Sunday, January 24, 2010
So, I decided to make another from scratch recipe. This time I tried to duplicate Zupa's Tomatoe Basil Soup. I found this recipe online. I made it how it was written, but then decided to tweek it a little. I think it's pretty close to perfection now. The tweeked version is below. I read the instructions, realized I didn't know what pesto was, goodled a recipe for pesto, made the pesto from scratch. Quite simple really and the result is super yummy. The best of all, an entrie pot cost about $10.00. Sure beats the $6.00 a bowl at Zuppa's. Enjoy!
Fresh Tomato Soup/Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup
Joy of Cooking
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion coarsely chopped
4 cans stewed tomatoes with juices
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 Tablespoon pesto sauce
1. Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium-low heat.
2. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until tender but not browned, 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Stir in the tomatoes and their juices.
4. Simmer until hot, about 8 minutes.
5. Puree until smooth, either in a blender or using a hand blender (be careful either way--the soup is hot).
6. Return to the pot and stir in the salt and pepper.
7. Stir in the heavy cream and pesto sauce. Gently heat through and serve immediately.
Top with gazo pasta (I think that's what they're called)
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Special equipment needed: A food processor (Check Amazon.com's sales on Cuisinart food processors)
1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Makes 1 cup.
Serve with pasta, or over baked potatoes, or spread over toasted baguette slices.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Long story short, it made me want to cook, and not the easy, throw a couple of campbell soups in a crockpot kind of cooking. Like mincing garlic and a white wine reduction kinda cooking.
So, Saturday afternoon, I got a bug up my !@#$ and found myself at the liquor store (fish out of water there!). I bought the cheapest white wine I could find (later spent 15 minutes trying to open it, and yes I had a cork skrew, why, I don't know). I next hit the farmer market where I bought all fresh ingredients. So, $40.00 later and off I went to my kitchen.
The result: Chicken Glorioso and a yummy bruschetta
JD thought I had taken speed as I ran around the kitchen puting it all together. In the end the sauce was thicker than it should be, but tasted fatastic.
My husband being the sweet guy that he is, finished his last bite and said, "you know we could have this a Buca di Beppo for $20 bucks with my coupon and wouldn't hav had to do the dishes." Yes love, but it wouldn't have been so much fun! Just look at the smile on my face. It was a good time.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
It has made me really ponder. Heaven forbid I'm ever in that situation, but if I find myself there, I hope that I have the state of mind to be a donor. I have no problem giving my organs away, but to be able to give your child's away is a different matter.
Bless the family of this new angel in heaven and bless Lulu with a safe and successful transplant.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
We picked out a snow theme, since he is facinated with snowflakes. He invited about 10 little boys. We played pin the carrot on Frosty, snowball toss, they had a snowball fight (paper snowballs), ate pizza, ate little snowballs (individual cakes), and frosted their very own Frosty the Snowman. We opened presents, then they ran around all hopped up on all the sugar until their parents showed up.
It was a fun time and Carson couldn't have been more thrilled. I was so happy to give the little guy what he wanted. I was amazed at how well all the home made games went over. Goes to show you don't have to spend a lot of money on kids, just a little creativity and planning and everyone is happy.
For his birthday Carson really wanted to go to Chile's. So that's where we went. In all honesty it didn't matter where we went all he wanted was chicken fingers and mac and cheese. But we got a big dessert and the end and he couldn't have been happier. Just look at that smile. I just want to eat him up.
Avery was our picture taker on Christmas morning. Besides the blurry one of me, she did an excellent job. She has such an artistic eye. She was thrilled to recieve her own ditigal camera this year. She is more obsessed with pictures than her dad. The picture of Avery and a thumb, well that was me.
We spent the rest of the day with family coming and going. My sister and dad came over for brunch which is JD's specialty, then uncle Jimmy showed up with gifts. Later that night we went to my mother in law's for a tradtional Christmas feast since her 89 year old mother was in town. Unfortunately, 30 minutes after we got there, Grandma was taken to the hospital where she stayed for about a week with pneumonia. So, Christmas night didn't turn out exactly as planned, but the rest of made the best of the night. We played a couple of games. I found out that Jenny and I are pretty competitive and make a great charades team. It was a lot of fun, it was sad that Pam and Vi couldn't see their family having such a nice Christmas night. It did us all good I think, to be together, happily on such a special day.
After dinner we watched a movie and then it was time to open our presents to each other. Normally the kids by each other a gift that they open on Christmas eve, but since our shopping day was spent in California, the kids help each other pick out a gift at the Disney store in Downtown Disney. So, this Eve we opened our traditional Christmas Jammies. This year Halle and Carson did have ornaments for the kids. I made some home made gifts that I gave them too.
Carson is all into snowflakes this year and was in heaven with his blue snowflake ornament.
Avery loved the blinged out bulb Halle gave her. She such a diva.
Here are the home made journals I made for each of the kids. Complete with their names and decorated to there liking. They love taking the to church in the car, or just coloring a picture for me.
Then it was off to bed. The kids insisted on sleeping together, which works for us. The only down side is when one wakes up at 2 am they all wake up. We did however threaten them with their lives, that they couldn't wake us up until 7 am. They were waiting at the door at 6:59 am. Good times.
After the game we drove back to Long Beach, slept at a hotel for about 6 hours. Woke up (now it Christmas eve), said a little prayer that we would be able to get on a full flight and headed to the airport. Santa came early and all of us got on the plane. (side note: I would have left JD with his Utes to celebrate Christmas together if we hadn't) Some where over Nevada I started breathing again and was able to say it was a fun little get away.
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