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Split Pea Soup

21 Apr

Split Pea Soup

I watched my Mom cook and she never wasted anything.

She taught me well because I use everything.

I baked a ham and saved the bone so here is a ham pea soup.

One ham bone

8 cups of water

Salt to taste because the ham may be salty so taste the water first.

One pound of split peas, washed and sorted.

4 Tablespoons butter

Two large chopped carrots

Two stalks chopped celery

One large chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

2 chicken bouillon cubes.

Put the ham bone in the water and bring to a boil.

Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 40 minutes.

Strain the water  into a bowl.

You don’t want any of the bone floating around in the soup.

Save the water.

Pick off the small pieces of ham and put them into the water.

Discard the bone.

Let everything stay into the bowl.

Take the pot and melt the butter.

Add the onions, carrots, thyme, bouillon cubes and celery and cook till everything is soft.

Do not brown.

Add the ham water to the pot and bring to a boil.

Add the washed peas and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the peas are done.

I use my emersion mixer to evenly chop everything and make a smooth soup.

It is important to adjust the salt as you go along because you do not want it too salty.

Serve with croutons and some yogurt or sour cream.

 

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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.

Homemade Croutons

7 Aug

homemade croutons

Never underestimate how delicious a homemade crouton is.

It is so worth the little time to make them plus you get to use up your extra bread.

One loaf of Italian bread, French bread, rolls or whatever you have.

I prefer day old or almost stale bread.

Cut into one inch cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.

Drizzle with about 1/2 cup olive oil

Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt

Two teaspoons garlic powder

One teaspoon black pepper

Mix well

Spread into a baking pan in an even layer.

Do not overlap.

Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for five minutes then turn the croutons over to brown all the sides.

Be careful that they don’t burn.

I have turned my head for a minute and burnt patches of bread.

Wait till they cool and keep in an air tight container.

They will not last long.

You can also change the spices or make your own flavor.

I have used onion powder, pesto, cheese and cinnamon sugar.

I have also made them with melted butter instead of the oil and they were delicious.