Christmas Eve Seafood

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. […]

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Uncle Art’s Chili Beans con Carne

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!

Ingredients

1 lb dried pinto beans garlic onion 1-oz pkg hot New Mexico chili […]

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Cabbage & Hamburger Soup

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.

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped 2-3 minced garlic cloves 1 lb ground beef 2 15-oz can beef or chicken broth 1 cup […]

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Ditalini’s Tortellini & Spinach Soup

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.

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup […]

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Crouton’s 15-Bean Soup

Ingredients

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

Directions

Cover beans with water and let them soak in a pot overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse […]

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Uncle Art’s Chili Beans (a Work in Progress)

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 it? Here’s the recipe I’m […]

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Crouton’s Easy Navy Bean Soup

We took a spiral-cut ham to an Easter party and had a good amount left over. Monday I used some of it making scalloped potatoes; yesterday I used some more making navy bean soup. The soup turned out so well I decided to write the recipe down before I forget how I did it.

Ingredients

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Crouton’s Pretty Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

I wanted soup for dinner, and enough of it that there will be leftovers. I had chicken, I had noodles. Something told me I should make chicken noodle soup.

Ingredients

2 skinned chicken breasts 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 yellow onion, chopped 4 stalks celery, chopped 3 carrots, peeled & sliced 2 cans chicken stock […]

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Crouton’s Chili Beans

You can serve these beans by themselves, or with chili con carne.

Ingredients

1 bag dried pinto beans 2 cloves garlic 1 yellow onion 1 smoked ham hock 2 cans vegetable or chicken stock 1-2 cups water 2-3 tbsp chili powder a few peppercorns red pepper flakes

Directions Preparation: soak the beans […]

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Boring Ramen, Not

Ramen is teh bland. Here’s a way to cure that.

Ingredients

1 pkg ramen (oriental flavor) 1/4 cup ground sausage 2 cups water 2 scallions 1 clove garlic 2 stalks bok choy, with greens 1/2 tsp Chinese chili garlic sauce 5 or 6 shrimp

Directions

In saucepan, brown ground sausage (I use Jimmy Dean hot […]

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