Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

Fall Weather Soup Recipes

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

As summer comes to an abrupt end, the weather has shifted for the worse. With the cold and dreary weather, I’ve been inspired to make lots of quick and hearty soups. Most recently, smoked turkey drumstick and kale soup, an easy go-to recipe for a quick weekday meal. The majority of the 30-minute cook time is reserved for stewing the drumstick to get the juices into the broth. The kale cooks rather quickly once the broth is flavorful enough. Salt and pepper is added to taste. Chili flakes are optional.

Another easy soup recipe is chicken and rice soup. Boil some chicken (I like the dark meat of chicken thigh and drumstick but when I’m feeling particularly healthy, I use chicken breast) and lightly salt to flavor the broth. For more flavor, you may want to boil the chicken in chicken broth or add chicken bouillon/flavoring to the water. After the chicken is cooked, remove and tear the meat into chunks. Add a small amount of uncooked jasmine or other white rice (about half a cup to 3/4 cups). Add chicken chunks and simmer the rice soup for 15-20 minutes. The rice should be tender and soft. Add salt and fish sauce to taste. You may add finely chopped green onion and cilantro to top off the dish. The total cook time is usually 20-25 minutes for me.

My final go-to recipe is beef noodle soup or pho. For a large pot (about 8 servings), I buy the beef bones at the grocery store for under $5. The bones go into a big pot of water and sit on medium high heat for about an hour. Season with salt. Also, if you want to get a more complex tasting pho, you may add a couple cinnamon sticks, some star anise, a peeled stub of ginger root, some garlic cloves and a whole onion. For more flavor, you may add beef bouillon or pho flavor (which you can get in jars at most Asian stores). When done, pour some broth over cooked rice noodles. Add the optional beef meatballs, thinly sliced beef (that can cook in the hot broth), shrimp, cilantro and thinly sliced white/yellow onions.

Enjoy the fall weather!

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Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday!

November 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Yippee! My favorite holiday is fast approaching and this year, we’re hosting turkey day dinner.

Ever since we decided to have dinner at our house, I’ve been researching the best recipes for turkey because it needs to be just perfect! I decided to use the Cooks Illustrated roasted brined turkey recipe in addition to another recipe that calls for some extra brining ingredients. I went with Cooks Illustrated because their chefs tested all the different methods of preparing and roasting a turkey to seek out the most juicy, tender and delicious turkey so I’m pretty confidant that they got it right and are giving me the best method to roast my bird perfectly.

In preparation for the big day, I ordered my free range 18-20 pound turkey which I’ll pick up from Whole Foods on Tuesday. Then, I’ll brine my bird overnight and let it dry before roasting it in the oven on turkey day. I hope it comes out as wonderful as the recipe promises!

Other dishes on our turkey day menu are mashed baby yukon potatoes (made with the usual ingredients and riced instead of mashed), gravy (from my father-in-law’s recipe and usually made by my sister-in-law), sausage, artichoke and parmesan stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce. Family members will bring other dishes and wines to supplement. I can’t wait!

Boilermaker tailgate chili and buttery cornbread from

November 17, 2008 Leave a comment

On Sunday, I had a craving for some yummy chili with cornbread. So I thought I’d cook some up for the Redskins and Cowboys game Sunday night.

That afternoon, I went on a scavenger hunt at a number of local grocery stores to find all the ingredients for the boilermaker tailgate chili (rated top chili on, if you do a sort by rating). Ingredients included a little bit of everything: ground beef chuck, Italian sausage, chili beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, yellow onion, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, green chile peppers, bacon bits, beef bouillon, beer, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, dried oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, dried basil, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, white sugar, corn chips such as FritosĀ®, and shredded Cheddar cheese.

After two hours at Costco, Giant, and Trader Joes, I came back home and began to work on my chili. This dish took 2 hours to cook and it was worth all the effort I put into it. The chili was quite delicious, with a little kick to the dish, although it was not as spicy hot as I’d prefer (I didn’t want to risk the heartburn with the baby and all:) To top off the dish, I added corn chips and cheese.

Additionally, while the chili was simmering, I made the cornbread using the buttery cornbread recipe (also found on, rated third best). The cornbread was buttery and not as grainy as most cornbreads tend to be. I liked the cornbread because it tastes alot better than the jiffy mix but I think I’d like to try another recipe with buttermilk/cream for comparison; this recipe only called for milk and butter.

All in all, it was a wonderful dinner to accompany a rather disappointing game. Skins lost to the Cowboys!

Favorite recipe websites

October 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving is coming up and this year, my husband and I (although I think it will mostly be me) are making dinner! To prevent me from going into full panic mode, I am looking up recipes for the turkey, side dishes and dessert that have been tested, tried and rated high among fellow foodies.

Some great recipes websites I have found so far are:

1. the recipes have so many reviewers

2. I just signed up as a member and enjoy the recipes, restaurant reviews, blogs and forums



5. and (although a couple of recipes are available, most need to be accessed through an online subscription)

If you know of any other websites, please comment and add them to my growing list of recipe resources.

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Hot margarita

October 24, 2008 Leave a comment

A month ago, I got this quick and simple recipe from a friend of mine in Portland, ME and I’d thought I’d share it. Thanks Anna T!

1. Add whole hot chili peppers to a bottle of tequila.

2. Let sit for about 1-2 weeks to get the tequila nice and spicy.

3. Make margarita with tequila using your own recipe.

4. Optional: drink with chips and guacamole.

Yes, you might have guessed it: Although I am enjoying a pleasant evening at home sipping hot tea, I’m also missing the occasional evening cocktail or glass of wine. Three more months until I can drink again. Can’t wait!