Recipe of the Week: Home-style Chicken Soup


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.

Sean’s Delight, by David Gerrold

Sean’s Delight is a delicious recipe from the Hugo and Nebula award winner, David Gerrold, author of more than 50 books, several hundred articles and columns, and more than a dozen television episodes, including Star Trek’s “The Trouble with Tribbles”.

David wrote the following recipe for The Martian Child who would become his son.

Sean’s Delight

So, tonight’s culinary masterpiece, hereinafter referred to as Sean’s Delight, because he went back for seconds….

The last of a roast turkey breast (they sell them at Vons), cut up into small chunks.
Some chopped white onions. (They sell small packages at Vons.)
Some chopped red/orange/yellow peppers. (They sell small packages at Vons.)
Some Birds Eye Ultimate Petite Mixed Vegetables (frozen)
Some elbow noodles.
A can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup.
A can of Campbell’s Cream of Chicken soup. Read More

Stephen’s Smothered Pork Chops

Stephens Smothered Pork ChopsIngredients:

6 (1 inch thick) bone-in pork chops
Salt and pepper to taste
2 T vegetable or your favorite high heat oil
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 yellow (or orange) bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 green bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 large sweet onion, thickly sliced
1 lb cremini or button mushrooms, rinsed, dried, and thickly sliced
2 T soy sauce, low sodium
1/4 cup unsalted vegetable stock or white wine
1/2 t ground black pepper
1/4 t ground rosemary
6 sprigs fresh thyme Read More

Mindfully Fibrous

BerriesBowl“You need more fiber.” Many of us have heard those words from our doctors.

The sentence is often combined with the suggestion to buy jars of just add water drinkable fiber or sugar free chewable fiber pills. Adding fiber is just that easy!

When my husband heard the “more fiber” words, I unfortunately, responded by doing a fairly mindless thing. I purchased a jar of… well let’s take a moment to read the label that I should have read before heading to the checkout counter: Read More

Three Pepper Ratatouille

Three Pepper RatatouilleIngredients:

1 T fresh parsley, chopped
3 T olive oil
black pepper to taste
1 medium eggplant (3 cups), cubed, leave the skin on
1 cup zucchini (green, yellow, or mixed) chopped
1 red bell pepper (or orange), seeded and chopped
4 banana peppers (hot or mild), seeded and chopped
1 green bell (or 3 Serrano peppers), seeded and chopped
1 large sweet onion (or two small), chopped
1 head garlic, cloves separated, peeled, and sliced into several pieces
1 T lemon juice, fresh squeezed
2 tomatoes, chopped

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Anything Leftover Vegetarian Casserole

The amounts are very flexible. Consider the size of your baking dish as you measure.

Ingredients for a 2 Quart Casserole:

4 cups already cooked vegetables/beans in any combination
1 cup cooked noodles, thin quick cooking noodles, cooked rice, uncooked instant rice, stuffing, tortillas strips
1 1/2 cups thick liquid such as canned tomatoes, soup, or thick gravy
1/2 cup thinning/seasoning liquid if one is using an uncooked veggies or quick cooking noodles or rice
Seasonings of your choice, add your favorites until the mixture smells wonderful! Read More