February 18, 2006

Continental bean soup

I posted a soup recipe last week and it seems like a good theme what with snow coming down right now. Here is a recipe that I used to make back my kitchen days:

Navy beans 1 lb.
kidney beans 1 lb.
lentils 12 oz.

1) Wash beans and lentils. Soak overnight in cold water. Drain.

bacon fat 8 oz.(or vegetable oil, if you prefer)
garlic 1 clove
onions, chopped 8 oz.
celery diced, 1/4 inch 8 oz.
carrots, diced, 1/4 inch 8 oz.

2) Melt fat. Cook vegetables in fat until transparent.

flour 4 oz.

3) Add flour and blend well.

chicken stock 2 1/2 gal.(canned or from boullion)
bacon rind 3 lb.

4) Add water. Mix well. Add beans, lentils and bacon rind. Cover. Simmer 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until beans are tender.

raw potatoes, diced 1/4 inch 1 lb. 8 oz.
pepper 1/2 tsp.

5) Add potatoes and pepper. Simmer another 1/2 hour or until potatoes are done.

***Note: You can speed up this step by using diced pre-cooked potatoes

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February 12, 2006

Carnival of the Recipes #78

Welcome to COTR #78! I've compiled a list of mouth-watering recipes submitted from blogs around the globe which are guaranteed to tame that might beast hunger in all us.

First up, over at Aussie Wife, Amanda has a recipe for Pasta with tomato, basil and chevre sauce. How can you go wrong with two cloves of freshly minced garlic?

David Gillies posts a recipe for fried pork wontons at Daily Pundit. I'm definitely making them soon.

Dave at The Glittering Eye posts a recipe that I remember fondly from my childhood: Porcupine Balls. I'm guessing that the porcupines are somewhat less fond of this recipe. Just a guess, though.

This recipe over at In the Headlights is quite a mouthful: Chicken-noodle-bacon-um-potato-onion soup. In addition to being a winning Scrabble word, it looks mighty tasty. Be sure to thank Riannan when you make it.

The instructions that CalTech Girl lists with her recipe for Pork Chops Stuffed with Smoked Gouda and Bacon includes directions for cooking on the grill. Sure, you can cook them in the oven, too, but why would you?

Speaking of grilling, everyone needs a recipe for good homemade barbecue sauce, and Grill Maestro helps out with his recipe for Really Cheap Coca Cola BBQ Sauce. I'm still not certain where I can find a 20 cent can of Coke, though. I must shop at the wrong stores.

Dubious Wonder posts a recipe to help take the chill off during winter: Cauliflower Cheese Soup.

Shawn Lea of Everything and Nothing weighs in with a soup recipe, too, and it looks quite robust: Shrimp and Corn Soup.

The next recipe comes from a blog down under, Keewee's Corner. Jennifer's recipe for Chicken Chow Bake looks both easy and delicious, two things that appeal to me.

Elisson, of Blog d'Ellison fame, posts a recipe for Duck Confit. It's not a throw it together in 30 minutes meal, but it looks well worth the effort.

The Ziggurat of Doom live blogs the making of his Anchor Leg Chili. It looks like a great way to spend an afternoon.

Over at Seriously Good, Kevin offers his recipe for some tasty Pork Ribs.

Matthew at OUPblog weighs in with a recipe from Lizzie Collingham's Curry: Green Coriander Chutney. My wife will ove it.

The Headmistress at The Common Room weighs in with her recipe for Florentine Beef Pinwheel. Cool. I love a good recipe for meatloaf.

Next on the menu is this recipe for Beef, Pineapple and Red Pepper Kabobs, courtesy of Marsha over at A Weight Lifted. A recipe that includes 3 of my favorite foods HAS to be good.

Bothenook at A Geezer's Corner spices up his recipe for Chicken, Spanish Olives and Saffron Rice with some food porn. You know that you want to look.

Have trouble getting your children to eat? Mom at Raising4boys.com offers up her recipe for Bananas ala Kid. I think that you might want to make one for yourself, too.

Muse at Me-ander presents for your inspection her variation of a recipe for a traditional Kewish food, In the Kishkes. It looks like it would go great with some latkas. Muse also offers up a recipe for Diet Killer Crumble. Like I need more diet-killing recipes.

If, like me, you really enjoy eating, you've probably fallen prey to the sin covered in this recipe for Gluttony: Potstickers over at 7 Deadly Sins. So go and sin a little bit.

Anna at bunny? gives us a taste tempting recipe for Roasted Salmon with Rosemary Crust.

Kim at Life in a shoe is this first entry this week that includes both an a entree AND a dessert. Go check out Mexican Chicken Chowder w/Peach Cobbler. What's that you say? It's a soup and not an entree? Good chowder IS a meal. So give it a try.

Anthony unveils the secret behind the making of paneer in his recipe for Paneer masala with green peas and potatoes. Now that you know, you'll have to make some.

My entry this week is a recipe for Chili Soup, which I think that you'll enjoy.

Taleena of Sun Comprehending Glass gets us off on the right sweet tooth foot with her recipe for Strawberry Tarts and Clotted Cream. Here's where I do my best Homer Simpson impression: ::drool::. Hey, I didn't say that it was a GOOD impression.

Mensa Barbie continues in the dessert genre of cooking with her recipe for Ginger-danish Ice Cream. Looks like the ice cream maker I got for Christmas is going to get a workout.

Cathy of CFO: Chief Family Officer gives us her recipe for Key Lime Bars. I dunno if my children like limes, but I think that I'm going to find out soon. Yum.

I hope that you enjoyed this week's collection of recipes from around the blogosphere. Be sure to visit Carnival #79 next week, hosted at The Ministry of Minor Perfidy. And if you're interested in hosting the COTR, send an email to Recipe (dot) Carnival (at) Gmail (dot) com and be sure to include the word "host" in the subject line.

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February 11, 2006

Chili soup

This is a recipe that I used to make when I worked in a commercial kitchen: chili soup. Don't mistake it for chili that's been diluted with water; it's really, really not.

Kidney beans, dried*** 2 lb.

1) Weigh beans before washing. Wash beans. Soak overnight in cold water. Drain.

Margarine 6 oz.
ground beef ""
green pepper, chopped 10 oz.
onion, chopped 1lb.6oz.
chili powder 1/2 oz.
curry powder 1 Tbsp.
garlic, crushed 1 clove

2) Cook beef, pepper, onion, chili powder, curry powder and garlic in margarine until meat is browned.

Beef stock 1-1/2 gal.
tomato puree 2 qt.
salt 1/2 oz.
pepper 1/4 tsp.
sugar 2 oz.
worcestershire 1 Tbsp.

3) Add stock, drained kidney beans, tomato puree and remaining seasonings. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer until beans are tender, 2 to 2-1/2 hrs.

flour 6 oz.
cold water 3 cup

4) Mix flour and water. Add to soup. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove from direct heat.

***3 lb. drained, canned kidney beans may be substituted for each 1 lb. of dried kidney beans.

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February 10, 2006

COTR update

In response to several questions, no, there isn't a specific theme for recipes this week. Submit any and all recipes.

FWIW, I plan to post the Carnival late Saturday evening.

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February 07, 2006

Important announcement

Just to let everyone know that I will be hosting this week's Carnival of the Recipes. Please send those recipes to Recipe (dot) Carnival (at) Gmail (dot) com .

Update: Well of course I'm behind the times. Again. Anyway, Prochein Amy is the hostess with the mostess for Carnival #77. It has a pretty yummy chocolate theme going on.

Ugh. That means that I have to think of something for this week. Double ugh.

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