Monday, August 22, 2011

Chicken Noodle Soup

When I get a craving for soup, I make it, and I make a ton! To freeze or distribute at will...

You can use leftover chicken, or bake 2 pounds of chicken thighs (they're the best!) or like me, cheat and get 2 roaster chickens from the grocery!

2 pounds of chicken or two roaster chickens
1 Bunch of carrots, chopped
1 Bunch of celery, chopped
1 Large onion, chopped
1 Bag frozen corn
10 cups of chicken broth
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a stockpot and simmer for 1 hour, serve with your choice of noodle! Easy Peasy!

*You'll notice I didn't say anything about the "Noodle" portion.  I make my noodles separately and then add them when I'm ready to eat.  It works out nicely when you want to freeze the soup!  Buon appetito!!

Radish Salsa

4-5 Medium Radishes, Chopped
1/2 Cup Cilantro, Chopped
1 English (seedless) Cumcumber, Chopped
6-7 Green Onions, Chopped
Lime Juice, Salt, Olive Oil to taste

Mix all and enjoy with some chips or mix it into hummus and dip with carrots!  Buon appetito!!

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Zucchini Pizza

Did you know August 4th is National -Leave Zucchini on your Neighbor's Porch- Day?  I didn't either, but I can see why it is!  I am overflowing with zucchini and tomatoes.... But I can't complain because it's all delicious!  While I cheated and bought the dough from a local Italian Bakery, it was whole wheat dough and delicious!

1 Lb Pizza Dough
3-4 Zucchinis, sliced
1 small onion, chopped
Olive Oil for Sauteing
2 Cups Pizza Cheese Mix (Mozzarella, Prove lone, Romano, Parmesan)
Italian Seasoning.

Saute the zucchinis and onions with olive oil in a large pan, until caramelized.  In the mean time let the dough come to room temperature (if it was in the fridge), and spread onto pizza pan/stone.  Lightly put some olive oil on top and cover with Italian spices.  Take the zucchini pan  and liberally spread veggies over pizza.  Top with cheese and bake on the top rack of the oven (so the cheese browns slightly) at 375* for 20 min, or until dough is firm and cheese is the right color brown.  Slice and Serve!  Buon appetito!! 

Cold War Brownies

I recommend Pillsbury Family Size Brownies, it fills the 9 x 13 pan quite nicely.

1 Box of Brownie Mix (and the necessary ingredients to make it)
6 Tablespoons Nutella or more!
1 block of Cream Cheese, room temperature.
1 Egg Yolk
5 Tablespoons Sugar
1/8 tsp Vanilla Extract

In a large bowl mix the brownie mix, and pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  In a smaller bowl mix the cream cheese, egg yolk, sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Glop the nutella and cream cheese mix into the brownies, being as heavy handed as you'd like. Swirl lightly. Bake the brownies according to the box directions adding 5-7 min more so the middle isn't so gooey!  Buon appetito! 
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