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 cup celery, chopped – include some of the delicious leaves
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno, deseeded, and minced
2 t Creole seasoning mix
1 t dried thyme
3/4 t dried oregano
1/2 t dried basil
2 bay leaves
1 pound black-eyed peas, sorted, rinsed, and soaked
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock
Water as needed

Garnish: sliced green onion

Click here for directions.




Recipe of the Week: Cashew Chicken with Extra Vegetables

cashew chicken regular bok choyIngredients:

1 T soy sauce, low sodium
1 T Chinese rice wine
1/4 t sesame oil
1 t cornstarch
1 pound chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 T peanut oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow onion, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 large green bell pepper, sliced into 1 inch pieces
8 oz baby or regular bok choy, sliced on diagonal
8 oz sliced water chestnuts
1/4 cup soy sauce, low sodium
2 T Chinese rice wine
2 T oyster sauce
2 t sesame oil
2 t sweet chili sauce
2 t cornstarch
1 cup roasted cashews

For the directions, click here.




Recipe of the Week: Leftover Turkey and Tortellini Soup

Leftover Turkey Tortellini SoupIngredients:

6 cups chicken or turkey stock
1/2 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 t ground garlic
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried basil
1/2 t dried Mediterranean oregano
1/4 t dried rosemary
1/4 t ground black pepper
2 cups leftover turkey, chopped or shredded
9 oz cheese tortellini
2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach, large leaves torn in half

For the directions, click here.


Recipe of the Week: Almost Swedish Meatballs

almost-swedish-meatballsMy Grandma B came to the United States from Sweden when she was about 15 years old. The meals she cooked were an interesting mix of New and Old Country. Unfortunately, her recipes live on only in my culinary memory. I hope these meatballs would have made her proud.

Ingredients:

2 slices soft whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
scant 2/3 cup 2% milk
1- 1 1/3 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 1/2 T onion, finely minced
1/4 t mace
1/4 t pepper
1/8 t allspice
2 T butter
2 T flour
1 can condensed cream of celery soup, or one recipe cream of celery soup
1 cup white wine, divided use
1 cup undiluted evaporated milk
2 T chopped fresh parsley
12 oz uncooked medium wide egg noodles

For the directions, click here.