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Beef Chili (no beans)

Beef Chili (no beans)

Snow, something of a rare occurrence the last few years, calls for chili. My last batch just wasn’t hot enough. It came out more like beef stew. So, this time I was hoping to step up the heat, while keeping it in range for those who can’t handle the really hot stuff. I think it came out pretty hot, meaning too hot for some, but not too hot for me. If you add some of the serving goodies below it will cool it down.

Meat Ingredients

 

2.5 lbs bottom round beef, cubed

Olive oil
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Salt
Black pepper

Other ingredients
1 bulb garlic, roasted

5 green chilies, roasted, peeled, and diced
1 large red onion, diced
3 jalapenos, diced with seeds
3 dried red chilies, whole with stems cut off
1½ tsp chili powder
1½ tsp caribe
½ tsp oregano
1 large can diced tomatoes
Salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Serving goodies (optional)

Fritos

Crackers
Shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheese
Homemade sour cream
Fresh tomatoes
Onion
Avocado

I roasted, peeled, and froze my green chilies a couple of months ago, so those just had to be thawed out and cut up. The dried red chilies are a PITA to cut up, so this time I just cut off the stem and threw them in whole to leach out their yummy goodness.

 

Preparing the Meat

 

Cut the meat in bite-sized cubes (or buy it that way). Put it in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the rest of the meat ingredients and toss to coat.

 

Heat a large pot or Dutch oven on med-high. Add a little olive oil. Toss in the meat and brown. You’ll want to stir it some as it browns, and you’ll see that it produces a fair amount of juices.

 

 

Making the Chili

 

Add the onions, jalapeno, roasted garlic, and green chilies, and stir well. Let this cook a bit. The onions should wilt, but don’t have to be translucent.
Toss in the dried red chilies, and pour in the diced tomatoes. Add some water to the tomato can, swirl it around in the can, and pour that in. Add the dried spices, and stir.
The dried red chilies will poke down without breaking after they absorb some moisture. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

 

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Garlic and Onion Soup

Garlic and Onion Soup

This is so easy, and so, so good. The only drawback is that it takes a long time, but it’s not hands-on time, just lots of waiting. It is kind of like French onion soup. I eat it as a soup on its own. My husband uses it for French dip sandwiches. It starts with homemade beef bone broth. I have been making it in a pressure cooker lately.

Ingredients:

Beef bones (5 or 6)

Onions (about 4)
Garlic (2 bulbs)
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Coarse sea salt

Roasting

The key to this recipe is roasting the bones, onion, and garlic first. I do this in the oven at 400, for 45 minute to 1 ½ hours. You can use a glass baking dish or oven-proof bowl. A bowl seems to work best for the bones. Put all the bones in a glass, oven-safe bowl and drizzle some olive oil on top (just to keep them from sticking). Slice the onions into thirds. I don’t bother peeling them. Slice the tops off the garlic bulbs. Pour a little olive oil in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Put the onion and garlic in the baking dish. Roast the bones, onion and garlic. The onion and garlic will be done before the bones.

Making the Broth

Pour a little olive oil in the bottom of the pressure cooker. Toss in one bulb of garlic and half of your onions. Save the rest of the onions and garlic, and the oil they roasted in, for later. Toss in the bones and the oil and fat from the bones. Add some lemon juice (maybe ¼ cup), sea salt (about a handful or so), and cold water. My pressure cooker has a line that shows you how much water you can add.

Let this sit and soak for 30 minutes before starting the pressure cooker. Bring the pressure cooker up to temperature, then turn it down, or do it however your model works. Cook in pressure cooker for 90 minutes. Strain the liquid into another container, put the bones, onion and garlic back into the pressure cooker, add some more lemon juice, and cook it all again for another hour and a half. Strain the second batch and press all the juices you can out of the bones, onion, and garlic.

Discard the bones, onion and garlic (not the onion and garlic you saved for later).

If you don’t want all of the fat from the broth, put it in the fridge overnight. The fat will rise and congeal on top and you can just pull it off and toss it.

Finishing the Soup

If your broth is chilled, it will be a jiggly lump. That’s good; it means it came out right. Place about 6 cups of broth in a pot on the stove. Store the rest in the fridge or freeze it for other recipes or just to sip on. Peel the onions and toss them in the broth. Squeeze the garlic out of its shell, into the broth. Simmer, uncovered, for about an hour. It will reduce.

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Sandi’s Zuppa Toscona

Sandi’s Zuppa Toscona

2 large baking potatoes
2 cups homemade turkey broth
1 lb Hot Pork sausage
¾ – 1 lb bacon
1 yellow onion, sliced
3 tablespoons minced garlic
½-3/4 cup fresh parsley
2 cups half and half
4- 5 cups water
5 tablespoons Onion powder
5 tablespoons Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Paprika
½ teaspoon Sage
¼-1/2 teaspoon thyme
Salt

Brown sausage in oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Cook bacon in oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Peel potatoes, cut in half lengthwise and slice. Place all ingredients EXCEPT sausage, bacon, half and half, and parsley, in a sauce pan. Cook on Med-high until potatoes are done. Add sausage and bacon, simmer 15-20 minutes, add half and half and parsley stir and bring back up to temperature, reduce to low for up to ½ hour.

I have made up this cheat sheet to print out and keep on hand while you are making the soup. It is a little easier than reading the recipe while you work.

Zuppa Toscana Cheat Sheet

2 large baking potatoes
2 cups broth
1 yellow onion
3 tablespoons minced garlic
5 tablespoons Onion powder
5 tablespoons Garlic powder
1 teaspoon Paprika
½ teaspoon Sage
¼-1/2 teaspoon thyme
Salt
4- 5 cups water
Medium – until potatoes are done

1 lb Hot Pork sausage
¾ – 1 lb bacon
Simmer 15-20 minutes

½-3/4 cup fresh parsley
2 cups half and half
Low ½ hour

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Leftover Tortellini and Beef Stew

Leftover Tortellini and Beef Stew

Here is another variation on left-over soup. It does not require flour or broth. Any left-over cooked beef will work. Hamburger is the easiest. If you are using steaks or roast cut into bite size pieces.

Beef (cooked)
Tortellini (cooked)
Onion
garlic
butter
corn (1 can)
green beans (1 can)
diced tomatoes (1 can)
salt
water

Sauté onion and garlic in butter for 5 minutes. Add meat and any juices from meat. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes. Add tomatoes, green beans, corn, salt, and about 2 cups water. Stir. Simmer for 2 or 3 hours, longer if possible. Stir occasionally. Add water as needed until the last hour. Simmer for 30 mins to 1 hour after the last water is added for fullest flavor.

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Clean Out the Refrigerator, Left-Over-Chicken Noodle Soup

Clean Out the Refrigerator, Left-Over-Chicken Noodle Soup

The beauty of this recipe is that you can use just about anything in your refrigerator that needs to be used now or thrown out tomorrow to make a delicious and healthy meal!

What you have to have:
Onions (any kind will work)
Butter
Flour
Broth, stock, or bullion
Cooked chicken (any kind of meat can be substituted)
Cooked pasta (if you use long pasta like spaghetti cut into bite
size pieces, you can also substitute with rice)
vegetables (if you have them)

What I used last night:

2 medium-large onions
2 carrots
1 stick celery
Minced garlic to taste (3 heaping tablespoons)
¾ stick butter
3-4 cups left over cooked chicken (lemon chicken and broaster
chicken)
2-3 tablespoons flour
6 cups chicken broth (bullion)
1-2 cups left over cooked penne

Put onions, carrots, and celery in food processor until chopped up fine (can be done by hand). Melt butter and add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook stirring occasionally over med-med high heat for about 20 minutes, or until everything get soft and onions start to turn translucent. Add chicken and stir, add flour and stir, cook for 5 more minutes. Add chicken broth (this is when you would add raw vegetables) and cook at simmer – low boil uncovered for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta (this is when you would add cooked vegetables), cover and cook for 10 minutes more. It is now ready to eat, but will improve if you leave covered, turn down to low heat and cook for another 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Cheesy Broccoli Spinach Soup

Cheesy Broccoli Spinach Soup

I think this is the best soup I’ve ever made! My boyfriend loved it, but said it was a little strong on the garlic for his taste. If you’re not a garlic fiend like I am, you may want to cut back to 2 bulbs.

I recommend going very light on the dill. Your need for salt will vary depending on your stock. You may not need to add any. As always, homemade stock will make a far superior soup. Do not overcook the vegetables. The flour is optional. It just thickens the soup. I have heard that leeks serve as a thickener in vegetable stock. They would go well in this soup as a substitute for the onions.

½ stick Butter
½ large sweet yellow onion
Thyme
Nutmeg
Cayenne
Dill
Salt
Pepper
3 bulbs roasted garlic (yes, bulbs, not cloves)

2 tbls flour (optional)
Worcestershire sauce
4 to 5 cups water or stock

1 cup chopped Broccoli
1 cup Milk
1½ – 2 cups Frozen Spinach

12 oz grated Cheddar

Melt butter. Add onion and all spices except garlic and thyme. Cook for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and thyme. Cook for one more minute. Add flour. Cook for about 3 more minutes. Add stock and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. It will reduce and thicken. Reduce heat to a low simmer. Add broccoli. When it has returned to a low simmer, cook for about 10 minutes. Add milk and spinach. Bring to barely simmering and stir in cheese until melted.

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Too Much Zucchini and Beef Soup

Too Much Zucchini and Beef Soup

I love zucchini, and it’s a good thing I do. We planted just two zucchini plants and have more than we know what to do with.

This is a beef soup, featuring zucchini. It also contains a small sweet potato. I use cinnamon and cayenne to compliment the squash flavor and the sweetness. The homegrown tomatoes give it a deep, rich flavor.

Ground beef
Worcestershire
Onion powder
Cayenne
Salt

Brown the beef with the above ingredients.

Zucchini, cubed and lots of it
Small sweet potato, peeled and sliced
Onion
Garlic
Homegrown tomatoes
Cayenne
Cinnamon

Place the browned ground beef and all other ingredients in your soup pot with some water and simmer as long as you can stand it (30 minutes to 2 hours). It is even better reheated the next day!

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Home Grown Tortellini and Miso Soup

Home Grown Tortellini and Miso Soup

My best friend came up to visit for my birthday and brought lots of goodies from her garden. We decided to make miso soup with tortellini and vegetables.

I rarely make entirely meatless soups, and I haven’t been very impressed with meat substitutes, but miso really delivers! I wouldn’t say it tastes just like beef, but it tastes just as good and it gives you that full feeling, like you have really eaten, that normally an all veggie meal just doesn’t do for me.

Here is what we used in our soup. It has been over a week since we made the soup, so I may be forgetting something. Mary, if you’re reading this feel free to post corrections!

Tomatoes
Zucchini
Carrots
Green onions
Garlic
Cherry peppers
Tortellini
Miso paste

The important thing to remember when making miso soup is to ad the miso last after the soup is cooked. Do not boil miso.

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Meatball Potato Soup

Meatball Potato Soup

Meatball ingredients:
2 lbs ground beef
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Salt
pepper

the rest of the soup:
Onion
Garlic
Potatoes (about 4 cups peeled and cut into large chunks)
Milk
Cheese (cubed)
Water or broth

Preheat oven to 400. Mix all meatball ingredients well. I start by breaking it up with a fork and then mash it all together with my hands. Form meatballs about 1½ inch. You should get about 25 meatballs. Place in a baking dish (it’s OK if they touch each other), cover and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Place the whole onion and garlic bulb in a baking dish, cover and roast in oven while the meatballs cook.

Peel and cut up potatoes. Place in soup pan and cover with about 4 cups of water. Simmer until tender and whip with electric mixer until smooth. Peel and process onion and garlic in the food processor until smooth, add to potatoes. Use tongs to pick up meatballs and add to soup pot. Add about 6 cups of water or stock. Add salt if needed. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add milk and cheese. Do not allow to boil after the milk is added. It won’t ruin the soup, but it will look disgusting.

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Cold Avocado and Buttermilk Soup

Cold Avocado and Buttermilk Soup

This was my first attempt at this recipe. Next time I think I will substitute chives for the dill. I made it in the food processor, but a blender should work, too.

2 avocados (or 3 if you want to use the third for garnish)
½ small to medium Vidalia onion
2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup fresh dill
1 tablespoon basalmic vinegar
1 teaspoon to one tablespoon garlic powder
Salt

Put everything in the food processor (except the 3rd avocado) and process until very smooth. Chill in the refrigerator for and hour. Top with diced avocado if desired.

I put in onion in and process it first so it won’t be chunky. This will probably turn brown, like guacamole, if you try to keep it very long.

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