Monday, October 26, 2009

Taxco Miner's Soup

Submitted by Shauna Hinckley
(sort of a fast, liquid red enchilada!)

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, slivered thinly
1 small clove garlic, minced
¼ lb. cheese, cubed or grated
Tortilla chips or 4 corn tortillas cut in strips and fried in oil or baked
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 canned green chiles, chopped (or use fresh/frozen Anaheim pepper)
1 large can (14 oz.) tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water

Optional additions:
Cooked ground beef
Sour cream
Cooked corn
Chopped scallions, olives, avocado

Yield: 4 servings (6-8 cups) Time to prepare: 30 – 45 min.

(If you are frying your own tortilla strips, cut tortillas and fry in salad oil at 350 –375 F. for 2 min and drain and hold warm on paper towels.)

Heat olive oil, sauté onion, pepper, garlic, & cumin. Add tomato sauce, broth, and water. Bring to boiling, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve in warm bowls with cheese and tortilla in bottom and soup ladled over top with desired additions or garnish. (I often chop chicken and sauté it in the first step. Yum!)

Mexican Chicken and Avocado Soup

Submitted by Shauna Hinckley

1 3-3½ lb. Chicken cut up
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
2 small dried red chiles, crushed
2 medium carrots, chopped
6 cups water
2 medium onions, slivered
2 cups cut green beans fresh or frozen
1 large clove garlic, minced
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed cumin seed
1 large avocado
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
Lime wedges, for zest and garnish

Yield: 6 servings (12 cups) Time to prepare: 3 hrs or 40 minutes

1. 5-6 quart pan combine chicken, celery, carrots, onions, garlic, salt, cumin, oregano, chilies, water. Bring to boil slowly; cover; reduce heat, simmer until chicken is very tender and broth flavorful (2 – 2 ½ hours) (or microwave and/or sauté 4 chicken breasts, cut up and add 6 bullion cubes to make broth-15 min.)

2. Remove chicken pieces and discard skin, bones, and skim fat

3. Bring soup to boiling, add green beans, cook uncovered for 5 min. add chicken and heat through (3-5 min) add salt if needed. Add cilantro, tomatoes

4. Serve with lime wedges (squeeze in soup) and avocado slices.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tortellini Soup

Submitted by Mandi Cooper

9 oz. 3-cheese tortellini

4 cups chicken broth

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 pkg. chopped spinach

2 Tbsp butter

1 tsp. garlic salt

Combine chicken broth, garlic salt, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and frozen spinach. Heat thoroughly, but do not boil. Serve with Parmesan cheese on top.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Garlic Cheese Biscuits

Submitted by Laura Hintze

2 c Bisquick mix

2/3 c milk

1/2 c sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 c butter, melted

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp dried parsley

Mix together Bisquick and milk just until moistened. Fold in cheese. Drop by spoonfuls on lightly greased cookie sheet (can use a preheated pizza stone plain). Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine melted butter with garlic salt and parsley and brush over each biscuit. Serve immediately. *NOTE: when using a pizza stone, make sure you remove biscuits to a plate before brushing with butter - otherwise the stone will soak up the butter.

Cheddar Potato Chowder

Submitted by Laura Hintze


3 Tab. butter or margarine

2 med. carrots, peeled & diced

2 med. celery ribs, thinly sliced

1 sm. onion, chopped

3 Tab. flour

¼ tsp. dry mustard

¼ tsp. paprika

⅛ tsp. ground pepper

2 C. milk

2 chicken-flavor bouillon cubes

2 C. water

4 med. russet potatoes (about 1 ¾ lbs.)

1 ½ C. cheddar cheese, grated

4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)

Chives or green onion, chopped (for garnish) (optional)


In a 3-quart pan, over medium heat, melt butter. Add carrots, celery, and onion; cook until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring often. Stir in flour, mustard, paprika, and pepper. Cook 1 minute.

Gradually add milk, bouillon, water, and potatoes. Over high heat, heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Remove saucepan from heat; stir in cheese, just until melted. If you like, top each serving with crumbled bacon and chopped chives.

Yield: 6 servings

Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder

Submitted by Michelle Hilliar
from Taste of Home Magazine Oct.95

1 1/2 lbs. Bonless skinless chicken
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1-16oz can cream-style corn
3 T butter
1-4oz can diced green chilies
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 large tomato chopped
1 cup hot water 
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cups half &half

Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. (or used canned chicken) Brown chicken, onion and garlic in butter. Dissolve bouillon in hot water and add to chicken with cumin. Reduce heat, cover, simmer 5 min. Add half & half, cheeses, corn and chilis. Heat and stir till cheese melts. Add tomato and serve immediately. (May use canned diced tomatoes, well drained.)

Cheesy Potato Soup

Submitted by Beth Johnston

2 cups water

2 cups potatoes, diced/cubed

1/2 cup carrots, diced

1/2 cup celery, diced

1/4 cup onion, diced (I use dried, minced)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 cup cooked ham, cubed, or crumbled bacon

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

2 cups milk

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Combine first 7 ingredients in soup pan. Bring to boil and then simmer until veggies are tender. Add ham. In seperate saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to boil and boil 2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Add cheese sauce to soup (do not drain the water from the veggies).

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Whole Wheat Italian Bread

Submitted by Emily Daniel
In a large bowl dissolve 2 scant tablespoons of yeast and 1/4 cup brown sugar in 2 and 1/2 cups warm water. Let it stand until foamy.

Add 3 cups whole wheat flour and beat well. (I use my electric mixer) Let it stand for at least a half hour, longer if you like

Mix one tablespoon of salt with one cup of white flour and add to mixture. Then gradually add an additional two cups of white flour..some of it may be added as you knead the bread.

Knead 5 minutes or until springy and smooth. I clean out my bowl, rinse it good with hot water and put oil in the bottom, then put the dough in, and turn it over so it is greased on top.

Let rise about an hour.

Sprinkle baking sheets with cornmeal.

Punch down the dough, and shape the loaves. This recipe will make four loaves. Let rise about 45 minutes, slash the top and brush with water.

Bake in a pre-heated oven 400 degrees and bake for 20 mintues, until loaves are brown and crisp. It helps to put a pan of water in the oven.

Audrey Dieker's (Someday-to-be-Emily-Daniel's-when-Audrey-moves) Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Submitted by Emily Daniel

1 T Butter

1 C Pecans

1/2 C Granulated Sugar

1/8 tsp. Salt

1 bag spinach

2 ripe pears (or crisp apples -- pears are best)

1/2 C crumbled Blue Cheese

To make pecans: In a nonstick skillet using a wooden spoon (plastic will melt), over medium high heat, melt butter. Add pecans, sugar and salt. Move pecans in pan until sugar begins to dissolve. Once most of sugar is dissolved, let pecans cool on non-stick wax or parchment paper. It seems initially in this process that nothing is happening, and then the sugar dissolves all at once. At this point, it is very easy to burn the pecans, so be careful to stir constantly and remove from heat if pecans are getting too brown.

Place spinach in salad bowl. Top with pears (sliced thin), crumbled blue cheese, and pecans (slightly cooled and crumbled by hand) Dress salad lightly with vinaigrette recipe below.

Dijon Vinaigrette

6 T olive oil

3 T finely chopped onion or shallots

3 T white wine vinegar

6-10 T sugar (start with 6 and then taste. You want it to be tangy, yet sweet.)

1 T Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 t black pepper

In a blender combine all ingredients. Blend until pureed. You probably won't need all of the dressing. Dress the salad first and then taste, adding if you need more.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Perfect Winter Beef Stew

Submitted by Melissa Maxwell

1/4 cup Italian Dressing
2 lbs. beef for stew, cut into 1-inch chunks
6 slices Oscar Meyer Bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cups sliced mushrooms (I decided these were optional and I opted to not add them.)
3 cups sliced carrots
3 medium potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks (about 1 1/2 lb.)
1 can (14.5 oz.) stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 can (14.5 oz.) beef broth

Place dressing and beef in large resealable plastic bag.  Refrigerate 30 minutes to marinate.

Cook bacon in large pot on medium heat 5 minutes or until crisp.  Remove pacon from pot using slotted spoon.  Drain excess bacon fat.

Add onion and mushrooms to pot; cook on medium-high heat 10 minutes or until softened.  Add marinated beef, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes with their liquid, broth and bacon to pot.

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.  Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 hour 15 minutes.  Uncover; continue to simmer 15 minutes or until meat is tender and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.  Note: the sauce doesn't thicken much, so don't wait for it to turn into gravy.  It won't happen.

Serves 8

Super Soup Tips

A huge "thank you" to Laura for hosting a delightful cooking club party last night!  The pouring rain made it a perfect night for super soups.  In addition to tasting some truly excellent soups, we discussed our most exciting cooking news.

Above: Millie (named Best Cook in the Ward by the missionaries for the month of October) discusses something completely unrelated to cooking.

We also shared tips on where to get great produce (Soulard Farmer's Market), which stores don't carry plain M&M's (Don't get Wendy started on Shop 'N Save), and how to make your bread beautiful (it was all in baker-ease, so talk to Kay or Emily).  If you have any tips to share, please comment!

We were all crazy about the soups.

Some more than others.

We also talked about ways to make a meal out of soup.  Adding salad, bread, or sandwiches can make your meal complete and get your husband off your back about how soup isn't a meal.  You're welcome.


Submitted by Kay Schaumann

5 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
1 cup green onions, chopped
6 cups tomato sauce
3 avocados, chopped
10 tablespoons terragon wine vinegar
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
4 teaspoons fresh parsley

Be sure all vegetables are very finely chopped.  A small amount at a time, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Add to the blended mixture parsley, chives, salt, pepper, garlic, Worchestershire sauce, terragon wine venagar and olive oil.  Chill for 24 hours.  Garnish with additional chopped green peppers, chopped celery and croutons.

Serves 12

Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

Submitted by Millie Bever

4 cups fresh cauliflower
2 cans chicken broth
2 cans potato soup
2 cups milk
2 cups ham, finely chopped
Cheese Whiz, to taste

Cook cauliflower in broth until tender, then add other ingredients.  Heat until warm (DO NOT BOIL--milk will curdle.)  Add 2 tablespoons Cheese Whiz or to taste.  Can be made ahead and rewarmed.

Serves 4-6.

Potato Soup

Submitted by Katie Ericksen

8 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
6 cubes chicken bouillon
1 pint Half and Half
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 T. butter
2 T. parsley
1/8 tsp. thyme

Saute onions and celery with salt and pepper in butter with a small amount of bacon grease.  Add parsley and thyme.

In a rlarge pot combine saute mixture, potatoes, bouillon cubes and enough water to cover all ingredients.  Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Add half and half, bacon, cream of mushroom soup and stir until creamy.  Add cheese and stir until completely melted.  Simmer on low until potatoes are done.

Serve with additional shredded cheddar cheese.

Serves 9.

Butternut Squash Soup with Baked Cinnamon Apples

Submitted by Katie Perry

2 lb squash peeled, deseeded, and chopped
2 tbs butter
2 small carrots peeled and chopped
2 small onions chopped
2 celery stalks chopped
5 cups chicken broth
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp grated nutmeg
3 oz maple syrup
1 c heavy cream

In a heavy pot heat butter over medium heat.
Cook onions, carrots, celery, and squash for 12 minutes, stirring often.
Add broth, cinnamon, and nutmeg and simmer.
Cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until vegetables are soft.
Season soup with salt and pepper and add syrup.
Cool soup slightly and in a food processor or blender puree small batches until smooth.
Transfer to another pot and add cream.
Serve soup and garnish with cinnamon apples.

Cinnamon Apples

1 c granny smith apples peeled and cut into medium dice
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ c granulated sugar

Mix apples, cinnamon, and sugar and bake on a sheet pan at 350 for 7-8 minutes

Chicken Noodle Soup

Submitted by Amy White
Soup Base:
8 Cups Water
3 Chicken Breasts Cooked
1/2 Large onion
3 Bullion Cubes
3 Stalks Celery
3 Carrots Chopped

1 Cup Flour
2 Eggs
Crack the eggs into the flour. Then take two butter knives and cut the egg into the flour till it is all mixed. Make it into a ball shape. Roll out the dough really thin. Flour the surface well as this will help it to not stick. Cut into strips with a knife or pizza cutter. When you add these to the soup they will sink but when they are done they will float.

Boil The water with the carrots till they are almost done. Then add celery and onion (they don't take as long to cook.)Add in bullion cubes and chicken. While it is still boiling add in noodles. They only take a few minutes to cook. Salt and Pepper to taste. To thicken the soup a little bit you can mix 2 TBSP flour into 1 Cup of milk. Pour into boiling soup and stir.