Ditalini and I drove to Las Vegas with our daughter Escargot and doggies Mortadella & Ubracio to spend Christmas with our son Baguette, daughter in law Truffle, granddaughter Biscotto, and grandson Pesce. All the deMenthes together again!
Of course the holidays are all about eating. Baguette activated Fortress of Smoke™ Las Vegas, and when we [...]
I’m going to make an exception here and put in a recipe copied from a package of dried navy beans, unmodified or improved upon in any way. Why? Because I love this particular navy bean soup, that’s why, and if you haven’t tried it, you should.
Dried navy beans typically come with one of two [...]
We’ve always trimmed our tree on Christmas Eve. During our first overseas posting in the early 1980s, we started inviting single friends over to help us hang the decorations. Even though we’re settled down in Tucson now, we still invite our single friends over for the tree-trimming party, and of course we wine and dine [...]
Crouton's Hamburger T Soup
I felt like making soup tonight. I had hamburger and a bottle of Mr. & Mrs. T’s Bloody Mary Mix. Thus the inspiration for this easy, homey, tasty soup:
1 lb ground beef 1 med onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, sliced 2 cups Mr. & Mrs. T’s Bloody Mary [...]
We invited all our single friends over to help us decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. Of course one has to give in order to receive, so we lured them over with promises of food. Our traditional Christmas Eve feast is seafood, and this year was no exception. We served boiled shrimp as an appetizer. [...]
It’s cold and rainy, a perfect day to reattack Uncle Art’s Beans. This time I’m making them with chuck roast, so at the risk of offending chili purists (and Uncle Art’s family), I’m calling it Uncle Art’s Chili Beans con Carne!
Cubed chuck, salt pork, flour, chili powder, garlic, onion, red chili sauce, [...]
Cabbage & hamburger soup? That sounds pretty, ah, pedestrian, doesn’t it? Friends, take my word for it, this is great soup, especially if you serve it with crusty bread. Easy to make, too.
1 medium onion, chopped 2-3 minced garlic cloves 1 lb ground beef 2 15-oz can beef or chicken broth 1 cup [...]
Ditalini's Tortellini & Spinach Soup
Originally a Food Channel recipe, modified by Ditalini. Some nights we feel like something light, easy, and hearty . . . yeah, I can hear you saying “hearty doesn’t go with light & easy,” but trust me, in this case it does.
1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup [...]
1 pkg 15-bean soup w/ham flavoring packet 1 medium onion 2 cloves garlic 1 smoked ham hock 2 cans vegetable broth water salt, pepper to taste 1 bay leaf 1 ham steak, cut up
Cover beans with water and let them soak in a pot overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse [...]
Cooking (click to enlarge)
Continuing with the saga of Uncle Art’s Beans: I cross-posted my last blog entry to Facebook, where various family members told me I probably didn’t have the real recipe after all.
But this wouldn’t be much of a cooking blog if I didn’t share what I do have, now, would [...]