Yes, I made soup in the blazing hot weather. Last week (when I made this weeks grocery list) it was kind of rainy and a bit cold. I was happily looking forward to fall weather being on its way. Well that was not the case. Summer, has come back and it is hot! Fall recipes may have to wait a few more weeks. I certainly hope not to long though, I am longing for a nice batch of pumpkin muffins. Or a big batch of lasagna, kind of hard to cook that when you are avoiding the oven at all costs. But I did make soup. Very healthy, vegetable and bean soup. I served it into bowls about 20 minutes before we ate so it had time to cool down as nobody really wanted to eat really hot soup, and you know what it was pretty good. Served with a toasted bagel it was actually a nice light summery meal.
Recipe from The Complete Guide to Country Cooking
- 1 pound dry great northern beans, washed and sorted
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 3 stalks of celery, sliced
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 quarts water
- 1 can (14 ounce) diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
1. Place beans in large soup pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, covered. Let sit for 1 hour.
2. Drain beans and return to pot. add Carrots, Celery, Onions, Garlic and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for 1 1/2 hours, covered, until beans are tender. Add remaining ingredients. Cook an additional 15 minutes.
3. Eat and enjoy!
Today’s main job will be spring cleaning one girl’s room. This is a mighty job, that will hopefully include many filled garbage bags by the end of the day. Lots to move, lots to clean. Luckily it’s Friday which means frozen pizza night, so not much happening in the kitchen. It was my plan to clean each of the kids rooms really good this spring, possibly talk them into getting rid of some of their beloved stuffies as they are growing up, and probably no longer need the 100 + that are in each of their rooms. Okay 100+ is an exaggeration, but it sure seems like it. Now on to bread, I told you all about my love affair with bread yesterday, so no need to go into it further, I’ll just give you another great recipe I made this week, then we can all enjoy the bread together! Sound good?
Recipe from Allrecipes
- 1 cup water
- 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 Tbsp water
1. Add water, flour, sugar, salt, and yeast to bread machine in that order. Choose dough cycle.
2. When dough is done ( mine takes 2 hours) remove from bread machine and place in greased bowl. Flip so both sides of the dough have been greased. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
3. Punch down dough and turn out onto a floured surface. Roll into a 16×12 inch rectangle cut into two, making two 8×12 rectangles. Roll each dough half up into a log and pinch the edges together. Use your hands roll it around so the crease blends into the dough. Cut large diagonal slashes down the top of the loaf. Repeat with remaining half, and place dough on greased baking sheet. Again cover with tea towel and let rise in warm spot for 30 minutes.
4. Mix together egg yolk and water, and brush on to dough. Bake for 25 minutes in 375 degree oven.
5. Eat and enjoy!
I still have a recipe to share with you from the Christmas baking. I have been wanting to try this loaf out for a long time. It was one of those recipes that I saw literally years ago, and somehow I never got around to making it. Big mistake, big, huge! It is so good, forget about banana bread (let’s be serious, I love banana bread too), this is a loaf you simply must try!
Recipe from Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup strong chai tea
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 3-5 tsp milk
- additional ground cinnamon
1. Beat together softened butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, tes, milk, and vanilla. Beat until well combined. ( the mixture may look, curdled, that’s okay!). Stir in dry ingredients and pour into lightly greased loaf pan.
2. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees. Use toothpick to make sure it has finished cooking in the middle. Cool.
3. To make glaze stir together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Spread over loaf and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cut into slices.
4. Eat and enjoy!
Yesterday on Facebook my status read, I am currently eating some of the best scones ever made. Then lo and behold as I look closer at the recipe they are called Irish bread, however as you cook them like scones and they taste like scones, I am going to call it….well a scone. Anyways trust me you want to make these!
Recipe from Southern Living Homestyle Cookbook
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large mixing bowl. Cut in butter and shortening.
2. Stir in raisins. Beat eggs slightly in small bowl, mix with buttermilk. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients.Stir until moistened.
3. Grease 2 8-inch cake pans. Divide batter between the two. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from pan and slice into wedges.
4. Serve warm with extra butter.
5. Eat and enjoy!