Archive for the ‘Soup’ Category

I made it back from vacation in sunny, humid South Carolina (Charleston and Folly Beach). I can’t believe how much we did in only four days. But it was a fun trip! I even picked up some local raw, organic honey. And the cutest honey pot. Win!

So, I come home to the best summer weather in the world – cool and rainy. I’m not much of a summer gal (yes, I just got back from a beach vacation, but that doesn’t mean it’s my preferred weather). And after a week of seafood (my own attempts at bacon-wrapped, crab-stuffed shrimp will be forth-coming), I was ready for some fall food – SOUP! I had hamburger and a few Italian sausage links in the freezer, so I set them out to thaw. Then started searching for soup recipes with Italian sausage and hamburger, and kept coming up with minestrone soup recipes, which I don’t love. But after looking at them, realized I could probably make something I DO like by taking out the things I don’t (beans, tomato based broth, and I don’t care for zucchini in soup, no matter how little I cook it, I don’t like the consistency), and amping up the things I do (MEAT!, broth, onions and garlic).

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Mmmmm… Soup! 

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Today I have a beanless chili recipe for you. It has instant coffee (don’t freak out, it really is good). It has cocoa powder. It has bacon! It’s ALMOST paleo, but I couldn’t resist adding a little hot Italian sausage. And if you’re generally disappointed in the texture of beanless chilis (I can relate), it also has cubed chuck for a variety of texture. If you have any reason to eat beanless chili (diet, your spouse has threatened to divorce you if you dutch oven her one more time, a new variety in chili), give this one a shot. And make changes to it if you’d like. I’m sure it can be improved. But I wanted to document it so future Kelly, who forgets things, will always have this one shining moment in her kitchen documented.

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I made this recipe a LONG time ago, and thought I’d posted about it. If I had more pictures, I apologize but I can’t find them. For some reason I’ve had a strange craving for soup this past week. This makes no sense because it’s literally 110 degrees here. But nonetheless, I wanted beef and barley and couldn’t find the recipe on my site. And I think it was good enough to make sure it secures a spot in infamy. This recipe is a nice twist on hamburger vegetable soup. It’s loaded with vegetables, and the barley gives it an interesting texture. It’s a nice change of pace, and freezes very well. All for under 300 calories per bowl. BOOM!

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I’m addicted to my iPad. I occasionally call it my “Angry Bird Machine” because I bought it to play Angry Birds, but there are so many reasons to be addicted to this thing. And the newest is I can browse recipes (with pictures – all cookbooks should have professional pictures!) with it. (The only problem is finding a quality application that’s free. I’m cheap.)

Anyway, I was using the “Inspire Me!” feature on allrecipes.com‘s app, and came across something called “cheeseburger soup.” Um, what the hell? I look at soup recipes all the time. How have I NEVER heard of such a soup? I’m so in!

I had an awful time getting a good final product picture of this soup.

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I love soup. And I love that I’m not married so I can make soup all the time (most guys don’t think soup’s a meal, I think most men are crazy!). Anyway, a long time ago I made white chili that was awesome, but I’ve never been able to find the recipe. So I decided to start from scratch with a new recipe. I looked online at several recipes to get a base idea of what to use, and formed my own recipe. Most were a basic blend of chicken, chicken broth and northern beans. And of course I want mine spicy!

I’m dreaming of a white chili. Just like the one I used to know.

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I LOVE potato soup. Well, I love soup in general, but I love potatoes, and I love creamy stuff. So potato soup is the soup of my dreams. Add in stuff like shredded cheese and crumbled bacon, and where could I go wrong? I even give my potato soup a little kick, because, well, everything’s better spicy!

Hells to the yeah!

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As the weather is starting to get fall-like (or as I like to call it, “high school football weather” – not because I go to HS football games anymore, just that that’s what this weather reminds me of), it’s time for soup. And lots of it! Hell yeah for soup!

Hello. I am like chili. Only better!

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I love soup. Love it. And I hate that it’s not as good during hot months. So as soon as it started to cool off, I jumped on making a pot. Well, OK, my friend Laura mentioned she had chicken and noodles (or was it chicken noodle soup? either way, YUM!) on the stove, so I decided soup sounded good. And I went with hamburger vegetable soup. There’s nothing better than hamburger veggie soup with homemade bread with peanut butter. Strangely, though, I ended up making bierocks to go with mine. Mainly because I wanted them long before the soup… That recipe for another post. I’m off topic. Focus!

Good tidings of comfort and joy.

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Wichita reached record highs all week. Well, part of the week. Well, I don’t really know when records were set and when they weren’t. All I know is it’s been over a hundred degrees all week. So what do I crave? Soup! Who craves soup in the middle of a heat wave? Well, apparently me. And my sister. But that’s another story. I had a craving for potato soup. So I looked online and found one by America’s Test Kitchen. Have you ever watched this show? If you haven’t, they take a dish and try to imitate it, improve it, or do whatever needs to be done to make it the best it can be. Whether it’s replacing ingredients to make something dairy-free, improving on something (a specific episode is where they improved lo mein because it’s commonly too greasy and heavy in fast food places – an observation I agree with), or simply making the best of a certain thing. I find their scientific approach interesting and entertaining. If you’re interested, you can watch some episodes here. Unfortunately you have to pay for their recipes, but with a little work you can usually find them printed elsewhere.

Creamy Potato Soupy Goodness

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After my delicious dinner at To Chau, I was inspired to attempt more Asian cooking. This meant I had to first recipe hunt, then go to an Asian market and ingredient hunt. Viva la Vietnamese cuisine! I’m ready for a challenge!

“I look tasty. But do I taste tasty?”

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