Not Gazpacho

Not Gazpacho (with antipasto platter)

. . . but close! Not GazpachoServings: 6-8Time: 20 min, plus refrigerationDifficulty: easyPrint Ingredients

46-ounce can or bottle of Clamato hot sauce (Texas Pete or similar), to taste 2 lemons, chopped, w/peel 12-14 large shrimp, peeled 1 red onion, chopped jalapeños, chopped, to taste 1 avacado, peeled & chopped […]

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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.

Crouton's Easy Split Pea SoupServings: 6Time: 2 hrsDifficulty: easyPrintIngredients

1 pkg dry split peas 1 medium yellow onion, […]

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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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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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The Ongoing Saga of Uncle Art’s Beans

Ditalini brought several secret family recipes to our marriage (her wonderful Italian meat sauce is one), but one I never quite got was the recipe for Uncle Art’s beans.

Legend had it that Uncle Art made a mean pot of pinto beans, but the few times I used Ditalini’s recipe I was unimpressed with the […]

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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.

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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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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 flour, salt, pepper 1 small can tomato paste chili powder cumin 2 […]

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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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