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Buffalo Chicken Soup

2 Apr

Buffalo Chicken Soup

I love buffalo chicken.

So when I saw a recipe on Pinterest for the soup I had to try it.

After testing a few recipes I simplified the one I like.

One tablespoon butter

One tablespoon oil

One large diced onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

2 diced potatoes

3 diced carrots

3 stalks diced celery

1/2 head diced cauliflower

4 cups chicken stock

3 cups cooked diced chicken or pork

1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce

1/4 cup Blue cheese dressing

Toppings

Diced cilantro

Diced scallions

Crumbled blue cheese

Optional add ins; corn, chopped red peppers, chips

Melt the butter in the oil.

Add the onion and garlic for two minutes

Add all the vegetables and cook slowly till they are soft

Add the chicken, soup, hot sauce and blue cheese salad dressing.

Let everything  simmer for 15 minutes.

Use your immersion blender to a chunky pureed state.

A little rough consistency is great.

Simmer for another ten minutes.

Serve in a bowl with any of the toppings

I also serve it with carrot and celery sticks.

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Tomato Okra

27 Jan

Tomato Okra

I never ate okra as a child. My Mom just didn’t cook it.

I had it for the first time at a friends house and loved it.

So this started my trial and error trying to cook it .

After many, many pounds of okra all I had was this slimy vegetable that couldn’t get past my lips. So I stopped trying to cook it.

Last week I was at my friend Maria’s again, I am a real pest.

She was cooking okra and showed me how to do it right.

3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 chopped onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

One pound bag of frozen okra, do not defrost it.

One 14 ounce can of diced San Martino tomatoes

Two small cans of tomato sauce.

One teaspoon dried parsley

Four basil leaves

Salt and pepper

Optional spices are oregano and crushed red pepper. I just love basil and put it in everything.

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil till the onions are soft

Add the diced tomatoes and bring to a boil

Add the frozen okra, parsley, basil, salt and pepper.

Cover the okra with the tomato sauce

Push the okra down with a spoon  so it is covered with the liquid

Cover the pot and let simmer until the sauce starts to thicken and the okra looks cooked about 20 to 30 minutes.

DO NOT STIR THE POT

If you start stirring the pot the okra gets slimy because it starts to break up.

I made this the other night and we ate the entire pound.

It is easy, delicious and different.

Thank you Maria

 

Blue Cheese salad

15 Jan

Caesar Salad

Saveur Magazine has so many fabulous recipes .

I started reading it years ago and always find  something special.

Treat yourself and get a subscription this year.

This is a salad I tried, loved it and had to post it.

I did make some changes.

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1/4  cup chopped parsley

1 tablespoon oregano

3 cloves chopped garlic

salt and pepper

1 1/3 cup olive oil

3/4 cup  crumbled blue cheese

1/4 cup half and half

1/4 cup mayonnaise

3/4 cup sour cream

1 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon granulated garlic

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon celery seeds

One large head of iceberg lettuce, sliced into strips

One medium large head of Romaine lettuce, cut into bite size pieces

20 grape tomatoes

One large sliced cucumber

One medium thin sliced red onion

6 slices of cooked, crisp, crumbled bacon

One cup of homemade croutons

Mix the vinegar, parsley, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper

Slowly drizzle in the oil and whisk well. Set aside.

Mix the blue cheese, half and half, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder and celery seeds. This looks like the traditional blue cheese dressing.

Toss all your greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions together with the vinaigrette then add the blue cheese dressing on top.

Finish with the bacon bits and croutons.

Anchovies are optional

This is the exact basic recipe from Saveur Magazine but I just added a couple of extras.