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Tortilla Soup

December 1, 2011

Tortilla Soup

I really like Tortilla Soup. I used to buy it from Fresh Direct and then decided to make it homemade. Super good!


1 Chopped Onion

4 Minced Garlic Cloves

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon Oregano

28 Ounces Crushed Tomatoes (Canned Will Do Fine)

11 Ounces Chicken Broth

1 ¼ Cups Water

1 Cup Cooked Corn Kernels

1 Cup White Hominy

4 Ounces Chopped Green Chile Peppers

¼ Cup Chopped Cilantro

2 Boneless Chicken Breasts

Crushed Tortilla Chips

Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Chopped Green Onions

Cook and cut the 2 boneless chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. In a medium sized pot heat the olive oil over a medium heat sauté the onion and garlic in the oil

until soft. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, broth and water. Bring the pot to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes over a low heat. Stir in the corn, hominy, chilies, beans, cilantro and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes. Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Top with crushed tortilla chips, cheese and chopped green onion. Serves 8

Monday’s Mac & Cheese

November 28, 2011

Monday’s Mac & Cheese

So yummy for the tummy!


8 Ounces Fusilli Pasta

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

5 Tablespoons Butter

4 Tablespoons Flour

¼ Teaspoon Dry Mustard

½ Teaspoon Salt

1/8 Freshly Ground Pepper

1 Cup Milk

1 Cup Cream

2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

¾ Cup Breadcrumbs Tossed With 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter

Cook the pasta following the directions on the package. Make sure not to overcook the pasta though. Drain the pasta in a colander. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil on the pasta and set aside. Butter a 2 quart baking dish and preheat the oven to 350° F. In a medium sized saucepan melt 4 tablespoons of butter over a medium low heat. Stir the flour into the butter until the butter is smooth and bubbly. Stir in the dry mustard, salt and pepper. Gradually add the milk and cream. Stir constantly. Continue to cook. Stir constantly until thickened. Add the cheese and continue to cook and stir until melted. Combine the pasta and the cheese sauce and turn into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the buttered bread crumbs. Bake for 25 minutes until hot and bubbly. The top should be lightly browned. Serves 6

Roast Pork With Rosemary

November 26, 2011

Roast Pork With Rosemary

By now you may be tired of Thanksgiving turkey. Change it up with a nice and simple pork roast. You can add sweet potatoes to the dish if you want. Roast Pork makes great sandwiches as well.


4 Pound Bone-In Center Cut Pork Loin Roast

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Rosemary

3 Sprigs of Rosemary

12 Ounce Bottle of Hard Cider or Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider

6 Sweet Potatoes (optional)

Rub the pork with the olive oil. Mix the rosemary with the salt and pepper. Rub over the pork. Preheat the oven to 450° F. Put the pork bone side down, in a large roasting pan. Place the additional rosemary sprigs on top of the pork. Roast for 15 minutes and then reduce the heat to 350° F. Roast for 15 minutes. Add 6 medium, peeled & cut, sweet potatoes to the pan. Stir the potatoes gently to coat with the juices over the pork roast. Put back in the oven for 75 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the pork to a serving platter or carving board. Put the potatoes in an oven proof bowl covered with foil. Turn off the oven and keep the potatoes warm while letting the pork stand for 15 minutes. Take the roasting pan and heat it on the burner over a medium heat. Add the cider and bring to a boil. Scrape the brown bits in the pan with a wooden spoon. You don’t want to scratch the pan with a metal utensil. Boil the cider for 5 minutes until it is reduced to ¾ of a cup. Turn off the heat and transfer to a gravy boat. Carve the pork and transfer to a serving platter. Place the sweet potatoes around the pork. Drizzle with the cider sauce. Serve with the remaining cider sauce on the side. Serves 12

Turkey Soup

November 25, 2011

Turkey Soup

Such a great way to use those turkey left-overs! This soup is simple to make and friendly to the tummy!


2 Cups Diced Cooked Turkey

1 Chopped Yellow Onion

1 Cup Diced Celery

1 Cup Diced Carrots

1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms (Optional)

1 Teaspoon Basil

½ Teaspoon Rosemary

2 Diced Garlic Cloves

3 Teaspoons Butter

3 Cups Chicken Broth or Stock

2 Cups Diced Potatoes

1 Cup Whole Milk

½ Cup Sour Cream

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

In a large soup pot sauté the onions, celery, carrots, mushrooms, basil, garlic and rosemary in the butter for 6 minutes over a medium heat. Add the potatoes, turkey and broth. Stir. Turn the heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the milk, salt and pepper. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve hot with a dot of sour cream. Serves 8

Camille’s Black Friday Pasta Salad

November 25, 2011

Camille’s Black Friday Pasta Salad

If you’re tired of cooking and want to lighten up a bit try making this Pasta Salad. It’s easy to make and is delicious. Happy shopping today!


1 Pound Corkscrew Pasta

12 Ounces Marinated Artichoke Hearts

8 Ounces Cubed Smoked Mozzarella

8 Ounces Cubed Pepperoni

3 Tablespoons Chopped Peperoncini

¼ Cup Chopped Fresh Basil Leaves

½ Cup Halved Cherry Tomatoes

¼ Cup Chopped Kalamata Olives


1 Clove Finely Chopped Garlic

2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

¼ Cup Olive Oil

1/3 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/3 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water as directed on the package. Make sure that you don’t overcook the pasta as you always want it al dente. Drain well and cool. Drain and quarter the artichoke hearts. In a large bowl combine the pasta, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, pepperoni, tomatoes, peperoncini, olive and basil. Combine well. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the dressing with the pasta mixture. Serve chilled or room temperature. Serves 4

Teriyaki Ribs

November 16, 2011

Teriyaki Ribs


4 One Pound Racks Pork Baby Back Ribs

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

5 Thinly Sliced Green Onions

½ Cup Teriyaki Sauce

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch

4 Peeled & Chopped Fresh Ginger

12 Ounces Apple Jelly

Heat the ribs and ½ cup water in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 60 minutes until tender. Transfer to a platter. Prepare the glaze in a 1 quart saucepan. Heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the green onions and cook. Stir frequently until golden. Stir in the teriyaki sauce, cornstarch, apple jelly, ginger and ¼ cup water. Cook until the mixture thickens and boils. Make sure to stir frequently. Boil for 1 minute. Place the ribs on a broiler pan lined with foil. Turn on the broiler to high. Brush the ribs with the teriyaki glaze. Place the broiler pan on the bottom rack away from the heat. Broil for 20 minutes, turning frequently and brushing with the glaze. Remove from the oven and transfer to a platter. Serves 4

Sweet Potato Biscuits

November 5, 2011

Sweet Potato Biscuits


2 Medium Sweet Potatoes

2 Cups Unbleached Flour

½ Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar

5 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

10 Tablespoons Butter

½ Cup Milk

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 2 inch chunks. In a medium saucepan, heat the sweet potato chunks and enough water to cover to a boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Drain. Place cooked potatoes into a medium bowl and mash well. Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 425° F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, light brown sugar, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk and cooled mashed sweet potatoes. Mix just until combined. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into an 8 inch square. Cut the dough in half. Cut each half into 10 equal pieces. Gently place the biscuits 1 inch apart on two large cookie sheets that are lined with parchment paper. Place the cookie sheet on 2 separate oven racks and bake the biscuits for 14 minutes until golden brown. Make sure not to over bake. Serve warm. Makes 20 biscuits.

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

November 2, 2011

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

These cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream.


12 Ounces Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate (Divided)

¾ Cup Flour

2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Ancho Chili Pepper

½ Teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ Teaspoon Salt

¼ Cup Softened Butter

½ Cup Sugar

¼ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

2 Lightly Beaten Eggs

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Melt 8 ounces of the chocolate. It is a good idea to use a double boiler, but you can also melt it in the microwave. After melting the chocolate set aside. Coarsely chop the remaining 4 ounces of chocolate. Mix the flour, cinnamon, ancho chili pepper, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. In a medium bowl beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add the melted chocolate and beat until well blended. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on a low speed until well mixed. Stir in the chopped chocolate. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons 1 ½ inch apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 375° F oven for 10 minutes. You want the cookies set and slightly cracked on top. Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack and cool completely. Makes 3 ½ dozen cookies.

Sloppy Joes

October 23, 2011

Sloppy Joes

I don’t know who Joe was, but I’m happy that he created such a simple and hearty dish. You can make these Sloppy Joes with ground turkey if you like. I like to add a bit of hot sauce to these Joes to give them a bit of a kick.


2 Teaspoons Olive Oil

1 Chopped Onion

1 Chopped Green Bell Pepper

2 Minced Garlic Cloves

1 Pound Lean Ground Sirloin

½ Cup Ketchup

2 Tablespoons Packed Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

1 Teaspoon Tabasco Sauce

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

½ Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

4 Hamburger Buns

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the beef. Make sure to break the beef into smaller pieces with the tip of a wooden spoon. Cook for 10 minutes until starting to brown. Add the ketchup, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes until hot and well combined. Serve on the hamburger buns. Serves 4

Dry Rubbed Pork Loin Roast

October 20, 2011

Dry Rubbed Pork Loin Roast

If you couldn’t tell by now I love rubs. Rubs really spice up the meat and make them much more tender. Here is such an easy recipe for basic pork loin roast. Use Victoria’s Dry Rub for this Pork Loin Roast. This recipe is great for Sunday dinners. Roast some potatoes, make a nice salad and you have a complete meal without a lot of work.


½ Cup Victoria’s Dry Rub

2 Pounds Boneless Center Trimmed Pork Loin Roast

½ Cup Prepared BBQ Sauce

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Coat a wire rack and shallow roasting pan with olive oil. Rub Victoria’s Dry Rub all over the pork to coat. Set the pork on the rack in the roasting pan and roast for 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with the BBQ sauce if you like. Serves 6

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