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Lentil Chorizo Soup

Lentil Chorizo Soup
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  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ C lentils
  • 1 link Chorizo sausage
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks of celery with leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Homemade Tomato Catsup (
  • 4½ C beef stock
  • 2 C water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tsp dried chopped bay leaves
  • ½ tsp ground thyme
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp dried tarragon
  1. In a stockpot or large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions and garlic 3-4 minutes.
  3. Stir in crumbled chorizo sausage.
  4. Add carrots, celery, lentils, tomato catsup, beef stock, water, bay leaves, thyme, salt and cayenne pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Lower heat, cover and simmer 60 minutes.
  7. Stir in tarragon and ground pepper.
  8. Simmer additional 30 minutes before serving.


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“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” 

-   Emily Dickinson

Lemon Rice Pilaf

Lemon Rice Pilaf
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  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • ½ C medium grain rice
  • 1 C water
  • 1 Tbsp bottled lime juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground thyme
  1. Melt the butter in a covered pan or rice pot (caldero).
  2. Add the celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the rice and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add lime juice, water, and salt and bring to a boil.
  5. Cover pot, lower heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in rice vinegar, lemon pepper, and ground thyme before serving.



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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Slow Cooker Chicken & Pasta Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken & Pasta Soup

4 1/2 C chicken stock

1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1/2 onion, minced

1/2 C red bell pepper, diced

3/4 C green bell pepper, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 tsp basil

3/4 tsp oregano

1 Tbsp dried parsley

1/4 tsp Kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 C uncooked Gigli or Campanelle pasta


Combine chicken stock with tomatoes, chicken, onion, pepper, garlic, and seasonings in slow cooker.  Cook on HIGH for 4 1/2 hours.  Stir in pasta and cook on HIGH for additional 30 minutes.


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“Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding


Recently, someone asked me if I had any low-carb recipes to post.  I knew that within this library of cookbooks I could find something, and if all else fails, old recipes can always be changed.  I’m going to try to start posting at least one low-carb recipe a week (key word: TRY).  It wouldn’t hurt us to eat a little healthier around here, so I welcome the challenge.  While I’m doing this, I’m going to look at going back to a lower fat menu as well.  Low carbs will help us lose weight, and because of my family’s coronary history, it would be nice if we slowed down on clogging the ol’ arteries. I’m not saying we’ll change our entire diet or my entire blog, but even the occasional change will help a bit.  Hopefully this new leaf will last longer than the time I tried vegetarianism.  I think I made it 24 hours. 

I found this recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook left over from one of my good intentions a few years ago. As usual, I made a few changes.  Some were necessary because of what I had vs. what their recipe called for, and some were just because it suited me.  And I omitted the carrots (yes, I said carrots!) from their recipe because I believe that putting carrots in chili is culinary blasphemy.  If you want the carrots, feel free to put them back in.  Just don’t tell me about it.   : )

The changes I made didn’t make a huge difference in the calories/carbs/fat per serving, and I didn’t worry about the fiber, protein, sodium, or cholesterol count.  One change at a time…..


adapted from “The Weight Watchers Complete Cookbook & Program Basics, 1994

Serves 4

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 c onions, diced
1/4 c green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 tsp jalapeno pepper, minced, no seeds
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp Goya® Adobo con pimiento
pinch of salt
black pepper to taste
2 lean cubed steaks, chopped into small chunks
1 – 14 oz. diced tomatoes
1 – 32 oz. pinto beans
1/4 c water
1/4 c cilantro, chopped
In cast iron skillet, heat oil on medium heat.  Add onions, garlic, bell pepper, and jalapeno.  Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally about 10 minutes.  Add seasonings and cook additional 5 minutes, continuing to stir.  Add beef, breaking up with wooden spoon while stirring.  Cook until meat is browned.  Add mixture to large saucepan.  Pour in tomatoes, beans, and water.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and allow to simmer 30 minutes.  Stir in cilantro and serve immediately.

 Each serving:  35g Carbohydrates

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn


And, I’m back.  You see, several weeks ago, I decided to take a couple of days off from blogging.  From that moment on, if it wasn’t one thing, it was another.  Before I knew it, it had been weeks (months, actually) since I had posted anything.  And to top it all off, I had one major case of writer’s block.  Lots of great recipes, but nothing to say about them.  And if you know me, you know I’m not usually at a loss for words.  

But today, I looked out the window and thought, “Soup day!”  And my writer’s block was cured.  Autumn is finally here, and that means soup weather.  And for whatever reason, soup is my favorite thing to make.  I had intended to make it really great day and use the slow cooker, but I got busy doing other things and before I knew it, there wasn’t time to use the slow cooker.  So, this is a stovetop soup day.  Now, let me be perfectly honest.  When I say autumn, I mean for all you nice people north of the Mason-Dixon.  We don’t have a real autumn down here in MickeyLand, but it has been overcast today and the wind is blowing, and that, my friends, is the closest we’ll probably get to autumn.  Don’t even get me started on the subject of winter……

So, I decided to try a new soup recipe.  I had found a great recipe for Spicy Cajun Sausage and Corn Soup at Deep South Dish, so that was the plan for the day.  After it was too late to do something else, I realized I didn’t have everything, but no problem, I enjoy improvising.  The only thing is, I made so many changes that, with all due respect to Deep South Dish, this isn’t the same soup at all.  Their recipe does sound good, though, and I recommend that you check it out.  I’m still going to try it one of these days.  But, here is what turned up at our table.

inspired by Deep South Dish

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 lb. Nathan’s Famous Polish beef kielbasa
1 cup of chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1- 14.5 oz can diced chili ready tomates, undrained
1/2 tomato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
1 can sweet corn
1 can hominy
1 can red kidney beans
4 cups of beef stock
1/4 teaspoon of salt
5  - 7 turns of the pepper grinder
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
1/4 McCormick Perfect Pinch Cajun seasoning
1 bay leaf
1/2 c rice

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.  Chop sausage into bite-size pieces and add to pot, cooking until slightly browned.  Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook until tender.  Add the tomatoes and sugar and bring to a boil.  Add the corn, hominy, beans, and beef stock, boiling for about 5 minutes.  Add the salt, pepper, basil, parsley, Cajun seasoning, and bay leaf.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes.  

Add rice and continue to simmer about 25 minutes.   Remove bay leaf before serving.


Until next time, Happy Cooking!  : )

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus