Reasonably Quick Chicken Noodle Soup


2 T butter
1 lb boneless skinless chicken, white and/or dark meat
1 1/2 cup onion, chopped, either white or sweet
1 cup celery, chopped, include some delicious leaves
3 slender carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal into bite sized pieces
6 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 t thyme
1/4 t black ground pepper
1 pinch of ground cloves
1 goodly pinch of saffron
Salt to taste
1 T fresh parsley, or 1 t dried parsley
3 oz medium egg noodles (or 6 oz for thick stewy soup) Read More

Spaghetti with Caramelized Mushrooms and Garlic Breadcrumbs

spaghetti mushrooms garlic bread crumbs 2Ingredients:

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound cremini mushrooms, rinsed, patted dry, and thickly sliced
1 cup sweet onion, sliced and cut into 1 inch lengths
8 large garlic cloves, peeled, smashed, and minced
1/4 t ground black pepper
Hot red pepper flakes to taste
1 pound spaghetti
2 1/4 cups pasta water, divided use
2 T cold butter or use vegan soy based butter
2 T flat leaf parsley, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 1/2 cups homemade garlic breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated Read More

Pizza Sauce, version 2

3pizzas 3Ingredients:

3 large garlic cloves, minced
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1 (44 oz) tomato puree, or 1 (29 oz) can and 1 (15 oz) can of puree
2 T carrots, minced (approximately two large baby carrots)
2 Parmesan rinds
1 2/3 t onion powder
2 t garlic powder
1 t salt
1/2 t ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 t oregano
1/4 t basil
Pinch ground rosemary
Pinch ground thyme
Several shakes of crushed red pepper flakes Read More

Bex’s Cornbread


from wikimedia commons

Another delicious recipe from the Needed Killing Series of mysteries by author Bill Fitts.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8


2 T vegetable oil
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 T all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg Read More