That cauliflower soup was really bland. Even Mrs J said it was too bland. Bland even with sour cream and cheese. I fix! I fix by dumping half the remaining soup and adding 2 potatoes boiled in chicken stock. These I blended in thoroughly with a stick blender. Then I added crisp bacon crumbles. This one didn’t need sour cream but I did go with the Creole seasoning again because I like that stuff.
I say it’s an old picnic table because it is old, for a picnic table. I made that thing in a flurry of busy about 30 years ago and it’s been sitting out in the weather since then. I’m kind of amazed that it has held up as well as it has. I did replace one of the seat boards when we moved it a bit closer to the house a few weeks ago.
One of the nicest things about smoked chicken leftovers is that you can use it in some absolutely killer soups. This one is easy: Take a box of rice mix – this one uses Zatarain’s Long Grain and Wild Mix, add twice the water as the directions say and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover until the rice is done, stir in some chopped broccoli and continue to simmer until the veggie is tender, add a handful of diced chicken breast, stir in a generous handful of shredded cheddar, a splash of half & half, keep stirring until the cheese is fully melted. It’s good served right away, even better if you let it rest awhile, the rice will continue to plump – reheat just before serving, careful to keep the cheese from burning on the bottom.
I wanted to make this dish to try out that gallon of Marsala cooking wine I bought. I had low expectations for it but wanted to save some money over buying the real stuff. This met my expectations in that it isn’t nearly as good as the real wine but it does add some Marsala flavor to the dish so it wasn’t a total bust. I took the dinner as an occasion to also try out some Mexican rice from a box mix that has been showing up at the local Kroger store:The rice mix had some dried corn kernels that floated to the top when I poured in the water, I scooped those out and added some fresh off the cob sweet corn. I probably should have left them in to make the trial a fair one but I have a recollection of biting down on a hard little rock of a corn kernel once. The mix turned out pretty well – I will chop some fresh peppers into it next time, though.There was leftover chicken and rice from the Marsala dish so I added more broccoli and turned it into a creamy cheese soup by adding the leftovers to chicken broth and blending in cheese and heavy cream. It made an excellent lunch today.Bonus kitteh! This is Spots, a cute little tortie awaiting adoption at St Francis.
Some friends persuaded me to buy a few cans of Wolf brand chili for those times when I wanted a chili something something but didn’t have any leftover chili and didn’t want to take the trouble making any. They’ve been sitting in the cupboard for a few months and today I finally opened a can:They make good chili! It was a tad thin when heated – the picture on the can has to be of cold chili – but it had good flavor and I wouldn’t be ashamed to serve it to a guest for lunch.
- 4 oz can sliced black olives
- 2 oz jar sliced green olives
- 4 fresh mushrooms, washed & sliced
- 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
- 8 oz green beans, cooked & cooled
- 1 green pepper, seeded & sliced
- 1 banana pepper, seeded & sliced
- 4 green onions, sliced
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp basil, crushed
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 oz grated parmesan or Asiago cheese
Mix vegetables together in serving bowl. Blend vinegar, oil, basil & garlic then pour over vegetables and toss. Salt & pepper to taste. Garnish with cheese.
I used the King Arthur bun recipe for these, the recipe is great but my bun-fu is still weak. I have another batch working right now, I’ll do it divided 12 ways rather than 16, most of the buns in this first batch are a bit skinny but I did manage to find a few that were just right.
We were in the local Kroger store the other day and I spotted a newly stocked item – queso quesadilla. It’s a white cheese that melts really well without separating into solids and oil. My understanding is that the folded and grilled tortilla menu item called “quesadilla” gets its name from the cheese and not the other way around. I used some on these tacos and the bits that are close to the hot, taco seasoned beef are melting quite nicely.