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Season with Spice - Features: Homemade Mushroom Soup

Season with Spice - Features: Homemade Mushroom Soup
The essence of the Christmas season should be about spending time, not money. Spending time away from work, with family and friends and a glass of eggnog. Spending time in the kitchen, slowing down, learning new dishes and relearning others, cooking from scratch for your loved ones to enjoy. Spending time smiling, laughing, remembering the joy this season brings each year. And the season of spending time warming up with warm drinks and warm soups. One of my favorite warming dishes – Homemade Mushroom Soup. Fresh, firm and plump mushrooms – swiss brown, white button, shiitake, portobello or a mix of them all – soaked in milk and cream, spiced with aromatic thyme and bay leaf, and a dash of freshly ground pepper and a pinch of Christmas nutmeg. You’ll never look at another can of mushroom soup again. Homemade Mushroom Soup by Season with Spice Serves 2 as appetizer Method: 1. Looking for more delicious soups? Related:  Vegetables & Sides

Cream of Mushroom Soup Friday, October 16 I know, I know…another soup recipe! Apparently there is a theme to my cooking lately…an unplanned theme, but a good one nonetheless. Quick note, all of the soups I shared this week can easily be made vegetarian by substituting in vegetable broth. Anyway, I’m sure you want the recipe, so here goes! Cream of Mushroom Soup Author: Jane Maynard Recipe type: Main Dish, Soup 1 pound regular white mushrooms, cleaned, quartered or sliced (2/3 of my mushrooms were white, ⅓ were mini portobello)1 tablespoon lemon juice1tablespoon butter2 finely chopped shallots (the recipe only called for 2 TBSP…I misread it, but the flavor was actually really lovely with two whole shallots, so there you go!) Coarsely chop mushrooms and lemon juice in a food processor.Melt butter in (4-5 quart) sauce pan and lightly sauté shallots on medium heat.

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Stir in the milk, mixing with a fork until the dough forms a ball. Heavily flour a work surface. You’ll need a rolling pin and something to cut the dumplings with. I like to use a pizza cutter. Roll the dough out thin with a heavily floured rolling pin. Use the floured spatula to put them on a heavily floured plate. To cook them, bring the broth to a boil. For more pictures and instructions, see the related link above! Baked Rigatoni - Ring Finger Tan LineRing Finger Tan Line Cheese and I go way back. I like its creamy texture. It likes my thighs. It’s a rather symbiotic relationship we’ve got going. But lately, we’ve been on the outs. It’s not that cheese has wronged me or anything. But the strike I’ve been on has come to an end with this recipe for baked rigatoni. *Okay, it’s not really three pounds. In prepping for my pasta fest, I decided I wanted to try something new for this photo shoot. There has got to be some plywood by a dumpster somewhere, I think. Had I known beforehand that plywood is generally nailed to other pieces of plywood, I may not have thought this idea was so great. There has got to be a plywood dumpster nearby, I muse. So I get to a dumpster, and there’s all this wood, and I’m thinking fuck yeah, I’m a genius. I get to the next dumpster and it’s pretty short, which is great, because – duh – so am I. Fuck, this has got to be illegal, I think in panic. So I smile and wave, because waving makes people like you. Baked Rigatoni, by me.

I Breathe...I'm Hungry...: Cream Cheese Pancakes After months of overindulging, January typically arrives with a slew of guilt and a waistband that is screaming for mercy. Since many people turn to a low carb lifestyle to get their sugar cravings under control and lose those extra pounds, I thought I’d devote this week to some of my favorite low carb recipes – starting with these delicious low carb cream cheese pancakes. Whenever I resort to low carb diets like keto or Atkins to lose weight, the toughest meal for me is always breakfast. There are only so many eggs you can eat before you are looking for something different. I usually whip up a batch of these low carb cream cheese pancakes in my trusty magic bullet, and it takes less than a minute to make the batter. Cream Cheese Pancakes (Low Carb and Gluten Free) These delicious low carb pancakes taste like skinny fried cheesecakes! Author: Mellissa Sevigny Recipe type: Low Carb Breakfast Recipe Cuisine: American Serves: 4 pancakes Ingredients Instructions Notes Nutrition Information

Crash Hot Potatoes Man, do I love Australia. First, my oldest daughter was conceived there on our honeymoon…and while we’re on the subject, have I ever shared with you that we almost named her “Sydney” as a nod to her point of origin? In the end, I chickened out, though—I thought that might be a little corny, and truth be told, I think she was actually conceived in Brisbane. Anyway, I just love Australia. They’re so simple, it’s terrifying. For now, though, let’s take a chill pill and make Crash Hot Potatoes! The Cast of Characters: New Potatoes (or other small, round potato), Olive Oil, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, and whatever herb you like. Begin by bringing a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make, and cook them until they’re fork-tender. Oh! Next, generously drizzle olive oil on a sheet pan. This will mean the difference between the potatoes sticking and not sticking, so don’t be shy here. When the potatoes are tender, place them on the cookie sheet… Or something. Mmmm.

Taco Soup I am always looking for new soup recipes as well as Mexican recipes. My friend Jen told me about a taco soup recipe she tried and loved so I was excited to make it. I adapted the original Food Network recipe quite a bit to suit my families tastes. The recipe called for a packet of taco seasoning but I don’t like the taste of store bought taco seasoning so I made my own. I thought it was strange that the recipe called for a package of ranch dressing mix but it really did add a nice zing to the flavor of the soup. Taco Seasoning: 1 tsp of cumin1 tsp of oregano1 tsp of chili powder1 tsp of paprika1 tsp of garlic powder1 tsp of onion powder1 tsp of corianderSea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste Soup: Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat then add the ground beef. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chilies and ranch dressing packet, mix well then cover and simmer on low for 2 hours, stir occasionally. Toppings: While the soup is simmering.

Homemade Cream of Something Soup It seems like canned Cream of Something or Other Soup crops up in so many recipes, especially now that it’s CrockPot season. And whether you don’t like to buy canned for health reasons, have dietary restrictions, or just want to try something different, this post is a simple guide to creating your own Cream of Something Soup at home. It’s also a great recipe for those times when you’re too lazy busy to drag a pair of toddlers to the store for a can of soup. There are countless recipes that contain Cream of Soup, but here are a few of our favorites: Cream of Something Soup Ingredients Cream of Something Soup Author/Source: Kristi @ onceamonthmeals.com Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, minced1/2 small onion, diced1/2 cup main ingredient, diced1/4 cup butter or substitute1/4 cup flour or substitute1 cup milk or substitute3/4 cup broth Cream of Something Soup Base Table Cream of Something Main Ingredient Table Directions: Freezing Directions: Servings: 1 “can,” about 1.5 cups This Post will be linked at:

Classy, Crusty Artisan Bread | Emily Loves Food I love making bread. If I’ve got a day where I’ve really got to get some uni work done – I’ll make bread. Because it adds structure to my day, without taking much effort. I make the bread, and while it proofs, get some work done. Take it out, punch down the yeast. And as it rises again, more uni work. While the oven heats up, more uni work. While it bakes, I dot my ‘i’s and cross my ‘t’s. Then, as a reward for a solid few hours work, I get freshly baked bread. Making bread is actually super easy – and in fact, the crusty, classy stuff like this is the easiest. Here, I added oregano, thyme, a smidge of tomato paste and a couple of tablespoons of the oil from a jar of sundried tomatoes. Classy, Crusty Artisan Bread - Makes one medium-sized round loaf Prep time: 3 hours, give or take Cook time: 45mins Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a bowl, and leave for five minuets to go foamy and soft. In a small bowl, mix together the herbs and butter/oil. Occupy yourself while you wait. See?

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