February 2012 - Our Sunday Cafe
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Serendipity Creole Chicken, Recipe rewind because some things are too good to miss!

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the archives, Monday February 7, 2011.

ser·en·dip·i·ty

[ser-uhn-dip-i-tee]
noun


an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
or

good fortune; luck: ie:  the serendipity of getting the first job applied for.
Chicken Serendipity Creole
inspired by: Claudia @ What's Cookin' Italian Cuisine

6-8 chicken legs or 6 thighs or combination your family prefers
2 large green peppers - cut lengthwise into 1 inch strips
1 can chickpeas - drained
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
1 c red wine 
garlic salt and pepper
1 - 2 tsp creole seasoning (I used Tony Chachere's) 
generous 1/4 t oregano leaves
olive oil

Fresh cooked rice 

Heat olive oil in large skillet with a lid, add chicken sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper, brown well, turn, repeat seasoning with garlic salt and pepper, brown.  

Scatter peppers and chickpeas over browned chicken. Pour tomato sauce and wine over, then sprinkle with the creole seasoning and oregano. 
Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour. Remove cover and simmer an additional 15 minutes for mixture to thicken slightly.

Serve chicken and the tomato broth in flat soup bowl over a scoop of rice. Delicious!

Serves 4 - 6 
As always thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments! 

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Beef vegetable soup, Recipe rewind because some things are too good to miss!

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the  archives, Tuesday March 10, 2009.


Remember those beef commercials from years back, "Beef, it's whats for supper". I am kind of like that about soup. This happens to be beef vegetable barley soup, but any soup will do. The thing about soup is, there are a lot of vegetables in there, and no one seems to mind.

I like the vegetables cut uniform, that way you get a little of everything on your spoon. This beautiful quartet is added to the bottom of the 6 qt. crockpot.

Looks good already, but there is more.

I bunch of kale, also cut into easy to manage pieces, that will fit on the spoon.


Here is a guideline of what I did for this soup, however soup is very easy to personalize. You can have meat, lots of meat or no meat. You can use different vegetables, or (gasp) no vegetables! You will notice that I do not put potatoes in soup, because I do not like the texture of them when the soup is thawed. But I do have a potato idea that I will share.

Layered beef vegetable barley soup
by the seat of my pants



2 pounds lean ground beef, made into 1 or 2 large patties, browned well and set aside to cool.
1 red onion, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
1 red pepper, diced
5 carrots, diced
1 bunch kale, diced
1/3 - 1/2 c barley
1 T homemade bay leaf seasoning  or herb seasoning of choice
2 cloves garlic minced
2 t salt
1 16 oz can ready cut tomatoes, do not drain
2 qts homemade beef bone broth/stock, or beef stock base and 2 quarts of water

Place diced vegetables in bottom of crockpot, sprinkle with the barley and seasonings. Dice up your meat, add to crockpot. Add tomatoes and their liquid. Add stock to come within 1 inch of the top, cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

Yum, makes 6 qts of meaty dinner soup. This freezes well, and can be enjoyed again when time is tight and everyone is hungry!

Potato Idea! : ladle soup over home fries, these are especially tasty when made with leftover baked potatoes. 

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!

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hearth and soul @ premeditated leftovers
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Beef-a-roni, Recipe rewind, because some things are too good to miss!

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the archives, Saturday May 8, 2010.

 
When I started this post yesterday, my computer did not cooperate, and that is why I am offering a Recipe rewind on a Friday instead of the usual Thursday.......


Using the grilled burgers diced up, gave this dish a wonderful flavor. I will probably grill up extra burger patties in the future to use in dishes, the added flavor is great!

I decided on homemade beef-a-roni after seeing this link on the Perfect Pantry/facebook. I do not like pasta as much as Mr Ruhlman, so I won't use a full pound! I like recipes like this, they are easy and easy to adapt to what you have on hand or your family likes. My kind of make it up, use it up, and eat it up arrangement.

Homemade Beef-a-roni my way and your way too!

1 medium onion diced 1/4 inch
1 T oil
1 t garlic salt
2 14 oz cans Italian stewed tomatoes
Seasoning of choice, I chose to make this very simple but you could add your families favorites here.

1 - 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or this is a great way to use up extra grilled meat, diced 1/4 inch

8 oz elbow macaroni (or up to 12 oz, depending upon how much pasta your family likes)

2 c (or more, it is up to you) grated cheese, use what you have


Saute the onion in the oil, until wilted, add the garlic salt and cook on low while preparing the tomatoes. Pour both cans of tomatoes into a blender and puree, add this to the onions. If using raw beef, saute separately and drain the excess fat, add to the tomato mixture. Cover and simmer 1 hour. Cook pasta until 1/2 done, drain well. Stir into the tomato mixture and turn into a 9X13 glass pan. Cover with the grated cheese and bake 30 minutes.

Yum, and this reheats well also. Add a green vegetable or a salad and some fruit and dinner is done.

As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments.

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