Tag Archives: sour cream

Strawberry, Blueberry Muffins

25 Jun

Blueberry Muffin

I had a box of strawberries, about three cups and a cup of blueberries leftover.

Nothing ever goes to waste.

I washed and dried the fruit.

Cut the strawberries up into 1/2 inch pieces.

Sprinkled with sugar and set them aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Line 12 large muffin cups with  pretty muffin liners.

Whisk together

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Set aside

Beat together till the butter and sugar are mixed well

Add the vanilla and almond extract

1/2 cup unsalted soft butter

One cup white sugar

One teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Add the flour mixture and sour cream

One cup sour cream

Take out half a cup of the strawberry mixture and all the blueberries and set aside

Mix the remaining berries with two teaspoons of flour and add to the batter.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins.

Fill at least 3/4 the way up.

Spoon the remaining berries on top

Bake for 30 minutes

Make sure they are cooked because the berries make them very moist.

 

 

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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.

 

Ginger Vegetable soup

2 Feb

Ginger Vegetable Soup

My friend Myra told me about this soup and I thought it sounded weird. OMG it is delicious. It almost has an Indian flavor without the curry. The ginger is a great flavor and everything else blends together.

2 Tablespoons olive oil

One pound of boneless chicken, pork, shrimp or lean beef

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cloves minced garlic

1 rounded tablespoon minced fresh ginger  Only use fresh.

1 large diced onion

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon dry coriander

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon brown sugar

4 cups chicken broth

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes

2 diced carrots

1 can drained diced potatoes

1 diced sweet potato

1 cup red lentils

12 ounces baby spinach

Sour cream

Yogurt

Chopped cilantro

Heat the oil in a soup pan.

Add the diced meat, salt and pepper.

Cook five to ten minutes until the meat is cooked.
Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook another five minutes.
Add the carrots, celery, white potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Cook for 5 minutes.

Add all the spices including the sugar. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add the broth and tomatoes

Bring to a boil.

Add the lentils.

Cook till the vegetables are soft.

Add the spinach and cook till it is wilted.

Garnish with the sour cream or yogurt and the cilantro.

Use diced tomatoes with green chili if your like a spicy kick. I did and it was great.

The original recipe called for chicken but I used leftover pork and next time I will try making it without meat.

Eliminate the meat and use vegetable broth for a true vegetarian soup.

Spicy Tortilla Soup

26 Jan

Tortilla Soup Tortilla Soup

This is a delicious soup for a cold night or a summer BBQ.

3 tablespoons oil

One large chopped onion

2 cloves chopped garlic

One diced red pepper

One diced hot pepper.

I usually use a jalapeno and take the seeds out.

One teaspoon  ground cumin

48 ounces of chicken broth

Two 14.5 ounce can of Rotelle or any other diced tomatoes with chili.

1/2 jar of salsa about 8 to 10 ounces.

One cup of corn

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

One can of rinsed and drained black beans

2 cups or more of pulled pork or leftover diced chicken

Tortilla chips crushed

Shredded Monterrey Jack or any other cheese you like

Sour cream

cilantro

Limes

Avocado

Heat the oil

Add the onions and garlic and cook till soft

Add the peppers and season with salt and pepper

Add the cumin and cook just for a couple of minutes. You can actually smell it cook.

Then add your broth, tomatoes, black beans and corn and about 1/4 cup of the cilantro.

Let this cook for five minutes then add your pork or chicken.

Cook for another ten to fifteen minutes.

Spoon the soup into big bowl and add the crushed chips, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, diced avocado and lime wedges.

I usually serve this with cheese quesedilla, grilled cheese or potato pancakes

 

 

 

 

 

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.