I was meal planning for the week and was looking for main courses when I came across an asparagus and fennel soup. Now, you might say…where is the fennel? Well, I saw this soup but figured it wasn’t prime season for asparagus, leeks, or fennel right now so I would wait. While I was at the grocery store I actually saw some good looking asparagus. When I went to cook it that night, I decided to look back at the soup recipe. I missed most of the key ingredients but decided to do my own version. It ended up so good that all of us loved it. Even the Chiplet kept asking for more, pointing at that bowl over his meat (his usual favorite part of a meal).
This was made during a stretch of many successes. I had a feeling this soup would not be soup since pasta always tends to soak up all of the liquid. I realized later I misread and was supposed to add another 2 cups of broth but I really don’t know if that would have been enough. But it is fine since it still tasted really good. So, still a success since everyone loved it.
When reheating it I added extra water to help keep it from becoming dry.
This recipe comes from February. I came across a recipe for chicken and dumplings that looked interesting. When I went back on my blog to look at the recipe I made before, well, I realized I must have never written about it. I can’t find it! Oops. I definitely made it well over a year ago, so it’s not like I just haven’t caught up to it, I just skipped it, I guess. Well, I had mostly followed a recipe so I looked at it to compare to the new one. I ended up making my own version that we really enjoyed.
If you’ve been trying to be healthy for the new year, this could be a good recipe for you. It was satisfying but full of vegetables and not full of the foods we should eat in moderation. With a bit of couscous and meatballs, along with some tasty seasoning, this dish is easy and yet so tasty! We all liked it and it is perfect for a cold day or even a warm day since it doesn’t need the oven.
Look at me, I am sharing a recipe, and it is something out of my comfort zone! Let me start by saying I had some difficulty with dashi. Initially, I was going to buy dashi, but I couldn’t find one that wasn’t listing MSG as a first or second ingredient. I even went to an Asian store where I can usually find what we need. So, I decided to make it. But then I had a little issue of finding the ingredients for it. I think what I made was ok, at least for us.
I’ve made recipes in the slow cooker before that yield broth, like this one. But, I had not seen one where you could take already cooked chicken and turn it into an easy broth. For awhile, I was buying rotisserie chickens from the store and eating them throughout the week for lunch. It was easy and cheap. Well, now I was able to take those carcasses I saved (just in case) and use them for a stock. The original recipe says you need 3-4 chicken carcasses, but I found 2 was plenty. Maybe my chickens run large? Basically, once I filled one of my gallon-sized freezer bags with the bones, I was ready to go.
I’ve made jambalaya, and I guess I assumed I had made gumbo…but nope. This was a first. I don’t even know if I’ve eaten it before. So, this is not the place to come for confirming authenticity. In fact, I’m pretty sure this should be spicy. I omitted the cayenne pepper because we are weaklings here. I also added more vegetables because I wanted it to be more of a one-pot meal (1 bell pepper and 2 ribs of celery to serve 6?). I also could barely find kielbasa at my local grocery store, so andouille was out of the question. We enjoyed this, and I liked the mix of chicken with sausage.