Stuffed Pepper Soup

This is one of our favorites.  It has Italian sausage and ground beef with a load of chopped green peppers, onions, garlic, a quart of my canned stewed tomatoes, and enough stock to thin it to requirements.  A tablespoon or two of tomato paste gives the color a boost.  Make it thicker than typical soups and it is a pretty good pasta sauce.  Good over rice.  I season it with Italian herbs.


Kroger is selling these 14″ pies for $5.  This one started out as a plain cheese.  I added ham, bacon, corned beef, pickled peppers, and more cheese, plus a good sprinkling of oregano and garlic powder.
They sell pizzas with other toppings – they have a pepperoni, an “ultimeat” with three or four different meats, and one with peppers and mushrooms and other such.

Black Bean and Bacon Soup

I soaked a bag of beans overnight and then simmered them all day in water and powdered chicken stuff. Lots of powders! Onion and garlic of course, with that chicken powder that is so damn salty I tell myself not to use so much, next time. I forget. Next time for sure. It’s not ruined but you won’t be adding any at the table. Ground cumin, ancho chili powder, Mexican oregano. Onion flake! Some dried jalapeno flake! It was exciting!!

Smoked Brisket

I smoked my first brisket, even though I’ve had my wood pellet grill for almost two years now.

And by I, I mean my brother mostly. I made up the rub, using brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, hot chili, cumin and oregano.  But my brother did most of the smoking, setting the temperature and watching over it.

I paid close attention and asked lots of questions, so I think I could do it myself next time.


I Made Bagels!

This was my first attempt at bagels and I was surprised and pleased with how easy it was and how well they came out.

A few weeks ago, I couldn’t sleep and ended up watching a few episodes of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. I hadn’t seen it before, but was curious as one of our local restaurants was featured in an episode. Since I wasn’t impressed with their food, I wasn’t inclined to watch the show until a bout of insomnia. Continue reading