Whether it’s a Dutch Oven…Make Soup…
… A Croc Pot … or A Big 6 quart pot…Make SOUP!
By Kathie FitzPatrick
There is something about a good bowl of home made soup . . . it seems to warm the body and soul and put a smile on your face every time! Whether it fills you up to go back to work at the office, back to school to face the test, or out to shovel the driveway, it makes lots of healthy fuel for the both the body mind and spirit!
White Lentil Soup With Bacon
Fill the chosen cooking vessel with about 3/4 water. Decide if you will use a small bag of white lentils or a large one depending on your pot. Use the water to lentil ration indicated on the bag. Place one or two pork ham hocks in the pan, salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 diced onion and two or three chopped celery stalks, plus chose sliced carrots. Let come to a boil, then simmer for about 3 1/2 hrs or until lentils are tender. Serve with chopped fresh parsley and sprinkle with real crumbled bacon. Be sure you also serve your favorite hot bread and a salad. This makes a healthy, satisfying combination whether for lunch or dinner!
White Lentil Soup with Swedish meatballs
Make the white lentil soup with ham hock as described described above. In large fraying pan make your Swedish meatballs, turning them often as you fry them for even results.
In large bowl combine 1 package of lean ground beef (1 or 2 lbs or so) with half the amount of ground pork sausage. Add 1/2 diced medium onion, 2 eggs, 1 cup breadcrumbs, salt and pepper to taste, 1/2 tsp nutmeg or so depending on your taste; mix well. Shape into small meat balls about 1 inch or so. Fry in pan with a small amount of olive oil coating the pan. When cooked through and through, drop into the pot of hot white lentil soup mixture. Serve with you favorite hot bread, real butter and green salad. Yummmm!
Italian Pasta Fajole
In a large iron pan with cover or Dutch oven, place chopped left over beef chuck roast or diced beef stew meat, and place in hot pan with a little olive oil. Stir in fresh or dry rosemary, and Italian seasoning of your choice or herbs from your garden such as Oregano and Thyme. Let flavors cook into the meat. Add five cups of water and one bag of dry mixed bean mix. Then stir in 3 cups chopped canned tomatoes, Italian style if you can get them. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then turn heat down to simmer for 4 or 5 hours. Shortly before serving pour into boiling mixture, 1 half bag pasta shells. Cook until tender about 9 minutes. Serve with joy, add hot sourdough or faoscia bread! Make green salad with Romain lettuce, spinach, tomato and artichoke hearts…and Italian dressing. This is a family recipe!
Easy Split Pea Soup
The simple recipe for this warm satisfying soup is as old as the hills, and then some! My grandma Elizabeth, on my Mom’s side, who’s family did a homestead farm in Oklahoma, always had a pot of beans of some kind simmering on the stove. Split pea is one of those easy, tummy warming ones!
Fill large pot with lid (or croc pot) about 2/3 or so with water. Place one or two ham hocks in it along with either a small or large bag of dry split peas. Read the mix to water ratio on the bag. Add a couple of chopped/sliced carrots, 1 diced onion, and a couple of stalks of chopped celery; salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then simmer 3-4 hours of until the split peas are tender, and liquefying into soup. Serve with Honey corn bread and your favorite salad!
Quick Five Bean Chili
This is easy and quick! Decide on the amount you want to make. Say, using 2 lbs ground beef would be an average amount serving about 6 people. In large frying pan cook the ground beef stirring frequently until thoroughly done. Add salt and pepper to taste and about 3 TBS chili powder, or tailored to your taste. Use the same frying pan with lid if large enough or transfer to a larger cooking pot with lid.
1 can white northern beans
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can of chipolte beans, or any other kind of beans you like that would be compatible with Chili.
1 can chopped tomatoes, Mexican style or plain
Use the liquid from the canned beans as a base. Cook on medium heat for at least 30 min to 1 hour. Simmer longer to let the flavors continue to release and mix well into the chili. Shortly before serving add small slices or bits of sliced or chopped fresh green bell pepper. Let cook barely through and through to keep crisp.
Serve with Taco chips or your favorite bread.
Easy Chicken Soup
They say chicken soup is good for the soul, and everything else that ails you. This is probably true!
If you have just finished off a baked or roasted chicken, or even brought one home from the deli on the way home from work . . . you may be looking at the chicken carcass, that also made a few tasty sandwiches, thinking, “Now what? Is it time to toss it?”
No! You can make delightful, warming chicken soup with the remainder, and you’ll be glad you did!
Place the chicken “carcass” in a croc pot or stewing pot, add water up to the three quarter point of the pot or so. add salt and pepper, I chopped onion, 3 stalks chopped celery, and 2 chopped carrots. Bring to a boil then let simmer 3 hours. This going to create a “base stock.”
From here decide which kind of chicken soup do you want?
Chicken rice – add 2/3 cup of rice to the boiling mixture.
Chicken vegetable: add your favorite variety of veggies such as potato, green bean, broccoli or other. You may wish to add additional sliced carrots.
Chicken Curry: Add 1 tsp curry powder.
Chicken Oriental: Add 1 or two egg whites, stir until; add dried Chinese style mushrooms, diced fresh green scallions. Serve; make enough to freeze and enjoy another time!
Grandma Ruby’s Homemade Soup
Here is a simple and easy home made soup recipe sure to please! Take a large beef bone and place in a large cooking pan with 5 to 6 cups of water. Add chopped potatoes, 3 stalks chopped celery, 1 chopped onion, 3 large carrots, add salt and pepper to taste, 2 cans pinto beans, one can black beans, 1 can kidney beans. Stir in 2 small cans or one large can tomato soup. Optional: add corn; Add braised beef pieces. Bring to a boil, then cook for 4 hrs – 5 hrs. on medium heat until the soup looks well blended and the flavors and have released throughout! Add sage or thyme if desired. Serve with honey cornbread.
Need some new soup making vessels? See Dutch ovens here on shopgourmetkitchen.com.
People Love Grilling!
By Kathie FitzPatrick and Douglas Roberts
The barbeque . . . there’s nothing quite like it! There is no doubt that grilling is a favorite way of cooking, and part of our way of life not just in the USA, but in much of the rest of the world as well.
People love to grill meats, vegetables and corn on the cob! There is something about it that adds a festive flare to any occasion, and often brings the livliness of the outdoors into our dinners and other celebrations!
Need some creative ideas for grilling? Try this info from “Grill Mates,” from McCormick: http://bit.ly/2NG49an
Creative ideas for grilling are endless! You might want to explore ideas for marinades for your favorite cuts of meat. Explore creative combinations adding green salads and fruit salads to your table with your favorite grilling creations! You can Google your heart out on these topics, believe me!
Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Top 10 Favorite Grills from Amazon
Best Outdoor Grills: Top 10 Gas Grills
Considering a new outdoor grill for your deck, porch, patio, or backyard? The choices are many and varied. But be forewarned. The seemingly unlimited choices could lock you into an endless loop of possibility. You can easily waste hours – even days – in your search. But wouldn’t this time be better spent enjoying a delicious barbecued meal with friends and family instead? I think so!
We’ve narrowed the field for you. Below is our selection of the best outdoor grills we’ve discovered. These are the top 10 gas grills we found based on our experience and that of other buyers. Which one will be the best fit for you? Well that depends on your specific needs.
Choosing the right gas grill makes meal preparation easier and more convenient. This in turn means you’ll use your new grill more often to savor the flavors unique to outdoor cooking.
Number One: Napoleon Gas Grill
Napoleon is a quality brand of grills and it’s evident from every detail on this model.
Fans of outdoor grilling love this barbecue because it gives you everything – quality, performance and style. It’s a considerable size too at 26.2 inches x 64.2 inches x 50.2inches and weighing in at a solid 188 pounds.
ideal for large family get-togethers and party hosting. But of course, you could also use it for smaller family meals anytime you want.
The Napoleon Prestige 500 features 48,000 BTUs and 500 in.² of primary cooking area. There are four main burners (all heavy-duty grade stainless steel) one infrared rear burner, and one infrared side burner as well. It’s a sizable grill that can handle up to 30 burgers at once.
Napoleon is known for its quality and a big part of that is the high-grade stainless steel used in construction. But that’s not all. Quality, it seems, is engineered into every detail like the wave-style cooking grill grid. It’s a unique design to Napoleon that provides a more even heating across the entire grill area.
This model is essentially a full outdoor kitchen. It comes with side shelves and an integrated towel bar. But what sets the Napoleon apart are the two interior halogen lights and illuminated controls, making evening grilling fun and safe.
One side of the grill contains the infrared side burner – which is excellent for getting a steakhouse quality sear on those prime cuts of meat, or to prepare side dishes or sauces. The other side provides counter space for food prep, utensils, spices, and sauces. This side also folds down for easier storage, or to make the grill a little more compact.
With the charcoal smoker tray, you can convert your Napoleon Prestige 500 to a charcoal grill -and grill directly over charcoal – whatever you want. This is an even more enticing way to enjoy this grill!
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Today’s 10 Best Food Processors – The Favorites
By Kathie FitzPatrick
Food processors are probably the most useful kitchen appliance around today. While processors have been around for decades, the number of brands and models available today is truly astonishing. This can be a huge problem though if you’re looking to buy. With so many different choices – it can be confusing.
The purpose of this article is to simplify the process for you. Here is a sampling of the Top 10 Food Processors–the favorites.
I’m convinced that a food processor is most valuable kitchen appliance anyone can own. I often wonder how I ever got along without one. If you don’t yet share this sentiment, it’s likely that you soon will because owning your own quality food processor will simplify your kitchen life.
What makes food processors so helpful?
A food processor saves you enormous amounts of time. When you think of all the work you do in the kitchen to prepare a meal, where is most of your time spent? Chances are you spend most of your time doing prep work. It’s the kind of stuff the professional chefs don’t have time for – that’s why they hire assistants to do the grunt work for them.
Processors have come a long way. The first generation of food processors transformed the cooking experience. Today they’re even better at performing a much wider variety of functions. They chop, grate, shred, mix and dice . With the right blade, you can make dough for bread, pizza, pies – and more.
While most people use food processors to prepare vegetables and fruits, you can also use it to slice pepperoni, grate cheese, or even make your own breadcrumbs to top off a lasagna or casserole.
Food processors are amazing in their ability to prepare fresh homemade salsas, hummus, veggies for coleslaw and other salads. Plus, they’re a real time saver when making other things such as soups, dips, and sauces.
You can use a food processor to make your own curry paste, or to prepare incredible salads with finely chopped vegetables, or stews with a slightly larger cut.
You can even make your own nut butters and create healthy spreads. Chop fresh nuts to top off desserts – or to add to cereals or salads. You can also make homemade salad dressings that taste incredible are super fresh – without any additives.
The sky is the limit with a capable food processor like those below. The time they save you in the kitchen will make a huge difference in your meal preparation. You’ll be inspired to try new dishes because of the time saved with your new appliance.
Now let’s take a look at the top 10 food processors available.
Make Your Life Easier With These Brilliant and Amazing Kitchen Gadgets!
Here are some of the amazing kitchen gadgets available on Amazon. These are simple but brilliant gadgets that will make your life easier in the kitchen and life in general!
From quick slicing, cleaning, coring fruits and vegetables and more . . . you may want one of each! Turbo charge your kitchen to a new level of efficiency with these simple items that speed up food prep and make food display in a more beautiful fashion. Here is a quick video that will review them!
1. Pizza scissors – Scizza
Dreamfarm Scizza – Pizza Scissors, Non-Stick and Pizza Stone Safe Pizza Cutter and Server (Red)
- Scizza is a pizza cutter that perfectly slices any pizza on any surface and even serves too. Handy kitchen gadget for all pizza lovers
- Scizza won’t scratch your non-stick pans or dull on pizza stones
- Hardened German stainless steel blades provide a sharp, long lasting, durable cutting edge
- Non-Stick nylon base won’t scratch cookware and is heat resistant up to 205°C/ 400°F
- Pizza scissors that easily work through deep dish pizza too.
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- Click here to buy these handy pizza scissors on Amazon
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- 2. SMOOD
Dreamfarm Smood – One-Press Spring Coil Potato Masher with Silicone Pot Scraper (Red)
- Make mashing potatoes or other cooked vegetables easy!
- Effortlessly creates smooth mash in seconds by trapping food and forcing it through the thin gaps between the collapsing stainless steel spring coils
- Soft multi-grip handle is ergonomically designed to be held in several comfortable and efficient hand positions
- Unique spring design eliminates jarring on the wrist by absorbing the downward force
- Silicone scraper makes it easy to clean the pot or bowl and is heat resistant to 260-Degree c/500-Degree f
- This product is dishwasher-safe
- Make life easier with this amazing kitchen gadget!
- Click here to buy this handy kitchen item on Amazon!
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Dreamfarm Tapi – Faucet Drinking Fountain, Fits Most Taps (Assorted Colors)
- Convenient tool makes your kitchen tap into a water fountain. Great for traveling too!
- Tapi fits onto your kitchen tap and lets water pass through it normally
- Squeeze it to redirect the water up, creating a drinking fountain
- Drink or rinse your mouth straight from your tap without worrying about dirty hands, glasses or cups
- Not sure if it will fit your tap? Go to the Dreamfarm website for a fitting guide. Made of water-safe rubber.
- Includes ONE Tapi, color will vary.Click here to buy TAPI on Amazon
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Temji is a very handy tool that helps you adjust the water temperature on your kitchen tap or in your shower! This product recently moved from Amazon to Dreamfarm. Here’s the link:
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Dreamfarm DFTE8210 Teafu Tea Ball Strainers, Assorted Colors
Amazingly convenient tea infuser! Be kind to yourself. Buy a few of these in various colors!
- Eliminate the mess by squeezing out every last drop of tea into your cup before standing teafu up on the kitchen counter;
- Easily scoop your favorite tea into teafu just like using a spoon because it opens completely flat;
- Ergonomic handle makes it easy to squeeze teafu and infuse your tea quickly;
- Premium-grade silicone is heat resistant to 500 farenheit.
- Dishwasher safe;
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Dreamfarm Garject – Self-Cleaning Garlic Press with Peel Eject (Red)
- The Garject presses unpeeled garlic, scrapes itself clean, and then ejects the peel. Amazing.
- Automatically scrapes off any excess garlic and cleans itself as you open up the handle
- This product has a very clever design which ensures all of the pressed garlic gets into your meal and never on your fingers
- Simply push the ‘peel eject’ button to shoot the peel into the trash, then rinse under water and garject is clean
- Dishwasher safe. Place on top rack
- Truly amazing kitchen gadget
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Dreamfarm Chopula – Super-Flexible Chopping Sit Up Spatula – Safe for Non-Stick (Red)
- Chopula is a spatula that is thin and flexible for flipping and strong for chopping on its side. Amazing
- Great for separating meat or eggs in a pan, flipping pancakes, or serving right to the pan
- Keep counter clean thanks to the clever bended handle which holds the head upward
- Flexible, large head slides easily under food for a clean lift or flip that keeps even fragile food in one piece
- Dishwasher safe; Non-stick safe nylon is heat resistant up to 250°C/480°F
- Materials: Nylon
- Love it!
- Buy Chopula on Amazon right here
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Sitting Down and Having Coffee Together is Much More Powerful Than you May Think.
By Kathie FitzPatrick
We know we love drinking coffee . . . and we know a lot of other people like to drink coffee.
So enjoying coffee is something we can potentially have in common with people, both current friends and soon to be friends, and business associates.
Love Coffee? Are You Drinking 3 or 4 Cups a Day? It might Just be Very Good For your Health!
By Kathie FitzPatrick
There are certain things we love . . and some things we even feel guilty about indulging in. If you love coffee, relax. Drinking one to four cups a day may protect you from developing a number of various diseases, according to current clinical studies.
“Where is that Small Espresso Machine that I Will Love?”
Small Espresso Machine for the Home
Ever found yourself looking over the display of home espresso machines on-line and wondered if the one you like would fit your limited counter space?
Or maybe starting with evaluating a small espresso machine is just the way to go from the very beginning.
Let’s take a look at a selection that should answer the question and give you a wonderful espresso machine that will make those really great coffee drinks you are looking forward to!
“Which Nespresso Machine Shall I Buy?”
“Which Nespresso machine makes cappuccinos and lattes?”
Here we go . . . this one does!
This Nespresso machine includes an Aeroccino Plus milk frothier, rapid one touch preparation of hot or cold milk froth for Cappuccino, Latte and Iced Cappuccino
Owners notice an easy insertion and ejection of the coffee capsules. This model of Nespresso holds 10 used capsules. It also has a removable 34-ounce water tank. This is for use with Nespresso coffee capsules only.
The Nespresso Citiz is a good example of compact brewing unit technology. Fast preheating time is 25 seconds. This machine has a 19 Bar high pressure pump. The automatic power turns off off after 9 minutes of inactivity
This machine also has an automatic and programmable coffee volume quantity (Espresso and Lungo). Items sold separately valued at $348.
The flexible pivoting tray accommodates tall recipe glasses!
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Which Nespresso Machine Should I buy?
Here are a few questions posted on Amazon reviews from people considering owning a Nespresso machine or who already own one:
Question: Can you also make just plain coffee with this model?
Answer: No. If you want one that makes coffee and espresso look at the Nespresso Vertuoline machines.
The Importance of Fresh Coffee Beans . . .
Ah, if you are a coffee lover there is nothing like fresh coffee beans in your cup!
Since the critical top priority in making a full and flavorful cup of coffee is in the freshness of the beans, let’s get to the bottom of it. You can sometimes find a source of freshly roasted beans close by your home through various coffee stores or specialty shops, or possibly through mail subscription, or you can decide to roast the green coffee beans at home yourself. More about home coffee roasting later.
When you look around the local grocery store where you shop you probably assume that the beans on the shelf are fresh, but this often just not the case.
So why do people do home coffee roasting?
I watch people on-line passionately stirring those green coffee beans in a frying pan on their stoves at home, patiently waiting for those precious “cracks” to signal the first sign that their roast is about done. The first crack finally makes a loud pop or a crack sound like a branch breaking. Then here is comes, the second crack that sounds like rice krispies . . . ah, now it’s time to pull it off and cool it in a colander, and eyeball that perfect medium roast.