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Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Happy New Year 2016!

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

In the Italian tradition, lentils-sausage stew was our New Year’s food for luck. It seems across the continents good luck is thought to be prosperity,  good health, happiness, success and longevity. We aren’t Italian, we  wanted to try another tradition to celebrate the New Year’s.  It would be interesting to prepare the New Year’s evening menu recipes from around the world which are noted to be Lucky New Year’s Food. 

Here is my suggestion for your 2017 New Year’s Menu celebration.

Italy:  Cotechino con Lenticcjie, pork and lentils
American South: Black-eyes peas, Hoppin’ John, cooked greens
Japan:  Toshikoshi Soba, long buckwheat noodles
Ireland  Buttered Bread Sandwiches
Spain:  12 grapes  referring to Champagne
Berlin:  Berliner Pfannkuchen, jelly doughnuts
Greece: Vasilopita, a New Year’s Cake with a coin hidden in it.                                                                        The person getting the coin will have good luck all year.

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Slow Cookers or Crock-Pot cooking are  great for winter hearty stews, soups or casseroles. Red Lentils-Sausage Stew is a good example of easy meal preparation.  We had a romaine tossed salad, crusty garlic bread, Cinnamon Apple Sauce and Brown Sugar Marble Pound Cake om/crock-for desert. No Champagne, however, we did have some Soft White Wine by Oliver’s Winery.  It was a quiet and satisfying New Year’s Eve. Looking forward to 2016 offerings. 

 

Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Slow Cooker Red Lentils-Sausage Stew

Julia Ann
A slow cooker makes a hearty stew of red lentils, sausage and vegetables. A winter time comfort food to enjoy with crusty bread.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 sausage remove casing and crumble, or crumble whole sausage
  • 1 cup red lentils rinse
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup carrots coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium potato chopped in 1/2 inch cubes
  • 14.5 oz tomatoes and juice
  • 1 cup frozen cut spinach
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Layer all the vegetables on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Add the crumbled sausage.
  • Pour in the broth and water.
  • Add the seasonings and stir into the broth.
  • Cover, cook on high for 3 hours.

Notes

3 links of bratwursts were used in this recipe; other sausages links or ground sausage could also be used. 
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Wishing you many blessings during 2016:  healthy lives, friends, safety and joys in abundance.

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Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup

Bowl of Ginger, Tomato, and Lentil Soup

Bowl of Ginger, Tomato, and Lentil Soup

Cooking from scratch can be time consuming, there are just times when short cuts are necessary. Ta Da!! Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup.

A can of tomato soup is handy to have on the kitchen shelf for a quick lunch.  I have a husband who prefers a thick soup.  So tomato soup at our house may have various flavors and additions.  Usually I will add angel hair pasta, rice, beans, or left overs of an entree or vegetable.  This time it was a deliberately  planned  new recipe. 

Cooking lentils and onion

Cooking lentils and onion

 

 

 

In the pantry was a bag of red lentils.  So that was the beginning of thickening the soup.  Cooking lentils does not take a long time, about 20 minutes for 1/3 cup of them.  I add finely diced onion and minced garlic.  All into the water to heat and simmer to soft lentils.  Instead of draining the water, most was absorbed into the simmering.

Next I added the can of tomato soup, 1 can of water, maybe a bit more later, the freshly grated ginger, oregano, salt and pepper to cook an additional 15 minutes.

Ginger, Tomato and Lentil Soup

Julia Ann
With the aid of a can of tomato soup for saving time, a savory hearty soup of spicy ginger and lentils and seasoned with onions and garlic make a quick and filling lunch time soup.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 4 3/4 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 10 3/4 ounce canned tomato soup
  • 1 can water
  • 1 teaspoon raw ginger freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup mild Cheddar cheese shredded or cheese of your choice.

Instructions
 

  • In a medium sauce pan, mix together water, lentils, onion and garlic.
  • Heat to simmer 20 minutes or until lentils are softened.
  • Add can of tomato soup.
  • Add one can of water, more if needed or preferred thinner.
  • Add grated ginger, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer 15 minutes.
  • Serve into soup bowls topped with the shredded cheese.

Notes

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While the soup was simmering, I fixed a fruit compote of mixed canned and fresh fruit with yogurt on top, decorated with a walnut half.  Supplied some crackers and lemonade.  There was a quick lunch  for 3 or 4 in less than an hour. 

 

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt

Mixed Fruit with Yogurt

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Delectable Chicken Noodle Soup

Delectable Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken, broth, noodles and vegetables creates a delectable Chicken Noodle Soup

This summer I prepared for the  family reunion a crock pot of simmered chicken breast with minimum seasoning.  This was to meet dietary needs of those who could not tolerate garlic, barbecue sauce, diabetic, or need for fat free foods.  I bought six large skinless, boneless chicken breasts, trimmed off any fat, and cooked them in the crock pot with one 14.5 ounce  can Swanson 99% Fat Free Chicken Broth and water to partially cover the chicken.   I cooked it in the crock pot to take and serve at the reunion.   What was left over, I drained and froze to use later in casseroles and  Chicken Noodle Soup.

Home-made Precooked Chicken Breasts and Broth.

Those precooked chicken breasts did not last long.  It was just too easy to go to the freezer and thaw one or two breasts for a quick evening meal.  The next time I prepared the chicken breasts, I seasoned them with a spice blend  Into the slow cooker I  added 1/2 cup sliced onions, 1/4 cup finely diced celery, arranged the seasoned chicken breasts on top of the vegetables and added the one 14.5 ounces can of chicken broth and water to almost cover.

Chicken Breasts seasoned with Netta Belle's Choice Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend

Chicken Breasts seasoned with Netta Belle’s Choice Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend

The chicken was cooked on high for about 3 hours until  meat tested 165 F.  The tender flavorful chicken breasts were frozen and the broth was put into three pint jars to store in the refrigerator.  This makes such a rich and low fat broth to use in  sauces, for risottos,  rice, vegetables or soups

Cooked chicken breasts to freeze; canned broth

Cooked chicken breasts ready to freeze; canned broth.

Chicken vegetable soup is good, but isn’t chicken noodle soup suppose to be the answer to what ails you?  So this is was the inspiration for Slow-Cook  Chicken Noodle Soup recipe.

Although I do a lot of cooking, there have been some recipes I just don’t attempt.  Noodles has been one of them.  I guess the first endeavor they turned out tough and like shoe leather or leather shoe strings.  So some years later, I thought I would try them again.  This time it was success.  Using my mother’s recipe from her cookbook recipe box, I made noodles.

Home made egg noodles.

Home made egg noodles.

Egg Noodles

1 egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
1 tablespoon milk or teaspoon more if needed.
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sifted flour

Beat the egg in a medium size bowl. Mix in the oil and milk.  Add the dry ingredients and blend with a fork. Work the dough into a ball. Lightly flour bread board and roll out thin. Cut into 2 inch strips, layer and cut into narrow strips. Allow to dry.

Note: My preference is a wider noodle, 1/2 inch. Drying time is about 1-2 hours before using them. What is not used, I bag and freeze. This makes a small batch of noodles.

Delectable Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Julia Ann
Enjoy a rich soup of chicken, vegetables and noodles to soothe you through the cold chill of winter.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large potato cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Instructions
 

  • Place the vegetables on the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Add the diced chicken
  • Add the broth.
  • Cook about 1 hour on low or until boiling.
  • Add the noodles, stir.
  • Continue cooking on low for about 3 hours or until the noodles are done.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe for precooked chicken breasts and egg noodles are in the Blog content.
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Potato and Crab Meat Soup

Potato and Crab Meat Soup

Potato and Crab Meat Soup

A Charleston Discovery

Potato and Crab Meat Soup that I make isn’t the real discovery.  Though a trip to Charleston, South Carolina was such a discovery of the beautiful, colorful city of many little flower gardens. There was a flower tucked into any place there was dirt, between houses, alleys or an empty spot.  It was fascinating to see all the brass door knockers and historical homes.  It has been many years since the visit,  I hope it is the same.

Also enjoyed a hearty bowl of crab meat  soup made with the “real stuff”  such as Atlantic crabs and cream.  The rest of the meal has been forgotten.  Soup set me out on a search for a Charleston Cook Book.  I came home with TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF CHARLESTON COOKING, 1976.  There was a recipe for “She” Crab Soup.  There was no way to duplicate the soup, however that did not stop me from trying an adaption or was it inspiration.

Potato and Crab Meat Soup

Potato and Crab Meat Soup

Julia Ann
Potato and Crab Meat Soup makes a good beginning for a holiday dinner or for a light, late night supper to celebrate the holiday eve.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 4 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 12 ounces lump crab meat drained and checked for shells
  • 1 large russet potato diced 1/2 inch size
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup onion diced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup cream or half and half milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon spice and herb blend
  • A pinch of nutmeg freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon sherry

Instructions
 

  • Cook in a double boiler or heavy large sauce pan to prevent scorching.
  • When using canned crab meat, check for shells; set aside.
  • Peel and dice the potato, cook until soft; drain and set aside.
  • Heat the milk and have ready to add to the mixture.
  • Melt the butter in the double boiler or sauce pan.
  • Add the onion and cook until it is soft and translucent
  • Add the crab meat and potato and stir in the heated milk.
  • Stir the flour and cream together to a smooth paste and pour into the milk mixture.
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce, Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend, grated nutmeg and sherry.
  • Cook over low heat for 30 minutes without letting soup come to a boil.

Notes

Frozen crab legs or imitation crab meat can also be used in place of the canned crab meat. The soup could be made smoother and thicker by pureeing. Family preference is to have chunky soup.----------------------------------------------------
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This recipe does not do justice to the original Charleston recipe, though enjoyable as a warming winter soup.  My husband’s family use to have oyster stew on New Year’s Eve.  We are not into oysters, so on our New Year’s Eve we have the Potato and Crab Meat Soup, a fruit salad, cake and a glass of white wine.

Potato and Crab Meat Soup

Potato and Crab Meat Soup a holiday evening celebration.

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Italian Chili soup

Italian Chili Soup, Netta Belle’s Choice

 

Chili soup is an all time favorite and one popular for contest of “Who makes the best Chili”. Chili is a favorite at my house, however, having tried the Mediterranean herbs, Italian Chili Soup has become our favorite.  It seems once away from the hot pepper spices of chili powder it is hard to go back to the hot, spicy and spirited chili.  But we like chili! Iitalian chili soup X.JPG 1

Italian Chili Soup

Julia Ann
A fantastic new flavor for chili soup. Enjoy a delicious bend of Mediterranean herbs, beans, ground turkey and ground sausage for a winter time treat.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound ground sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups low-fat chicken broth
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can great northern beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 11-12 black olives sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of a spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Perorino Romano Cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Saute ground turkey and ground sausage until browned and crumbled.
  • Pour meat onto a toweling paper to absorb the grease.
  • In a large kettle, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Add the onion and garlic, cook 5 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the meat to the onions.
  • Pour in the ketchup, balsamic vinegar, both, tomatoes and juice.
  • Cook for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the beans, olive slices, tomato paste, herbs and spices.
  • Heat for another 30 minutes.
  • Serve chili with 1 tablespoon of Perorino Romano Cheese on top.

Notes

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Italian Chili Soup

Italian Chili Soup, Netta Belle’s Choice

This is the fix!   Why not have chili and the Mediterranean herb flavor.

Additions for your Italian Chili Meal:

                                                                   

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