Category Archives: Spices

North Pole Soup

North Pole Soup
10 cups water
6 chicken bouillon cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon basil
6 oz. ham, diced
1 cup tomatoes, crushed
1 cup pinto beans
5 oz. rotelli or shell pasta

Dissolve bouillon cubes in water. Add onion, basil, tomatoes and garlic.
Simmer until onions are tender. Add carrots. Cook till almost done. Add
pinto beans, ham and pasta. Simmer until pasta is done.

Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup

2 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
5 cups beef broth
1 pound Italian sausage
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
28 ounces Italian-style tomatoes, broken up
1 tablespoon basil
1 tablespoon sugar
1 medium green pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 cups dry bow tie pasta, 1 1/2-inch size
1/2 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper

In a 5-6 quart pan, combine onions, garlic and 1 cup broth. Boil on high heat, stirring occasionally, until liquid evaporates and vegetables start to brown, 10-14 minutes.

To deglaze, stir in 3 Tbsp. water to release browned bits. Cook, uncovered until liquid evaporates and mixture begins to brown again, about 1 minute. Repeat deglazing step 3 more times until mixture is richly browned.

Add sausage and 1/2 cup more water. Stir gently until liquid evaporates and meat begins to brown, 8-10 minutes.

Add remaining 4 cup broth. Stir to loosen browned bits then add wine, tomatoes and their liquid, basil, sugar, green pepper, zucchini and pasta. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Simmer until pasta is just tender to bite, about 15 minutes.

Serve hot, with parsley, salt and pepper. If made ahead, let cool, then cover and chill up until the next day. Reheat to simmering.

Servings: 6

Southern Italian Cauliflower Soup

Southern Italian Cauliflower Soup

6 tablespoons pine nuts
1 pound cauliflower florets
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup dry white wine
5 to 6 cups chicken broth
6 tablespoons golden or dark raisins
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Juice of 1/2 lemon, or to taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese for serving
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. if you don’t have a toaster oven. Spread
the 6 tablespoons pine nuts on a baking tray and toast them for about 5
minutes, until golden. Meanwhile, cut the 1 pound cauliflower florets into
small pieces; chop enough parsley to measure 1/4 cup and reserve. Heat a
soup pot over medium high-heat until hot. Add the 3 tablespoons olive oil
and the 3 or more garlic cloves. When the garlic begins to color, add the
chopped cauliflower and 1/2 cup white wine. Cook for 1 minute and add the 5 cups chicken broth. Add the 6 tablespoons raisins and bring soup to a boil.
Cover the pot, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook until the cauliflower is
tender, about 5 minutes.

Bacon Garlic Chicken Breasts

Bacon Garlic Chicken Breasts

1/4 c Butter or margarine
1 Clove garlic; minced
2 ts Dried parsley flakes
1 ts Grated lemon rind
1/4 ts Salt
1/8 ts Hot pepper sauce
2 Whole chicken breasts (1 lb. each); halved
4 Bacon slices; cut in half

Place butter and garlic in 12 x 7-inch baking dish. Microwave for about 1 minute on High or until garlic is par- Italy cooked. Add remaining ingredients, except chicken breasts and bacon; mix well. Roll chicken breasts in seasoned butter; arrange skin side up and thick edges toward outside in buttered baking dish. Lay 2 half slices of bacon on each chicken breast. Cover dish with waxed paper. Microwave for 14 to 18 minutes on High or until meat is no longer pink in center. Let stand about 5 minutes before serving.

German Style Beef Roast

German Style Beef Roast
1 2 1/2 – 3 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 cups sliced carrots (2)
2 cups chopped onions (2 large)
1 cup sliced celery (2 stalks)
3/4 cup chopped kosher-style dill pickles
1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
1/3 cup German-style mustard
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons dry red wine or beef broth Hot cooked spaetzle or cooked noodles Snipped fresh parsley (optional)

1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut roast to fit into a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. In a large skillet brown the meat on all sides in hot oil. Drain fat.
2. In the cooker, combine the carrots, onions, celery, and pickles. Place the meat on top of vegetables. In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup red wine, the mustard, pepper, cloves, and bay leaves. Pour over meat and vegetables in cooker.
3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Remove the meat from the cooker and place on a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm.

For gravy:
4. Transfer vegetables and cooking liquid to a 2-quart saucepan. Skim fat.
Discard bay leaves. In a small bowl, stir together flour and the 2 tablespoons wine. Stir into the mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.
Serve with vegetables, gravy, and hot cooked spaetzle. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 8 servings.