• Seafood,  Soups

    Clam Chowder

    This is a second-generation DeMenthe family recipe, passed down by my father, Chateaubriand deMenthe.  He made clam chowder every Christmas Eve and we carry on the tradition. Merry Christmas to you, dear readers, from Crouton and Ditalini! Notes We doubled the recipe…

  • Soups

    Crouton’s Easy Split Pea Soup

    Relatively easy, that is!  You can prepare it in the morning or early afternoon, then reheat and serve for dinner.  Actual kitchen prep time is about half an hour; cooking time is less than two hours. Note Packages of dried…

  • Soups

    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…

  • Soups

    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…

  • Soups

    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…

  • Soups

    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…

  • Meats,  Stews

    Crouton’s Chili con Carne

    Over the years I’ve tried chili recipe after chili recipe.  This is the one I finally settled on. Ingredients olive oil 1 large yellow onion, chopped 4 or 5 cloves garlic, chopped 1 lb chuck roast or top round steak…

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